Frequently Asked Questions about Gift Baskets

Just what is a Gift Basket and how is it different from a gift box?

  • Basically, it is any combination of products placed into a basket but it really doesn’t have to be a traditional wicker basket.  A gift basket container can be anything from a basket to a wooden box to a birdhouse to a garden hose.  The container can be anything that will hold the products.  Preferably, it should be reusable.
  • Even a box (wooden, cardboard, metal, etc) can be used and the finished arrangement called a gift basket.
  • Products used in a gift basket are frequently foods but it can contain gift items, stuffed animals, spa products, books and just about anything else that will fit into the container.
  • Gift baskets containing foods and beverages are oftentimes called “Gourmet gift baskets.”  They can be made up of many different combinations including meats and cheeses, cookies, and even wine and other beverages.
  • There really isn’t much difference between a “gift basket” and a “gift box” other than the arrangement of gifts.  Gift baskets are traditionally arranged with the gifts standing up, wrapped in cello and topped with a bow while the gift box usually has the gifts laying down in the box.  The box may or may not include a bow.

Who Should You Give a Gift Basket to?

  • The answer is easily anyone and everyone. There are personal gift occasions that are appropriate for a gift basket but there are also corporate occasions that also call for a gift basket as a gift.
  • Gift baskets can be themed for the occasion (birthday, sympathy, congratulations, etc), for the individual (men, women, kids, etc) or they can be generic (good for any person or group or any occasion)
  • A gift basket is also an appropriate and gift  for any professional person or group including co-workers, administrative assistants, clients, customers and even bosses.  These can be themed personal gifts but most often are gourmet gift baskets.

Reasons for giving a Gift Basket as a gift

  • People have been giving gifts ever since Eve handed Adam that forbitten fruit.  To make it easier to gift several items at once, people began placing the items into a container which evolved into being called a gift basket.
  • There are as many reasons for giving a gift basket as you can think of — ranging from thank you, I’m thinking of you, be my bridesmaid to the more more traditional gifting occasions like holidays, birthdays, housewarmings and anniversaries
  • A gift basket is also a wonderful way to just let someone know you miss them or to welcome a new family to the neighborhood.  During the pandemic, they were used show appreciation to medical professionals and front-line emergency workers.  Work-from-home and zoom meeting gifts were also popular uses for gift baskets.

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