Important Terms for Buying Gift Baskets and Parcels
When ordering a gourmet food, wine or fruit basket, you'll likely encounter some terms used by the gift shop or florist. While you may have heard many of these words before, you may not understand their exact meanings. This quick rundown of the important terms for gift baskets will make it easy for you to communicate with the designer of your gift.
Service Area - This is the area in which a florist or gift shop will personally deliver a gift basket rather than shipping it. Typically, the area is a set number of miles from the shop's location.
Delivery Fee - Charge assessed for having the provider personally deliver your gift basket
Shipping Cost - Charge assessed to send a gift parcel through a shipping service
USPS - The United States Parcel Service is a common shipping service for gift parcels. Remember that private services can only deliver to physical addresses. If you are having a small gift parcel sent to a post office box, you'll need to use USPS rather than the private service.
Floral Networks - A group of florists located throughout the world. These networks have online websites that offer standard types of gift baskets, including wine, fruit and gourmet food arrangements. Florists that belong to the networks all have the ability to produce and ship these items. Network members must meet certain quality and ethical standards and ship items within a certain amount of time.
Theme - The theme is what a gift basket is geared toward. It can be a specific occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary. The theme may revolve around a certain holiday like Mother's Day or Valentine's Day.
Custom - A one-of-a-kind present that contains items specifically selected based on the interests and tastes of the recipient
Sometimes you just don’t know what to get the person who has everything. But with gift baskets and parcels, you can select the perfect contents to complement the individuality of the recipient. Does your best friend love movies? Why not send her a gift basket with movie gift certificates, popcorn, and her favorite chocolates or cookies? Do your in-laws love wine for their anniversary? A wine and cheese basket may be just the thing to make their day.
For any occasion, gift baskets and parcels can show a range of emotions for many occasions, from get well and thank you to sympathy and birthday. They can contain food, such as gourmet fruit, or non perishable items. Send a basket during the holidays when you can’t be with the person you’re sending it to you as a reminder of your friendship. Or deliver one to mom on Mother’s Day to say you love her.
You have a few options when sending a gift basket or parcel. You can order one pre-made, or you can buy a basket and some cellophane and put one together yourself. Pre-made baskets are the easiest and most convenient, plus they take the guess work out of creating and delivering a present. You can buy these at a florist or gourmet wine and cheese shop.
If you choose to make your own gift basket, you can head to any gift shop and purchase the necessary supplies to come up with a theme. Edible treats are always welcome, such as a coffee and muffin basket. Or, fill a basket with a couple’s registered items for their wedding day. A bachelor’s basket may include a variety of cigars. And you can’t go wrong on Valentine’s Day with an assortment of chocolate and fruit, or perhaps a flower arrangement.