There are many options for gifts and gift baskets, but Hickory Farms has been synonymous with gifts for many years. Hickory Farms began in 1951 when a young and aspiring entrepreneur, Richard Ransom sold high quality and award winning hand cut cheeses at county fairs in Ohio. From there, grew a booming catalog, retail store and online business providing specialty foods for millions. Hickory Farms as a company espouses giving back to the community and has chosen to partner with the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry program which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger by 2015, giving back to help children in need and fight hunger. The company gives to this foundation as well as takes online pledges from site visitors to end childhood hunger.
- Limited availability
- Expensive delivery
Our review team was split evenly in that half of them enjoyed receiving gifts from HickoryFarms.com, while the other did not. Even so, we found that there were limitations to the availability of products which were not cheese, sausages, crackers, condiments, fruit and nuts. These types of gifts may not appeal to all people.
When looking for multiple occasions, etc., HickoryFarms.com fell short. They are fairly limited in their offerings as far as holiday or occasion themed gift baskets.
While our review team liked the flat shipping cost per delivery address, the delivery cost starts at $10.00 for basic service and expedited or overnight shipping are more expensive. This cost, when shared with many items is quite reasonable, but when buying a $20 item, having shipping charges running for half of the cost of the item is a bit excessive.
The Bottom Line
In spite of the limited offerings, our review team recommends HickoryFarms.com for gift giving due to its robust involvement in fighting children's hunger, support of the military, professional and courteous customer service, shipping policies and quality of the gifts. The website is easy to navigate and HickoryFarms.com is transparent - both on the phone while speaking to customer service representatives and by posting information on their website. For those looking for gifts, HickoryFarms.com is a good option.