There are few gifts that you can give someone that will always receive such an unabashedly enthusiastic response as chocolate gift baskets. These are unique gifts in that each one is very different, and they offer a huge variety of treats for the recipient. If you are looking for just the right basket, then there are a few things that you should keep in mind with regard to the contents.
First of all, most chocolate gift baskets will have a variety of chocolate items, some of which will be pure chocolate of various types – semi-sweet, dark, or even white chocolate – and also items that either go good with chocolate or use some chocolate in them. You will also find some baskets that offer solely dark chocolate or white chocolate in their offerings.
In addition to chocolate bars or candies, you will also find some of the following items inside:
- Chocolate biscotti or other types of cookies that go well with coffee and hot chocolate, or just to eat as a snack.
- Mixes for hot chocolate or chocolate milk.
- Chocolate-covered peanuts or other types of nuts.
- A mug for your coffee or hot chocolate.
These chocolate gift baskets also come in a variety of sizes, ranging from those that are perfect for a small gift for a co-worker to one that is big enough for an entire family. Some of the larger gift baskets have towels, clothing, or other non-edible products that have a chocolate motif.
When you are buying chocolate gift baskets for friends or family, one thing that you should keep in mind is whether anyone in their household has an allergy to nuts. If so, make sure that the baskets you are looking at are nut-free.
You may also want to see if the recipient has a preference for a particular brand of chocolate or type of chocolate (dark, semi-sweet, or white). You can find baskets that have all of them or you can choose a basket that has only the type of basket that the recipient truly enjoys.
Also, it is important to remember that some of the items in any chocolate gift baskets may be prone to melting, so if you are having it sent (particularly to a warmer region of the country), make sure that it is being sent with sufficient packaging and protection from sun and heat. Many gift baskets are shipped in dry ice or hand-delivered (rather than sent via regular mail) so that there is no chance that the gift basket is left sitting out in the sun.
The funny thing about these baskets is that unlike other chocolate items that a person gets, these are usually not consumed all that quickly. Because the contents are such high quality and precious in nature, they are consumed over time and enjoyed for days or weeks. It is also not at all unlikely that the recipient will keep the basket for years to come. All in all, this is a fabulous gift to give anyone who has a taste for things that are chocolate.
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