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How to Choose the Right Gift Basket

A gift basket is among the most popular of gift-giving choices. And itís gaining in popularity, according to trade publication Supermarket News. Gift baskets can be appropriate not only for long-term friends and family but for newer friends, acquaintances and business associates.

Choosing the right gift basket requires thought and attention to a range of concerns. Your relationship to the recipient is chief among them and has an impact on every other factor to be considered.

Relationship / Degree of Intimacy
Think carefully about the nature of your relationship to the recipient. A close friend or family member may warrant or expect a higher-value gift. They might also expect that you know their personal tastes and will honor them in your choice of basket contents. On the other hand, a co-worker with whom you infrequently have lunch might feel uncomfortable with a lavish or expensive gift basket. Similarly, if the basket is for a dating partner, consider the length and intimacy level of the relationship before you purchase the gift-basket equivalent of diamonds. On the other hand, if you want to make a splash with a new romantic partner or express deep affection, an extravagant basket might be just the ticket. The recipientís comfort level with extravagance is also a factor.

Occasion
Most gift baskets are centered around a theme. Certainly, a basket thatís intended to celebrate a winter holiday, such as Christmas, should reflect the colors and spirit common to the season. Still, content and decoration are two different things entirely. Just because itís Christmas in the Northeast does not preclude sending a golf-related gift basket to be used when warmer weather rolls around. A basket intended for a wedding, however, should cleave to the occasion as to both content and design, preferably in accord with the brideís favorite colors and including items of interest to both soon-to-be spouses.

Design
One of the most attractive aspects of the gift basket is its visual appeal. Thus, a thoughtlessly thrown together design will not speak highly of you or endear you to the recipient. The design Ė that is, the colors, the materials, the size and shape of the basket itself -- should suit not only the recipientís tastes, but the occasion as well. In fact, a gift basket does not have to include a basket. More reusable vessels, such as polycarbonate containers, earthen planters and hampers are also popular among gift purveyors.

Tastes and Interests
Certainly, you wonít want to offer a wine or beer gift basket to someone who doesnít drink. If you do not know the recipient well, inquire of others about any health issues and personal tastes before you make the purchase. Nothing is more embarrassing or awkward than an inappropriate gift choice. If you are offering the gift to a new client, such a gaffe can end the would-be relationship before it starts. So, do adequate research before selecting a gift.

So how do you choose the right gift basket? As with any gift, choosing appropriately requires planning, research, and forethought.

Big Bet Philanthropy: These Gifts Of $25 Million Or More Target Society's Toughest Problems

LARGE FORTUNES beget large gifts, and more than ever, prominent philanthropists and foundations are anteing up $25 million-plus to help tackle problems of poverty, disease, substandard education and more. Boston's Bridgespan Group found 74 such gifts in ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:20:00 GMT



10 gifts for beer lovers that they probably don't have yet

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. For people who are passionate about beer, their love for this finest of fermented drinks ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:54:00 GMT



20 Holiday Gifts That Will Sell Out

You never want something until you can't have it. So, each week in The Sell-Out, we're getting the scoop from your favorite retailers on what's selling like crazy. Watch this space to find out what everyone's buying, sign up for wait lists, and keep tabs ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:10:00 GMT



The most cutting-edge gifts for the techie in your life

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Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT



17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics

This is the third year we've run a STEM-focused gift guide - and if you're intending to buy a child something fun and quasi-educational in holiday season 2017 it's fair to say there has never been so many programmable bots and kits to choose from ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:17:00 GMT



100 Gifts Under $100

Getting gifts for everyone on your list is hard: Between your picky Mother-in-Law, indifferent Dad and millennial niece, it's no wonder most people resort to last-minute gift cards. But don't give up just yet. Instead, get inspired by this list of ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:07:00 GMT



7 perfect gifts for your favorite traveler, camper or hiker

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) Whether you've got a jet-setter, an armchair traveler or an ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:49:00 GMT



The ultimate guide to tech gifts

Story and Photos by The Washington Post 19 hrs ago ("¶) Technology gifts for every budget and interest - this year, the Washington Post teamed up with Consumer Reports to bring an expert-curated list of the hottest gifts to get your loved one.

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:24:00 GMT



Holiday Shipping Dates 2017: Make Sure Gifts Arrive On Time

To make sure your cards and packages arrive on the doorstep of family and friends ahead of Thanksgiving, and Christmas, it's not too soon to get your items to the post office. So start thinking about your gift list and specifically how you plan to get your ...

Published:  Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:20:00 GMT



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