Best Gift Baskets, July 2006
Our problem with gift baskets is, well, the baskets. Who needs another chintzy cheese-and-chocolate delivery system parked in our garage for an occasion that never materializes? Bespoke is a gift basket company minus the baskets; it uses handsome woven pandan boxes, the ones beloved by professional organizers (meaning they’re actually useful). As for the booty? Citrusy bergamot lotions and potions for her, leather valets for him, handmade cotton throws for baby. Almost every gift comes with something yummy to eat. You can custom-design your own box with, say, Tiffany baubles, freshly baked cookies, and a bathrobe. And please shop with abandon: Five percent of all purchases goes to charities like Doctors Without Borders.