Just one year ago, in 2017, Denise Fuchs thought it might be a sweet sentiment to send a lovely, special gift to a friend who had recently been promoted at work. Of course, there were the typical flowers and gift cards and such online. But not something really beautiful and thoughtful.  “I spent hours searching the web for unique gifts to send her. I wanted her to feel how thrilled I was for her, even though I couldn’t actually be there to show her,” shared Fuchs.

She decided to create her own gift. At that moment, Bloombaes was born and blossomed. She added her own innovative, contemporary twist to the typical classics. As a result, the handcrafted bouquets of chocolate truffles with smooth floral sheeting, and keepsake sola wood flowers became an enormous hit.  After all, the sensational flavors including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, fruit mélange, and dessert mélange are sinfully delicious and heavenly delectable.

Upscale Living pondered the thought of personalized gifts created with love, consideration, and thought while incorporating the precise high-end gifts your loved one would want. We asked Bernadette Birch, owner of a boutique company called Over & B’yond Events, to share her thoughts on how to create the perfect Do-It-Yourself luxury gift baskets, order the best presents like Bloombaes online, and mix and match ideal sets for this holiday season. Birch’s company specializes in creating unforgettable memories and from-dream-to-reality experiences for individuals and corporations. www.overandbyondevents.com

  • Posh baskets from Perigold, Birch Lane, Williams-Sonoma, and Serena & Lily are idyllic.
  • Personalized gift baskets reveal a special touch with each item selected for enjoyment.
  • Several well-coordinated, precious products complement the theme of the gift basket.
  • Edible gift arrangements allow the recipient to share with others during this festive time.
  • Have a designated place in your home to keep items that you find throughout the year.
  • Make your loved one’s personalized basket one to remember and cherish for a lifetime.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a fabulously magnificent Christmas. Discover precisely what that special, unconventional person who marches to his or her own drumbeat likes and create a marvelous theme in an enormous designer basket around it. Upscale Living delights in assisting you in composing your fun, interactive, affluent collection. Enjoy as we unveil Volume II – the final segment of our 2018  EXCLUSIVE Holiday Gift Guide.


Bloombaes Nine Days or Nine Ways – $500+ – httpss://www.bloombaes.com/ – As the supervisor of a great small team, this is an ideal office gift to express your appreciation during the holiday season. Consider yourself a Nine-Day Office Secret Santa. Each day, for nine days, have a different Bloombaes bouquet delivered. If you oversee a large team, order nine bouquets to be delivered on one day for each department. Your tasty choices are Royale Bloomebae, Poinsettia, Merry, Pretty In Pink, Blushing, Gemstone, Blue-Bae, Bloombella, Signature, Brilliance, Ruby Rouge, and Paradise, among others. Also, have single bouquets delivered to family members and friends at home, church, and work.

Diono Car Seat

Style with Twin Diono Car Seats – $4,000 – httpss://us.diono.com/ – For stylistic friends and family with a set of twins or two small children, these tops of the line seats were inspired by classic car interiors. At $2k each, select the distinctive Tan Leather and Beige Oyster Leather. The car seats feature an ultra-strong steel frame, sidewalls lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam, and a 12-positional, aluminum-adjustable headrest. Wrap the seats in a decorative Amish wagon or traditional wood wagon from Collections Etc. The wagons can be used later as a part of their home decor.

FlightGiftCard and Hotel Gift Christmas

Getaway with FlightGiftCard (httpss://www.flightgiftcard.com/) and  HotelGift (httpss://www.hotelgift.com/) $1,000 – $10,000+  – You can really pick your price with this spectacular travel gift. Give your loved one the trip of a lifetime regionally, nationally, or globally. So, whether you select a luxury Weekend Staycation nearby or spring for a first-class ticket to a five-star resort in Paris for your loved one, these gift cards will be a huge hit. FlightGiftCard is the world’s first cross-airline flight gift card. Customizable and digitally designed, it can be emailed, sent with a video greeting, or you can receive a printed card to pen a handwritten note. Choose from 300 airline partners, in 980 destinations, and in 70 countries. The HotelGift card, available in 15 currencies, is inclusive of 140 hotel brands that encompass 110,000 hotels in 170 countries.

Boll & Branch Bath and Home

Luxuriating in Boll & Branch Bath and Home – $530+ – httpss://www.bollandbranch.com/ – In stone, natural, and white certainly order the chic, luxurious Bath Sheet Set for two. It includes two oversized organic, cotton, plush, bath sheets with matching hand towels and wash cloths. Be sure to include the classy, comfy men’s navy flannel pajama pants, women’s red modern plaid pajama pants, matching his and her robes of the coordinating color and material, and fluffy socks in your specially made basket. As an added touch, Boll & Branch will have wrapped your items in a seasonal ribbon before shipping. Just add to your basket, wrap with cellophane and voila!

Brooklyn Bedding Brooklyn Aurora
The Experience of Brooklyn Bedding – $1199 – $2199 – httpss://www.brooklynbedding.com/
– For that special someone needing the glorious gift of the good night’s sleep on a hypoallergenic mattress, buy The New Bloom Hybrid. It is available in soft, medium, and firm with sizes ranging from twin to California King. The state-of-art mattress offers seven times more breathability among other notable features that  make for a more revitalizing night of sleep. Just place it in the bedroom, wrap it with metallic red giftwrap and place a huge silver bow atop. What a surprise!

Dooney UGA Collection

Showing Team Pride with UGA Dooney & Bourke Collegiate Collection – $996+ – httpss://www.dooney.com/collegiate-collection/ – Whether a feisty college student or a super supportive alumna, she will be so excited about receiving this gift. Let her show school spirit with these simply amazing purses as she attends games or goes about her daily life. Include the crossbody, cosmetics case, pouch, wristlet, card case, Richmond tote, Satchel, and more in the sports gift basket. More than 30 NCAA teams include Clemson, Auburn, University of Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, USC, and Texas A & M.

Plumeria Swimwear Various Lingerie Sets

Lounging in Plumeria Lingerie Sets – $983 –  httpss://plumeriaswimwear.com/collections/lingerie – Oh Yes. Sexiness is her name. Gentlemen, you know what you would like to see her wear. Let her know by giving her a sensual gift basket that you both will love. Make your centerpiece item the Swarvoski, bejeweled Rhinestone One Piece. Include the smooth Silk Slip Dress, daring Alexa Body Suit, stunning Sierra Set in White, and the sassy Lina Red 100% silk Charmeuse pants.

Rajiva Agrawal Shirts

Making a Statement with Rajiva Agrawal Shirts – $891+ – httpss://rajivaagrawal.com/ – For the millennial man who knows precisely who he is, relishes his own sense of style, and is secure in his own skin, these spectacular shirts are for him. The imaginative, trendy, exclusive shirts feature styles such as Sunset, Rigby, Havanna, Kaleidoscope, Skyfall, La Boca, Party Camo, Pandemonium, and Diamondesque. The colorful shirts are in sizes 15 – 17.5.

The Elegant Vessel Rose Gold Signature Luggage

The Elegant Vessel Rose Gold Signature Luggage – $745+ – httpss://vesselbags.com/ – This luxury luggage line features elegance at its best. The rose gold hue is absolutely stunning. She’ll own the runway as she sashays to a private plane or charter jet with the 2.0 Backpack, 2.0 Tote, and  2.0 Luggage. Having the minimalist in mind, the low-key sophisticated comforts include water-resistant backpack with trolley handle sleeve, 360-degree wheels and multiple pockets for the luggage and padded laptop sleeve for the tote.

Teasane tea

Cheers to Teasane Teas – $600+ – httpss://liveteasane.com/ – As you prepare for the New Year, give your loved one the gift of health, peace, beauty, and energy. Teasane covers those areas of their lives and helps them to become their best selves.  To create the ultimate Teasane basket, order their entire line of products which include the 28-Day kits such as the Beauty Kit, Calm Kit, Lose Kit, and Focus Kit.  Add herbal extracts, Lose, Calm, Detox, and Digestion drops. More items include the Seaweed Complex, Spirulina Complex, and the fabulous Facial Tea – a cream that hydrates, nourishes, and renews.

The Tender Filet

Tasting The Tender Filet – $554 – httpss://www.tenderfilet.com/ – Without a doubt, there’s always a chef or grill master in your inner circle. That person will excitedly unwrap this superb edible gift. The Tender Filet carefully ages the finest cuts of steak that are close to impossible to buy at your area grocery store. The Heartland Selection includes 6 Filet Mignons, 6 New York Strips, 6 T-Bone Steaks, 6 Sirloin Steaks, 6 Rib Eye Steaks, 6 America’s Cut® Pork Chops, 12 Sirloin Burgers, and 6-oz. each of Garlic and Herb Butters.  The shipment will arrive frozen, in a reusable, insulated cooler with dry ice. Keep it frozen and gift wrap just prior to presenting it to your loved one.

White Fox Cool Change Knit Cardigan

White Fox Winter Wonderland – $800+ – httpss://www.whitefoxboutique.com/ – “Baby It’s Cold Outside” are not just lyrics to Christmas melodies. At this time of year, trendy outerwear is wanted and desired. Create a sassy, chic, classy basket of fashionable jackets from White Fox. Beautiful suggestions are the Cool Change Knit Cardigan Grey Marle, Black Bandits  Biker Jacket, Beige Nomad Suede Jacket, and Washed Blue Denim Royalty Jacket. For sure, check out their sizzling 100% Salty Collection on the website. 

A HOLIDAY TIP: Click on this link below for a step-by-step guide to making your own gift basket – httpss://www.thespruce.com/make-unique-gift-baskets-1907849

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Leslie E. Royal is an international travel writer, author, micro-influencer, and veteran multi-media journalist. She loves to travel with her wonderful husband Tony, grandbaby Kedei Savanna, children Antasha and Jay, and son-in-love Jules! When she's not traveling, she's writing and working on other exciting projects. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Chicago Tribune, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Upscale Living, Medium, The Ashro Blog, AAA Midwest Traveler, Upscale, and AAA Southern Traveler. She is an Ashro Brand Ambassador and the host of their popular video series called Onward and Upward with Leslie E. Royal. The creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog, she has two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One-Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) and How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps ($9.95). Follow Leslie on Instagram @LesliesLane and see her Amazon Author Page.