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~.uu weonesclay, Jan. 3, 2001 Bulletin, By Christi Sevtap for making the basket intrigu- Staff Writer ing. Chester resident Julie Bal- "It has to stand out and be ais has been in the electronics pretty; it has to be something business for years. The giftthat they want to dig into," basket idea came about after a Balais said. deliberate search for a cre-To achieve this, Balais re- ative outlet, lies heavily on information It all started with Hickory provided by the gift-givers. Farms. "I used to buy a basket "I need to know what they for a whole family, that waylike, what makes them happy. everyone got a gift they could If it's for a woman, what's her really use." favorite scent? If it's for a But, Balais was always ere- man, what kind of tackle does ative with the baskets, adding he need?" knickknacks and personalizedBalais makes baskets for all items she knew the recipientpurposes: Easter, golfers, an- would enjoy, niversaries, birthdays, fisher- When she moved from San men and more. Jose to Chester two years ago, She includes any item that she noted the community's catches her eye. "It's a sponta- need for, well, "something," as neous thing. I may see some- she put it. thing in the store and know So, one day, she decided to that it's perfect." just do it. Balais made up Balais has also worked on fliers advertising a gift basket including gift certificates service for any occasion, orfrom local businesses. "It none at all. helps everyone in the eommu- "My favorite are the bath nity," she said. baskets," she said. "Every The baskets Balais has woman needs a break." made have most often been for Making baskets doesn't re- women or children, but she quire training, but one doeslooks forward to focusin need an eye for color and sym- more on men in the future+ metry, not to mention a knack "It's a challenge to figure For the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, Balais has put together a pink teddy bear, a softly textured candle hold- er and a heart-shaped tin. Julie Balais wraps her baskets out what they would like," she explained. "The wives, of course,, will help by letting me know what they like to do, their faw)rite colognes and other stuff like that." Oue item she looks forward to using are Mud Puppies. "l I~ey're made by local peo- ple." Balais said. "They're for fishermen to put their muddy boots in so their wives don't veil at them t~r getting every- thing dirty." Some ideas ~br men? "Flan- nel shirts, beer (supplied by the giit-giver), hand warmers, ~hats, tackle. It's unlimited," . .Fo~ Balai~.- the personal re- !wlar isr ome nots orti i. pressing her creativity but al- so in the pleasure she creates for the gift basket recipients. "I like to see smiles on peo- ple's faces," she said. "A gift basket is a very personal, cus- tomized gift, so you know that they're happy with it." J ]. in festive cellophane, often with the help of a volunteer assistant- Balais began baskets to give ly and friends, offered her ers to give as Various personal and seasonal items Christmas tin and an 8romatherapy night. Photos by Christi Sevta0 make Balais' gift baskets special for gift-giving A candle start the perfect recipe for a cozy winter I L L I L 5 L I L 5 L A special guide to Plumas County service clubs & organizations Support your local and let your messa be heard! Deadlines: January 23, 2001 Publishes: February 14, 2001 Call your advertising specialist today! FEATHE Sherri, Rhonda, Michelle 283-0800. Alicia 284-7800 b Arlie, Cheri 258-3115 Denise 832-4646