Gourmet Foods 101
Did you know?
"The average gift basket contains a minimum of five items."

Dos and Don'ts

We want to help you make educated purchases. Here are some essential dos and don'ts of gourmet gift basket shopping:

  • order only from a U.S. vendor if sending to a destination within the U.S.
  • check the destination state's alcohol delivery laws before sending gift baskets containing alcohol.
  • ensure that food products adhere to laws and regulations.
  • check the company's website for all security, warranty and return policies.
  • check several sites to compare prices and product variety.
  • send food you know your recipient loves!
  • follow proper business and personal etiquette.
  • ensure that the theme of you gift basket matches your recipient.
  • anticipate your recipient's political and religious preferences.
  • send a gift basket to your boss from yourself and your colleagues!
  • remind your husband that gift baskets make easy gifts for anniversaries and Valentine's Day.
  • send mom a gift basket for Mother's Day!
  • send a gift basket containing alcohol to a home where a 21-year-old might not be present.
  • send a gift to a business client in any Asian country, where there are strict anti-bribery laws.
  • send a corporate gift without checking your client's company policy on gifts and gift value.
  • order from a non-U.S. vendor, as customs laws may prohibit the prompt delivery of your basket.
  • order from a company that does not have a strong guarantee and return policy.
  • send gifts that are inappropriately personal, expensive or themed.
  • send inappropriate notes with your gift.
  • send heavily perfumed gift baskets to people with allergies.
  • send any nut products to a home with nut allergies.
  • underestimate the power of a thoughtful, timely gift!
  • assume that cheapest is best!