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“The best gift you can give is a hug: one size fits all and no one ever minds if you return it.”

— Marge Piercy

Among the most well-received gifts given in our culture, few rank as high as the venerable gift basket. 

It seems that gift baskets have been given throughout history and across many cultures. For example, one of the earliest accounts of a gift being presented in a basket is the bundle of young plants that the pagan goddess Eostre carried in a basket, to be used as a sacred offering, according to one source.

Another early “gift basket” story that also had sacred connotations is the Old Testament story of Moses’ mother placing the infant Moses into a wicker basket. However, it is uncertain that she intended for her newborn to be someone’s gift!

The tradition of exchanging baskets is said to be descended from the early medieval Catholic church. To celebrate the end of Lent, members would bring baskets of delicious goods to church in order to be blessed by a priest.

Today, of course, gift baskets are typically delivered to the recipient at their home, hotel room, or workplace, and can contain a variety of items such as fruit, dry or canned foods such as tea, crackers, and jam, or a combination of fruit and dried good items.

In truth, however, the various occasions for giving a gift basket and the variety of contents that make up a gift basket are widely varied and almost endless!


Celebrating Independence Day with Spectacular Gift Basket Ideas


As the warm, Napa Valley summer breeze fills the air and fireworks light up the night sky, July the 4th brings us a heart-warming and vibrant celebration of freedom and patriotism. And no matter whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, attending a festive gathering, or simply looking for a unique gift to surprise a loved one, gift baskets are an ideal choice.

Packed with delightful treats and themed goodies, a thoughtfully crafted gift basket from Cal Mart can embody the spirit of Independence Day.

Join us as we explore a collection of captivating gift basket ideas that will make your 4th of July celebrations truly unforgettable.

The All-American Picnic Basket

Capture the essence of a classic American picnic with this basket brimming with delicious treats. Include an assortment of gourmet hot dogs, hamburger seasoning, artisanal ketchup, and mustard.

Add packs of crispy potato chips, jars of homemade pickles, and refreshing beverages like sparkling lemonade or craft beer. Don’t forget to throw in some patriotic-themed napkins, reusable cups, and a checkered tablecloth to complete the festive look.

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Delights

Satisfy the sweet tooth of your loved ones with a delightful assortment of red, white, and blue treats. Create a basket featuring themed cupcakes, cookies, and candies, all adorned with patriotic colors. Include luscious strawberry shortcake, vanilla sugar cookies with blue icing, and creamy white chocolate-covered strawberries.

For an extra touch, add some gourmet popcorn coated in red, white, and blue caramel or chocolate. This basket is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages.

Grilling Extravaganza

For the grill masters in your life, assemble a gift basket that celebrates their love for barbecue and outdoor cooking. Fill the basket with high-quality grilling tools, such as spatulas, tongs, and brushes. Include an assortment of flavorful BBQ sauces, rubs, and marinades, to enhance their culinary creations.

Add some premium cuts of meat, such as juicy steaks or succulent ribs, to elevate their grilling experience. To complement the meats, include a selection of craft beers or gourmet lemonades.

Spa Retreat Basket

Give the gift of relaxation and self-care with a spa-themed gift basket. Create a soothing ambiance with scented candles and bath bombs. Include luxurious skincare products, such as aloe vera-infused lotions, rejuvenating face masks, and exfoliating scrubs. 

Consider adding a plush towel, a soft robe, and a selection of herbal teas or a fine Napa Valley wine to promote ultimate relaxation. With this basket, your loved ones can indulge in a tranquil retreat right in the comfort of their own home.

Family Fun Basket

For families celebrating Independence Day together, a family fun basket is a perfect choice. Fill it with outdoor games, such as a frisbee, badminton set, or cornhole boards. Include a variety of snacks, like popcorn, pretzels, and trail mix, to keep everyone energized during playtime.

Don’t forget to add a Bluetooth speaker to play patriotic tunes and capture memorable moments with a disposable camera or instant film camera.


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Nothing Beats Holiday Wishes in a Basket


The Fourth of July has always been a great time to come together, celebrate freedom, and create lasting memories – at least since George Washington’s day! And with these gift basket ideas, you can express your patriotism and delight your loved ones with thoughtful and engaging presents and gifted items.

Whether it’s a culinary delight, a spa retreat, or a family bonding experience, these holiday gift baskets will add a special touch to your Independence Day festivities. Embrace the spirit of the holiday and let your gift baskets represent a symbol of your appreciation for freedom and the joy of community in Napa Valley.


Discover All We Have to Offer When You Make a Stop at Cal Mart


Cal Mart has long been a popular destination in Calistoga and Napa Valley folks have been coming here for over half a century.

And during those fifty-plus years, Cal Mart has continued to be a family-owned and independent grocery store. We always offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience for all the local customers and visitors that we have the privilege to serve.

We also take pride in being known as “Napa Valley’s Finest Grocery”.

It’s our love for what we do and our commitment to serving our customers that help make Cal Mart such a great shopping experience. And when you’re visiting Napa Valley, you’ll find Cal Mart in the center of downtown Calistoga, California. Once you come inside, you’ll see why we’re a favorite stop for both wine-country travelers and locals, whom we prefer to think of as our friends and neighbors.

Cal Mart is proud to offer a great delicatessen, a gourmet cheese department, a tantalizing selection of specialty foods items that are unique and hard to find, a wide variety of craft beers, and quality wines.

Of course, if you’re looking for that special something to give to a friend or loved one on the 4th of July, we offer beautiful gift baskets, as well as a vibrant and seasonal collection of flowers and plants for any occasion. And much, much more! We invite you to make it a point to stop by and take time to explore all that we have to offer.

And while you’re here, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and then treat yourself to a visit to our Coffee Bar and one of our refreshing smoothies made with organic ingredients.

So be sure to stop in at Cal Mart in beautiful downtown Calistoga, California, where you can always find something that is unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!

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