Need to send a gift? Why you should consider a fruit gift basket
In recent years, gift baskets have acquire a bit of bad reputation as a gift. They’re considered a gift you give when you can’t think of anything else.
But the idea that a gift basket is a thoughtless or last-minute gift is often untrue, and many people who give baskets put a lot of time and effort into considering which items to include.
They’re helped by the sheer number of options out there these days. You can add pretty much anything you want and create something truly personal and unique.
Why fruit make popular gift baskets
Fruit baskets are one of the most popular types of gift basket, and can be delivered to your loved one at home, at work, or somewhere else. There are a wide range of gift basket services out there, so you should be able to find one that offers what you’re looking for in the delivery area you need.
While other types of gift basket are usually sent as a birthday or Christmas present, fruit baskets are more often given as congratulations or thank you gifts. They are also very popular as sympathy gifts and ‘get well soon’ gifts, as the nature of sending fruit lends itself well to moments in life when someone might be struggling.
Or give a fruit bouquet
As well as fruit baskets, many gift providers also offer fruit bouquets – a slightly different take on the tradition. The clue is really in the name – the fruit is arranged in the shape of a floral bouquet instead of in a wrapped basket.
As the fruit is usually cut into the shape of flowers and leaves to give the full effect, these bouquets tend to have a shorter shelf life and are often smaller to avoid waste.
Fruit baskets and bouquets can contain pretty much any kind of fruit you can imagine, but as a general rule, the more exotic the fruit, the more expensive the basket.
In these more gourmet baskets, you might find fruits such as mango, lychee, pomegranate, papaya, avocado, and pineapple. Most people will give these baskets for very special occasions and stick to more traditional fruits such as strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas, and grapes for ‘in sympathy’ or ‘get well’ baskets.
You can add other food to your fruit basket
As well as fruit, you can also add other food items to your basket. Popular choices include chocolate, crackers, bread, vegetables, organic dates, nuts, jars of pickles, jam, and chutneys. Wine is also a popular pick, as it goes well with several other items on this list.
You could even include non-food items if you wish, such as plants or stuffed animals. Most gift baskets are completely customizable, although this might be a bit more expensive than an ‘off the shelf’ option.
Check food intolerances before you send
It’s essential to consider any dietary requirements that the recipient of the basket may have. You don’t want to send a gift they can’t enjoy or that, in the worst-case scenario, might make them sick.
If you don’t know about any food intolerances or dietary requirements, ask. Baskets can be made vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly (these don’t tend to contain fruit).
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