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Gift Baskets.

Holiday gift baskets always go over well; they're several gifts all wrapped up in one shiny package, perfect for a single person to indulge or for a group to share. Many Alaska companies spend thoughtful hours designing gift baskets that are tailored to be an exact fit for the gift-giving need of corporate clients, customers, coworkers, and peers. Below is a selection of Alaska companies that feature gift baskets comprised of Alaska products: a fantastic taste-of-home for Alaska connections or a unique treat for national or international associations.

Alaska Artisanal

Alaska Artisanal "Gives the Gift of Alaska." The company scours local farmers' markets, unique shops, and small marketplaces to source "wholesome, gourmet-quality Alaskan products grown and made by skilled Alaskan artisans," Once Alaska Artisanal has found their quality selection, they curate unique Alaskan-made products into gift baskets for any occasion. Online Alaska Artisanal allows shoppers to browse for pre-made baskets; additionally, Alaska Artisanal creates custom gift boxes for corporate gifting, "As with all of our gift boxes, our custom corporate boxes are filled with unique 100 percent Alaskan-made small batch specialty foods and also include: customization to meet a wide range of prices; free shipping or batch delivery to one location in Anchorage or Girdwood; and gift wrapping and gift note cards, as well as information about each artisan and a map of their locations throughout Alaska,"

Indian Valley Meats

Doug Drum founded Indian Valley Meats next to his cedar home in Indian, Alaska, to suit his outdoors lifestyle. The company offers four gift box options, including the Alaskan Favorite, which is shelf-stable, and Arctic Sun Melody, Midnight Sun Special, and the Alaskan Sampler, which require overnight shipping. The gift packages include many Alaska meats and fish including salmon, caribou, reindeer, or musk ox, among others. According to the company, "All of our products reflect our Alaskan surroundings."

Mylords Floral

Mylords Floral provides an array of flowers, plants, and gifts for the holiday season. Included in their offerings are three gift basket arrangements: A Whole Latte Fun, Fruitful Fancies, and the Fruit & Gourmet basket. The company says, 'Gift baskets are appreciated by both men and women alike, so let Mylords Floral help you express your feelings in a wonderful way. A gift basket is perfect for groups since they offer a little something for everyone to enjoy, but at the same time you can spoil someone with a basket all to themselves." Mylords Floral offers same-day delivery in Anchorage.

The Gifted Basket

The Gifted Basket offers "designs of distinction," including Alaska-themed and holiday and occasion themed baskets (which can be hand-delivered in Anchorage or shipped nationwide), in addition to baskets specifically designed to be shipped. The company says, "We do not stock pre-made gifts. All of our gift baskets are made fresh to order, not mass-produced and placed on a pallet in some big warehouse somewhere to collect dust. When it comes to our commitment to quality, excellence, and personal touch-we enjoy serving you with our very, very best," The Gifted Basket's Alaska-themed baskets feature an assortment of products made by Alaskans and are available at a range of prices, making them a great option for friends, family, clients, or other business associates.

Alaska Wild Berry Products

Alaska Wild Berry is an Alaska icon for visitors and locals alike. They have approximately twenty-five different pre-arranged gift pack and gift basket options, which can be quickly and conveniently browsed on their gift basket quick comparison page, which includes pricing. Those interested can also contact Alaska Wild Berry to create a customized gift basket or package. The company states: "Our berries come from all corners of the state and our goal remains the same: to bring the taste of delicious and wild Alaskan berries to as many people as possible... So sit back and marvel at the magnificent gifts that Alaska has to offer then share them with everyone you know."

Alaska Sausage and Seafood

Alaska Sausage and Seafood specializes in all-Alaskan gift packages that features wild Alaska smoked salmon and gourmet reindeer sausages. Their eleven curated gift packages are perfect for Alaska clients and/or associates or for business connections in the Lower 48 that appreciate quality Alaska meats and fish. Alaska Sausage and Seafood gift packages are shipped in a box with gel ice to ensure their freshness and quality upon delivery. The company says, "Alaska Sausage and Seafood is known for our smoked seafood, including our line of delicious smoked salmon, as well as our gourmet Alaskan sausages with reindeer meat. Let your friends, family, or clients 'taste the best' of these Alaskan treats with one of our gourmet gift packages."

A Piece of Alaska

Alaskan artists are always featured in all of the crates that A Piece of Alaska curates; the company offers three- and six-month crate subscriptions as well as themed crates such as Bears and More Bears, Alaskan Ornament, Alaskan Cook's, Holiday Matanuska, and more. The locally-owned company says, "We offer Gift Crates filled with products made by Alaskan artists, crafts people, and small businesses... Alaska has so many talented artists that are eager to share their products and we are here to make sure they get to you. The crates themselves are also handcrafted here in Alaska. You can order one of our pre-filled crates or build your own crate from our list of products."

Muffy's Flowers b Gifts

In addition to an array of flower arrangements and add-on gifts such as plush animals, balloons, chocolate, and body lotion, Muffy's Flowers & Gifts offers a cookie bouquet gift basket, described as "a basket full of yummy goodness-m your choice of vanilla chocolate chunk or a baker's assortment of three to four different flavors." Muffy's Flowers & Gifts delivers same-day in Anchorage and JBER-Elmendorf and JBER-Richardson. The company has been family-owned and -operated for twenty years.

Alaska Wild Harvest

Locally-owned Alaska Wild Harvest offers a range of products including birch syrup, birch water, Chaga tea and extract, wild fruit creations, salmon, and soaps. The company thoughtfully arranges many gift basket options featuring their Alaskan-grown products. "Our Wild Harvest Gift Crates are beautifully packaged in a locally-crafted cottonwood crate and branded with our logo. Our gift baskets are All Alaskan and All Awesome, Choose from our ready-to-go crates and baskets or design your own," the company says. Customers can also choose to add a locally-crafted tin ornament for a festive touch. The Large Alaska Wild Office basket is particularly suited to treat a corporate group, designed for twelve to twenty people to share.

Trapper's Creek

Located in Anchorage, Trapper's Creek has been in the smoked salmon business for more than twenty years. One of their brands is Alaska's Best Wild Salmon Jerky, available in four gift basket options that can be shipped throughout Alaska or to the Lower 48. The company says, 'Our Smoked Salmon Jerky is made from wild salmon caught fresh from the icy clean waters of Alaska, Each salmon is hand filleted, carefully seasoned, and slow smoked over cherry and alder wood for over twenty-four hours. This salmon is perfect for a healthy, easy, and delicious snack."

Hunnibee Gift Solutions

Hunnibee Gift Solutions specializes in gift baskets and candy bouquets and is owned and operated by Alaskan Melissa Rogers in Wasilla. Hunnibee Gifts options include coffees, teas, spices, biscotti, sausage, syrup, jam, candy, glacier water, ceramic mugs, art, skincare products, and more. Rogers says, "Here at Hunnibee Gifts I've created hundreds of one-of-a-kind gift creations for numerous occasions. From premade gifts to custom orders, each gift is carefully assembled and wrapped by hand. No two people are alike, thus no two baskets are alike... I specialize in creating individual orders and large corporate orders land] no job is too big or too small."

Compiled by Tasha Anderson
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Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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