Most often when individuals are thinking of a present, they want to give a gift that is going to bring great pleasure and be long-lasting. For this reason they may hesitate about choosing food and drink. However, these do have a great use!
Food or drink may be consumed right away, and most times the recipient would indulge in buying some of those themselves. Gifts that fall into the food and drink category can range from many different types of wine or exotic foods to a variety of sweets. One of the things that has to be kept in mind when buying food and drink as presents is that they have to be of a very high quality and the expiry date must most definitely be checked before purchasing.
Also, it is of the utmost importance to know the gift recipients: would they find the present appropriate? Are they maybe allergic to some of the foods you’re bringing? Another example: those who do not indulge in any type of alcohol would not appreciate a fine wine, most likely! A safe bet could be different types of specialty teas. In countries such as Italy, a basket of jams, cheeses, artisanal pastas or even oil is a common sight as an end-of-year present: an alternative worth considering if you’re unsure of the recipient’s religious beliefs.
By the way, preparing baskets that contain a variety of different foods is a gift that is usually well enjoyed by anyone that receives it. The gift giver is also given an opportunity to personalize their choices according to what they think suits best the tastes of the person they have in mind, and can hold a deep personal meaning: say, if someone has loved traveling in some exotic place, what best way of caring about them than presenting them with a hard-to-find specialty from that same country or city?