Gift baskets have moved way beyond fruits and flowers. (Don’t get us wrong — we’ll still give and take ’em.) But if it’s a special message you want to send, behold these tip-top baskets and gift sets that are guaranteed to put a little “Gee!” in your gifting.
1) Kristy Choo knows chocolate. Kristy Choo knows teas, spices, and herbs. And she blends the two beautifully — dipping and painting each batch by hand — in her custom boxes, artfully packed with flavors that range from lavender to lemongrass to Earl Grey Feuilletine. $18.50 for five pieces in a wooden box; several assortments available. (310) 399-8801, www.jinpatisserie.com
2) Change their idea of surf and turf with Harry and David’s feast for four. Tender, center-cut steaks, trimmed by hand, pair with meaty, flavorful lobster tails. The three-pound box arrives via express delivery, with the steak and lobster ready to cook — and to impress. $160. (877) 322-1200, www.harryand
3) They won’t need an S600 in the driveway to love this. Mercedes packs seven vital soaps and cleaners — for paint, interior, wheels, and more — in a stylish black, Mercedes-logo’d bucket, complete with storage pockets, applicator pads, even a car-care manual. $98. (800) 367-6372, www.thecollection
4) Swiss Colony’s box of 12 hand-decorated, melt-away snowmen, covered in its exclusive Swiss Creme, are so cute, you almost hate to see them meet their delicious demise. Almost. Inside? Smooth peanut filling. Nice knowin’ ya, Frosty. $20. (800) 804-5188, www.theswisscolony.com
A FEW MORE GIFT SETS WE LOVEThe Gourmet Doggy Gift Basket, $40, www.iGourmet.com
Includes a peanut-butter biscuit, extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle over food, a rawhide bone, shampoo, and more, all in a stainless steel bowl embossed with paw prints.
Orange Blossom, $48 and $60, www.ediblearrangements.com
Fresh, juicy oranges, grapes, strawberries, honeydew, and cantaloupe are artfully carved and arranged in a sleek container.
New Arrival Basket, $150, www.redenvelope.com
For the baby, a receiving blanket, burp cloths, bodysuits, bibs, a pair of booties, and a beanie. For fun, baby’s first bear and a fold-up photo frame.