Why buy a gift box instead of a hamper?

Gift hampers and gift baskets have been around for a long time, but do they really give the recipient a pleasurable experience and are you getting value for money? We don't think so, which is why we spent a lot of time working with some of the UK's leading suppliers to come up with our range of gift boxes.

At first glance, these products seem like the perfect gift for people of all ages. They are available in a range of styles and are usually filled with exciting looking goods, but when you break it down how good a present is it really? We think there are some fundamental problems, which is why we don't supply them.

GiftAlien don't supply the old fashioned gift hampers

Typically gift hampers and baskets:

  • Are overly large and heavy
  • Use an unnecessary amount of packaging
  • Look good on a photo, but don't ship well
  • Contain products that nobody really uses
  • Are typically suitable as a gift for 'older' people

These, in our view, are all good reasons not use them, but as a buyer there are two main reasons why you should consider:

1. Gift hampers and baskets are expensive to buy
The wicker container itself is a very expensive medium to ship gifts in. Depending on the style, these can contribute up to 30% of the overall cost. Bearing in mind that the supplier also has to make some money, this could translate to over 50% of the total cost of the goods you will actually receive. We don't feel this is a good investment for you as the buyer.


2. Wicker baskets are heavy and expensive to ship
Not only are they expensive, but they are also pretty bulky and heavy. This means that the cost to ship them around the country is not insignificant. As a comparison, look at the standard shipping rates for GiftAlien gift boxes compared to traditional hampers:

Company Standard shipping cost
GiftAlien Free on every order
Baskets Galore From £6.99
Hamper Gifts From £6.95
Regency Hampers From £5.95
Bradfords Bakers From £3.95

We believe that shipping should be a cost-effective as possible, as it's frankly a lost cost to you as the buyer. If you want to spend £20 on a gift, then that should be on the gift as a whole, you don't want to spending an additional 30-40% in order to then receive it.

3. They require additional packaging
The two issues above are not insignificant, but to add to this wicker baskets and hampers require significant additional packaging in order to ship them. This creates two problems. Firstly, the supplier will be spending a lot of money on this packaging (which you as the customer are paying for). Secondly, this all has to be disposed of by the recipient - an inconvenience to them.

Every single GiftAlien gift box is shipped in 100% recycled cardboard packaging. We've spent a lot of time making this the best it can possibly be and ensuring that it looks great. Core to our packaging, is that it minimises shipping cost and minimises waste. In addition, as it's 100% cardboard, it makes it extremely easy to dispose of - with most UK households now having cardboard collected for recycling at their door.

So, the choice is yours, but we wanted you to know that we had a deliberate reason for choosing how our goods are packed and delivered - we hope you appreciate it!