Gourmet gift baskets are often given at Christmas, although they also make the ideal gift for other occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries. And many employers find they make great gifts to reward performance or length of service. Prices of baskets can vary, making it easy to find one that’s affordable, and of course the contents vary widely too. However, you can expect to find fine wine, cheese, fruits, chocolates, jam and preserves, tea or coffee, and perhaps caviar or champagne. The concept of the luxury gift basket actually dates back to 11th century England, although the growth of railways in Britain in the 19th century meant the giving of baskets became commonplace. Hampers were routinely shipped to British troops spread all over the world, to provide a taste of home. They still make great gifts and of course, you can always buy one for yourself!