|Hampers and Gift Baskets are much the same thing in Australia.|
Christmas Gift Basket in Sydney?
|Entertaining friends and guests with some fresh locally sourced nibbles|
|Putting the whole bottle or jar on the table encourages people to try new things.|
|Crusty Breads and peppery cheeses are a fine counterpoint to zesty wines and cocktails|
But just as often, I see the jumble discount bin at the bigger department stores filled with an assortment of what could loosely be called hampers with big red letters screaming out a discount. So I guess what you could ask is what is the difference between the wow factor you would love to share and the errgh factor you wouldn't even buy at 70% OFF.
For an intimate friend I would suggest going online and looking for a gourmet delicatessen that has good turnover and plenty of walk by traffic. This shows that people actually do order and eat their lunch from the business and that it must be keeping fresh, of the moment foods and condiments.
Next, when they aren't in the middle of rush hour - like say go at 10am or 3pm when they have a few minutes to spare and can give your request a decent thought through, approach them and ask if it would be p[ossible to make a hamper from their products.