The majority of people think of gift baskets as a modern way to give gifts – however, gift baskets actually have a rather long history-spanning years and cultures.
One of the earliest accounts of a gift coming in a basket is the basket of young plants the pagan goddess Eostre carried in a basket, to be used as a sacred offering. Although some scholars argue the place of Eostre in Easter history, nevertheless this is the likely source of the idea of what came to be the modern-day Easter gift basket.
During the middle ages, gift baskets gained wide popularity. Kings used to receive gift baskets containing gold, silver and jewels. Baskets filled with food items were transported as a symbol of grand celebrations. Later in nineteenth century, with the rail road system, it became convenient to send baskets even to the distant areas.
Baskets have been used not…
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