Behind every gift basket is the concept that each item that goes into it is picked with care. It's that attention to detail that makes gift baskets so lovely to give and receive whether they're brimming with wine, chocolates, flowers or toys.
The use of baskets to convey precious goods and for ceremonial purposes has a longer history than most of us would imagine. There are several fascinating stories of giving gifts this way that pop up throughout history.
Historical evidence suggests that baskets have existed since the beginning of human civilization. Prior to the invention of woven baskets, people used tree bark to make simple containers and archaeologists have discovered ancient woven baskets in Egyptian pyramids that date back as early as 2504 BC.
Such ancient baskets were used for a variety of reasons, based primarily on the geographical needs of the weavers. Those who lived near water created baskets to help with fishing needs, while people living inland wove baskets that aided them with harvesting, carrying, and storing grains or other items such as water and clothing.
Many cultures turned basket making into a remarkable art form, also using the baskets for bartering or trading as a precious item in itself. Each individual weaver created their own masterpieces with varying weaves, materials, colours, and patterns.
Just as basket making is a personal art form, representing the signature of the person who made it, so too is the selection and giving of the modern day gift basket.
So if you are thinking of sending a gift basket Auckland or NZ-wide, you'll find the right basket to represent your personal message in the carefully prepared range available at Gift Barn.