Category: Art of Gifting

    23 Jan

    The Most romantic gift ideas for Valentines day 2020

    Valentines day in itself comes from a mixture of various convoluted sources. From Christian martyrdom,
    to dark Roman rituals to saints and the advent of spring. Thankfully today’s Valentines day celebrations
    are a bit less complicated! Today valentines day is used to celebrate love with gift giving and romance.

    But what gifts are the most romantic?

    With all the consumerist ideals polluting popular holidays, it’s hard to look beyond simple trending gift ideas. Valentines day directly identifies as a time to make lavish and luxurious purchases. Men are practically expected to buy expensive gold and diamond jewellery and make fancy reservations at high end, fine dining restaurants.

    The good news is that it’s perfectly acceptable to protest these traditional principles. You don’t have to break the bank to say “I love you!” The latest coffee makers, earbuds and perfumes might be 2020’s most popular gift ideas, but there are many more romantic gift ideas out there!

    For those of you looking to take a step away from high end consumerism but still enjoy an excuse to be romantic and share some love and intimacy this Valentines day, there are many fun and interesting gift ideas available! Instead of focusing on how to make the the most loving impression with your purchase, focus on how to make a purchase that encourages and facilitates spending time together.
    Not only can you save some money staying in this Valentines day, but it can make for a much more intimate holiday!

    Instead of making reservations at a fancy restaurant, spend time cooking your favourite meal together and enjoy a romantic, candle lit meal for 2 at home! Instead of a night out in fancy clothing, stay at home in your pyjamas with a bottle of wine and your favourite snacks and Netflix! Millennials are changing the way we celebrate holidays and high end consumerism is feeling the sting, people are staying in more and spending less.

    If you want to join the latest anti-trend and change the language of love for future generations, Alexandria gifts has got you covered!

    Cancel your reservations and browse our selection of Valentines Day gift baskets. Have a bottle of wine and a basket of quality chocolates and treats delivered directly to your door. Enjoy spending time and creating new, romantic memories together in the comfort of your own home. Instead shooing your loved one away to a spa, order a spa in a basket! What’s romantic about booking an appointment for a loved one to spend time away from you all day? You can order a basket of luxurious, spa-quality soaps, oils and salts and pamper each other in ultimate home comfort.

    This February 14th Alexandria Gifts challenges you to create the most romantic Valentines day yet!

    They say love and romance is what you make of it.
    So why not make your very home the heart of your passion this holiday?

    11 Dec

    We Deliver Happiness And Good Vibes This Christmas

    Here in Canada, the Christmas spirit begins when the weather starts to get cold, and holiday festivities generally follow shortly after Remembrance Day. Canadians across the country are planning family activities and feasts, and traveling to spend time with loved ones to enjoy the cozy spirit of the winter holidays together. Store windows, city streets and centers are lit up and adorned with fun Christmas decor. Stores prepare for holiday shoppers with Christmas songs and bright, colourful Christmas atmosphere. Shopping fever is on the way, and it’s time for stores to stock up on all their Christmas goods. This means lots of work for small specialty gift stores!

    There’s more to the holidays than Mariah Carey songs on the radio and new iPhones! It’s no surprise that the most memorable and special part of the Christmas holidays are the time you spend with friends and family. In a country as eclectic as Canada, there are so many cultural festivities and practices being cultivated in mixed families and communities. Rather than spending your family time browsing memes on reddit, bring a basket full of special treats for everybody to share and start a new family tradition this year! Put down the phone and have a glass of wine or some fancy gourmet chocolate over good old fashion family conversation!

    Just like any other store, Alexandria Gifts is feeling the holiday vibes and is well prepared for Christmas this year! We have gift baskets ranging from $45 up to $300 so you can find something suitable for everybody on your list. We offer free hand-delivery to anybody in Toronto/GTA and all baskets can be shipped same day. We also have very competitive shipping costs across all of Canada.

    Who wants to drive across the province on snowy roads anyways? If you can’t make it to a family gathering or can’t travel this Christmas for any reason, send some love with a big gorgeous basket filled with goodies! If you can’t sweeten up the dinner table with your attendance, then perhaps a basket of chocolates and cookies would be a good substitute.

    At Alexandria Gifts we take great pride in our relationship with our collaborators and partners and work closely with big companies to make large and wholesale orders. This keeps us very busy over the holidays so please make sure to visit our page for all delivery info and contact us with any questions so we can deliver your holiday orders in a timely manner!

    Please also contact us about our free gift basket services. We regularly create baskets for children and youth with special needs and disabilities as part of a program in association with United Way. We also work closely with various long-term care and retirement homes to provide gift baskets for the elderly.

    Alexandria Gifts was established and built on a foundation of the desire to spread happiness and smiles. Our ambition is to break through the traditional mold and culture of gift giving. We are a gift giving service with a passion for helping others spread love and positive vibes. Our goal is to make people’s lives a little warmer and more cheerful this holiday season!

    18 Nov

    Christmas traditions across the globe

    Africa

    Many African countries celebrate Christmas, and one of the more heartwarming examples of this is
    Nigeria. Many people who have become successful and moved out of their small, underdeveloped
    ancestral villages return to their roots to spread wealth and joy during the holidays. People bring livestock
    and gifts as contribution for large family feasts and eat traditional cultural food during these celebrations.
    It is common tradition for the wealthy to bring Christmas presents for family members and friends and do
    whatever they can to help them survive and thrive in these smaller villages.

    South Eastern Asia

    Christmas is traditionally celebrated from Pakistan all the way to Indonesia, but did you know that the
    Philippines have one of the longest annual Christmas celebrations in the world? Starting in September and
    not ending until mid January, Christmas decorations and festivities are stretched out over a period of
    many months, from masses to midnight family feasts. It’s not uncommon to see parols and other iconic
    Filipino Christmas ornaments for sale and displayed year round!

    Southern Europe

    In some European countries like Serbia and Macedonia, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January
    7th due to Eastern Orthodox churches using the old Julian calendar. Orthodox Christmas celebrations
    include many folk-like customs and rituals and are practiced in a variety of different ways throughout
    these countries. Some of these practices include the ritual burning of young oak branches, wheat being
    strewn throughout the house and wheat seeds being sprouted and returned to nature. It’s also very
    important to have a massive family feast with many cultural dishes and courses, with the main dish often
    being a whole spit-roasted pig.

    Northern Europe

    Scandinavian countries like Sweden celebrate Christmas in a way that is greatly inspired by the pagan
    winter solstice. Celebrations begin on Saint Lucy’s Day, ushering in the season with traditional Christmas
    songs and rituals. Christmas day is celebrated on the 24th with gift giving and a traditional family feast
    called the Julbord. These feasts often include Christmas ham, meatballs, rice puddings, pickled herring
    and other cultural dishes. Some households, in accordance to an old superstition, leave out bowls of
    porridge as an offering to the Jultomto, the invisible Christmas gnome. Other traditions include displaying
    oranges decorated with cloves, ornamental yule goats and writing fun rhymes on gifts.

    South America

    Christmas in countries like Colombia are filled with spiritual vibes, religious ceremony and traditions.
    Festivities begin on December 7th where everybody from tiny towns to big cities get together and decorate
    streets, and both public and private areas with lights, candles and lanterns. This cross-country display
    honours the immaculate conception and businesses and organizations hold contests to judge the the best
    decorative light displays across the country. Manger scenes and Christmas carols can be seen and heard
    throughout the holiday season, and 9 consecutive days of church going and prayer and held before
    Christmas day. During these 9 days, churches often hold very large masses each night, filled with music
    and game. Churches hold these Christmas festivals all in an attempt to step away from commercialism of
    the holidays and have communities focus on the religious meaning of Christmas.

    North America

    Christmas in America is a magical time of year. It seems that the entire country shifts in to a more
    whimsical and charitable state. It’s no surprise that north American Christmas is a mishmash of worldly
    traditions all clumped together in to a big, beautiful winter long commemoration. Decorations are often
    seen for as long as there is snow on the ground, and big cities like New York become massive tourist
    attractions with stunning annual Christmas themed sights to behold. Radios, television, theater, city
    centers, streets and businesses are transformed in to a winter-long Christmas themed spectacles. Children
    hang Christmas stockings, leave out cookies and milk for Santa Clause on Christmas eve and tune in to
    local news and radio stations to get live reports of Santa’s flying sleigh and reindeer sightings as he travels
    across the country delivering presents.

    Whatever your background and culture is, or wherever you live, Christmas is a time of year to spread love
    and cheer. A perfect way to send some love is with a thoughtfully chosen basket full of beautiful treats
    and gifts for that special somebody. Sharing a gorgeous bounty of elegant sweets and a bottle of wine is a
    wonderful way to spread joy over the holidays, and nothing looks better under the tree than a big
    luxurious basket of Christmas treats topped with a charming bow.
    Start a new tradition this year, and let Alexandria Gifts help you choose the perfect Christmas gift!

    12 Sep

    Housewarming Tips and Gift Ideas

    Did your friend, coworker, or relative just move into their new home? Are you newlyweds that just purchased your first house? If any of these scenarios applies to you, there are some important housewarming etiquette tips to know about. From timing and invitations, to gift ideas and bringing a plus one, here are some housewarming gift ideas in Toronto and helpful tips to follow when you are hosting a housewarming party or attending one for a family member or friend.

    Tips for Homeowners

    Whether it’s your first home or your second (or third), moving into your new home is exciting! Here are some ideas to consider when hosting a housewarming party.

    Give Due Notice

    You don’t need to send fancy invitations, but you should send out an e-mail or social media event invitation a few weeks ahead. It’s considered tacky to ask for gifts, so it’s best to avoid any mention of gifts in the invitation. The exception is if you are asking for no gifts—in this case, clearly state in the invitation that no gifts are required.

    Invite Your Close Neighbours

    Although it is not recommended to tell the whole neighbourhood about your new move, you may benefit from asking your closest neighbours to attend. This way, you can get to know them, allow your kids (if you have any) to bond with theirs, and establish a positive start to your relationship.

    Set up the Entertainment

    From board game tournaments, to music and dancing, you can take your housewarming party to the next level by ensuring your guests have something to do other than stand around and talk. The music you choose will set the atmosphere—so choose something uplifting and happy.

    Tips for Guests

    If you have been invited to a friend or family member’s housewarming party, here are some housewarming gift ideas and etiquette to follow.

    Greet the Host First

    If the hosts have planned an “open house” housewarming party, you may not see them as soon as you walk in the door. However, you should aim to find them and greet them as soon as you arrive, even if it means holding off on long conversations with other guests you may know.

    Ask before Bringing Kids or a Plus-One

    Another great general rule of etiquette is that you shouldn’t assume you can bring your kids or a guest along. Although a housewarming party if often informal, you should still run those plus-ones by your host a few days before the party (never the day of).

    Bring a Gift

    You don’t need to break the bank with an expensive gift, but you should choose a gift that the homeowner can use. Gift cards, throw blankets, and tool kits are some great ideas, but you can also buy a housewarming gift basket. There are many options to choose from, but here are a few to consider:

    • Home Sweet Home: These gift baskets are especially designed for housewarming and give recipients something sweet and salty to look forward to each day, such as Lindor and Godiva chocolates, truffles, cookies, almonds, pretzels, chips, and more.
    • Coffee and Chocolate: Who doesn’t love chocolate? A coffee and chocolate gift basket is a great idea and includes aromatic Arabica coffee, salt crackers, biscuits, biscotti, cookies, various chocolates, handmade jelly, wafers, and more.
    • No Place Like Home: With all the essentials to make a new house feel like a home, this large gift basket features a knitted blanket, Tim Hortons coffee, a set of small plates, and some wall décor.
    • Welcome Home: Congratulate your friends and family on their new home by giving them this tasty basket of goodies, featuring a Shneider’s milk chocolate bar, assorted chocolate truffles, Walkers cookies, and more!

    Choose the Right Gift for Your Loved One at Alexandria Gifts

    Do you love these housewarming gift ideas? If so, look no further than Alexandria Gifts when it comes to giving your loved ones the best gift baskets in Toronto. As an online gift basket store in Toronto, we provide a variety of gifts for occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, charities, get well, Christmas, anniversaries, and more.

    Our high-quality gifts can be sent to loved ones in Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Markham, Scarborough, or Vaughan! If fact, you can enjoy free delivery in Toronto when you order a housewarming gift basket for a friend or relative!

    Live outside the country? No problem. Many of our international customers love sending gifts through our service to their loved ones in the Greater Toronto Area. Visit our web site or call us at (416) 666-8361 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to make your order today.

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    31 Jul

    5 Tips to Choose the Perfect Gift for Someone

    Choosing a unique gift for every birthday or anniversary can be challenging. You want to choose something thoughtful and sentimental, but you also want to stick to a budget and avoid visiting every store in the shopping mall to find what you want. The good news is that there are companies that specialize in helping you find the perfect gift, no matter the occasion. Here are five helpful tips to help you choose the right gift for someone special.

    Decide Your Budget

    Decide on your budget, whatever it may be, and stick to it. It will not only help you from overspending, but it will give you some limitations as to what kinds of gifts you can choose from since it limits certain stores and saves you time. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to find the perfect gift. In fact, sometimes the right gift is handmade, or it could be simply spending time with them, participating in an activity they enjoy.

    Think about the Likes and Dislikes of the Recipient

    Part of the reason why you might be having trouble choosing the right gift is that you’re thinking about what you like. The gift shouldn’t be something you enjoy, but instead something the recipient will enjoy. If they are close to you, you’ll already know what they like. If you are unsure, you can subtly bring it up in conversation to find out what they like.

    Choose a Gift that Lasts

    If you want to send a gift that makes a lasting impression, choose a gift that’s multifaceted and lasts a while. Sending gift baskets in Toronto are a great option, especially those that feature bath supplies, toys, clothing, and more.

    Choose a Gift that Reminds them of Memories with You

    Think about a time or event that has specific meaning for both of you. You can use this as a starting point for choosing a gift that means a lot. You can also think about a memory that is special to them alone and choose a gift that represents that moment.

    What Do They Need?

    If the recipient is feeling unwell or having a bad day, there may be specific items that they need to cheer them up. Consider if there is anything your friend or relative needs and use this when choosing their gift.

    Choose the Right Gift for Your Loved One at Alexandria Gifts

    If you want same-day delivery of beautiful, high-quality, affordable gifts in Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Markham, Scarborough, or Vaughan, look no further than Alexandria Gifts Inc. We are an online gift basket store in Toronto that offers a variety of gift baskets for occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, charities, get well, Christmas, anniversaries, and more. Order a customized gift basket for a friend or relative and enjoy Toronto gift baskets with free delivery!

    Live outside the country? No problem. Many of our international customers love sending gifts through our services to their loved ones in the Greater Toronto Area. Visit our web site or call us at (416) 666-8361 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to place your order today.

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    10 Jun

    Father’s Day Weekend Trending Gift Ideas

    Sometimes thinking up meaningful gifts for fathers day can be tough! There are dozens of cliches to fall back on, from golfing and fishing gear and six-packs of beer. While we can be sure that any father who plays a round of gold every weekend would be more than happy to receive a brand new club, sometimes it’s nice to make our gifts a little more personal.

    Handmade crafts, gift baskets and personalized items are growing in popularity over the years. A simple search for gift ideas will show us a flourishing market for items with personalized flares like engravings, portraits or special custom messages.

    There are so many ways to personalize your fathers day gifts! Monogrammed bags and boxes can be a simple way to add a luxurious and loving touch to any hobby. Shaving kit bags, sports bags, humidors, instrument cases and travel bags can all be given sleek and professional looking personalized details. The best part of this trending gift concept is how widely available these services are. There are hundreds of shops online and many places in your local city where you can bring existing bags and cases and have them personalized, and many stores where you can order them new. The DIY savvy can easily accomplish some professional looking personalized upgrades on their own too! If DIY is not your thing, Etsy is filled with crafters who are selling hundreds of beautiful items and gift ideas, and many of them offer personalizing options!

    Gift baskets are another excellent way to add a personal feeling to any gift. Not only can you find gift baskets filled with very thematic and niche products to suit your dads interests, but you can also find baskets stocked with items that just about everybody appreciates! This Fathers Day weekend get your dad something special and unique. Alexandria Gifts is offering gift baskets aimed to swoon any father on his special day. The “Italian Chef” basket for the cooking lover, the “Wine Gourmet” basket for the lover of high end sweets and wine, or a beautiful basket loaded with chocolate and treats, a perfect match for any father!

    If you are looking for a classic gift idea this fathers day with a unique and personal touch, Alexandria gifts has you covered. Send the special man in your life a warm and stylish gift, loaded with his favourites, and complete with a beautiful personalized message just for him.

    7 May

    Amazing Gift Basket Ideas for Mother’s Day

    Every year we all search high and low for a fun, trendy, and exciting gift for Mother’s Day.  It’s hard to find something that is practical yet affordable.  Alexandria Gifts is working hard to ease the holiday stress! We offer a wide variety of gift basket options that any mother would surely love.

    Shopping at your local outlet mall can be very stressful during holidays like this.  Stores are busy,  stock is low,  walking and driving from store to store without any idea of what to choose is never fun.  At Alexandria Gifts we have many amazing Mother’s Day gift ideas that are practical,  easy to search through and contain quality gift ideas!

    If you are having a hard time deciding on the perfect gift let us know! We can work with your budget and surprise her with one of our most popular gift baskets that will make her day!

    Spa Gift Baskets

    There is nothing like a relaxing day at the spa!  But have you ever tried to book a day at the spa during a busy holiday like Mothers Day?  How do you schedule it so your Mother is available to take the day off work,  or work around her weekend plans?  Now you can help her relax in the comfort of her own home!  Alexandria Gifts offers many beautiful spa gift baskets filled with a variety of self-care products that will leave her feeling fantastic! From natural,  organic cosmetics to elegant,  silky body oils,  you will find something to spoil any mom.

    Wine & Champagne Gift Baskets

    Let’s be honest,  what mother doesn’t love wine and chocolate?  It’s a timeless,  classic gift idea that isn’t going out of style any time soon!  Alexandria Gifts offers many luxurious and affordable gift baskets that range from expertly paired wines and chocolates to exquisite,  upscale,  gourmet treats.  Share a classic treat with your mom this holiday with a gorgeously packed combination of her favourites!

    Other enchanting Options

    Still having a hard time deciding?  Don’t overthink,  our gourmet baskets have something that everybody will enjoy!  With all the classics like coffee,  chocolate,  cheese and cookies you can’t go wrong. From tea and treats,  to roses and wine we have all your bases covered this holiday.

    Nobody is quite as special as mom,  and it’s our goal to help you to show her just how special she is!  We take pride in our fine selection of baskets and all of the high quality products we pack inside them.  You will only find reputable brands and local artisan products in our baskets,  and all are hand packed and decorated with elegant bows and greeting cards and wrapped in cellophane for protection.

    For more information regarding our wonderful holiday gift ideas please click here.

    Remember, we offer same day delivery in Toronto!

    7 May

    Amazing Gift Basket Ideas for Mother’s Day

    Every year we all search high and low for a fun, trendy, and exciting gift for Mother’s Day.  It’s hard to find something that is practical yet affordable.  Alexandria Gifts is working hard to ease the holiday stress! We offer a wide variety of gift basket options that any mother would surely love.

    Shopping at your local outlet mall can be very stressful during holidays like this.  Stores are busy,  stock is low,  walking and driving from store to store without any idea of what to choose is never fun.  At Alexandria Gifts we have many amazing Mother’s Day gift ideas that are practical,  easy to search through and contain quality gift ideas!

    If you are having a hard time deciding on the perfect gift let us know! We can work with your budget and surprise her with one of our most popular gift baskets that will make her day!

    Spa Gift Baskets

    There is nothing like a relaxing day at the spa!  But have you ever tried to book a day at the spa during a busy holiday like Mothers Day?  How do you schedule it so your Mother is available to take the day off work,  or work around her weekend plans?  Now you can help her relax in the comfort of her own home!  Alexandria Gifts offers many beautiful spa gift baskets filled with a variety of self-care products that will leave her feeling fantastic! From natural,  organic cosmetics to elegant,  silky body oils,  you will find something to spoil any mom.

    Wine & Champagne Gift Baskets

    Let’s be honest,  what mother doesn’t love wine and chocolate?  It’s a timeless,  classic gift idea that isn’t going out of style any time soon!  Alexandria Gifts offers many luxurious and affordable gift baskets that range from expertly paired wines and chocolates to exquisite,  upscale,  gourmet treats.  Share a classic treat with your mom this holiday with a gorgeously packed combination of her favourites!

    Other enchanting Options

    Still having a hard time deciding?  Don’t overthink,  our gourmet baskets have something that everybody will enjoy!  With all the classics like coffee,  chocolate,  cheese and cookies you can’t go wrong. From tea and treats,  to roses and wine we have all your bases covered this holiday.

    Nobody is quite as special as mom,  and it’s our goal to help you to show her just how special she is!  We take pride in our fine selection of baskets and all of the high quality products we pack inside them.  You will only find reputable brands and local artisan products in our baskets,  and all are hand packed and decorated with elegant bows and greeting cards and wrapped in cellophane for protection.

    For more information regarding our wonderful holiday gift ideas please click here.

    Remember, we offer same day delivery in Toronto!