We’ve talked a ton about wine shipping laws here and it made me think of the one industry which is being injured almost as much as the wine industry when it comes to shipping concerns on a state by state basis.  That’s the wine gift basket industry.

Anyway, the gift basket industry is usually harmed by shipping laws in two ways.  First gift baskets, especially wine gift baskets typically have both wine as well as food inside of them.  Unlike other products, these wine gift baskets can be stopped because of either product.

Secondly and more importantly for many people, shipping companies like Fedex and UPS simply charge a ton for delivery right now.  Yes, it is partially because of the rising cost of gas and energy in general, but the signatures often required for wine and some food adds a significant expense to the average gift basket cost.