A few Ideas & Themes

Cheese & Wine

Start with a type of wine or cheese you know they'll love and from there select items that compliment them well. We can help find your ideal parings, and you can sample them in the store before you decide.

Italian Dinner

It's a simple Italian dinner gift basket pared with a smooth red wine. This is ideal for new homeowners, newlyweds or for any special couple.

Craft Beer Tub

Bring the party with you on big game night and share with friends. This is for those who love great beer. We have a great selection of craft beers, many from West Michigan, and all the best beer parings.

8 steps to being awesome at gift baskets

Gift baskets are one of the most versatile gifts and virtually everyone enjoys getting them, not just because of what's inside, but also the thought put into it by the giver. But some do it better than others. Here are some tips to think about when creating your gift basket at J-Dub's Market & Wine Shop for you special someone.

  1. Tell us, what's the occasion?
  2. How will they be receiving your basket? Are you delivering it in person or leaving it as a surprise? This can effect whether you want to include perishable items.
  3. Let us know what what your special person likes. We love to help in the brainstorming process.
  4. Select their items. You can simply pick a montage of items they would enjoy OR better yet, you can create a theme to bring it together as one cohesive piece. Try a theme such as a beer basket with beer pairings, an Italian dinner basket for a house-warming gift, a charcuterie kit for your meat-lovers, a picnic basket for a walk on the boardwalk, or a romantic getaway basket with wine and chocolate.
  5. Give us any additional items you would like to include in their special basket. Here are some simple ideas that make a huge impact:
    • Greeting cards
    • Books
    • Recipe cards (Ask us if we have any on hand)
    • Fresh fruit
    • A photo of yourself, family, friends or office staff
    • Food/wine accessories (we have many of these in-store)
  6. Pick the perfect presentation. Select their gift basket and decorative accessories for the perfect presentation.
  7. Invite them to visit J-Dub's. Consider including a gift card of any amount so they can be "in" on Grand Haven's best fine food and wine boutique, just like you.
  8. Finish it off with a handwritten note (we have free hang tags available). No message is more personal than a handwritten note. Tell them how much you appreciate them and why you are giving them this gift.

We all know it's better to give than to receive, but the truth is we all want someone to give us the same thought and attention that a custom gift basket brings. So feel free to drop subtle hints if you like. And remember this, when you give to gift baskets to others you might just find others returning the favor.

Happy gift giving!

Wine Pairings

We stock a large variety of wines at every price point for classy occasions, casual gatherings, gourmet cooking and more.

Craft Beers

West Michigan is quickly becoming a craft beer destination. You'll find an excellent selection of these unique flavors in our store.

Gourmet Cheeses

Come in to sample specialty, hard-to-find cheeses for any occasion. Pair with your favorite beer or wine, elevate recipes or just snack.

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