2017 Holiday Gift Guides

Gift Baskets Plus Review

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This company specializes in unique and specialty baskets for all holidays and occasions. They also have special diet options and non-food options.

$50.00


Gift Baskets Plus was created by the makers of the oldest mail order wine club of America, so they have extensive experience with making customers happy. It’s evident in how Paul Kalemkiarian (the co-owner) writes to his customers too. He wants to go above and beyond for everyone that purchases from him, whether they purchase wine, beer, coffee, crackers, chocolate, fruits, or other products. If they aren’t satisfied, he will “make it right and more,” he writes.

A Gift Basket company founded by the owners of the oldest running mail order wine service of America.



PROS:
  • Great basket variety
  • Great value
  • Beautiful Packaging
  • Full customization options
CONS:
  • Corporate discounts don’t offer as much as others


Basket Varieties: (Rating: 10/10)

Gift Baskets Plus nails basket variety. I was surprised to find that there was even a gift basket for pets! Included is a ball, chew toy, and shampoo for your favorite dog.

Some of the more standard gift baskets include assortments of wine, beer, fruit, coffee, cheese, cookies, and even meat. Customers can purchase baskets with a specific kind of product as well. These include strictly wine products, beer products, and more.

If you want to get a little bit of everything, just choose the gourmet basket option to receive a variety of products in one basket. They also have towers, baby gift baskets, and sports-themed baskets. Gift Baskets Plus really delivers on variety.

Customization: (Rating: 10/10)

Gift Baskets Plus does allow for customization of baskets for corporate and regular consumer inquiries. When I talked to the owner he said that they would even customize wine bottles for their customers as well—which was a nice touch.

Themes and Sentiments: (Rating: 10/10)

Gift Baskets Plus offers so many themed baskets it’s hard to keep track of them all. They have specialty baskets which include “Get Well”, “Thank You”, “Wedding Gift”, and “Birthday Gift” options.

What we liked was the variety inside the different options as well. For instance, in the “Birthday Gift” section, they have gifts for children all the way up to adults.

Gift Baskets Plus carries many holiday themed baskets too including Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Hanukkah-themed products. As mentioned before, they also have baskets for your pet, baby showers, and those serving in the military.

Overall, Gift Baskets Plus carries many different theme offerings that will be sure to fit with any style.

Corporate and Business Gifts: (Rating: 8/10)

They do have corporate gift baskets—12 to be exact. From wines to chocolates to cheeses and fudge, you can get a gift that the whole office will be able to enjoy.

Gift Baskets Plus does have a dedicated sales team handling all the orders for businesses that want to get a nice gift for their employees. They also offer discounts for volume orders, and they’re listed below:

Note: They have an early bird discount before thanksgiving. Call in to see how that could fit in with your order.

The discounts fall within this range, varying depending on the amount of the order.

4% off for orders over $1,500 — 10% off for orders over $5,000

Pricing: (Rating: 9/10)

The average prices for their gift baskets range from $30-$50, and there are hardly any gift baskets that make it over the $100 mark. Most of the wine packages cost under $99.99 as well. Overall they price their baskets well, and it’s a good value compared to many other clubs on the market.

Shipping and Delivery: (Rating: 8/10)

Gift Baskets Plus does offer 2-day express shipping and overnight options. Here are the prices:

2-day shipping – $19.99 base and differing jumps in price depending on the cost range of the original gift.

Overnight – $32.00 base and differing jumps in price depending on the cost range of the original gift.

Alaska/Hawaii 2-day shipping – $27.00 base and differing jumps in price depending on the cost range of the original gift.

Alaska/Hawaii Overnight – $39.00 base and differing jumps in price depending on the cost range of the original gift.

Gift Baskets Plus normally ships Monday-Friday, and the cutoff period for overnight delivery is 11:30 AM. They do offer Saturday service as well, but an additional charge of $15.00 will be applied for those deliveries.

There is also an added option to ship on a future date, which is convenient for customers looking to get the timing right for a gift. Gift Baskets Plus offers some good shipping options, but the lack of international shipping and relatively high prices subtract from the score in this section.

Packaging: (Rating: 8/10)

Gift Baskets Plus packages their baskets beautifully. For all occasions, whether that’s Fourth of July, Christmas, or Valentines Day, their baskets reflect the themes of the season. For instance, the Fourth of July basket comes complete with a bow sporting red, white, and blue colors. These small touches are what make the baskets that much better.

Sadly there are no personalized messages included in the gift baskets, but the beautiful packaging certainly makes up for it.

Return Policy: (Rating: 10/10)

Perhaps the best thing about Gift Baskets Plus is their attitude towards making their customers happy. They offer gourmet products, and it’s important to them that you’re convinced your hard-earned money is spent well with them. Therefore if there are damaged goods, or even goods that you don’t like, they will allow you to exchange it for a bigger basket.

If you don’t want to exchange it, then they will reimburse you the purchase price.

Customer Service and Support: (Rating: 8/10)

I was very impressed with the customer service from Gift Baskets Plus. I called their phone number (1-800-520-6657) and I was met by a nice agent who handed my information over to the owner himself, who was happy to oblige me with all my questions. They have other avenues to contact them, including emails and a “contact information” field to fill out through the website.


Pricing

Under $50 – Most of the gift baskets fall into this range. From wine baskets to Christmas baskets to puppy baskets, most of them cost less than $50.00

$50 to $100 – There’s a nicely sized amount of gifts in this price range as well, including the “Glorious Meat and Cheese” basket and the California Snack basket.

$100 to $200 – There’s hardly any baskets within this range, but some of the ones that stick out are the 12 bottle wine gift, the Godiva Excellence gift basket, and the Barbeque Grill Holiday gift basket.

$200 and up – There are hardly any options fitting into this category, but nevertheless there are some baskets that make it into this price range. For one, some of the higher costing Mrs. Fields gift baskets cost anywhere from $249.99 to $299.99. The highest costing one contains 28 cookies that are of the utmost quality.

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This company specializes in unique and specialty baskets for all holidays and occasions. They also have special diet options and non-food options.

$50.00




Specification

Pricing and Basket Types

Average Price Per Basket: $30-$50

Design Your Own Basket

Pre-made Baskets

Corporate Discounts Available

Gift or Personal Message Included

Price Groups

Under $50

Under $75

Under $100

Shipping and Delivery

Ground Shipping Cost Range: $9.99 to $37.99

Same Day or Next Day Shipping

Ship to Multiple Addresses

Themes or Sentiments

Wine or Liquor

Fruit

Sweets/Cookies/Brownies

Meat/Cheese

Holiday

New Baby

House-Warming

Wedding

Anniversary

Birthday

Get Well

Congratulations

Thank-You

Love

Customer Service

Phone

Email

FAQ's

Exchanges or Refunds


Who Should Shop Here?

Gift Baskets Plus is best for those looking for a ton of variety in their baskets. They have baskets for basically every moment you could think of, making them an attractive option for buyers everywhere.


What We Like

The sheer variety from Gift Basket Plus is enough for us to be thoroughly impressed. I was also lucky enough to talk to the owner, and he answered all my questions and lived up to what he wrote on the “About Us” page.

The customization, beautiful packaging, and pricing are some of the other strong points for Gift Baskets Plus.

What We Don't Like

It’s tough to find something we don’t like about this club. The only thing we can think of are the corporate discounts. Some other clubs offer more discounts than this one.

9 Total Score
Gift Baskets Plus is a solid company, and one of the best out of the entire selection.

Gift Baskets Plus offers a variety of products, but they specialize in wine. In fact, the owner started the first ever mail order wine company in America. Look for great value, packaging, and customization from this great Gift Basket company.

Basket Varieties
10
Customization
10
Themes and Sentiments
10
Corporate and Business Gifts
8
Pricing
9
Shipping and Delivery
8
Packaging
8
Return Policy
10
Customer Service/Support
8
PROS
  • Great basket variety
  • Great value
  • Beautiful Packaging
  • Full customization options
CONS
  • Corporate discounts don’t offer as much as others

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  • Photos

This company specializes in unique and specialty baskets for all holidays and occasions. They also have special diet options and non-food options.

$50.00



Thomas Kuegler is a Senior Editor/Researcher with Revuezzle and originally hails from Baltimore, MD, where he received his degree in Marketing. Despite loving Baltimore-indigenous pit beef and being an avid Oriole's fan, he recently decided to take residency in Orlando, FL. In his free time he enjoys reading, watching any movie that's being shown in theaters, and hunting down opportunities to take a picture with Pluto at Magic Kingdom. In the future he aspires to be a published author and write a movie script for the ages.

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