BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Is it worth sending a gift basket, out of sight, this holiday season? Will what you see online or in a catalog actually be what the person receives? Consumer Reports can help. He ordered 25 gift baskets from five popular companies, to see which ones are really worth giving.
Gift baskets can be easy to give and fun to receive! But will the goodies you order be what the recipient receives? But there is often some uncertainty as to whether the beautiful treats you order will be what your recipient receives. Consumer Reports wanted to know. Some of its employees have rated the experience of ordering and receiving gift baskets worth around a hundred dollars.
The baskets were chosen from 5 companies – Gourmet Gift Baskets, Harry & David, Knack, Mouth and Olive & Cocoa. Senders and recipients documented their experiences.
Linda Greene, Consumer Reports, said: “We found a really wide selection of foods, like specialty pastas and premium sauces, chocolate delicacies and premium breakfast treats. “
Two companies, Mouth and Knack, offer the ability to create a personalized basket, and Knack and Gourmet gift baskets are not only about food choice, but also about ethics.
A Consumer Reports staff member said, “The post on the giveaway itself mentions that all of the items were made by women-owned companies, and to me that just makes it extra special.”
Was the packaging “gift?” “
A Consumer Reports staff member said, “I like that it’s in a wooden box.”
Olive & Cocoa products are delivered in a wooden box. Harry and David sent an order in this little trunk. “Really pretty cool, definitely reusable. “
The mouths wrapped their treats on a cheese board.
What if something is wrong with your order?
Diane, Umansky, an employee of Consumer Reports, said, “Some fruits weren’t really that good.
Harry and David were having a bad pear day – three of the four gift baskets ordered by CR arrived with bruised pears.
James Rogers, a member of the Consumer Reports staff, said: “As you can see the pears, nine of them arrived damaged.”
When contacted, Harry and David quickly sent in replacement pears, and someone who asked for chocolate received it the next day.
Ultimately, Mouth made senders and recipients alike happy, citing the ability to create your own gift for the recipient. The packaging is not fancy but rather natural – variety of brown paper.
Knack was favored for its “high quality” offerings at a price range. The freebies said the handcrafted items made them feel special. But some senders complained about spending an extra $ 10 on non-optional packaging, but gift recipients liked the presentation.