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Why custom gift baskets make the perfect gift!

You know the feeling…the joy of seeing a child’s face when they open a present with eyes wide open and shout: “it’s just what I wanted!!!”.

Or the surprise and delight on a loved one’s face knowing that you took the time to shop around and find that perfect gift, meant just for them!

And how that feeling multiplies when they open a beautifully decorated package with a collection of gifts, all packaged together, and they can’t believe there’s more!

At Thoughtful Presence, we celebrate this joy of giving and offer a wide range of custom gift baskets to help you savor the delight of giving that one special gift. All of our custom gift baskets are designed for each unique theme or occasion. We create many custom gift baskets, working directly with our customers on the right design and products for their interests and budget. All of the products we use are hand selected, and of the quality that we would give to our own family and friends. All of our gift baskets are handmade, and some of our designs originated as one of our own personal gifts. 

Who we are

We are Mary and Ken Babiez, born and raised in Chicago within a few miles of each other. However, it took us 42 years to find each other and become husband and wife!

We started Thoughtful Presence to fulfill a lifelong dream. After many years working in corporate marketing and finance, the time was right for one of us to blaze the trail. We chose the gift industry because giving to others should be everyone's lifelong mission (although not necessarily materially), and we want to help others do just that. We also both have a passion for creativity and design, so gifting was the right mix.

We currently work and live in Niles, IL with our dog, Cody. When we’re not creating gift baskets or working on new product ideas, we enjoy outdoor activities, playing music (flute and guitar – guess who plays which!), and spending time with family and friends.

We hope you'll take the time to look around our store, and if you have any special requests, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Mary and Ken Babiez



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