on October 26, 2011
I gave this as a gift. Its ok, but not great. Its also small. I expected it to be small, but not as small as it was... Its a little underwhelming.
Luckily it wasn't a major occasion so it wasn't too big faux paus, however it would be easy for someone to make the mistake.
Again for the sale price, I think its fair, but consider what you're giving it for, as it is a bit paltry. It would serve well as a small thank you gift, but little else.
It arrives in good condition, and the freshness of the goods were good; I heard no complaints about it contents.
I have received a few "gift baskets" through the mail and I feel that the greatest consideration about choosing a vendor is the assurance that the foods are of a good initial quality and as fresh as possible. This gift basket is just (barely) adequate in both of those categories.
It is a cute presentation and a nice selection of chocolate beverages, cookies, and candies, with a couple of teas thrown in for variety. It would be a nice "thinking of you" or "thank you" gift for one or two people. It came well packed and was received in fine shape. That said, I was disappointed in most of the items. I found the cocoa rather flavorless and watery. The biscotti was dry and so hard that my first thought was that it seemed stale. It had somewhat adequate coco flavor but did not come close to a fresh biscotti, or even a fresh packaged product. It reminded me of a chocolate teething biscuit for babies. I'd compare it's quality to the cheap, packaged baked goods available in convenience marts. The wafer cookies were acceptable but not overly impressive. Even the truffles were hard and tasted a little on the old side. I have not yet tried the tea or cafe latte, or the chocolate bar, but I'm assuming they will be acceptable. If not I will add an update to my review. In summary, I have to say that the most impressive thing about this gift basket is the presentation and the boxes the various items come in.
I also see that the picture of the products is not identical to what I received. I realize that this can happen due to product availability, but I would hope that the substitutions are of a similar or better value as they are made. All these things considered, I would want improved quality and assurance of the included products before I chose to send this to anyone.
I really can't recommend this basket if you are wanting to impress the recipient, and why would you send it if you weren't?
This gift basket is nicely-presented -- it comes in a cute teacup-shaped basket, with a nice bow on the outside. But you really, really don't get much for your money.
Here's what they give you:
- A regular-sized Ghirardelli caramel chocolate bar ($1 retail)
- Two individual tea bags (50 cents? retail)
- One serving of hot chocolate (50 cents?)
- One serving of instant cafe latte (50 cents?)
- One biscotti ($1 retail?)
- A small packet of chocolate truffles ($2)
- A small packet of chocolate wafer cookies ($2)
That's it. My estimated retail value (not including the basket): $7.50. I can't see a price for this on Amazon, but I'm willing to bet it's at least three times my estimate.
This is all quality stuff, but such a tiny amount. You could do much, much better by putting together your own gift basket. I can't recommend anyone buy this.
This gift basket is even cuter in person than it is on the website. The cup and saucer basket are adorable and are now the centerpiece of my living rom coffee table holding the remotes and eye glasses. The snacks and teas inside are nice and are exactly what is pictured, 1 serving each of Chocolate Truffle Hot Cocoa mix, and Mocha Latte, 2 servings of chocolate wafer cookies, 1 biscotti cookie, 2 tea bags, a milk chocolate caramel bar and small box of raspberry chocolate truffles. All in all, I wish there was more emphasis on the tea since the tea cup basket is the focus of the gift, but as it is, this is a nice gift for anyone, not just the tea lover.
on April 26, 2011
I bought this for 2/3 off the list price a few days ago. It was exactly as pictured and bigger than what I thought it would be i wouldnt buy if full price but for how cheap I got it, it was a wonderful gift basket.
From the packaging, this looked like a great gift basket. If I were rating on appearance alone, I would definitely give the basket a full five stars: it arrived packaged neatly inside a large cardboard box, and the basket itself was neatly wrapped in cellophane and tied up nicely with a pretty fabric bow. Plus, the teacup-shaped basket adds a pretty, unique touch.
Upon opening the basket, however, one quickly realizes that there is not all that much to it. One of the smaller photos above shows that this basket includes a total of eight items--two of those items are tea bags, and several others are also single serving items, including the hot cocoa, the latte, and the biscotti. In fact, of all of the items pictured, the ONLY one I found suitable for actually serving more than one person was the chocolate wafer cookies, as this provided two packages of several cookies each. (NOTE: my own basket did NOT include the "White Chocolate Amaretto" wafer cookie shown in the bottom right of the photo; instead, I had two raspberry truffle chocolates.)
I will say that pretty much everything in this package--with the exception of the "Cafe Latte," which was fairly bland--was quite tasty. For a SINGLE recipient who is fond of tea/cookies, this basket would make a decent gift, although it is a little pricey. For other purposes, I would not recommend this basket.
Ok, let me say this first off... if I had spent $30 to $50 on this gift basket and sent it to a friend, I would be seriously angry. The items inside the basket are few and far between. The cup shaped basket is really cute, but not worth the overall price of the package.
Two individual tea bags, that tasted good, but that's all, just two single tea bags. A single serving of powdered instant coffee mix in a "latte" flavor - it was weak. A tiny Ghiradelli chocolate & carmel candy bar that was good, but again, just the one. A tiny sampler size of chocolate truffles, rich flavor and tiny. A box of chocolate wafer cookes that were very good and the single box did have 8 bite size cookies in it, so you could share with a friend. A single chocolate biscotti - not very sweet, just right as a complement to your cup of coffee. And a packet of hot chocolate mix - haven't tried it yet, but again just enough for one serving.
If this is the actual size of the entire gift basket (rather than a sample size for the Vine program), then just give it a pass. You can buy the individual items in larger quantities and a cheap, equally cute basket at a hobby store - put it all together and save some cash AND give a better present!
Wine.com Cup of Coffee & Tea, Cup & Saucer Gift Basket
Upon opening the outer box I was very pleased with the presentation of the Cup and Saucer Gift Basket.
With closer inspection, there isn't much here but is adequate for one person or perhaps a nice romantic morning indulgence. If you LOVE chocolate, this basket is for you. The hot chocolate and coffee (each for one serving only) was very good, chocolaty, and creamy.
The Numi tea (Morning Rise; a breakfast blend of black teas and Berry Black; Darjeeling black tea) was ok, nothing out of the ordinary.
The Ghirardelli chocolate caramel bar and Montbana chocolate squares were sweet and delicious. The Torani chocolate biscotti were ok but I prefer Nonni biscotti more.
The wafers are tasty and crisp and you receive a good amount of them, plenty to share or have over a few days. (Picture included of biscotti, some wafers and hot chocolate).
I think to make this basket perfect would be to include an actual cup and saucer.
The Cup and Saucer basket itself is really nice and different and a great keepsake.
Overall, this is a nice "thinking of you" or "just because" basket.
Amazon sent me this for free to review.
This gift basket arrived extremely well-packed, and was even a little more attractive than it looks in the photo. "Cup and saucer" describes the shape of the basket; there is not an actual cup or saucer included.
I was astonished by how little actual food or beverage is included in this fancy basket; it's mostly full of paper. With all the contents, you can literally make one cup each of coffee, cocoa, and two flavors of tea. Who packs individual tea bags, as opposed to a little box of them? And there's under a half-pound, in total, of cookies and sweets.
These products are of good quality and well chosen. But the maker should take out some paper filling and put some more tea and treats in this visually lovely package. I WOULD NOT ORDER this mostly-filler basket for fear of offending the recipient with its stinginess.
I got this gift basket to share with my family, and while it was generally OK, it feels underwhelming in several ways.
First it the tea included in the basket. I did not think they literally had one of each kind, but there are only three pouches of tea in it. And then, the overall variety and quality of the products differ too much. We liked some of the chocolate, while the chocolate wafer was really bland.
If you find the basket for cheap, and willing to re-organize it (by removing some of the products), I could recommend it. Otherwise, there are more feasible options.