Gift baskets, hampers, 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’re less likely to see actual cane 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 doesn’t love from start to finish?
Of course, there are so many times throughout the year when you may need to congratulate someone or say ‘thank you’, so what type 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!
BABY GIFT BOXES
It’s pretty obvious that you would send this type of gift to someone who is expecting a baby or a new parent. There are really two important occasions surrounding pregnancy; the baby shower that takes place before the birth of the baby and the days after the birth of the baby.
A baby shower can be tricky if you don’t know the gender of the baby, so it’s good to stay neutral. 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 might expect new parents to already have their nursery set up, but gifts like a blanket can be used at the park, for travel, or for playtime. Teething and stuffed toys will always be appreciated as babies can always use more than one!
Pampering gifts are also a good alternative for new parents, especially if they seem to have an excess of baby items! New parents will love the idea of pampering products like bath teas, body oil and candles. It’s a really thoughtful gift when there’s a new baby in the house and they’ll thank you for the little moments of relaxation they can enjoy.
Beauty products also make great birthday gifts and they’re not just for women! Men can now enjoy a pampering 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 have more time invested in them (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 misstep when giving a gift! 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 display in-store reviews from staff or go online and read Google reviews. The chocolates must also be top notch. We recommend handmade chocolates because there is a lot of care, flavor and attention in their preparation and this will be transmitted in your gift.
If you’ve found that your 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 as gifts for staff, as they can be enjoyed for afternoon tea at the office. They’re also ‘non-offensive’ in the sense that just about everyone drinks tea and coffee, so you can buy these gifts and send them in bulk without having to think about the individual tastes of each recipient.
Depending on your own preference, you can opt for a standard English breakfast tea or get creative with a unique herbal tea. You may want to look for healthier versions of cookies and chocolates and choose nut mixes, crusty bread, and hot sauce instead.
Champagne and chocolate gifts are a popular choice at Christmas (considering everything we’ve discussed about alcohol) as bubbles have a celebratory mood during the festive season.
Make your gift more Christmassy by adding seasonal treats like pudding, cake, 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.