GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s Survey Says “Papaw” & “Granddad” Are Most Popular Nicknames For Grandfathers; “Grandma” Wins for Grandmothers

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As Grandparents Day Approaches, Fast-Growing E-Commerce Site Notes Sales of Gifts For Grandies Have Jumped At Least 50% Two Years In A Row

Sales of Gifts For Grandparents Have Jumped At Least 50% Two Years In A Row

We experienced a Facebook frenzy of sorts when we asked our fans about the names they call their beloved grandparents.

Grandparents Day has been celebrated for more than 35 years. Some people embrace it, while others say they’ve never heard of it. But at leading gifting site GourmetGiftBaskets.com (http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/), Grandparents Day has become a major gift-giving occasion and it’s escalating in popularity.

Site staffers are so enthusiastic about the Sept. 7th holiday that they conducted a Facebook poll to uncover the most popular nicknames for grandfathers and grandmothers coast to coast.

Based on input from 410 participants, the top names that surfaced for grandfathers were “Papaw” and “Granddad,” each netting 110 votes. And for grandmothers, the easy, effortless and All-American “Grandma” won with 170 votes, topping the more cosmopolitan, second-place contender, “Memere,” by 30 votes. Most of those polled came from Irish, Italian, German, French and Canadian lineages.

“We experienced a Facebook frenzy of sorts when we asked our fans about the names they call their beloved grandparents,” said Jason Bergeron, the company’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “For some it’s a funny question, but for others, it’s rather emotional. But that all makes sense to us here at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, as grandparents over the past 30 years have expanded their roles and are often among the most treasured family members. Grandchildren, and their parents, depend on grandparents more and more these days for everything from babysitting to paying for college.”

Not surprisingly, many GourmetGiftBaskets.com customers have been showing more appreciation for the grandies in their lives. Sales of gifts going to grandparents for Grandparents Day jumped 51% from 2012 to 2013 and are on track to surpass that number this year, with a 50% jump already noted from 2013 to 2014. And one more week of gift giving remains before the big day.

For procrastinators still seeking that perfect gift for Papaw, Granddad, Grandma or Memere, the gifting experts at GourmetGiftBaskets.com have generated a new Top 5 Gifts For Grandies List for 2014 -- a guide and gentle nudge to send the grandparent in your life something nice, regardless of your budget. There are literally hundreds of gifts to choose from at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, and its sister sites, Cheesecake.com, Strawberries.com and KingOfPOP.com, but this list covers some quick suggestions:

1. Baked Goods Sampler Basket, $29.99
Could you get a more affordable, yet delectable gift for the grandparents you know? Not likely. This Baked Goods Sampler Basket also can really satisfy a sweet tooth and we all know many grandies still love their sweets. Inside this beautiful basket, rich brownies (chocolate chunk and cheesecake) are artfully arranged with tempting cookies (white chocolate macadamia, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and peanut butter.) There are larger versions of this basket, too.

2. Roasted Nut Gift Crate, $39.99
For nut lovers out there, it doesn't get much better than this delicious offering. This gift crate has a wide selection of ultra-premium nuts that have been roasted and salted to perfection -- pistachios, peanuts, cashews and almonds. For many grandparents, nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be good for their hearts. This would be a big hit with most health-conscious grandparents.

3. Wine Party Picnic Ravenswood Duo, $99.99
For the wine-loving grandparents, this impressive arrangement makes the perfect gift. Inside a signature willow-branch basket, delighted grandparents will find two bottles of coveted Ravenswood wine paired with an assortment of mouthwatering accompaniments. Complete with a zesty tomato bruschetta, crisp deli-style crackers, and slow smoked cheese, this sophisticated gift is sure to make a great impression.

4. Ultimate Margarita Madness Bucket, $119.99
This is the perfect celebratory gift for grandies who really like to have a good time. Loaded with premium margarita mix and many savory snacks like spicy salsas and zesty tortilla chips, this basket gives grandparents everything they need for a fiesta that can't be beat.

5. Red Wine And Dark Chocolate Suitcase with Torpedo Barber Cigar, $179.99
GourmetGiftBaskets.com has many gifts that are quite indulgent and this is certainly one of them. Inside an elegant suitcase, a collection of sophisticated tastes begins with the remarkably well-balanced Torpedo Barber Cigar and two coveted red wines. These flavors are then expertly paired with an assortment of irresistible gourmet treats, including chocolate-drenched fruits and exquisite cookies. This is a gift few grandies will ever forget.

For more gift ideas for Grandparents Day or any other holiday, go to GourmetGiftBaskets.com and click on the Grandparents Day tab. Also, be sure to “like” GourmetGiftBaskets.com’s Facebook page, as well, for more news on the latest food and gifting trends, as well as great deals.

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