Tips for the Perfect Gift Basket

Want to give something special to a loved one, but don’t know what? And for sure you don’t want to be mistaken! How about learning how to have the perfect gift basket made for you, while making sure to send a customized gift for someone you care about? That might seem a daunting task, but you definitely can handle this if you know where to start. So, today’s blog topic is perfect gift baskets and how to build them!

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Before you even learn how to assemble gift baskets, you need to understand the preferences and interests of those who will receive it. Of course, the commitment and dedication will be the same no matter the recipient, but the size, the gifts placed inside, and your monetary investment may vary according to your intimacy. After all, gifts (and their themes) will vary if the person is your friend, family member, or romantic partner. Imagine that you send a gift that can be perceived as romantic, to a business partner? Or other way around. Not the best perspective for sure.

Before assembling your basket, consider the gifts you’ll put inside. What you choose will depend a lot on the gift’s purpose. For example: if you prefer to give food, how about preparing a breakfast-themed gift! Try to learn your recipient’s preferences. Would they like receiving a healthy breakfast kit, a hearty one, or maybe a nice package of sweets and comforting drinks? Of course, you could include your favorite morning treats as well such as breads, cakes, juices, fruits, and even pancake mix. Just make sure your tastes do not contradict theirs.

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However, if you want something more romantic, you can defer from the breakfast theme and include a teddy bear, chocolates, a bottle of wine or sparkling wine and snacks that go with those drinks. Use your imagination! Visualize your recipient unpacking the gift. What would they enjoy the most? What are the feelings you want to convey? How does the perfect romantic surprise look like for you? Answering such questions will certainly help you to build an outstanding gift basket.

Buy the actual gift basket after you know what you’re going to put in it. You don’t want the basket to be too big or too small. Ideally, you’ll pick up the gifts you’re including first, and then evaluate the size you’ll need to accommodate all of them. On this step, it’s better to consider the recipient’s interests and preferences too. Giving a plastic basket to someone who is environmentally conscious and prefers eco materials and packaging would not be your best choice, would it?

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Decorate with items that are made for that person. Think of something that is very characteristic of your recipient. Add ribbons and filler in their favorite color, include their favorite blooms to fill in any spaces between gifts. Decorate the basket in a way that integrates your recipient’s style in the basket to make it unique and special. Add a personal touch here. Writing a greeting card with your unique handwriting instead of printing out one will certainly say a lot to them and show how much you care for them.

Delivery can also be a big thing. Will you deliver a gift in person or have someone deliver it for you? What’s the best time for a gift to arrive? What if they are not at home and the gift will need to sit somewhere waiting for the recipient – won’t it get spoiled or broken? Taking delivery into account will help you ensure the best experience with the gift itself.

If putting together a custom gift basket on your own sounds like too much work though, there are companies that specialize in this. Some of them offer hundreds of ready-made gift baskets, that you can choose by occasion or even by recipient. It’s best to still approach the gift selection process with the same considerations in mind. Start with identifying the gift basket’s purpose, and take into account the recipient’s preferences, the relationships you are in, and what is the message you want to convey.

But, some of the gift delivering companies are even more flexible and allow you to customize your gift basket online with the items you want to include, just as you would do by going to the stores, buying the items, and assembling the basket yourself. One of these companies is GiftBasketsOverseas.com. There, you will find a wide variety of premade gift baskets and basket builders that will allow you to customize and personalize your gift. They will even offer you to add a greeting card with your own text on it!

Using such service can come in even handier if your loved ones are in another country. Sending a basket full of fruit or treats overseas is difficult and with great degree of probability will be declined by postal services and customs. So, that’s really convenient to have a service that can handle it for you and arrange your basket for local delivery in a country where your recipients live.

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Imagine that you are running late with your gift. The special date or the anniversary is today and you don’t have time to prepare! Another great option for such a situation is an electronic version of your gift you can order on a website. You select a gift, order its delivery, and your recipient receives a message that greets them on your behalf and informs that the gift is on its way.

Actually, it doesn’t matter if you are the kind who prefers to create your gift basket alone and deliver in person, or the kind who prefers to buy online and have a company that takes care of everything for you. The only thing that matters, is that you care and want to celebrate your special relationship.

The most important thing about having the perfect gift basket to give to someone you love is putting your heart into the whole process, from choosing items to decorating the basket. With your care and dedication to pleasing your recipient, you will surely be on the right path to having the perfect gift basket.


Ricardo is a freelance writer specialized in politics. He is with foreignpolicyi.org from the beginning and helps it grow. Email: richardorland4[at]gmai.com