Look out Harry & David, you have an anti-gift-basket nemesis out there: www.nobasketsplease.com. This site was created after a company received 63 gift baskets in one year and started donating them to charity after basket #5. The site recommends socially- responsible, healthful, and practical gifts that can be given instead. This reminds me a lot of the post I just wrote about preventing clutter at the holidays… it’s great if we can give people something that is truly useful and beneficial. Of course the thought is what counts, ultimately, and everyone gets points for that, but there are only so many summer sausages that one person needs.
At my house we call these kinds of baskets a "Ham-a-Rama," which was the actual Hickory Farms name of a collection we received about 17 years ago. If we hadn’t moved so many times and thrown things out, I am convinced those Ham-a-Rama cheese logs would have still been edible today.