Monday, August 27, 2012

. . . Southwest Themed Gift Basket with World Market . . .

I got the chance to do some shopping over the weekend at Cost Plus WorldMarket.  I love going in that store but never can leave without spending way too much money.  There are a million things that I want every single time!  This time was no different...

I was there to put a great gift basket together and went with a Southwestern Dinner Theme.  It was so much fun picking and choosing from their great assortment of gourmet foods, gifts, packaging ideas etc.  It was hard to keep my eye on the prize when I kept getting distracted by beautiful pieces of furniture, pretty rugs, great jewelry, fun toys, wonderful kitchen items and don't get me started on the treasures in the clearance aisles.  Oh what fun...
 I wanted to put together a basket using World Market's food and kitchen section because I had a recipe to attach to the basket to make it a bit more personal.  I grabbed a fun metal tray to start and then added in everything to make my Creamy Southwest Chicken Pasta.  There are a few bonus things in the gift basket for some added fun--chalkboard napkin rings, a Mexican Pumpkin candle, Pretty utensils, Beer, Chocolate Bars with a kick and pretty napkins that also served to line the tray.  Who wouldn't love getting this gift?  The best part is that everything I needed from the gift basket to the cello bag to the ribbon was all in one spot at World Market!

Southwestern Themed Gift Basket

I really "mustache" you a question...
Do you LOVE World Market as much as I do?
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Let's go shopping!
Check out all these gift making supplies!  I was in heaven with all this great packaging. 

Beautiful Rugs! 
I can't tell you how much I need that gorgeous gray and white chest of drawers.  I wish I had an open spot to put it...let me do some thinking on that.
Pillows Galore and lots of great candles!

Don't forget to enter the Gourmet Getaway from World Market.  This sounds like one amazing trip!
I may or may not have munched on these Peanut Butter Chocolate Wafers while I shopped (yummy!)
Great gourmet foods

Love all of this great gift wrap and packaging supplies!

My mom and grandma were in on the shopping action too. 

I loaded up my purchases and it was time for me to make this fun gift basket!
Look at all those great goodies--pasta, serving ware, candle, salsa, taco seasoning, cloth napkins, pasta spoon, beer, chalkboard napkin rings, spicy chocolate bars and more!

These napkin rings are my new favorite thing!  So versatile.
This Mexican Pumpkin candle smells amazing!
Look at the yummy World Market foods

I lined the metal tray with a beautiful cloth napkin and then placed all of my goodies inside.  I used a large cello gift bag that I purchased at World Market and covered the entire tray of goodies and tied it with twine and ribbon.  I then attached a recipe card for Southwest Creamy Chicken Pasta which can be made with everything in the gift basket.  What a great way to personalize a gift!

Want the recipe for my Southwestern Creamy Chicken Pasta? 

Make sure you run over to Cost Plus World Market's Facebook Page to enter your chance to win the:
Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes

o   A trip for two to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2
to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
o   Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
o   Personally signed glossy cookbook
o   Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
o   Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
o   A $1,000 World Market gift card
** There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

This blog post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.


  1. Such a cute idea Lindy. I've never been in that store but it looks awesome! :)


  2. That is an awesome gift basket!! I love that you used a serving tray to hold everything... so creative!!

  3. Thank you so much! I like using something different when making a gift basket so this tray worked out really well and it's functional too.

  4. What a great basket! I love the patterned napkin in the bottom.

  5. Your gourmet gift basket looks awesome! I am jealous of whoever gets it. :)

  6. Such a great idea.I love World Market!!!It's similar to strolling into a treasure chest each time I go in there!I get the greater part of my spices from that point.Their Herbs de Provence are stunning.They are likewise my number one destination for gift baskets!Good day.
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