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New Bern, NC – Pretty, Friendly and Serene.

cropped-gift-basket-award.jpgWe’ve recently found the prettiest little town called New Bern in North Carolina. . It’s that town that you mention and folks usually say “yep, it’s that place with all the bridges and lots of sailboats” but we’ve never stopped.P1340315


New Bern is approximately 35 miles from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is located where the the Neuse and Trent rivers meet on the east coast of North Carolina. This area is aptly referred to as The Crystal Coast. The average temperature in July is a high of 88 and the average January low is about 34.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There are frequent festivals that bring many people the charming downtown area that has several interesting restaurants. Hope you have a car. New Bern is a sleep town, so not a lot of excitement. Great place to relax and get away. Check out Tryon Palace – lots of history


  1. The Aquarium at pine-Knoll: (it’s small but lots of cool animals)
  2. Fort Macon Also if you want to take a drive – Atlantic Beach is approximately 40 minutes away.
  3. Check out this site too:

View from our boat



Don’t forget to check out our store Gift Basket Villas, recently relocated on a part time basis to New Bern, as well as a location in Raleigh for your customized and personalized gifts and gift baskets – all occasion, corporate gifts and drop-by/pop-by gifts.


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Branded Gifts Keeps You Top-of-Mind

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So many of us are really bad at “sales”. I’m here to tell you that sales is no longer a dirty word. It can be made exciting if you develop a gifting program It is also less than expensive than traditional marketing. Instead of cold calling, drop by with a small gift which says “Your Referral is My Best Compliment” or thank your referrer with a some tea and cookies and they will remember you. Stay Top-Of-Mind with drop-by and Pop-by gifts. They’ll no longer dread seeing you and will be salivating when you show up.
Successful corporate gifting programs cultivate an emotional connection with you, your company and your brand.

So how do you ensure your corporate gifting program and marketing plan keeps your brand in mind the morning after? And how do you maintain it beyond the morning after? Be Different, Brand yourself and sure your product is useful.


Be Different
Thoughtful design takes the old, worn ideas and converts them into gifts that stay on desks, in women’s purses and the executive’s pockets.

Branded Yourself – by color, style, logo
No one wakes up every morning remembering you. Keep your brand top-of-mind with gifts, marketing products that remind recipients of your brand.
Make sure your product is useful
If not, it’ll go into the circular bin. Choose a gift designed for use and where they may be thinking of your brand when the time is right.

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Your Presence is The Best Present.


If you wake up every morning being grateful for your life and living your passion, following your life’s heart language, living your purpose – your life will be phenomenal, extraordinary. Alive people radiate, they shine, they smile often. The person you are today is the result of all your experiences. Your friends and family accept your presence and love you for the person you’ve become. However, ask yourself if you’re fun to be with, if not change the person you are. .

Remember to enjoy each experience in life and that tough times give you the opportunity to learn something new. Until you’ve accepted yourself and know your full self-worth, you’ll continuously seek other people’s approval, just to feel good about yourself. The life we have left is a gift. Cherish and Enjoy it now, to the fullest.

Do what matters, now!

Make the time for what does matter … now, today. We have this life once. How are you choosing to spend it? What is in your heart and why wait? Can you imagine a world where we each live our purpose, love ourselves and each other as we are? Why not start open-heartedly communicating with one another?

greek isleThings you can change:

  • Travel more – open your mind
  • Make new friends,
  • Find someone to love,
  • Go after your dreams.
  • Learn About Different Cultures.


We can enjoy life now and pursue our dreams today. If we LIVE for the present, we can also choose to plan for the future. Like the Zen masters say, we can just BE, we are free to be the people we were born to be and make our world a better place by following our true hearts callings.

Act of Kindness
Here are some really tough decisions I’ve made: sold the house I lived in for 18 years and move away with what could fit in my car, bought a dream house I never in a million years thought I could ever afford, gave up climbing towers, gave up hiking, gave up indoor rock climbing due to a recent injury but replaced it with sailing, power boating, biking and fishing.

I‘ve chosen to follow my passion and I am now the proud owner of Gift Basket Villas. We customized and personalized Gift Baskets to let your friends, family and customers know you’re thinking about them. We create and design corporate gifts and we essentially help you maintain & create relationships, express gratitude, sympathy & ask forgiveness.This is our passion. Let us help you find time for your passions. There is such a thing as great quality, inexpensive gift baskets.


One thing I know for sure is that one door closes and others open. It’s all a matter of perspective. I have chosen to look for a new love. Life can change for the better if you give it a chance, even after giving up all that you thought you knew and open the mind to exploring outside your comfort zone. There are so many ways to change who you are if you don’t like what you see. Give your friends and family the gift of your pleasant presence.

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How Long Do You Have to Give?


What would you do if you were told you had 6 months to live? What would you give? Who would you give to? How would you choosing to spend it and with whom? I would give experiences to my nieces, nephews, sisters, brother and friends. I’ve started already, though I really hope I have more than 6 months to give.

I’ve opened my mind to exploring outside my comfort zone, to travel, make new friends, find someone to love, go after my dreams, learn about different cultures. I know for sure that opportunities open up when doors close.


Can you imagine a world where we each live our purpose, love ourselves and each other as we are? I’ve chosen to follow my passion (the proud owner of Gift Basket Villas), to find love and to live in this quaint little town of New Bern.


I hope I have at least 6 months to live, I definitely want to Live each moment, Love those around me and belly Laugh as much as possible.

Make time for what matters and gauge yourself by asking: How much fun am I to be with?

Brenda, GiftBasketVillas

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How Do You Make Friends?

The Easy Answer:

Come bearing gifts!

How to Build Relationships and Loyalty

Have you ever seen a food frenzy at the office? Someone brings in bagels or donuts and everyone is instantly hungry and can’t stop thanking the generous giver.

The same way we maintain friendships – by giving of our time, our resources and ourselves is the same method to use for our customers. Potential customers need items that can make them remember your company brand or image. There needs to be a token of appreciation and some type of benefit – sometimes extraordinary gift giving, sometimes not so much. Almost always, it’s the ordinary that maintains relationships – a chat, a note, showing up with popcorn, tea and cookies or a bagel and cream cheese.

A Client Touch Gift

If you want to stand out from the competition. There are so many others in your field that are not providing these small extras to attract customers and to make a connection with your company. This can help brand your company, and communicate your style of business.

Employing a corporate gifting strategy is one of the best investments your company can make, it is unexpected and it can make your job so much easier.

What kind of Corporate Gifts?

  • Gift-giving Within the Corporation
    • Corporate gifts can be internal to the company.  A manager or executive can give to their employees to let them know that they are the company’s most important asset and resource. These internal gifts are defined as gifts that are given to the staff,  other managers, company executives or other stake holders who are involved in the day-to-day operation of the company.This is often done to build cohesiveness and increase morale.
    • Internally – for employee loyalty, reward for good work,
    • Rewards help workers recognize their part in the big picture of the company. If a worker deserves a reward for their hard work, a corporate gift to that person can help him or her feel like their work is noticed by management and executives.


These are gifts the company gives to their customers and clients. The gifts could be given to new clients, in an effort to stand out from the crowd.

At Gift Basket Villas, we work with our customers to develop tailor-made  promotions and incentive programs to generate interest, engagement and loyalty, at minimum cost.

Ever Heard of Client Touch Gifts?

Our exclusive range of reward and recognition gifts and gift ideas serve as the perfect incentive to influence and change the behavior of your customers, friends, associates and employees. See how easy it is to get a referral that could result in thousands of dollars for your company, with one invaluable drop-by gift. Further discussion to come on drop-by and pop-by gifts.

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NC’s Gift Basket Villas Receives Highly Coveted National Award


Press Release
Gift Basket Villas receives Award From The National Gift Basket Association (NGBA). Las Vegas, Nevada August 5, 2016

Nationally Recognized Gift  Basket Award

Winner Give it LightGift Basket Villas’ Owner, Brenda Singh, of New Bern, North Carolina, received the distinctive ‘Give It Light’Award from the National Gift Basket Association (NGBA) at an international gift basket convention held in Las Vegas.

The criteria for the gift basket design competition was for the gift basket to have extraordinary eye appeal, be uniquely creative and it had to contain lights.


This prestigious award was presented to Brenda, by the president of the
NGBA, for a gift basket she designed to showcased her home state of North Carolina. The gift basket was a garden of lighted flowers and berries adorned with cardinals, pine branches, pine cones representative of NC.


Each year, the NGBA hosts a convention which is attended by gift basket designers from around the world. Successful gift basket business owners gather at this event to learn about new and upcoming trends in the gift industry. Gift basket design competitions are an exciting addition to the convention.

Competitors must present their competition pieces to a panel of NGBA officers who confirm that there are no signatures on the baskets.
Each entry is anonymous during the voting process. The competition is judged by colleagues who are respected and successful in their field.
And, the winners are announced at the convention finale.

The NGBA Award Program recognizes outstanding designs among it’s members throughout the country. Each year, the NGBA hosts a nationwide gift basket convention and peers voting commences on various categories. This vote is an honor since the winners are chosen, not by the general public, but by the designers.


The designers at Gift Basket Villas, makes it easy to order gifts online with free shipping and will be happy to duplicate this award winning design for your someone special this holiday season.  They also take pride in designing personalized and customized gift baskets for their clients. Visit Gift Basket Villas at, email or call/text (252)-631-0070