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    • C J
    • By C J 11th Oct 07, 11:57 AM
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    Coffee Gift Basket - more ideas, please!
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    • 11th Oct 07, 11:57 AM
    Coffee Gift Basket - more ideas, please! 11th Oct 07 at 11:57 AM
    Hello everyone - I'm a long time lurker who's really enjoying reading this site and am bowled over by how many excellent and creative ideas you all seem to come up with!

    Inspired by all the wonderful hamper threads, I've decided to put together a coffee themed gift basket for my hard-to-please-and-often-a-bit-grumpy father in law - he's notoriously difficult to buy for, bless, but he *does* like trying new types of coffee. He's gone through various phases - in the past we've bought him filter coffee makers, electric grinders, those plunger style glass coffee makers, and last Christmas my husband and I bought him the Senseo pod as he'd been eyeing one up longingly. I think he used it for about a week before he got bored with it!

    So anyway .... it's a safe bet that he'll like anything coffee-related. I bought a lovely brown leather high-sided tray (10 in Tesco last weekend!) and thought I'd fill it with a variety of small packs of different coffees (Whittards, maybe??), and perhaps add some home made coffee fudge or coffee/walnut biscuits wrapped in cellophane bags. Has anyone got any other good ideas for what else to add?

    Thanks


    C J
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    • *niptuckfan*
    • By *niptuckfan* 11th Oct 07, 12:03 PM
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    Father in laws are hard I know!

    A nice mug and coaster
    chocolate spoons
    little coffee scented candle
    sachets of sugar and those little cream/milk tubs
    those little pastry type tubes you get when you buy a coffee from M&S
    a little book to read while drinking the coffee
    small bottle of whisky/brandy to make irish
    • celyn90
    • By celyn90 11th Oct 07, 12:20 PM
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    • 11th Oct 07, 12:20 PM
    chocolate coated coffee beans, milk frother, little stirring sticks with the sugar on them (wittards do these too I think), flavoured syrups, fancy sugar crystals, teaspoons, dark chocolate squares
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    • C J
    • By C J 11th Oct 07, 12:20 PM
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    Ooh, yes! A miniature (or two) of whisky is a great idea. I'm not sure about a book though, as he's not really a 'reader' as such (though I have just had a look at amazon under 'coffee', and there are some interesting factual books about the history of it etc which might be more his thing). Thanks, niptuckfan! Great suggestions

    I'll obviously wrap the finished tray in cellophane and ribbons, but I'm wondering about how to stop everything slipping around and ending up in a heap ..... do you think strategically-placed glue-dots might be the answer, or has anyone else any tips for how they present their gift baskets?
    • C J
    • By C J 11th Oct 07, 12:22 PM
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    Chocolate coated coffee beans!! Brilliant, celyn!
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    • 11th Oct 07, 12:29 PM
    Ooh, yes! A miniature (or two) of whisky is a great idea. I'm not sure about a book though, as he's not really a 'reader' as such (though I have just had a look at amazon under 'coffee', and there are some interesting factual books about the history of it etc which might be more his thing). Thanks, niptuckfan! Great suggestions

    I'll obviously wrap the finished tray in cellophane and ribbons, but I'm wondering about how to stop everything slipping around and ending up in a heap ..... do you think strategically-placed glue-dots might be the answer, or has anyone else any tips for how they present their gift baskets?
    Originally posted by C J
    Bits of blue tack or line the tray with tissue paper and make little nests here and there in the paper to place things in, then gather up the cellophane covering quite snuggly.
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    • 11th Oct 07, 12:29 PM
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    • 11th Oct 07, 12:29 PM
    Asda Sell A Great Coffee & Walnut Cake They Are Made By A Small Home Bakery In Somerset And The Nearest I Have Ever Had To Home Baking. Somerfield Also Used To Sell Them But Don't Know If They Still Do. Asda Have A Separate Stand For Them I Think The Range Is Called Emma's . The Have The Large Cake As Well A Six Individual Ones.
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    • 11th Oct 07, 1:25 PM
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    • 11th Oct 07, 1:25 PM
    Tchibo do little packs of coffee, not too badly priced, if there is one near you ?

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    • cymrugirl
    • By cymrugirl 11th Oct 07, 1:30 PM
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    I was thinking of doing something similar for BIL and his wife. I came across this site which looks ok
    http://www.discountcoffee.co.uk/?gclid=CP6Iwbrrho8CFQPklAodISfluQ
    The whisky laced fruit cake looks yum...and the wafer biscuits, mini marshmellows and lyons coffee I was thinking of adding to the hamper as well.
    • C J
    • By C J 11th Oct 07, 1:49 PM
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    I had completely forgotten about Tchibo - yes, there is one near me so I'll have a look in there this weekend. I'm hoping to find lots of different types of coffee in small packets, so he can try a variety of different ones. I'll see what they have!

    Diolch yn fawr, cymrugirl! I was thinking of making a coffee cake, but now I've seen that whisky laced fruit cake, I think it's going to have to be that instead! He'll love it.
  • tracyburt
    Julian Graves had miniature jars of Boaters flavoured coffee at half price (1.24), and if you have a Whittards outlet nearby it would be worth a trip as they always have cheap choc covered coffee beans , often 99p a bag instead of 2.99, and good range of flavoured coffees. M&S do chocoate stirrers at 1.99 a pack and Ikea do the battery milk frothers at 99p.
    Good luck, and welcome to MSE, I love it
    • C J
    • By C J 11th Oct 07, 2:02 PM
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    Thanks for the welcome - I love it here too

    I'm thinking I might do the home-made chocolate-dipped teaspoons instead of buying chocolate stirrers. I saw a magazine article in a recent edition of Craft magazine in which they showed how to add pretty, decorative Fimo clay handles to ordinary cheap (poundland! hurrah!) teaspoons, so maybe I could make him a set of 'designer' coffee spoons and dip them in choc myself. Hmm. At this rate I will have so many things to do, I won't have time to go to work
  • saverspud
    TKMaxx are doing a nice range of Italian bicuits which would go very nicely. Well they were in the Bromley store last week, anyway!

    Tregroes Toffee Waffles are also lovely, and you can buy little packs of 2 at Starbucks, I think. At about 1 not cheap but very tasty! You can order the boxes of chocolate covereed waffles from their site, or call them to find a local distributor. (P+P is steep for small orders) The dark choc covered ones are lush and go down very nicely with a good cup of coffee!

    http://www.tregroeswaffles.co.uk/English/Order.html
    • C J
    • By C J 11th Oct 07, 2:11 PM
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    Oh, oh, oh! Waffles! YES

    I've just found an online place which does personalised/picture coffee mugs for £8 including p+p, which seems quite reasonable. I've just ordered one of those for him, with a pic of his grandchildren on it.

    This is starting to look like it'll be a great basket now - thank you so much for all your suggestions.
    • MoaningMyrtle
    • By MoaningMyrtle 11th Oct 07, 5:40 PM
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    Just worth noting that if anyone buys anything from a Whittard outlet, check the sell-by dates, the best bargains are usually on chocs with a very short shelf-life. These may not be any good for Christmas.

    How about some of those lovely biscuits you get with Rombouts coffee? they are individually wrapped, also Sainsburys are doing their Taste the Difference biscuits in trial packs for 25p at the moment.
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    • cymrugirl
    • By cymrugirl 17th Oct 07, 4:07 PM
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    Does anyone know where I can get a decent cafetiere?
  • victoriajayne1987
    im doing a coffee hamper for my mum. its gonna have a big pot of coffee, shortbread fingers, coffee scented candle, coffee tin, mug, book/puzzles and any little bits and bobs i find on my journeys! i got some things the other day, from the What! shop in bristol, useful if u have one near u as they have loads of coffee design stuff atm! i got the coffee mug 1, shortbread 1 for a pack of 4, coffee tin 1 and the candle 90p! hth
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    • emay
    • By emay 18th Oct 07, 9:57 AM
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    I'm doing a coffee hamper for my friend...I've also added in his, a travel mug (so he can drink his coffee on the go), and if I can find it one of these: http://www.bodum.com/b2c/index.asp?famid=10&famSubId=1001&id=K1995-01 (without the mug). Got my boyfriend one a couple of years ago and they're great if you like filter coffee but don't want to make a whole pot full.
  • V Chic Chick
    I did one of these last year for my mum. It had -
    - Coffee mug from Wilko's which said "Mother's Coffee)
    - Organic ground coffee
    - Coffee incense sticks (bought on holiday), with holder
    - Chocolate covered teaspoons
    - A wafer thing to melt over your mug of coffee, from Starbucks.
    - Flavoured instand coffee (boaters, I think)

    There were some other things in there, but I can't remember them now!
    • *niptuckfan*
    • By *niptuckfan* 31st Oct 07, 10:01 AM
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    Coffee help?
    Hey all

    Im not a coffee drinker but am doing a hamper for my dad - I managed to get a bargain at the charity shop a next set with frother 2 stencils and a tub with holes - for sprinkling stuff on the top??? can anyone tell me what it is i should buy to go in this:confused:
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