Gift baskets, baskets and boxes have come a long way in the last ten years. Things have changed and gift baskets have moved into more modern territory. In fact, you are less likely to see actual reed baskets now wrapped in plastic. Now you can expect to see great prints and fabulous gift boxes filled with delicious treats. You may have to shop around to make sure you find the stores with the latest gift boxes, but it’s worth it. Who wants to send a gift that the recipient won’t like from start to finish?
Of course, there are so many times during the year that you may need to congratulate someone or say ‘thank you’, so what kind of gift should you send, and what should your gift include? We’ve put together a list of the top gift categories with ideas to help you get started!
GIFT BOXES FOR BABY
It’s pretty obvious that you would send this type of gift to someone expecting a baby or a new parent. There are really two important occasions surrounding pregnancy; the baby shower that takes place before the baby is born and the days after the baby is born.
A baby shower can be tricky if you don’t know the gender of the baby, so stick with neutrals. Gender neutral options are much more popular right now as people are moving away from pinks for girls and blues for boys.
Choose classic gift ideas. For example, an heirloom baby blanket will always come in handy. You can hope that new parents have already set up their nursery, but gifts like a blanket can be used in the park, for travel, or for play. Teething and squishy toys will always be appreciated as babies can always use more than one!
LOTS OF MIMO
Spoiled gifts are also a good alternative for new parents, especially if it seems like they are really cluttered with baby things! New parents will love the idea of pampering products like bath teas, body oil, and candles. It is a truly thoughtful gift when there is a new baby in the house and they will appreciate the little moments of relaxation they can enjoy.
Beauty products make great birthday gifts too, and they’re not just for women! Men can now enjoy a gift that allows them a time of rejuvenation. When looking for beauty gifts, make sure they are of high quality. Look for organic and natural products if you can, as these products often spend more time on them (they are not mass produced) and offer a better end-user experience.
WINE AND CHOCOLATE
What can we say about wine and chocolate? Well, most people will love a good gift of wine and chocolate, but you better check that they drink alcohol. Sending wine to a non-drinker could be a huge gift-giving misstep! If you really want to impress, find out the variety of wine they drink. Red or white wine? Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc?
A good quality wine is also essential. Many liquor stores have in-store staff reviews or go online and read Google reviews. The chocolates must also be top-notch. We recommend artisan chocolates because there is a lot of care, flavor and attention in their preparation and this is transmitted in your gift.
If you’ve found that the gift recipient doesn’t drink wine, then tea and coffee are your go-to! Mixed with delicious cookies, nuts, and chocolates, tea and coffee gifts will be a favorite.
These gift boxes are ideal as corporate gifts for bulk orders or gifts for staff because they can be enjoyed for afternoon tea at the office. They are also “non-offensive” in the sense that almost everyone drinks tea and coffee, so you can purchase these gifts and send them in bulk without having to think about the individual tastes of each gift recipient.
Depending on your preferences, you can go for a standard English breakfast tea or get creative with a unique herbal tea. You may want to go for healthier versions of cookies and chocolates and instead choose mixes of nuts, crisp breads, and chutney.
Champagne and chocolate gifts are a popular choice around Christmas (considering everything we’ve discussed about alcohol) as bubbles have a celebratory vibe during the festive season.
Make your gift more Christmassy by adding seasonal treats like puddings, cakes, and dessert sauces with a Christmas theme. A nice addition to your gift are cute little things like Christmas tree decorations, party poppers, and candy canes. They add an instant element of festivity, fun, and color that the gift recipient will love and won’t break the bank.