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Fruit Bouquet, Valentine’s Day Gift Advice

We were recently contacted by one of our readers with this question:

Dear Edible Fruit,

Three months ago, I met a nice girl online. Everyday we talk for an hour and throughout the day, we text each other. Although, we do not have an exclusive dating arrangement, I would like to send her a Valentine’s Day present. We haven’t met face to face yet and I don’t want to send the wrong message by spending too much. I don’t want to send her the typical floral arrangement. A colleague at work suggested that I order a fruit bouquet. Is this gift idea more appropriate for a co-worker, or is a fruit bouquet a suitable present for a budding relationship?

 

heartsIt can be difficult to find an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day when a relationship begins. You don’t want to ignore the holiday and potentially hurt feelings, but you also don’t want to go overboard and send the wrong message coming on too strong. Fruit bouquets can be a sweet gift expression for Valentine’s Day coming with just the right level of thoughtfulness.

Here are a few considerations to take into account before you order a fruit bouquet:

1)  Does she like fruit? Some people have an aversion to fruit while others prefer dried fruit. Try to find out what her favorite edible fruits are without ruining the surprise.

2)  Does she spend long hours at the office? If so, your best bet is to order a fruit bouquet and have it delivered to her office prior to February 14. Remember that unlike a floral arrangement, fruit bouquets generally require immediate consumption. Depending on her schedule and how much fruit you send her, she may not have the time to enjoy the fruit bouquet while its fresh. Sending a fruit gift to her office will insure she gets it promptly and that she can share it if need be.

3)  How much do you plan to spend? Most companies offering edible fruit bouquets, segment arrangements according to price. (Be sure to account for any delivery charges within your budget).

4)  Compare fruit bouquets with other gift items such as balloons, stuffed animals and container keepsakes to make sure you’re spending an appropriate amount.

5) Before placing your fruit bouquet order, be sure to read the terms to avoid any unforeseen Valentine’s Day gift snafus.

If you include a personal handwritten note, she is sure to think the gift of fruit was very thoughtful and it will have your relationship on a good path, without her thinking you went overboard.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner: Easy Recipes With the Fresh Fruit Bouquet

A party platter sized fresh fruit bouquet makes a spectacular centerpiece for the Thanksgiving Day Dinner, at least until it’s time to carve the turkey. Before the big meal, allow guests to snack on the fresh fruit platter. It shouldn’t ruin anyone’s appetite.

After dinner, instead of allowing the last skewers to go to waste, consider these easy Thanksgiving Day Dinner recipes with the fresh fruit bouquet remnants:

Fruit Bouquet Parfait Recipe

The remaining pieces of the fruit are ripe for an ice cream parfait.

Ingredients:

  • Pieces of the fruit bouquet
  • Ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
  • Whipped cream

Cut the remaining pieces of fresh fruit bouquet into smaller cubes, discarding any brown pieces. In a parfait glass, spoon in a heaping tablespoon of fruit. Next, top the fruit with a layer of ice cream, alternating layers of fruit and ice cream until the parfait glass is full. Finally add whipped cream on top.

Fresh Fruit Bouquet Smoothie Recipe

The remnants of the fruit bouquet are juicy and healthy in a smoothie.

Ingredients

  • Pieces of the fresh fruit bouquet
  • 1/4 cup of chopped ice (use 1/3 cup of chopped ice for every cup of fruit
  • ½ cup of vanilla ice cream

smoothieToss the remaining cubes of edible fruit into the blender. Add chopped ice and a spoon of vanilla ice cream. Then, press the puree button for 20 seconds. Change the blender’s setting to ‘whip’ for 30 seconds. Pour the edible fruit bouquet contents into several high ball glasses. Place a straw in the center of each glass and place in the freezer until ready to serve – 1- 2-hours. (Don’t allow the smoothie to freeze.)

Frozen Fresh Fruit Bouquet Cup

The same idea is applicable to creating frozen snacks for children. Instead of using a glass, divvy up the contents of the soon to be frozen, fresh fruit bouquet into several plastic cups. Then freeze for four hours and – ENJOY!

A Fresh Fruit Bouquet for Bosses Day? – A Reader’s Question

Edible Fruit was recently contacted by a reader with the following question:

QUESTION:

What are good gift options to give your manager on Bosses Day? Does a fresh fruit bouquet serve as an adequate Bosses Day gift?

I work in an office that is comparable to NBC’s Dunder Mifflin on “The Office.” My boss is an eccentric, macrobiotic vegetarian. Despite his fixation with the history of the food he consumes and how it is cultivated, he has a heart of gold. I’d like to show my appreciation without sending the wrong signals or appearing like a brown noser among my colleagues. Do you have any tips or suggestions for a nice Bosses Day Gift?

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ANSWER:

October 16th, 2014 is National Bosses Day in the United States. It’s an opportunity for employees to show their appreciation to bosses for being kind and fair and to thank the boss for all he/she has to do to keep the business in operation.

Unless the team chips in for a bouquet of flowers, sending the boss an order of roses borders on the questionable intentions. Flowers tend to be a personal gift usually reserved for Mom, a significant other or a hospitalized associate. As a group gift flower bouquets are a normal stand-by idea.

Since you mentioned that your boss is a health nut, a great gift that ensures satisfaction is a fresh fruit bouquet. As you mentioned that your boss is picky about where the food he eats comes from, consider giving a fresh fruit bouquet comprised of organic fruit.

Foods with the USDA Organic label are at least 95% percent organic. We suggest you call around and try to find a local farmer or market that sells local organic fruit bouquets. If organic isn’t available locally then try Cherry Moon Farms or Harry and David who both offer organic options. Your boss is sure to appreciate such a kind gesture which has clearly been thought out.

Teacher Gifts of Fruit for the 1st Day of School

The end of summer break and the beginning of school is right around the corner for most school-aged children.  It’s a time of mixed emotions for many parents but also a busy time as the pressure builds to make sure all the last minute supplies are purchased and the kids have everything they need to start back to school.

Many families have a tradition of sending a small appreciation gift for the teacher on the first day of school.  This could be a small bouquet of flowers, some baked goods, or even a drawing by the child.  Of course around here, we’re partial to fruit gifts.

Unfortunately, this is sometimes one of those things that gets put off until the last minute and you find yourself scrambling.  Thankfully, the teacher won’t be expecting a gift so even if it doesn’t make it on the first day of school it will still be appreciated.

When you send fruit as a gift to a teacher remember that they probably won’t be able to get it in a refrigerator quickly so select fruit that can sit at room temperature on the desk for several hours without spoiling.

We’ve pulled together a few ideas for teacher fruit gifts for the first days of school to get you started:

Apples are an easy traditional gift for teachers.

Purchase a nice shiny apple with a sturdy stem and tie a note to the stem.

Purchase several fresh crisp apples and place them in a small affordable basket to create a small fruit basket the teacher can enjoy for several days.

Kelli over at Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM! shared a really cute and inexpensive idea of an apple and caramel teacher gift, including the recipe for the caramel.

Apple and Caramel Teacher Gifts

What about grapes as a teacher gift?  Sarah at Bombshell Bling shared a cute idea using grape flavored candies with a free printable that she created, “This year is gonna be Grape!” How cute would it be to use the “Grape Year” printable on a carton or baggie of grapes!

Grape Year

Strawberries are still in season and with a play on words, lend themselves well to some cute tags.  Create a cute little basket or carton filled with juicy red strawberries and a tag that says, “We’re going to have a berry special year!”  Or “I’m berry glad I got you as a teacher”.  There are lots of cute ways this could go.  Search online for free downloads of strawberry gift tags.

 

Fruit Bouquet Company Tops House Warming Gift Ideas

Which fruit bouquet company replicates more than floral arrangements, fashioned into fruit presentations?

The fruit bouquet company, Harry and David has been promoting house warming gifts and birthday gift ideas for more than 50 years.

Over the decades, the fruit bouquet company has dabbled in providing other edibles. These products include:

  • Candy
  • Charcuterie (meats)
  • Chocolate
  • Flowers Gift Baskets
  • Gift Towers
  • Gourmet Foods
  • Home Décor
  • Moose Munch® Treats
  • Pantry Essentials
  • Party Boxes
  • Plants

But aside from the fruit bouquet company’s reputation for selling baskets chock full of fruit and other goodies,  Harry and David garners a reputation for selling other leading products.

We’ve evaluated the fruit bouquet company’s most popular products. Among the top-rated items, the following had glowing reviews:

  • Pepper and Onion Relish
  • Summertime Tower of Treats Gift
  • Gourmet Dried Fruit and Nut Snack Gift
  • Mt. Baker Bakery Gift Basket
  • Tower of Chocolates Gift Classic

Did you know? Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish is so versatile that it’s used in food preparations of the following: eggs, meats, various vegetable medleys, sandwiches and wraps.

Whether the celebration is a house warming party or birthday gathering, Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish has rave reviews. The pepper and onion relish comes in 4 or 12 jar quantities, which multitasks for a spectrum of food preparations and purposes. The fruit bouquet company also provides consumers with fast, tasty and reliable recipes that serve as a marinade, dip, and obviously a relish.

House warming gift idea: Order Harry and David’s pepper and onion relish. Use one jar to create the fruit bouquet company’s signature dip made with sour cream. (The recipe is at Recipezaar.com.) Then gift-wrap the extra jars to give to the host as a house warming gift/present.