Unlike a poison-ivy plant or a hidden surveillance camera, a bountiful gift basket is an appropriate and thoughtful housewarming present. Ingratiate new homeowners without a side of calamine lotion with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 toward gift baskets, care packages, and more. Choose from three boutique websites: Mola Mola, Giftboxox, or Campus Care Package.
With gourmet gift baskets teeming with epicurean edibles and thoughtful goodies, these online boutiques infuse traditional care packages with personality and splendour. Customers can unite their generous and ethical inclinations with handcrafted decorative crates from Mola Mola, including the Thank You collection ($69.95), stocked with fair-trade coffee beans and rich cocoas, or welcome new neighbours with a hygiene-friendly collection of African black soap ($6.99), slippery slope body butter ($9.95), and lawn-mower razors. The Fair Trade Certified business also indulges loose-leaf connoisseurs with an ambrosial potpourri of organic teas ($8.95–$14.95) and donates 5 per cent of its package proceeds to global charities.
Deprived of domestic pleasures such as home-cooked meals and family karaoke nights, university students relish a campus-bound care package bursting with unfrozen meals and nostalgic mementos. The arrangement artisans at Campus Care Package induce study-break revelry with swag such as an Urban Explorer bag ($25.95) for storing a bevy of late library books, or an organic-certified bath sheet ($49.95) for covering unsightly dorm-wall holes. To reward coeds' tireless exam preparation or fuel their marathons of Mr. Dressup, admirers can endow them with the All Nighter care package, an academic goodie bag furnished with calming green tea, a duo of energy drinks, and Brent & Sam's chocolate-chip cookies ($77.32).
The gastronome mavens at Giftboxox specialize in pampering patrons with handpicked bouquets of sophisticated edibles. Cherished recipients can invigorate their expressions of gratitude with the help of the organic mola mola coffee collection, including three rich roasts ($45), or sample the imperial teas and crepe berets of the Taste of Paris package ($154). Giftboxox ships around the world, and in an effort to promulgate the charitable spirit, includes shipping and taxes in the prices of its treasure chests.