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affordable gift basket for foodies?

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I'm looking to pick up a food gift basket for a discerning food adventurer. However, my budget is under $50, so I'm looking for somewhere relatively inexpensive, or somewhere with really unique items that will be impressive in small amounts. West-end downtown is best.

Thanks!

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  1. If you know the giftee well enough, I would suggest putting the basket together yourself. A handy reusable container of some sort is always best although buying a simple basket is cheap. You could then wander around the Kensington Market shops picking up items you think the recipient would like. I always find navigating the St Lawrence & Farmers Market easier and faster, though, as its mostly indoors and compressed into a smaller area. This would make your gift far more personal and your budget easy to keep.
    http://www.kensington-market.ca/Defau...
    http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/

    1. DIY rocks. Cheaper and focused on the recipient's likes. Try Boncheff on Olivewood just east of Kipling in Etobicoke.

      1. I don't know what part of the city is accessible to you but Baskits is having its annual warehouse clearance sale. Check www.shoestringshopping.com to find out the details.

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        1. re: Zengarden

          Having received these things recently, I think DIY is better. So much of the stuff packed into those baskets is iffy quality, off-brands, and often loaded with ingredients many people strive everyday to avoid--some gift!

          1. re: Kagemusha

            Agreed! Having read the original post about trying to stretch the budget, I was just offering an option.

            1. re: Zengarden

              No worries. I cringe when they arrive since I know how much the damn things cost the well-wishing senders. When I send them, I pack 'em full of stuff they like:art supplies, film, graphic novels+comix, anime-related stuff, weird Japanese candies, and hard-to-find flower+vegetable seeds are some of the things I've stuffed them with. Miles ahead of stale crackers, tooth-busting sweets and stinky herb teas.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                CAn I be on your gift basket to send list?

                1. re: Zengarden

                  The line forms to the left 8^). My only point was that "gift" baskets should be welcome, personalized,and reflective of your regard. Who wants an f-ing "corporate" gift?