While the specific types of gift baskets available at Costco varies over time, the retailer generally carries sets that contain food items such as gourmet popcorn, cookies, chocolates or alcohol, as of 2015. The Costco website allows users to browse available items based on price and gift basket type.
When choosing the appropriate gift basket one should consider her relationship to the recipient and the reason for giving the basket in the first place to ensure that gift is both appropriate and enjoyed. The relationship between the gift giver and the recipient dictates a large portion of the selection process. For example, if the recipient is a close friend of the giver then a more expensive or elaborate package is appropriate because of the shared bond and familiarity between the two. Alternately, an expensive or large baskets can make someone the giver doesn't know very well feel uncomfortable because there is less justification for the lavishness of the basket.
The occasion for giving the basket is another important factor. Events such as housewarming parties necessitate baskets that contain home goods, whereas a birthday party typically calls for a basket that contains less practicable and more decadent items to highlight the celebration.