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Towel Gift Basket

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007

There are few things more luxurious than a new set of bath towels. Everyone should have two complete sets of towels for each person in the household, plus two additional sets for guests. (A set includes a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth.) And creatively packaged, towels are a great gift.

Egyptian Cotton Solid Towels
Made with long-stable Egyptian cotton, these absorbent and soft towels are embellished with a unique dobby inspired by antique French ribbon. They are available in bath towels, bath sheets, hand towels, wash towels, and tub mats. They are also offered in 12 colors: daffodil, honey, leaf, mango, milk, oyster, pecan, peony, seaglass, sky, sweet pea, and cream.

Low-Twist Cotton Towels
With two-ply cotton on one side, these durable and plush towels reverse to low-twist cotton on the other side. They are available in bath towels, bath sheets, hand towels, and wash towels. They are also offered in 12 colors: brook, carnation, cream, fern, hazel, heath, lemonade, midnight, milk, sage, tomato, and wave.

Jacquard Dot Bath Towels
These plush terry towels feature a sculpted jacquard dots-and-lines pattern. They are available in bath towels, hand towels, and wash towels. They are also offered in four colors: brook, cream, milk, and sage.

Faux Bois Towels
These soft and absorbent towels are made of combed and ring-spun cotton. They are available in bath towels, hand towels, and wash towels. They are also offered in an array of colors: aqua/taupe, brown/taupe, honey/taupe, and taupe/cream.

Scallop Bath Towels
These scalloped bath towels are made of 100 percent cotton. They are available in bath towels, hand towels, and wash towels. They are also offered in aqua, coral, lime, and pearl.

Towel Care Tips
1. Don't use fabric softener, which can reduce absorbency.

2. Use oxygen bleach rather than chlorine. It's gentler on fibers.

3. Dry towels on medium heat rather than high, and remove when slightly damp. Overheating can weaken the fibers.

4. If you're hanging towels outside, remember to hang brights in indirect light; direct sun could fade them. But whites will get brighter in direct sun.

5. When storing towels, always use the set on the top and put clean towels on the bottom to ensure even wear.

6. Don't iron terry cloth; pressing the loops down will reduce absorbency.

Tip: When giving towels as a gift, make your gift tag extra special by writing the "to and from" on one side, and this list of helpful care tips on the reverse side. Just download and print this simple gift tag template, grab a pen, and you're ready to go.

Resources
These Martha Stewart Collection towels are available at macys.com in a variety of weaves and patterns, and a palette of magnificent colors.

Comments (5)

  • geesopetes 20 Mar, 2009

    I used to have that problem - it was so annoying!! Now I add borax with the laundry soap to each load. No more smelly towels! The directions are right on the box. You can find it in the laundry soap section of grocery stores or Kmart or Target.

  • KDBee46 17 Nov, 2008

    I had that problem. I think its the other soap thats used on the towels before they are washed. What I do is to make sure any towel with dish soap or hand soap is thoroughly rinsed out before I put it in the wash. That was the cure for my smelly towel problem. I think the dish soap is reacting with the laundry soap. I'd like to hear if this helps anyone.

  • Marsie 17 Dec, 2007

    If you don't dry towels completely won't they smell then when rolling them up of folding them to put away? Not every one can hang towels to finish drying after washing and drying the load.

  • PAG 11 Dec, 2007

    I too have a problem with my towels, after washing and dryer, they smell. I have a front load washer and dryer, what do I do wrong? Don't use dryer sheets or farbic softerner. HELP, HELP, HELP Pat Gendreau.

  • baker4158 7 Dec, 2007

    I am having a problem with my towel, after washing and drying. When you use them to dry with, they smell. I have a front load washer and not sure what to do. I have purchased all new towels and they seem to have the same problem. I do not use fabric sheets, or liquid. Help.
    Sincerely
    Kay Malone
    ps I love all the colors of you Macy's towels. Have a quite a few.