Gift baskets, hampers and boxes have come a long way over the last ten years. Things have changed and gift baskets have moved into more trendy territory. In fact, it's less likely you'll see actual cane baskets now wrapped in plastic. Now you can expect to see cool prints and fabulous gift boxes packed full of delicious treats. You may have to shop around to make sure you find the stores with latest in gift boxes but it's worth it. Who wants to send a gift that the recipient won't love from start to finish?
Of course, there's so many occasions throughout the year that you might need to congratulate someone or say 'thank you' so what kind of gift should you be sending and what should your gift include? We've created a list of the top gift categories with ideas to help you get started!
BABY GIFT BOXES
It's quite obvious that you would be sending this type of gift to someone expecting a baby or a new parent. There's really two important occasions surrounding pregnancy; the baby shower held before the baby is born and the days after the birth of the baby.
A baby shower can be tricky if you don't know the baby's gender, so it's good to stick with neutrals. Gender-neutral options are much more popular at the moment 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 be useful. You can expect new parents to already have their nursery set up but gifts like a blanket can be used at the park, for travel or playtime. Teething and soft toys will always be appreciated as babies can always use more than one!
Pamper gifts are a good alternative for new parents too - especially if it looks like they're really overstocked on baby stuff! New parents will love the idea of pamper products like bath teas, body oil and candles. It's a truly thoughtful gift when there's a new baby in the house and they'll thank you for the small 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 pamper gift that allows them some rejuvenation time. When you're looking for beauty gifts make sure they're high quality. Look for organic and natural if you can as these products often have more time invested in them (not mass-produced) and offer a better end-user experience.
WINE & CHOCOLATE
What can we say about wine and chocolate? Well, most people will love a good wine and chocolate gift but you best check that they drink alcohol. Sending wine to a non-drinker could be a major gift-giving faux pas! If you really want to impress, find out the variety of wine they drink. Red wine or white? Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc?
A good quality wine is also essential. Many alcohol shops have in-store reviews displayed from staff or jump online and read Google reviews. Chocolates also need to be top-notch. We recommend hand crafted chocolates because there's a lot of care, flavour and attention in the making of them and this will be conveyed in your gift.
TEA & COFFEE
If you have discovered that your gift recipient doesn't drink wine, then tea and coffee is your go-to! Mixed with delicious cookies, nuts and chocolates, tea and coffee gifts will be a favourite.
These gift boxes make ideal bulk order corporate gifts or staff gifts because they can be enjoyed for afternoon tea in the office. They're also 'non-offensive' in that almost everyone drinks tea and coffee so you can buy these gifts and send them out in bulk without having to think of each gift recipient's individual tastes.
Depending on your own preference, you either want to go with a stock-standard English Breakfast tea or get creative with a unique herbal tea. You may want to look at healthier versions of cookies and chocolates and instead choose nut mixes, crisp breads and chutney.
Champagne and chocolate gifts are a popular choice at Christmas (keeping in mind everything we've discussed about alcohol) as bubbles have such a celebratory vibe during the festive season.
Make your gift more Christmas-like by adding seasonal treats like pudding, cake and dessert sauces with a Christmas theme. A nice addition to your gift is cute little things like Christmas tree decorations, party poppers and candy canes. They add an instant element of festivity, fun and colour that your gift recipient will love and they won't break the bank.