When someone celebrates a special occasion tradition tells us that it’s a thoughtful gesture to give them something. If the person celebrating a birthday or an anniversary is someone close to you, you’ve probably already given them just about everything you can think of that they would need. Flowers are always a wonderful way to express your feelings, but if you want to take it up a notch, consider edible fruit baskets. Everyone who finds themselves the recipient of one of these is thrilled with the bounty of healthy treats that await them. As many variations of wine as there are in the world, there are just as many fruit baskets. You’ll soon discover this when you visit the local market to order one. Typically edible fruit baskets are ordered according to price. You choose a price range and the vendor will construct a basket filled with fresh fruits that equals the price minus the cost of their time and delivery. We all know that fruit can be somewhat pricey depending on the season so it might be wiser to take on the task of building the basket yourself. You only need a few supplies and you will quickly notice how much money you can actually save if you do this yourself. In fact, you can save enough money to purchase extra fruit and give the recipient an even bigger gift. A wicker basket that is strong and sturdy is a must. It’s also nice to line the bottom with a few colorful pieces of tissue, some decorative grass or even a nice kitchen towel that they can use later. Next you want to visit the grocer and pick out some fruit. There are a few hints to keep in mind when constructing your own edible fruit baskets. Namely pick produce that will remain fresh for a couple of days. Also, don’t go out shopping for the contents of your basket too many days in advance. Ideally you should buy the fruit the same day you plan on giving the basket. Apples, oranges and bananas are typical fare for this type of arrangement. Grapes also add a delicious decorative touch as well as lemons and limes. Items that are larger, such as melons or grapefruits are too bulky for edible fruit baskets so bypass those for something else. Pears are perfect to include as well, as are peaches and plums if they are in season. Some people like to include a bottle of wine with the reasoning that at one time the alcoholic contents were indeed grapes. Whether or not to include spirits in edible fruit baskets truly depends on who is getting it and whether or not they enjoy a glass every now and again. The same is true of chocolate which goes very well with fruit. If the person receiving the contents doesn’t eat sugar, leave the chocolate at home for yourself. You’ll deserve a treat after spending the time putting together such a thoughtful gift.