We liked this gift basket from Harry & David.Tempted by the bountiful cornucopias in catalogs and online? Order carefully.
Setting a limit of $55, we ordered 22 "gourmet" baskets with a mix of sweets and savories, candy assortments, and popcorn tins from online sites. We rated ease of ordering, resemblance to the website photo, "wow" factor out of the box, value for the money ounce for ounce, and most highly, quality of the food. Sound like fun? Think again. We spat out paté (cat food?), rancid nuts, crackers and popcorn that had stood way too long on storage shelves, "Brie" that tasted like Velveeta, and chocolate chip cookies that couldn't hold a candle to supermarket baked goods.
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The good news: We found a few that were not only impressive when unpacked but that contained real treats! Be sure to see our review of the winners. If you do venture into the world of gift basket giving, here are some helpful tips to help you find good value for your money.
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