If you want to get someone a gift basket to thank them for something they did, to wish them good luck, or for any other reason, you have a wealth of choices. Two of the most common are food and flowers, and while choosing between them seems like it should be a simple thing, it isn't always. Choosing the wrong type can have side effects that are more severe than you realize, so here are three considerations that you need to address when choosing a gift basket.
You're going to find more health risks associated with food baskets than floral baskets. With floral baskets, the recipient might have a pollen allergy that could make him or her uncomfortable, but with food baskets, the person could have an allergy that is deadly -- even fruit can be a risk. The person could also have a condition like diabetes that makes candy baskets inappropriate. If you don't know the person well, you can't really ask him or her if he or she has food allergies or other health conditions, so stick with floral baskets.
If you're not sure if there are pollen allergies at play, get flowers that are considered better for allergic people. These include roses, tulips, begonias, daffodils, clematis, and snapdragons, among others. Avoid sunflowers unless the floral basket service can verify that they use a hypoallergenic cultivar in its bouquets. Note that some flowers that have very obvious pollen, like hibiscus or lilies, can be used in hypoallergenic bouquets if you have the stamen snipped off.
This is a tricky one. Many cultures around the world have specific requirements for flowers -- hit the wrong number or color, and you have a funeral bouquet instead of a good-luck basket. If you think cultural issues may be a factor, a food basket, especially fresh fruit, may be a better choice. Just choose the number of fruit carefully; for example, you don't want to give someone from China a basket with four pieces of fruit, even if the fruit are in perfect shape, because the number four is related to death in Chinese culture. Giving someone four items even if he or she isn't superstitious could be seen as rude.
Once you give the person the gift basket, he or she has to store it. Flowers can sit on a desk indefinitely, but food often has to be refrigerated (or protected from heat in the case of chocolate). To avoid storage issues like this, give a floral basket instead of a food basket. Even whole fruit, which can often sit unrefrigerated, is risky because you don't know if some of the fruit will be damaged during delivery. If the fruit is accidentally cut open, it should be refrigerated, and that poses a storage problem if no refrigerator is near.
If you decide to get someone a floral gift basket, then, talk to the florists, such as at The Flower Basket LTD, about good flowers for people with allergies as well as flowers that last a long time.