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Gift baskets have become a fun and delightful alternative to flowers and other hand-delivered gifts that are sent to express a particular sentiment. After all, who can resist a lavish basket brimming with gourmet goodies? However, as is the case with any gift you give, it is important to know proper gift basket etiquette, especially when gift baskets are used in a business setting. 

Whether you are giving a gift basket as a condolence to a friend or a thank-you for a client, here is everything you need to know about the etiquette of giving gift baskets.

  1. Choose a basket appropriate for the event or occasion. For example, a wine gift basket may be suitable for a wedding or anniversary but probably not as a get-well or sympathy basket. Most online gift basket services offer occasion or sentiment product categories with themed-gift baskets suitable for that particular occasion.
  2. Consider the preferences of the recipient and select one that reflects his or her personality. For instance, a golf gift basket may be right up dad s alley while a coffee basket is perfect for mom. If you are giving a group basket, opt for one with traditional contents with broad appeal such as a fruit, chocolate, or assorted basket. Also take into consideration any allergy or dietary restrictions the recipient may have if you send a basket with food items.
  3. Look for gift baskets that emulate the relationship you have with the recipient, whether it is a business, platonic, or romantic bond.
  4. If you are sending a basket to a location other than an office or residence   such as a funeral home, hospital, or school   make sure you check that they can accept such baskets prior to sending it. If you are sending a corporate basket, check with the recipient s company concerning its gift policy, if applicable.
  5. When it comes to sending corporate gift baskets around the holidays, keep them as ethnically and religiously impartial as possible to avoid possible offense of your recipient.
  6. Avoid sending any gift basket that could potentially embarrass the recipient or be misunderstood.
  7. While wine gift baskets are popular, especially as hostess or wedding gifts, ensure the recipient does not have any diet or religious limitations in regards to alcohol.
  8. The best rule of thumb when it comes to gift basket giving is to use your best judgment. A personalized beer gift basket may be appropriate for a loyal client while a spa gift basket may be misconstrued by your assistant.

In general, common sense and good judgment will help you avoid a gift basket faux pas. For more gift giving advice and a look at the variety of gift baskets available to give, refer to our comparative reviews of the best gift basket online services.

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