Unexpectedly receiving a gift basket can brighten a day, much like finding the toy in a box of cereal, or walking in on your boss when he's finger-painting. Surprise somebody with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of creative gift baskets from The Basket Case, available at Consign It! and Chrysalis Salon and Spa.
The Basket Case's stylish carriers brim with coordinated goodies and creative flourishes, prepackaged for portable generosity. Offerings include the Bird Bath Basket, with aviary-themed wrapping ensconcing human soaps ($30), and The Make Mine a Martini! basket, loaded with a shaker, two martini glasses, recipe book, cocktail napkins, and other drink-themed treats to celebrate promotions and toast cosmopolitan barn raisings ($40). Gift a strong survivor with the Hope Basket, stuffed with encouraging trinkets adorned with the pink breast-cancer-awareness ribbon, wild-rose pink body lotion, and a box of truffles ($45). Packers fans will relish a Lombardi's Basket, which pays tribute to the former coach by huddling together a book penned by the son of the mayor of Titletown, a bottle of Yankee Candle spiced-pumpkin hand sanitizer, and a rain poncho to stay confetti-free during championship parades or when opening a three-hole punch in a windstorm ($50).