Whether it’s a friend’s birthday, an anniversary, a baby shower, an engagement party or a leaving do…a gift basket is a great present to give! You can make this item as personalized as you wish, and the best part? You can have it delivered directly to the recipient’s door or place of work!
There are a few tips to take into consideration when it comes to delivering a gift basket, particularly if you want it to arrive on time…
Why order gifts online?
When ordering gifts and gift baskets online, opting for gift basket delivery is a hassle-free, speedy process. Instead of trying to find a parking space and battling the crowds in town, you can shop from the comfort of your own home! The majority of online retailers offering gift baskets boast options for all, meaning there is most certainly something to suit the individual you wish to gift. The best part? Once you have placed your order, they’ll deliver it directly to the door of the recipient. You can even track its progress.
Other reasons to order online include being able to read online reviews. A number of people will have likely purchased and received the product you’re about to order, which will allow you an insight into what to expect, including information on the size of the product, the quality and whether the gift basket delivery service was acceptable.
Things to watch out for
When ordering a gift basket online, ensure the image of the product is accurate. Not many will read the small print and instead, may go by the image alone. Even if the picture shows an abundance of gifts in a gift basket, this may only be one version of the gift baskets they offer. There are likely various different sizes, styles, and designs to consider. You may even be able to create a tailor-made gift basket. All of these options are worth considering prior to placing your order.
Deliver cut off times
If a retailer site says ‘next day delivery‘ you should bear in mind that it will likely only be the case if you order before a certain time. Placing an order at one minute to midnight is unlikely to secure a next day gift basket delivery service, for instance. Always order in plenty of time, especially if you want the gift to arrive on a particular date! This is especially the case around busy seasons, such as Christmas time, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. There will likely be a rush of people placing orders and many of the items may go out of stock.
How to arrange delivery
When ordering an item online, you’ll usually be prompted for a delivery address just before entering your payment details. If you’re ordering over the phone, be sure to give instructions clearly. Once your order has been placed, it’s likely you’ll receive an email confirmation. It’s always a good idea to check this thoroughly to make sure all details are correct. If the address in question is particularly tricky to find, you may wish to add a note to the order, offering tips on how to get there. Similarly, if gifting to a friend or family member as a surprise, you might want to suggest a place to leave the gift if the recipient isn’t in or works full time. You’ll often be presented with a tracking number once you’ve placed your order, which means you’ll be able to watch its progress.
Courier vs post
There are a number of differences to consider when it comes to courier vs post. When mailing an item, you will need to wrap it and take it to the post office yourself. Once there, it is likely you’ll have to wait in lengthy queues, wait to have the package measured and weighed, and then complete a detailed description of the product, disclosing the exact contents of the package. This can take a great deal of time, and if you have a busy schedule, it is often something you put off or simply don’t have the time to do. This can mean the gift won’t arrive on time!
When you send a package by courier, on the other hand, they come to you – be it your home or place of work. They’ll often package the product up for you as they need to know what is inside before sending. All you have to do is fill in a few details, informing them of what the package is and where it needs to go. This is a great option, and often a more secure one, especially if you’re looking for a hassle-free service that takes little time and effort.
How to spot a good retailer
If ordering a gift basket online, you may be overwhelmed by the choice available. There are a number of retailers offering this service, so how do you pick the one that is most tailored to you? First things first, choose a handful of options that deliver to the area you wish to deliver to. Then check they offer what it is you want to purchase – this may be a particular food or beauty product.
You should also check delivery timescales as if the gift basket needs to arrive by a certain date or time you’ll need to ensure the chosen company can meet this requirement. Finally, read online reviews as this will help you to learn more about the gift baskets offered and the quality of the gift basket delivery service provided. It’s likely these retailers will have been recommended in the media and may have even won awards for great customer service. This is certainly something to consider when choosing which retailer to use.
Author: Sarah Marsalle
Sarah Marsalle is a dedicated gifting expert since 2016. She helps people to do, say and give in more gracious and loving way. She is a guru in gift traditions and has thousands of ideas for any and all important events in life.