From Humble Beginnings.
It all started as a creative outlet for computer engineer turned stay-at-home-mom Chelsie Hutchinson. Now, St. Albert based BasketBelle is a thriving boutique company specializing in custom gift baskets, unique presents, and home decor.
Chelsie always had the knack for finding clever gifts for those around her. 13 years ago, she was approached to create custom gift baskets for her friends’ realty clients. The baskets were so well received that her phone began to ring with requests to create the same personalized gifts for large corporate functions. Soon, many businesses came calling, looking for the perfect gift for their Christmas parties, golf tournaments, charity fundraisers and many other special events.
Chelsie finds her unique products by scouring gift shows across North America. “It is important to me that I can provide my clients with current, fashionable unique items from around the world”, says Hutchison. “It can be a challenge, but is also one of the most rewarding parts of this job.”
Crafting the Perfect Gift.
BasketBelle carries a variety of exclusive products — from gourmet food products, baby and toddler clothing gifts, and kitchen & home décor to a variety of personal products for both men and women. Take a personal shopping trip to BasketBelle, and you’ll see many of these exclusive products in person. Many more can be ordered from the in-store catalogue.
The creative process can be very rewarding. A lot of thought goes into the selection, presentation and coordination of the baskets and boxes. “We pride ourselves of the professional quality of all the baskets we produce. We know that each gift we deliver will bring joy to those receiving it.”
The key to success is meeting with clients to ensure we create for them their perfect gift. Chelsie understands that each person has unique preferences and a unique budget, and works to provide great gifts for each and every client. “I enjoy meeting with clients and working with them to create the right gift, designed especially for them.”
“Chelsie is an absolute pleasure to work with on our special event and gift basket needs. She is creative, knowledgeable and is always able to find unique products to fit our event theme and budget. Her attention to detail delivers an end result we have continuously been impressed with.”
—Laura Braz from the The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta Branch. The CHBAA has worked with Chelsie for more than 5 years.
A Gift for Every Occasion.
Christmas is the busiest time of year for BasketBelle. Many companies begin planning their festivities as early as August. This ensures that all product can be ordered on time, on budget and delivered as that Chelsie and her staff can meet deadlines.
Baby baskets, sympathy baskets, teachers gifts, and bridal showers are also very popular. You can also shop at BasketBelle for individual gifts and you will always leave with a unique item.
Personal shopping is done by appointment only. This personal service is valued by her clients. Many husbands are repeat shoppers and they have found exactly what the wanted for that special someone. Customer notes are kept of all favourite items and can be recalled whenever a gift is needed. And each gift that leaves BasketBelle is packaged beautifully. You can visit the website, order online, and have it shipped to its final destination. Be sure to check out Facebook and Instagram for all the latest creations from BasketBelle!