While delivery time is always an important factor for gift buyers (most people would like their gifts to arrive exactly on time for the gift occasion), when it comes to gourmet gifts or edible gifts in general, delivery time is everything. Most consumables included in gift baskets have a limited life expectancy varying from several months to just one day. For this reason, most of the vendors on our site offer either next day delivery gourmet gift baskets or same day delivery baskets, depending on need and availability.
When purchasing a gift basket online, it is important to note the type of products included to be able to properly determine the period of time it would last without proper refrigeration. In accordance with the gift basket contents one should plan the delivery time and duration to make sure their gift arrives not only on time but also in proper condition. Some examples: Probably the more durable products in gourmet gift baskets are wine bottles and canned delicacies. These can last years in regular room temperature conditions and should not cause any worries to the gift purchaser.
Next are dry ingredients such as nuts, gourmet crackers, flavoured popcorn specialties etc. Dairy products are a bit more problematic. While some of the gourmet cheese products included in gift baskets are hard can last up to a week outside of refrigeration, other more delicate types of cheese would last no more than a few hours or up to a day. If your gift basket includes any such cheeses you should consider focusing on vendors with next day delivery gourmet gift basket services.
The most problematic are fresh items such as fresh fruit or freshly baked cookies. Even if they stay edible more than one day, the whole point in getting someone a luscious fruit basket is the freshness of the fruit. The appetizing image one sees in the store product description is not what the recipient will see if the basket has spent too much time travelling. In order to make sure the gift will serve its purpose one should make sure delivery time is within the life expectancy of the included products. Next day delivery should be available for baskets with perishable items. Browse through are collections of gourmet gift baskets to fine the perfect next day delivery gourmet gift basket.