Share the Joy

My great grandmother lives on the Mississippi/ Alabama border. It’s about a 9 hour drive from my parents house in Texas. She lives in the same house my dad played at when he was a little boy. The same house that my great grandfather built with his own hands. (DIY runs in the family!) Although we don’t get to see her often, I have fond memories of playing in her garden with my bothers and sisters and getting trampled by the farm dog, Blackie.  I was adamant that fried okra cured my headaches, and would pluck it from her garden with my fingers crossed that she would fry it up for me (she usually did!) (Here I am curing a headache a few days ago!) I remember how my great grandfather used to discreetly give me a $10 bill and tell me not to tell my parents because he knew they’d make me give it back. My mom and I decided to share the joy with a very deserving woman in our lives, my great grandmother, Nell. She is a widowed mother of 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. She now spends her days volunteering at the local food bank. We put together a kitchen themed gift basket filled with fun, useful, and yummy things for the kitchen for my only living great grandmother.

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Here is a picture of my little brother, sister, and Blackie at my great parents house in Alabama  world market

We went to World Market unsure of exactly what we were going to do, and then we saw this…

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My mom and I choose a basket and decided on a kitchen theme. Then we went shopping. I love the Russian doll measuring cups and the magnetic spice rack is genius.

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After much deliberation and in store basket arranging, here is some of our World Market loot for my great grandmother’s basket.

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We spray painted the basket silver and filled in to the brim with goodies! She loves coffee and tea, so we included a chalkboard labeled mug (you can get one here) with a handwritten note, lots of cookies and snacks, coordinating dish towels, pot holders, and a few apples! I love that World Market is a one stop shop… you can leave with everything you need to make a personalized basket for anyone (including plastic wrap for the basket, ribbon, and filler)! I also made her a card on the computer with lots of pictures of our fam (more on that here).

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We shipped the basket off off today. I hope she loves it. My mom and I also decided to donate some World Market yummies to the local food bank in our Great Grandmother’s honor. We picked out healthy things we love like Tony’s red beans and rice, almonds, popchips, pita chips, pretzels, and  gnocchi. 

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Tis the season to share the joy! How are you sharing the joy with others this holiday season? Do you make gift baskets for people in your life? What’s your favorite gift basket theme? Do you think that chalkboard mug is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I’d love to hear…

Ohhh and right now you can enter to win the World Market’s Share the Joy Sweepstakes!

  • Grand Prize package includes: A $5,000 American Express Gift Card for you and $5,000 for a charity of your choice
  • You could be one of 5 winners (one winner per week).
  • The Share the Joy Sweepstakes ends 12/21/12

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