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The Hamper Debate

The Story of the Traditional Christmas Hamper

A man walks into the office and exclaims how unusual it is to see a “hamper company” busy when it isn’t Christmas time.

“Yes, that’s because we’re not really a hamper company,” is our reply.

“Don’t be silly,” he says, “you make hampers and so you must be a hamper company. If you’re not a hamper company, then what are you?”

“We’re a Euro Style Gift Basket Company.”

He laughs and says that there is no difference. A hamper here is referred to as a gift basket in America. It’s still the same thing.

"Is it?", we say: “A hamper in Ireland was traditionally a charitable gift given at Christmas time and tended to be a variety of groceries, which were packed in a box and filled with foods, of quite distinctly average taste. A Gift Basket accentuates Gourmet food products and places significant emphasis on the presentation, packaging and service.”

“I did hampers a couple of years ago he tells me. We were asked by one of the local banks to …

Most Popular Father’s Day Gifts in Ireland

For those of you who can’t decide - we thought it might be helpful to list the most popular gift baskets that have been ordered so far for Father’s Day 2010.

1. Cheese & Ale Gift Basket - €48.74
2. Wine & Cheese Choice Hamper - €49.99
3. Kilkenny Hamper - €62.49
4. Great Taste Award Titanium - €81.24
5. Create Your Own Hamper – pick and choose your Dad’s favourite food and drink to design the perfect Fathers Day hamper. Available on our .co.uk site (NB* prices will be displayed in GBP.)

All orders placed before 4pm on 17th June will arrive in time for Fathers day in Ireland on Friday 18th June.

Please bear in mind that courier companies do not deliver at weekends, so Friday is the last delivery date before Father’s day on Sunday.

Any orders received after 4pm on Thursday will arrive on the next available date, Monday 21st June. But if we can physically get it to him before Sunday - we will do everything we can!

Happy Shopping!

Father's Day Gifts Ireland

Fathers Day in Ireland is this Sunday 20th June 2010. So there aren’t many days left to organise a gift for the most important - Ireland based - man in your life!
Delivery companies don’t operate at weekends here in Ireland, so the last available delivery date is actually Friday 18th June. So if you want to send your Dad a Fathers Day gift in time for Sunday - please hurry.

We’ve been in the gift delivery business for a decade now, so we’re well aware how last minute gift buying can be (we’re guilty of it too!). We’ll be dispatching all orders received before 4pm on Thursday 17th June on the overnight express delivery service to all parts of Ireland. If your order comes in after 4pm, and Rob (the lovely Irish courier driver) hasn’t collected from us yet, we will do everything we can to get your gift sent out with him by bribing him with chocolate. After all he’s a Father too!

If we receive your order on Friday up until 5pm, and the delivery address is within driving distance, a me…

Graduation and University Gifts in Ireland

Graduation Gifts delivered to Ireland

The average age of people working in Basketsgalore is 25/26 years of age. Even the inclusion of Mother only pushes the average up to 29, so we are all aware that June and July is not only Fathers Day on 20 June, it is Graduation Season. We can obviously remember our recent and some not so recent graduations.
Since we are all university graduates, we asked around the company to surreptitiously discover what they considered to be the worst gifts they have received. Then amalgamated their answers to identify the 10 most unpopular gifts that a graduating person would least like to receive.

Top 10 worst Gifts ever received by Staff Members.

1) Offer of a week’s holiday at somebody’s apartment in Benalmadena. (Still under construction and recently featured in Homes From Hell)
2) Watches and jewellery for men. The more expensive the worse it is. Of all the boys in Basketsgalore nobody is wearing any jewellery of any description. Are we indicative of Iri…

Gifts To Ireland World Cup Delivery Promotion

FREE CHOCOLATE IN YOUR HAMPER IF URUGUAY WIN

In Ireland we have a slightly unusual promotional offer. We will be offering bonuses on the basis of the performance of those teams playing the French Team.

So our Irish customers can avail of discounts and promotions throughout the World Cup according to how well those teams opposing France do in Group A.

First game is tonight between Uruguay and France. If Uruguay win then all Gift Baskets bought by Irish shoppers will include a FREE Bar of Wicklow Fine Foods Fruit and Nut Chocolate, 120g. This Chocolate Bar will be included with every gift basket until France’s next World Cup Match, when a new promotion will be revealed.

In the event that France lose as a result of a blatant handball, then Basketsgalore will send all gift baskets ordered by Irish customers for FREE.

So if Diego Forlan or one of his compatriots juggles with the ball before scoring against France, then Basketsgalore will refund all gift basket orders up to the value of €50…

Ireland Fathers Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts Ireland

Last week would have been our Dad's 60th Birthday. It was always quite an awkward time of year as you had to think of 2 gift ideas for him within quite a short period of time. Also the difference between his Birthday and Father's Day was just long enough to make it impossible to double up.

Its always the complaint of people who's Birthday falls within a few days of Christmas time that they receive only one gift which is usually dubbed a part Birthday/part Christmas gift. However, doubling up can be a useful way of stretching the budget so that more expensive gift ideas can be considered.

Looking back Father's Day always seemed to be such an awkward gift occasion. Inevitably it would be promoted in the shops and you would attempt to obtain a personal gift pertaining to your father's interests. Like a lot of men his main loves were football, in his case Tottenham Hotspur, his car and his holidays.
In those days the shopping was rather …