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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Menlo Park Week: FondTimes Gift Baskets…and a Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. But be sure to keep reading about FondTimes…they are a fantastic resource!

As I’ve prepared for Menlo Park Week, I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for small business owners. I’ve loved meeting these people who have started businesses or restaurants and work so hard to make them great. And the best part – they all love what they do. Every single local business owner that I’ve talked to the last few weeks sincerely loves their job, and the sense of pride they exhibit is inspiring.

Today’s local business is no exception! Menlo Park locals Sherri and Scott Hill started, a gift basket company. They’ve built the business together from the ground up and recently relaunched their website. They work hard and love what they’re doing. When Sherri talks about designing gift baskets, she literally lights up. It’s so fun to see the passion she has for their company! has an amazing selection of baskets and can ship anywhere in the continental U.S. Their baskets run theΒ gamut, from super cute for kids to very elegant for adults. When Sherri and I first talked about doing a giveaway, she told me I could pick out a basket for myself. Choosing from their large selection was a near impossible task!

I finally settled on the Superstar Celebrations Gift Basket (which is on sale for $20 off, by the way). This basket is beautiful and full of lots and lots and LOTS of chocolate that has kept us happy for days now.

And guess what today’s giveaway is? A Superstar Celebrations Gift Basket for one lucky winner! Simply add a comment to this post to be entered to win. Comments must be posted by Midnight PT on Tuesday, September 21! One randomly-selected comment will be chosen and the winner announced on Thursday, September 23. (Prize must be shipped within the continental U.S.)

Sherri also sent us the Halloween Boo Activity Gift Bag. Totally cute. And the silly putty? Yeah, I stole it from the kids and have it at my desk.

Good luck with the giveaway! And if you ever need to send a gift basket, be sure to visit and know you’re supporting a really great couple!

Don’t forget, SF Bay Area and Dallas/Collin County, TX readers – if you’ve joined Juice in the City, make sure to mention that in your comment! If you win this giveaway, JITC will deposit $25 into your account to use towards deals!


  1. 1

    Ooh! Do I see a lot of chocolate in there? I’m hoping to be lucky enough to win this one!

  2. 2

    My mouth is watering looking at this! Gotta go out and get some chocolate immediately!

  3. 3

    Number 3 always wins…

  4. 4

    I am currently pregnant and am in desperate need of this chocolate! πŸ˜€

  5. 5
    Kristin B.

    I need that chocolate, however my hips don’t! Great giveaway!

  6. 6
    Jenny D.

    You’re making me SO homesick for CA this week. The gift baskets look fun!

  7. 7
    Laura D

    That basket looks fabulous! I’d love to win it.

  8. I was going to say, I am pregnant so you have to pick me, but looks like someone else already used that excuse. πŸ˜‰ MMMMM chocolate. And it’s beautiful!

  9. 9

    I love gift baskets! And I love chocolate. Pick me!

  10. 10

    Chocolate?! mmmmmm would like that! Seems I might like Menlo Park as well!

  11. 11

    Looks so good!!! Would love to win.

  12. Well, you had me at chocolate, but the packaging is beautiful! What a treat!

  13. 14

    OH yum. That gift basket looks amazing. I would love to win it!

  14. 15

    looks fun! if i don’t win will you just send me one jane? we’re friends right? miss you!

  15. That’s not only sounds good, it looks good too!

  16. 17
    Natalee Maynes

    Gift wrapped chocolate is at the top of my wishlist right now πŸ™‚ Those baskets look amazing. And I joined JITC πŸ™‚

  17. 18

    What a great give-away! Thanks Jane…

  18. 19
    Suzanne Robinson

    Fun week! Of course I’d love to win!

  19. 20
    Valerie Gathright

    Mmm.. I’d love some of that chocolate!!

  20. 21
    Deanna G.

    Count me in please! πŸ™‚

  21. 22
    Michele Wang

    I love Chocolate! Thanks Jane.

  22. 23

    I want this! No, I need this! I am heading over right now to check out Fond Times — it sounds like a great business and I am always in need of fun and creative gift-giving ideas. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  23. 24
    Stacy Pena

    Thanks for letting us know about this business! I love to give gift baskets and am glad to know of a local resource.

  24. Oh dear…Scott’s birthday is on the 21st of September and anyone that knows Scott knows that if he runs out of See’s, he moves on to M&M’s. If he runs out of M&M’s, he moves on to bars…if he runs out of bars, he goes to chocolate chips, to chocolate syrup, to the unsweetened stuff I cook with. If I win this, he will think that he’s died and gone to chocolate heaven!

  25. 26
    lindsay santa

    Yum! Baby needs chocolate!

  26. 27

    Gift baskets look great!

  27. 28

    What a fun giveaway! Just what I need to get through the stress of moving!

  28. 29

    Um. What’s not to love about a basket full of chocolate? Best. Giveaway. Ever.

  29. 30

    Just what mama needs.

  30. Looks like a basket of treats galore! Adorable, I would love to bring this as a hostess gift and have others glare with envy.

  31. This one’s got my name written AAAALLLLLL over it!

  32. 33

    I basket full of chocolate! What could be better???

  33. 34
    Elizabeth Firmage Paul


  34. Wow! What an array of treats – and not just for Halloween!
    Hats off (or on) for the variety of baskets from FondTimes and for the owners themselves!

  35. I would LOVE to have this πŸ˜‰

  36. 37

    Mmmmmmmmmmm, chocolate! (And I AM signed up for Juice in the City!)

  37. 38

    I just got an “A” on my psych exam today so shouldn’t hard work be rewarded haha πŸ˜‰

  38. 39

    I hope I win!

  39. 40

    Chocolate? Yes please!

  40. 41
    Nikki CB

    Looks great! Would love to have this, to eat the milk chocolate and give the dark chocolate away πŸ™‚

  41. 42

    That looks amazing.

  42. 43
    anna mckeown

    Oh-ho-ho! Yum, yum, yum. Maybe I can give Nikki the milk chocolate if I am lucky enough to be picked!

  43. 44
    Nicole Beckstrand

    love me some chocolate!!

  44. 46

    must…have…chocolate! :):)

  45. 47
    josee richard

    I took a look on their site and the gourmet baskets are to die for .

  46. 48

    Jane, you look like you are having so much fun and success with your blog! I am so happy for you. Hope our paths cross soon. Of course, I am all for the chocolate regardless of the calories!

  47. 49
    becca lloyd

    Oh wow, that looks amazing!! Count me in!

  48. 51

    If I win, I promise I’ll join a gym the next day. For now…chocolate!

  49. 52

    Just what I need! =)

  50. 53
    Peter CB

    If I win, I’m not going to share any of it. Unless my wife looks adorable and asks very nicely. But not otherwise!

  51. MMMMM, chocolate!!!! Send it to NC!

  52. 55
    Brittany Riesenberg


  53. 56

    Loads of chocolate is just what I need to survive winter in Seattle πŸ™‚

  54. It’s just so……. PRETTY!

  55. 58
    Shauna W.

    Menlo Park sounds like a great (and delicious) place to live!

  56. 59

    Looks great!

  57. 60
    Sarah Darby

    Gift basket? Yes please!

  58. 61
    Michelle G.

    Yum! One can never have enough chocolate!

  59. 62

    So cute! I love this! πŸ™‚

  60. 63
    Amy W.

    nothing better than some yummy chocolate!! All these food blog posts are making me hungry for some good food!

  61. 64
    Maria Hartnett

    that looks delicious – thanks for sharing about the company! good to know for the holidays!

  62. 65
    Jen Chocolate Seines

    Yummy! : )

  63. 66

    I work with all women and they are chocoholics! I would love to share this with them.

  64. 68
    Teresa R

    Did someone say chocolate!

  65. 69

    You make me want to move from Colorado to Menlo Park… all the shops and restaurants look amazing!

  66. 70

    Came here looking for dinner … left wanting dessert!

  67. 71

    cute basket, good resource. thanks

  68. 72

    Uh, I *really* want that cool boo basket. (I’ve subscribed to JITC.)

  69. 73

    What great baskets!! I love shopping online and many times gift baskets are just the trick – so thanks for sharing this company with us! I will check them out. Oh and have to give a shout out to JITC – am signed up and check both of your sites daily!

  70. 74
    Jess Green


  71. 75
    Linda F

    I love chocolate and there looks like enough in that basket to get me through the day! LOL Thanks

  72. 76

    Yum, I see chocolate!

  73. 77

    ummm Chocolate? Yeah, I’ll take some! love the book store, btw. And Mo Willems is my favorite right now – have you read the Elephant and Piggie books with Cate? They are too cute.

  74. 78
    Jenny Worthington


  75. 79

    Wow– looks like a great company– and a great prize πŸ™‚

  76. 80

    Yummy, I love chocolate!

  77. 81

    I’m a new reader and newly obsessed with your blog! Can’t wait to be in the running for this gift basket!

  78. 82

    Since the winner is picked randomly you can know I really mean this: I most definitely will be sending a baby basket from Fond Times next time I need a baby shower gift for a friend or family member. I loved the baby baskets. So creative!!! Thanks for letting us know about this store.

  79. 83

    LOVE chocolate and all yummy goodies!

  80. 84

    These look fantastic. A great gift idea πŸ™‚

  81. 85

    Wow! That chocolate basket looks wonderful!

  82. 86

    MMMMmmmm…. Chocolate!

  83. 88
    t sara

    wow! i could really enjoy that much chocolate πŸ™‚

  84. 89

    What an amazing idea! My dad used to make gift baskets like this full of unusual food items at Christmastime for friends and relatives, with everything from crisp rosemary breadsticks to jalepeno pepper jelly. So fun!

  85. Pretty please!!??
    I would love to provide a “loving home” for this delish chocolate XOXO

  86. 91
    Stacey Thomas

    Yummmmy nummy nummy!!! :o)

  87. 92
    Michelle Johnson

    pick me, pick me, please!

  88. 93
    Julia Axtell

    ohmygosh- is there any way i can delete all these other comments to guarantee i’ll win? i’m sure doug could write a virus that would do that for me. i don’t think i’ve ever wanted to win something more….

  89. 95

    that basket stands up so nice on that table all by itself with nobody having to hold it up.

  90. 96
    Tammy Blais

    Oh my yummy chocolateness!! me me me please?

  91. I could do chocolate! And i have joined Juice in the City too!

  92. 98

    yum — chocolate

  93. 99

    The pictures of all those chocolate packages alone have me drooling. What talented people!

  94. 100

    what a fun business idea (ps i signed up with JITC)

  95. 101

    Is 5am too early for chocolate? YUM!

  96. 102


  97. 103

    so beautiful!

  98. 104
    Liz Brown

    Oh wow! I’ve been craving some chocolate all week! That basket would more than cover the craving, I’m thinking!

  99. 105
    Lori H

    That gift basket looks amazing!

  100. 106

    Last night was back to school night and as a teacher, I’m beat. As a parent, I’m really beat. I opened up this post and saw that basket of chocolate and almost started crying, I wanted it so badly!!

  101. 107
    Kristine N

    Love the gift basket….. It would be so awesome to win.

  102. 108

    All chocolate? Love, love, love it!

  103. 109

    What great looking gift baskets!

  104. 110
    Beth G

    Oh wow..those are awesome, and so varied!! Bookmarked!

  105. 111

    oh goodness…that Chocolate looks divine.

  106. 112

    Those baskets are both so cute. Glad you introduced them to me!

  107. 113

    Oh my! That is one beautiful basket of deliciousness!

  108. 114

    This is exactly the kind of thing I’ve been looking for! I need to send one to the woman who helped me with my wedding – she’s the original chocaholic!

  109. 115

    Looks beautiful and delish!

  110. 116

    Wow! Very cool! I would love this!

  111. 117

    Looks so good!!

  112. 118
    Nora B

    I’d love this cute basket!

  113. 119

    I think gift baskets are so fun!

  114. 120

    I had to put together a gift basket once. It was at that moment that I appreciated people who have a knack for it. I don’t.

  115. 121

    Oh wow, these excellent gifts are calling my name in a big way! Looks like I need to make a visit to CA asap!

  116. 122

    Now THAT would make my day!

  117. Seriously, there is nothing that makes me as happy as a gift basket! I love them! You are totally convincing me that I need to move to this Menlo Park and make it my home. πŸ™‚

  118. 124
    Sarah DJ

    Yum, scrumptious chocolate!

  119. What a happy gift to get. I would love to win πŸ™‚

  120. 126

    Yes. I need.

  121. 127
    Dana M

    Those are great looking gift baskets, thanks for the chance to win one!

  122. 128

    These baskets look INCREDIBLY great!

  123. 129

    I neeeeeeeeeeeed this!!!

  124. 130

    What adorable cleverness!

  125. 131

    Testing my luck today!

  126. 132

    wow. I hope I am the lucky person.

  127. These baskets look amazing! Thanks to you both for the giveaway! Love your blog!

  128. 134

    Found via The Pioneer Woman, and I agree with her. I love your web site and would love to win a basket.

  129. 135

    i like that choklad

  130. 136

    Love your blog. Love chocolate.

  131. 137

    Great basket!

  132. 138

    I hope you pick me!!

  133. 139
    Nicole Hostert

    Yum….and I love their halloween gift basket

  134. 140

    Would love to win! Yummy!

  135. 141

    Oooooo…. looks like a binge night waiting to happen! I hope it’s mine!!

  136. 143
    Jen Ketcher

    Really want to win this one! MMMM!

  137. What a great mention. I’ll have to bookmark this website.

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  139. 146

    Holy cow! That is quite a lot of chocolatey-goodness! Thanks for sharing the word about this business – good to know about a great place to get gift baskets!

  140. 147

    All that chocolate looks delicious! What a beautiful gift basket.

  141. 148

    Ooh I’ve really been craving chocolate Lately. Okay, I’m always craving chocolate…

  142. 149

    Ooooo… looks so delish!!

  143. 150

    totally great idea, mounds of chocolate in pretty wrapping.

  144. 151

    It’s about time I win something…

  145. 152

    would love to win- it looks amazing! πŸ˜‰

  146. 153

    I am in & I subscribe too!

  147. 154

    this basket looks fabulous!

  148. 155

    OOh la la…would love to win πŸ™‚

  149. 156

    How fun this will be for the lucky winner!

  150. 157

    Oooooohhhhhhhh yummy! These look so good!

  151. 158

    Wow! This gift basket looks good enough to eat πŸ˜‰ Lol!!

  152. 159
    Molly Cartwright

    Those look awesome!

  153. 160
    Kelly J

    Ooooooh! Love the yummy stuff in the basket!

  154. 161

    This would be an especially good time to win a basket of chocolate:)

  155. 162
    andrea p

    I think that’s enough chocolate to have me set for a year. Amazing! (I thought of you Jane when I visited San Francisco the end of July.)

  156. 163

    Wow! Beautiful and delicious! I would love to win.

  157. 164
    Emma K.

    My mom LOVES chocolate and i would love to give it to her!

  158. 165

    looks great!

  159. 166

    It looks like there is some quality chocolate in their. Would love to win to try all the different kinds!

  160. 167

    This looks like an amazing basket for a chocoholic – please enter me! I promise I will share πŸ™‚

  161. 169

    oh i need chocolate right now!!!

  162. 170

    oooh that looks good!!!

  163. 171

    This is great to know about it, especially with the holiday season coming up!

  164. 172
    Brooke Todd

    fingers crossed!

  165. 173
    Sara cee

    is there anyone who can resist a basket full of chocolate??

  166. 174

    Chocolate is the answer — what was the question?

  167. 175
    Sara Denoncourt

    Looks AMAZING!

  168. 176

    Oh YUM. Hope I can win this one! πŸ™‚

  169. 177

    Chocolate is definitely a food group in my food pyramid! Yummy!

  170. 178
    Diana J.

    The basket is adorable!

  171. 179

    WOW! What prizes πŸ™‚ Good luck everyone!

  172. 181

    Looks delicious!!

  173. 182

    I do LOVE chocolate… πŸ™‚

  174. 183

    I see chocolate!

  175. 184

    Pick Me!!!

  176. 185

    oh pretty baskets!!

  177. 186
    Janice Lowe

    Those are beautiful baskets! And boy, don’t I love chocolate.

  178. 187

    I…need…chocolate! Great giveaway!

  179. 188

    This basket looks amazing and yummy too! Great giveaway!

  180. 189

    Yummy and beautiful!!!!!!

  181. 190

    Holy basket of everything good! Sign me up.

  182. 191

    Love you site! And that basket looks incredible!! Keep up the good work!

  183. 192

    Trick or Treat time!

  184. 193

    Mmmmm…chocolate…there’s nothing better.

  185. 194

    What beautiful baskets! And, a basket full of chocolate, what could be better?

  186. 195

    Hmmmmm. Chocolate. I’m 29 weeks prego and this is lookin good. Pick me!

  187. 196

    Yummmm, that basket could do some serious damage to my backside, but it looks too good to resist. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  188. 197

    I’m so excited that I didn’t miss out on this giveaway! It looks fabulous and I love your site!

  189. 198

    Love this gift!

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