Opening a gift basket is like scuba diving for treasure, only without the insults from sass-mouthed porpoise gangs. Dig in to a bounteous treat with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of personalized gift baskets from A Gift Basket Connection, based in Schenectady. This deal is valid towards gift and fruit baskets, but excludes cookie bouquets and cakes.
Winner of the 1999 GIFTY Award for design, A Gift Basket Connection assembles custom-designed gift baskets for any and every occasion. For the Italy-obsessed hostess, order the Mangia Italian Gourmet ($55), a cornucopia of pasta, sauce, cloth napkins, breadsticks, cookies, crushed garlic, and a shaker of cheese, all nestled in a comfy colander bed stuffed with red, green, and white confetti. New parents and old parents with man-children may enjoy the baby baskets ($30 and up), which include plush stuffed animals, soft blankets, noise canceling headphones, adorable clothing, plates and bowls, teething rings, and picture frames, all arranged in a sturdy miniature crib. For a last minute holiday gift, order the party time basket ($40) stuffed with crackers, pepper jelly, shortbread, peppermint cookies, assorted iced teas, and cashews, sure to please even the pickiest snacker.