services 11.5.07

Gift Delivery

Many gourmet shops can rustle up a gift basket of some kind for you. Here are a few of the specialists.

They've been at it for 20 years now, and Manhattan Fruitier remains the gold standard for gift baskets. Fruit, chocolate, cheese, flowers, caviar—whatever you send from them is something you'd want for yourself. Priced accordingly.

In addition to the good stuff inside, the brand-new service, Elizabeth W. Gift Baskets, gives a lot of thought to just the right basket to hold the merch. Over 80 themes, including The Buzz Basket (coffee and chocolate), The Break-Up Bag (for cheering up a relationship casualty), Kosher, Classy & Chocolate, and a Gingerbread House Kit.

The Basket Shop of NY has been around for over five decades. If you're looking for fashion-forward, this isn't for you. But if you're looking for something a little retro, the Basket Shop has you covered with over 2,500 candies, including gum balls, Jujubes, and Pixy Stix.

Edible Arrangements has about 20 stores in the city, but you can order any of their fruit arrangements online — bouquets of pineapple slices, strawberries, melon, grapes, pears. You can add chocolate-dipped fruits, too.

In the Chelsea Market, Chelsea Market Baskets has a wide variety of baskets for every conceivable occasion: babies, business, birthday, etc. We like, of course, their NY-themed baskets, as well as their sourcing of specialty foods from around the world.

Even though they've closed their West Village storefront, The Gifted Ones, now in a LIC warehouse, still does gourmet and fun specialty baskets. Their biggest seller is Bored Games—a bedtray filled with games and puzzles ($129).

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