The holiday season is past us, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of gift-giving has to end. The new year is sure to be filled with all sorts of birthdays, holidays, special celebrations, and reasons to be grateful. As we were all recently reminded, choosing the perfect gifts for the people in your life can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Couldn't someone special on your gift list use the mood boost that comes with a sausage and cheese gift basket?

Here are a few people you may want to consider.

1. The Over-Doer

Everyone has an over-achiever in their life, that person who has their New Year’s resolutions planned out months in advance—and actually sticks to them. That person might seem to have it all together, but one thing is for sure: that person needs a break.

If you have an over-doer in your life, a gift basket with decadent sausage and delicious cheese can be just the thing for a calm moment to themselves.

2. The Party Hosts

Who consistently throws the best party of the year? Which couple makes it a priority to invite everyone over for a beautiful dinner every few months?

The party hosts are people who love good food and good conversation. They pour over recipes, comb shops for the perfect ingredients, and spend hours cooking their creations. They know and respond to everyone's dietary needs and food preferences.

If you know people like this, you know that they go out of their way to provide fantastic meals for everyone they know. They also probably get tired of cooking.

The next time you are invited to a dinner party or cocktail gathering, bring the hosts a sausage and cheese gift basket. They'll appreciate it when they are cleaning their kitchen the next day and don't even want to think about cooking.

3. The Person With Too Much Stuff

Maybe it's your friend, your brother, or even you own mom, but there is surely someone in your life who simply has too many things. The last thing you want to do is give them another mug, figurine, or sweater that is just going to take up space.

A sausage and cheese gift basket makes a great choice for this person because they can eat it, enjoy it, and even use the basket for holding odds and ends that are scattered throughout their home.

4. The Lonely Guy (or Gal)

Do you have a friend whose relatives live too far away to visit? Or maybe you know someone who was recently divorced and having to spend their birthday or a special holiday away from their kids. People who spend a lot of time alone can easily become depressed.

Bring some light into this person's life with a sausage and cheese gift basket. Then offer some time and companionship in helping them eat it.

5. That Person You Don't Know Very Well

Nothing is quite as awkward as the relationship you have with someone who you barely know but who is important enough for you to feel obligated to give a holiday gift. This could be your dad's new girlfriend, a great aunt who suddenly sent the kids sizable savings bonds, or the neighbor who cut the lawn when your leg was broken. You want to give something special, but you have no idea what the person would want.

A sausage and cheese gift basket is a great way to show appreciation for someone, even if you don't know them well. It's a lovely and thoughtful surprise that is sure to please.

Is there someone on your 2017 gift list that could use a delicious dose of specialty cheese and sausage? This simple gift could truly make someone's day. Contact us for more information and to order a basket for someone in your life.

A gift basket is a timeless present that can be adapted to practically any occasion or person. Unfortunately, people often think of gift baskets as being generic or lacking the personal touch that makes a gift so special. But at Deli Direct, we’re here to prove that creating a thoughtful and unique gift basket isn’t just possible, it’s also simple!

So, it’s time to think out of the box—literally. When it comes to finding the simplest way to make unique gift baskets, we’ve got you covered. With our assortment of gourmet edibles and gifts, you can find a variety of great items to fill your gift basket or simply let us custom-build a basket for you!

First, there are two things to consider when creating the perfect, personalized gift basket.

  1. What is the recipient's personality? Funny or sober? Light-hearted or intense? Studious or athletic? Bookish or a video game aficionado? A dreamer or a pragmatist? Personality affects taste, so you need to know something about your recipient to put together a gift they'll really enjoy.
  2. What does he or she like? What are their hobbies? What activities do they engage in?

Now, for practice, let's take a few personality types and potential hobbies and activities and see where it takes us!

It's your best friend's birthday. He's an outgoing guy who likes to fish, play baseball, and chuck horseshoes with his kids. Let's build a gift basket.

A fishing creel is an excellent and totally different gift container. Stuff it with some small but interesting fishing gear, a baseball cap, or baseball cards of his favorite players, and a 'family fun' horseshoe set. And don’t forget about the snacks!

For an active man who likes to munch while waiting for a fish to bite, gourmet hot salami is a sure hit. Accompany it with hot pepper cheese, and if the fish don't bite, the food sure will! Up the ante with Redneck Fire in the Hole stuffed olives—whoa! You'll make his day! Sneak in Sea Salt Caramel Delight spice dip and graham crackers so he can share some of the goodies with his family.

Your mother just completed a wood-carving course and really wants to share her new skill. Congratulate her with a gift basket, something fitting for a bright, happy woman who 'goes for it.

 How about a large wood tool box or basket? Whatever you use, maintain the wood theme. Give her a few carving tools that she might not have yet. Perhaps a subscription to a woodcarver's magazine. And, obviously, goodies are a must. Tasty crackers, 95% fat-free Lite Summer Sausage, and Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Cheese will bring a smile. If she loves cheese spread, add a yummy spread like Swiss Almond Cheese Spread. A packet of butter cookies and Chocolate S'Mores Dip will turn that smile to a laugh.

Getting the idea?

It's National Boss Day and you want to show your boss appreciation. He's a quiet man who likes to sit in his lounge chair at home, feet up, reading or watching the news. His favorite outside activity is grilling for family and friends.

 Package your gift in a sophisticated but simple basket. Toss in a couple of books by his favorite authors. Most importantly, give him something to grill like a couple New York Strip Steaks or juicy Smoked Bratwurst and Cheddar links. Don't forget the flavoring. If you go with steak, tuck in a bottle of Big Bad Bubba’s BBQ sauce, but if it's the bratwurst, nothing will do but Horseradish Mustard! Expect to get a raise.

Hopefully, you’re beginning to see how it works. Consider who it is that you’re giving your basket to, then find a unique and useful container that suits their personality, as well as the occasion. Just stuff your gift basket with goodies you know they’ll love for an all-around wonderful gift.

Looking for ready-made gift baskets or need a little extra help compiling a unique gift basket for your friend, colleague, or loved one? Contact us! At Deli Direct, we not only have a wide variety of gift baskets, but we can also work with you to design a custom gift basket for a truly unique gift.

Gift baskets are a common part of our modern culture. You got them when you were a kid on Easter morning, and you receive them as tokens of appreciation and well-wishes from hotels, business partners, family, or friends.

However, gift baskets aren't a modern invention. They've been around for centuries, stretching back to the time when baskets were far more than just an interesting centerpiece on your dining room table. Let’s take a look at the bizarre history behind gift baskets and how they’ve evolved into the presents we know today.

Gift Baskets Throughout History

In the long ago and far away, baskets were an important part of everyday life. People used baskets to carry food from the garden or to carry smaller animals back from a hunt. Baskets were hung from beasts of burden like saddlebags and worn across the shoulders like backpacks. They were, in a very real sense, a huge part of day-to-day life.

Because of that daily importance, baskets figured symbolically in our mythology as a vessel for gifts and bounty.

Street Directory points out the significance of the goddess Eostre. Eostre was a pagan goddess who was popular in Germanic cultures and represented fertility and life. She's also seen by some as an older patron of the holiday we now know as Easter (in case the name wasn't a dead giveaway). Eostre carried a basket, and in that basket were young plants, which would be given as offerings on this sacred holiday. This is why, when we celebrate the holiday, we tend to give gifts like an assorted fruit drops basket.

Of course, Eostre is far from the only mythological example we can draw on. The horn of plenty, or cornucopia, was the source of the god Zeus' nourishment as a child, when he hid from his father so he wouldn't be eaten. That same horn was often depicted at feasts, spilling over with fruit and sweets, but rather than made of actual horn it was often woven, making it a strangely shaped basket. And, of course, who could forget the story of Moses, placed in a basket and put in the river (along with crocodiles, hippos, and other cuddly beasts), who floated his way into the home of Egypt's pharaoh?

With baskets given prominence in our myths, it was only natural that we gave them symbolic importance as part of holidays and special occasions. And, as traditions expanded and more people interacted with each other, gift baskets became more common.

Going Beyond Holidays

While there's no saying for certain how gift baskets went from a holiday tradition (something you gave a few times a year or at events like weddings) to an everyday present, the transition has definitely occurred. Today, all you have to do is type the words "gift basket" into a search engine, and you'll find gift baskets of all different shapes, sizes, and fillings, ranging from elegant to unusual. You’ll find everything from a basket full of gourmet beef jerky (like the jerky beer bucket) to an arrangement of beautiful fruits and cheeses (like the sweet treats gift basket), and that's just on the first page of results!

It's impossible to say precisely how the gift basket became such a modern-day staple. It remains one of our earliest recorded methods of gift giving (since baskets were a lot more common that sequined wrapping paper back in the B.C. days), and despite all the advances we've made technologically and culturally, it still clings on. Of course, part of that may be because everyone loves getting gifts, and there's something so whimsical about getting a gift basket that it always catches us off guard. And well, sometimes novelty is really the best part of getting a gift.

For more information about creating your own custom gift basket, contact us today!

 

Father's Day is coming up quick. Give your dad a gift he’ll truly enjoy with one of our delicious meat and cheese gift baskets. Meats and cheeses are an unexpected treat that will delight his taste buds and warm his heartand if you’re lucky, he might even share!

Our gift baskets are completely customizable, so you can make sure you fill your dad’s basket with his favorite flavors. If you aren't sure where to begin, you might that find one of our pre-selected collections has just what you need. Add and remove items as you see fit, in order to make your basket unique and to create the perfect gift for a perfect dad.

Here are just a few of our tasty gift basket options.

Ham and Cheese Masterpiece Basket

If your dad is the ham in your life, the Ham and Cheese Masterpiece Basket is just the gift for him. Ham, cheddar, crackers, pickles, cookies, chocolates, and more fill this basket to the brim with goodness. With so many treats inside, this gift collection is sure to last your pop for quite some time, giving him lots of opportunities to feel the love.

For a tasty treat, cut the included ham into thin slices, place on a cookie sheet, brush with honey mustard glaze, put a thin slice of cheddar on each piece of ham, and place the cookie sheet in the oven at 375 degrees. Let the slices cook until the cheese melts and the glaze begins to bubble. Remove from oven and serve on Hawaiian sweet rolls.

Some Like It Hot Basket

For those dads who enjoy the spicier side of life, the Some Like It Hot Basket is sure to hit the spot. This collection contains a wide variety of spicy morsels that will perk anyone up. Spicy summer sausage and hot dips, spreads, and sauces are the fillings for this intense basket.

Help your dad start his special day the spicy way by making a spicy sausage egg melt. First, brown several thin slices of spicy summer sausage. After browning the sausage, cook up a batch of scrambled eggs. Add the sausage to the eggs, top with cheddar or pepper jack cheese, and serve with salsa.

Cheese Lover's Basket

Vegetarians will be more likely to appreciate our Cheese Lover's Basket. This basket does not contain meat, but it does include an assortment of delicious cheeses and cheese spreads. It also includes crackers, a cheese spreader, and a knife so your old man can enjoy his gift right away.

Create an amazing macaroni and cheese dish, using the assortment of delicious cheeses included in this basket!

Sausage Champion Basket

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Sausage Champion Basket is the go-to gift for meat lovers. It contains ham, pepperoni, and two kinds of sausage. All of this is presented alongside crackers, mustard, and a knife to make it the perfect, filling lunch to go.

Use the incredible combo of meats included in this basket to make a meat lover's pizza that is to die for.

Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures Basket

Of course, if you are unsure which basket would be perfect for your pop, you could always go a more traditional route with the Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures Basket. This is a huge sampler and includes sausage, ham, cheese, various dips, chocolates, and much more. You can't go wrong with this enormous basket, as it is sure to contain something to please anyone.

Whichever basket you decide to get, your dad is sure to be thrilled and may even start munching right away. If you’re lucky, he may even share some of the contents of his basket with the whole family.

If you aren't sure your dad will want to share or if you have a big, hungry family, you could always order some extra sausage and cheese to share at your family Father's Day get-together. Our snacks are the perfect addition to any party and offer something nearly everyone will enjoy. Just don't count on having leftovers!

If you would like to order gift baskets or snacks for Father's Day, or for any other occasion, please contact us at Deli Direct. We would be happy to help you find the perfect basket or treat for your needs. Don't see what you want? No worries! Remember, we make each basket and collection to order, so we can include anything you like.

A cheese gift basket is a unique and delicious gift that is perfect for so many occasions. Whether you want to give a gift "just because" or you're celebrating a special moment in a friend or loved one's life, a cheese gift basket is a great way to show you care. Looking for some great ideas? Consider these three perfect occasions for giving cheese gift baskets.

Birth of a Baby

Cheese gift baskets make wonderful gifts after the birth of a child. The parents are exhausted, and they probably don’t have a lot of time on their hands to prepare meals. In the days and weeks following the birth of their new baby, they’re more likely to snack and graze on whatever they have around. Cheese makes the ideal snackable gift. Have it delivered directly to their home or bring it to them in the hospital to provide a welcomed alternative to bland hospital food. The basket isn’t just practical, though. It’s also an excellent way to let the couple know you care and share in their joy.

Wedding Anniversaries

Cheese baskets make fabulous gifts for friends or relatives celebrating their wedding anniversaries. Most couples want to celebrate over a quiet, romantic evening, and a cheese basket is a perfect addition to their night. Pair it with a bottle of the couple's favorite wine to create a thoughtful and delectable gift. Having a beautiful basket of quality cheeses gives them something to munch on while they enjoy each other's company and reminisce.

Housewarming Gift

A cheese gift basket is also a great way to welcome someone into their new home. In the chaos of moving, unloading, and unpacking, the pantries and refrigerator often sit empty. A basket of delicious cheeses and crackers is the perfect snack to satisfy your friends’ appetites as they get settled into their new home. If your friends enjoy cooking, you can even include the extra ingredients to make a whole meal, including directions for this tasty macaroni and cheese recipe.

The Best Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • Half cup flour
  • 7 cups grated cheese—choose your three favorite Wisconsin specialty cheeses
  • Half teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • Half teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°

Add oil and salt to a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and add macaroni noodles. Cook as directed. Drain and cool noodles.

Heat the milk without boiling it. Milk should be very warm. Melt half of the butter, and add the flour to it. Stir in hot milk, and cook for about two minutes or until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Add the cheese,salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir. Place mixture into a baking dish. Slice the tomatoes and place them on top.

Mix remaining butter and breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top. Bake for 30 minutes.

Next time you’re looking to give someone a gift that they'll truly enjoy, consider a cheese gift basket. Contact us for more information or for help creating a custom basket of your own. We offer a variety of gift baskets that are perfect for almost any occasion. We take great pride in selecting only the best products. When you give someone one of our baskets, you know you are giving the best.

 

Whether you are a competitive sports observer or a competitive eater, Superbowl Sunday has something for everyone.  Deli Direct has a few football themed tips to help you score a touchdown with your Superbowl Sunday participation.  

Don't get intercepted at a busy store! Most stores get extra crowded selling chips and generic cheese dip right before Superbowl Sunday.  Save yourself the hassle by having it delivered. When the price is comparable to the big stores and the quality exceeds what you can purchase on those shelves, buy it online!  

Kickoff your party with flavorful sauces, salsas, and horseradish products! Your guests will love the kick of heat along side their beer as they watch the game (or hover protectively over the snack table). 

If you aren't hosting a party, don't fumble the host gift! Take the effort out of gift buying with one of many cheese and sausage gift baskets options. Your host will be surprised and delighted by your gift and you might even get to share some of the delightful treats if they add it to their spread. Now that's winning!   

Score a field goal with fun dessert dips! While chip dips are expected, dessert dips add excitement to the game.  Try them with strawberries, grapes or graham crackers. Your competitive eaters will appreciate it and definitely score you an extra three points.  

Whatever your Superbowl Sunday plans, score a safety by planning ahead, ordering high quality, american made products like cheese, sausages and dips from company that makes ordering online simple. Contact us here to place an order today!

What do you do with a man who has more than enough cologne and neckties? Should you get him fancy cufflinks that he’ll probably never wear or a smoking jacket that will most likely never make it off of the bathroom hook? Nah, why not take a page out of grandma’s book of proverbs instead? She always said that the way to win a fella’s heart was with something tasty.

If an apron is the last thing you want to put on, don’t worry. Meat and cheese gift baskets can come to the rescue! They’ll give any man a tasty treat he’ll long remember and you won’t have to get your hands or clothes dirty in the process. Simply look, point and click on the perfect meat and cheese gift basket for Mr. Wonderful. Then wait for it to be delivered and hand it over to him with a smile. Shazam! Your gift giving problem solved.

And what if your man isn’t a fan of meat and cheese gift baskets? Hey, it happens from time to time because not every guy on the planet is a carnivore. For the vegans and vegetarians among us, we’d suggest creating custom baskets overflowing with martini olives, fruits, hot sauce, horseradish and Chubby Cheeks. Oh, and we can’t forget about the wasabi peas, party dips, sweet heat salsa and any number of other deli goodies.

What’s that you say? What about those new boyfriends, coworkers and others who may feel funny about receiving gigantic baskets of treats from the ladies in their lives?  Well, you could scale back and make stocking stuffer size gifts out of treats like garam marsala stoneground mustard and beef sticks. They just big enough to say, “Hey, I’m thinking about you”, without making them worry that you’re ready to sit down and plan a wedding.

To learn more about sending any size deli gift to the men in your life, please contact us today. It may be possible to have it shipped to their homes in time for Valentine’s Day.

Watches, baubles, neck ties, widgets and beads are nice but we can only use so many of them. So after a while, they’re no fun to give or receive. Thankfully, there are still products out there that feed the soul. Cheese and sausage gift baskets are among them. They have the ability to transform Scrooges into giddy children and casual acquaintances into good friends. But that’s providing the cheese and sausage gift baskets have what it takes to delight recipients’ taste buds.

Carnivores Rejoice!

For unabashed carnivores, there is nothing better than a sturdy basket full of premium meats. So we’ve designed our Sausage Champion baskets with them in mind. Each offering boasts a full eight pounds of high quality proteins divided up into a myriad of well seasoned options, including Cajun sausages. And those savory, delicious sausages are not alone. They’re joined by gourmet condiments, crackers, mints and a shiny, sharp cleaver. Thus, it’s a true sausage rush for the pork and beef faithful.

Viva Variety!

For those who live by the creed “the more the better”, Gourmet Deli Classic Treasures baskets are unequivocally the perfect fit. They have two pounds less meat than the sausage gift baskets but feature a number of other, hunger satisfying additions. There is pumpkin butter, pickles, pirouline cookies, assorted condiments and wasabi peas. Recipients will also find dips, olives, chocolates, crackers, pickled beans and close to 50 ounces of cheese in each basket.

Now that’s just scratching the waxy top of the cheese wheel my friends! There are indubitably more cheese and sausage gift baskets to choose from. Plus, we can work with customers to build custom baskets for the most cantankerous, persnickety people they know.  To learn more and find the perfect cheese and sausage gift baskets, please contact us today.

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