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Mar 28, 2008 10:42 PM

affordable gift basket for foodies?

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.


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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.

    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 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?