The Holidays are Here: Harry and David Gift Basket Review
Posted Dec 05 2012 2:54pm
You know how there are certain foods, smells, sights, sounds that just remind you of the holidays at home when you were a kid?
For me, it’s my dad playing Christmas music from the living room. It’s the smell of the tree mixed with cinnamon and mulling spices on the stove. It’s making Chex Mix with my family the night before Christmas Eve and cookies from neighbors lining our kitchen counters.
My dad’s patients always send him home with the most thoughtful and unique gifts and every night leading up to Christmas was like Christmas morning as he came home from work with arms filled with treats that he would share with my brother and sister and me. My sister loved the See’s chocolates and would take a bite out of every one to find her favorites, putting back the ones she didn’t like – something that still happens, and a joke that still comes up every holiday. Seriously, it resurfaced at Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.
One of my brother’s favorites was the Harry and David gift baskets that would appear year after year. I loved the ripe, colorful pears and he loved the crackers, cheese and summer sausage. The contents would serve as the perfect appetizers for our guests on Christmas – if we hadn’t already made our way through them.
When I received an email a few weeks ago asking if I would like to receive a gift basket to review, it was a done deal. It arrived yesterday and Nate and I immediately tore it open.
Turns out these snacks can also serve as a meal. Having just come from work and class , I was starving – so we made an “appetizer plate” that ended up being dinner. The pears that were just as ripe and sweet as I remembered, the mixed nuts weren’t too salty, the olive oil crackers paired perfectly with the cheddar cheese and summer sausage. We finished the meal with a few bites of Moose Munch, which was the perfect crunchy sweet treat to round out our balanced meal. Today is full of kale, okay?
I have never been disappointed by Harry and David and this experience was no exception. If you are looking for a gift this holiday season for family and friends or those harder to shop for co-workers or neighbors, it would be hard not to find something with all the combinations and price ranges they offer. I also appreciate that while the meats and cheeses aren’t the healthiest combination, the fresh fruit and nuts are healthy snacks to have on hand during a season filled with sugar and treats.
*I received a complimentary basket from Harry and David for review – my opinions are always my own.