Which gift basket?
When it comes to gift giving, many people scratch their heads
with consternation. Which gift will that certain recipient
prefer? Which gift is considered politically correct? Can
you give a gift of food or wine or is that considered to be
unhealthy or inappropriate?
Well, there has been some great research done of late which
have proven that those things we assumed were bad for our
health have actually turned out to be beneficial.
Scientists and doctors alike have found that moderate amounts
of wine are good for the circulation. The French and Italians
take wine on a daily basis – even giving children watered
down wine with meals – and suffer less from heart attacks
and circulatory problems than those living in the USA and
other parts of Europe.
Even more great news is that dark chocolate has been discovered
to lower high blood pressure. Of course, don’t take
this as carte blanche to stuff that wonderful confection day
and night. Taken in moderation it can lower moderately high
blood pressure – but if you are overdoing it then the
added weight gain will nullify any health benefits.
With all this information in mind you can literally feel
free in sending a superb gift basket filled with goodies to
surprise and delight the recipient. No longer are you constricted
by worries of whether it is appropriate or not. In fact, many
people send an assorted gift basket and expect that if the
recipient cannot use the goodies themselves then they will
serve up the food or wine to guests at dinner parties or barbecues
etc. Either way, the gift will be appreciated in one way or
Of course, you are not limited in your choice of gift basket.
You can literally get anything in a basket these days from
bathroom goodies to soft toys, from baby goods to baskets
stuffed with candles and massage oils. The list is virtually
endless and for the connoisseur there are even gourmet baskets.
One great fashion of late is to send wine as a gift. These
can either be single bottles presented with a wine bottle
holder or gift baskets with a variety of wines or champagnes
plus some other accoutrement to make the gift extra special.
Imagine that a favorite relative is about to be married.
What would be nicer than to send a wine cooler complete with
a superb bottle of champagne and wine glasses all packed into
a presentation basket? Of course, this gift is not limited
to weddings. It could also be sent for a special anniversary,
a promotion or simply to say ‘I love you’.
The good thing about the gift basket is that often it could
contain something for now – the wine or food –
plus something to keep for future use - perhaps a game, glasses,
wine cooler etc. that will remind the recipient of the giver
for many years to come. How great it would be to be remembered
for the great gift you gave some time before!
The trick about giving an appropriate gift basket is to consider
the recipient. Don’t forget to also consider your budget.
There is no need to bankrupt your wallet merely to impress.
Better to give a single ‘good’ bottle of wine
than to offer a basket with several cheaper alternatives,
especially if the recipient is a senior colleague.
Likewise, there is no need to spend huge amounts on a select
wine if the recipient is likely to throw it into a punch bowl
with fruit etc., to make a sangria style punch.
However, if making an impression is what you are aiming for
then the wine and gourmet basket must be one of the best ways
of making a splash. Imagine pates and cheeses with gourmet
spreads and crackers plus superb selections of wine and champagne.
Indeed, anything that is considered ‘high end’
is available in this kind of gift basket.
Another great feature of sending a gift basket, whatever
it contains, is the sheer excitement generated by having this
great gift delivered to the recipient’s door. No matter
how sophisticated we all become, the surprise of the unexpected
gift is priceless, especially if the gift basket is filled
with something unforeseen.
A favorite choice for most people must be the gift of champagne
but don’t be limited by that. There are many different
wines on offer and most people would consider that champagne
could only be used for special occasions. It may be better
then to send a choice of wines that can be brought out at
several events. Some gift baskets feature wine along with
sauces and coffees laced with liquor which could be served
up at dinner parties, barbeques or family picnics.
Whatever you choose, you can be assured that the recipient
will be delighted with your choice. You see the gift not only
shows that you care but also that you took time to consider
what they would want. In other words, you have taken time
to show them that they are important and that you care for
them or respect them. Who wouldn’t like to have this
sentiment shown to them?
Even if it is a work colleague or senior, you will make a
good impression by choosing just the right gift which will
suit the lifestyle and aspirations of the recipient. Therefore
it is certainly important to take time with your choice.
Since the choice of gift basket is virtually endless, the
only problem you will have is just which one? Don’t
forget that there is always another occasion and always another
birthday etc. so although you may be spoiled for choice you
could always send one basket now and for the next time a different
In fact, be careful, you could build that reputation of sending
superb baskets for great occasions. Who wouldn’t want
to be remembered in this way?