Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day.  Flowers and gift baskets are popular gift choices for Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. This year -2014 – it is May 11th.  It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, which may include grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.  Our personalized shopping service allows you to give your mom the perfect gift that you know she will enjoy. Flowers, gift baskets, gift certificates-we do it all.


Many people send cards or gifts to their mother or mother figure or make a special effort to spend the day with her.  Common Mother’s Day gifts are fresh flower arrangements, chocolate truffles, salted caramels, breakfast trays with coffee, tea, and biscotti, or a beauty treatment or trip to a spa. Some families organize an outing for all of their members or hold a special meal at home or in a restaurant.  In our business, Mothers Day is a very busy day for flowers and gift baskets. Sunshine Baskets & Gifts located in Las Vegas is ready to help you with your orders for that special person-your mother, mother-in-law-grandmother, or a special auntie. We proudly serve Las Vegas since 2002 and we are family owned and operated.


In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother’s Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia.


While Mothers Day is not a federal holiday it is surely a day of celebration. It is a day to celebrate your mother.


In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother’s Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.



Who’s Your Valentine?

Who’s your Valentine?  Valentine’s Day is for everyone you care about. Your mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend- they are all special people in your life. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th every year. Go buy some flowers or chocolates.  This is the one day a year we are to profess our love for that special someone. Friends and family are to be cherished. Enjoy your life, enjoy your friends and family. After all, it is a holiday clearly marked on all calendars. Celebrate life!
I remember handing out valentine day cards to my friends in school and then when I grew up, to my close friends at work. I always bought small gifts to hand out on Valentine’s Day just to make someone happy. I was known as the gifting angel in the workplace. Perhaps that is why I opened my business Sunshine Baskets & Gifts in 2002. My joy came from seeing the smiles on peoples faces. You can also call this random acts of kindness. Give a gift without expecting anything in return. Then see how good you feel.

Tell me why we should limit ourselves to just one day a year to show that special someone that we care about them? A single rose is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.

But, what about single people who are not “in love” with one special person?   What about people, whether married or single who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Do you have to be ”in love” to celebrate love and friendship?  Maybe you are in love with more than one person. After all, we love different people for different reasons.

Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers and sweethearts.  It is for everyone you care about. Think of your friends and how special they are to you.  Friendships allow us to bloom in many different ways. Friends enrich our lives.

So go ahead and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Be happy, be in love every day or just this one day each year.  Surprise someone with a Valentine card, flowers or chocolates.  Celebrate things you have in common and just the joy of being friends. Sunshine Baskets & Gifts in Las Vegas is here to help you send your loving thoughts to that special person in your life. All through the year, we are here for you. Give us a call-we are happy to help you.

So now, I ask you again. Who is your Valentine?

Orchids for Valentines Day for people with pollen sensitivity

At Sunshine Baskets & Gifts, we are always striving to achieve new and unique designs, introduce exciting food items and provide useful information to  that will allow us to continue to be of service to our loyal customer base.  This article is for all of my clients that have pollen allergies. Orchids for Valentines Day for people with pollen sensitivity.   The reason orchids have flowers is for reproduction, and in many cases, pollination is the means of propagation. Insects, birds and even mammals can transfer pollen from orchid blossoms to other areas to instigate the growth of new orchid plants. However, gardeners with allergies and anyone interested in orchid reproduction will find that orchid pollen is surprisingly different than pollen from many other types of flower

The Most Important Things You Need To Know All About Growing Orchids!

Pollen Description

Orchids have pollen, but it’s not the free-floating variety common to many other types of flowers. Instead, orchid pollen is sticky and remains in its pollen packet until a pollinator, such as a bee, whisks it away. However, the pollen remains stuck on the pollinator; it never has the opportunity to drift in the air. This means that orchids are heavily reliant on pollinators for this type of reproduction.

How Orchids Attract Pollinators

Orchids have evolved natural ways to encourage pollination, and they go beyond enticing scents and colors. For instance, when pollinators land on the petals of a Bulbophyllum putidum, the flower gives way under the weight and cause the pollinators to fall into the pollen packets. Meanwhile, Phalaenopsis orchids often have flat, white petals that resemble moth wings, which attract real moths looking for mates. Many orchids have natural runways that make it easy for bees with ultraviolet vision to find their way to the pollen packets and back out again.

Facts for Allergy Sufferers

If you have a pollen allergy, fear not: orchids pose no problem. You can even sniff an orchid to enjoy its fragrance without worrying about pollen triggering your allergies. Because the pollen is sticky and hidden in pollen packets, it’s nearly impossible to come into contact with orchid pollen unless you do so on purpose to propagate your orchids. This makes orchids smart choices for a home garden if you have pollen allergies.



Because they’re worth it…

Because they’re worth it…..

written by Yelena Kart, contributing editor


In an overlooked moment in the middle of an overlooked movie (“He’s Just Not That Into You”, which I happen to believe is a staple of the cheesy-romantic comedy variety), Ben Affleck’s character draws a comparison between friendship and marriage, explaining to his girlfriend:

“Think about you and your friends, ok?” he tells her. “These women you have great relationships with, you’re close to them, some of them you’ve known for years. But you don’t feel the need to write a $45 check to the state of Maryland for a friendship certificate. Why should it be any different with you and me?”

Now, marriage might come of worse in that comparison. And feelings towards that grand institution, with its’ pomp and circumstance aside, Ben has a point. We don’t celebrate our friendships nearly as much as we should.

Valentine’s day is a day designated to celebrate love – and there’s no reason that you shouldn’t celebrate love of all kinds.

Need a few ideas? No problem.



It’s an old classic. But it’s a classic for a reason. Flowers are always elegant and always beautiful… And they pass on your message without you having to say a word.

2.Friendship Necklaces/Friendship Bracelets

You may not be in the third grade anymore, and maybe you’ve outgrown those little plastic broken-heart necklaces, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still show your appreciation for your friends with a little something sparkly. Choose a necklace with a beautiful engraved message, with one of her favorite  quotations or a sweet inspirational message… or just pick something beautiful for its own sake. Either way, she will know she is loved and appreciated.


3.Hand-made Gifts/Hand-knitted Gifts

She can get a scarf at any store, but she can’t always get a scarf hand-knitted by her best friend in her favorite color. If you’re looking to save a little cash, a home-made gift is a great way to go – and a beautiful way to show your friends how much you love them.

4.Friendship Coupons

You’ll be there for her no matter what – but sometimes it’s nice be reminded. Write up a cute little coupon book, full of ‘free’ offers. A night worth of babysitting or a girl’s night out can mean a lot. Maybe just a venting coupon – one where she can spill all of her woes and issues without you saying a word, just listening. Sometimes, just letting your friends know that you care can mean so much.


5. Take Her Out

Friends may not be the traditional target of Valentine’s Day marketing, but that doesn’t mean the two of you can’t savor a lovely meal together. It doesn’t have to be on the day itself – maybe a day after or a day before. It doesn’t have to be a dinner. Breakfast or lunch, brunch or a simple coffee… Any small gift of shared time, shared conversation and shared laughter can show your friends how important they are to you.

You may not need an official certificate of friendship, but it never hurts to show your friends how much you care about them…. And Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any to show that love.


Don’t have any ideas?

Sunshine Gifts and Baskets has an assortment of wonderful things – excellent for friends, coworkers, or anyone whose day you’d like to make a little brighter.

Happy shopping and Happy Valentine’s Day.

written by Yelena Kart



Did you keep the Receipt

Did you keep the receipt?

written by Yelena Kart, Contributing editor

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Shakespeare might have had a good point in general – but when it comes to gift giving, he was definitely wrong. It may be the thought that counts in some ways – but it’s the gift that they have to live with. And some gifts are most definitely a bad idea.

So, in this season of lovey-dovey sweet gift guides, here is your anti-gift guide, your handy-dandy, completely non-comprehensive list of things that you should most definitely not buy for your loved ones.


  1. Anything Weight loss Related

On many levels, this gift may be well intentioned. Maybe your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend made that ubiquitous New Year’s resolution and is having trouble keeping it. Maybe you’re just trying to help. Maybe you thought they could learn to improve their cooking this year and a diet book seemed like the best idea. It wasn’t.

Put the diet book down and step away from the treadmill – even if it is 75% off. Valentine’s Day gifts, and really, any kind of gifts, are about showing the people that you love how much you love them. And diet books don’t say that. Because pointing out people’s flaws, whether real or imagined, doesn’t show love. It shows criticism, even if you don’t mean to.

So if you must buy that set of weights or workout videos or that shiny new elliptical, choose another day to buy it. Bring it home on some innocuous day, free of holiday pressure. And maybe just pick up a nice box of chocolates on the way home.


  1. Kitchen Appliances

Nothing says romance like a toaster…… except almost anything else. Your wife might want a new refrigerator or a new toaster oven. But she doesn’t want one for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure exactly what message a toaster sends – probably something along the lines of “I really enjoy toast and wish we would have more of it.” But it’s not the message that you want to send your loved ones on Valentine’s day. So, no matter how nice you think that combination toaster/can-opener/fax machine is, save it for another day.


  1. Anything Re-Gifted

If you love someone, then you should love them enough to get them something specifically intended for them. However nice your misbegotten gift might be, it’s not for them. Take a little time and consideration to get them something that they would enjoy. Because if someone is worth getting a gift for, then it is worth putting some time and effort into that gift. You’ll feel better and so will they.


  1. Anything that you secretly want for yourself

Really guys, your wife does not want that set of wrenches or that circular saw. She doesn’t need a new tool kit…. and she probably isn’t yearning for that giant new flat screen tv you’ve been keeping your eye on. And ladies, your husband doesn’t particularly want that beautiful new set of Egyptian cotton linens with the high thread count. If it is something you want for yourself, the odds are your loved one isn’t going to be pleased with it. Valentine’s day isn’t about the gift, it’s about the consideration that you put into the gift. And getting your spouse something that you secretly want for yourself…. It certainly doesn’t say anything good about you.


  1. Nothing

This is really the worst gift – nothing at all. Even a single rose says something – that you love the person and that you care enough about them to say so. Gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. They can be homemade. They can even be bought at the last minute, for the forgetful among us.


Gifts only really have one purpose – to show the people that we love that we care about them. And as long as your gift says that, it’s definitely the right one.


Still don’t have any ideas?


Sunshine baskets and gifts has a wonderful variety of gift baskets and floral arrangements – you’re certain to find something beautiful for the one you love. Feel free to scroll over and take a look around. Family owned and operated in Las Vegas since 2002.

Remember, they are a customized gift basket and flower business.  Let them unleash their creativity just for you.

written by Yelena Kart

Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth


On December 31st the clock struck midnight and fireworks went off all over the world. The majestic crystal ball in Times Square dropped in front of thousands of happy (and cold) New Yorkers. Sweethearts kissed, friends cheered and the world ushered in the beginning of a new year.

And now, just a few weeks after, the world is gearing up for another kind of renewal as we get closer to the Chinese New Year on January 31st. This coming holiday marks the year of the seventh year of the twelve-year cycle of the zodiac – the year of the horse. Specifically, 2014 marks the year of the green wooden horse, as we exit the year of the snake.

I’m sure if you look around, you’ll quickly recognize the horses in your life. Born in 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, and so on, horses are charismatic and full of life – excellent people to invite to a party. Horses are sharp and witty, with a love for travel. They’re also excellent with money…. So if you don’t have any friends who are horses, this year would be a great time to change that.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated every year, but the Chinese New Year has a monster at its heart…. Or at least the holiday’s legendary beginnings do.

According to legend, a terrible beast would attack the village on the first day of every New Year, eating livestock, pillaging farms and terrorizing the villagers. To protect themselves, the villagers left food out on their front steps on the eve of the New Year, thinking that if the beast had already eaten its fill, it would leave their farms alone.  Then one day, they watched in awe as the monster was frightened away by a small child dressed all in red. Since then, every New Year has been marked with red decorations and clothing, banners and scrolls. And the mythical beast has never returned to threaten the villagers again.

Red envelopes, usually containing money, are frequently given as gifts for the Chinese New Year. These traditional gifts are usually passed from older, well-established members of the family, to younger, unmarried relatives. Giving money in lucky amounts is also considered auspicious. Eight and six are considered lucky numbers, among many others.

It’s also not unusual to see other gifts changing hands. Gifts of fruit, flowers, and candy are always well-received and are an especially good idea when visiting someone’s home. Here at Sunshine Baskets & Gifts, we are ready to help you with your gift giving throughout the year. Proudly serving Las Vegas and shipping nationwide since 2002.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated all over the world, including lots of celebrations right here in the United States. It’s coming up quickly, so slip into your favorite red outfit and get ready to party!

written by Yelena Kart, Contributing Editor