Birthday Gift Ideas For Friends

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What gift are you going to get your bestie this year?

All of our friends are different and choosing something you know they are going to love is so important when it comes to their birthday gift. It's their special day, after all.

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So, let's get some ideas flowing. What are you specifically looking for? What does you friend love, enjoy or need? If you want…

• Gifts to help your friend relax

• Gifts to share with their partner or family (or to really spoil them)

• Gifts for a friend who loves to cook

• Gifts for a friend who is vegan or prefers a plant-based diet

• Gifts to help them party

• Gifts for a fabulous friends’ night in

• Gifts for those who care about the environment

• Gifts to mark a milestone birthday...

…then, take a look at our best suggestions below.


Gifts to help your friend relax

Many of us are busy with work, families and social lives. We are trying to find time to exercise, to look after ourselves and see our friends too. It is exhausting.

Do you have a friend who is always tired? They regularly mention how they need to take a break. A friend who does so much for others (perhaps, even for you) and rarely puts themselves first.

Give them a birthday gift of rest and relaxation.

You could book a spa day. Or take your friend out for lunch, followed by an afternoon of ordering them to put their feet up, whilst you take care of any small chores or simply making the tea.

If you can’t be there to help your friend relax on their birthday, or as an extra treat, order our divine Luxury Pamper Hamper. This decadent birthday gift includes bath salts, face mask, candles and body oil, as well as bottle of Prosecco and salted caramel truffles.

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The Luxury Pamper Hamper



Gifts to share with their partner or family (or simply to really spoil them!)

Does your friend deserve something extra special this year? Do they have a milestone birthday coming up?

If your friend is an utter foodie, then take a look at our wide range of Luxury Food Hampers.

These hampers are the perfect choice for a real treat – containing combinations of wine, Champagne, chocolates, sweets, cheese, crackers, chutney, fudge, gourmet popcorn and more. You will find a wide range of fabulous British products, as well as those suitable for certain dietary requirements, with gluten-free and alcohol free options too.


The Luxury Alcohol Free Hamper

The Luxury Alcohol Free Hamper with contents on display and a wicker back with lid

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The luxury alcohol free hamper is one of our absolute favourites for sharing with friends.

It’s the perfect gift idea for a friend who loves both sweet treats and savoury delights. The contents can also be shared with friends, family and children, alike (if they're feeling .

Alongside an Elderflower Presse, your bestie will find eleven different items, including mature cheddar cheese, sourdough crackers, chilli jam, breadsticks, popcorn, chocolate and biscuits.

There’s even a Gold Crown Decorated Chocolate Cake – just pop in some candles to convert it in to the most delicious birthday cake.

Better still, it's two gifts in one!

The contents will arrive in a gorgeous lidded wicker basket with straps, which can be used in so many ways:

• the ideal picnic basket for this summer’s picnic outings and al fresco dining

• a delightful addition in a lounge or living room, adding texture in your home

• perfect for storing blankets or throws, ready for cosy winter evenings in

• sturdy and reliable for storing decorations, keepsakes and breakables.

Gifts for a friend who loves to cook

Are you looking for a birthday gift for the avid watcher of every series and version of Masterchef? … and scolds you for interrupting with a phone call or WhatsApp message?! “Don’t you know what time it is?!

Is this the same friend who every time you get together tries to constantly feed you?… From a homemade breakfast to a freshly baked batch of cookies… or to a another trip around the Farmers’ markets and back for an innovative dinner that would make Heston Blumenthal jealous?

To indulge their love of all things food, cooking and baking, take a look at our birthday cookery hampers.

The Super Veg Cookery Hamper


This friend definitely deserves the finest birthday gifts. Afte rall, these are the best friends to have… as we get to enjoy of their delicious creations! 

For vegetarian birthday cooking inspiration >>>


Gifts for a friend who is vegan or prefers a plant-based diet

If you and your friends share a passion for finding the best and most delicious vegan restaurants, outlets and latest food products, then, choose them a gift that reflects this mutual passion.

Can you find a new, local, vegan café to surprise them with, for their birthday treat?

Even if you do not follow a plant-based diet yourself, take an interest in what motivates them and learn more about this increasingly popular choice.

Sending a vegan hamper is a really thoughtful birthday gift solution for this year – a selection of treats that taste delicious and are sure to tantalise the tastebuds for a while after their birthday date too.

The Vegan Sharing Hamper With Prosecco

Vegan Sharing Hamper with Prosecco with contents on display and a flute of Prosecco

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One of our absolute favourites is The Vegan Sharing Hamper with Prosecco. There’s popcorn, nuts, chocolate, sourdough bites, olives and plant-based mayo try.

Explore all of our Vegan hampers and gifts selection:

Vegan Birthday Hampers


Gifts for the ultimate birthday party

Don’t you just adore the friend who is first on the dancefloor? The friend who persuades you to go out even when you don’t really feel like it! The one who ensures you always have the best time!

Indulge their fun side with a birthday gift to ‘get the party started’.

For a stay-at-home event or a pre-party (aka night on the town) apéritif, how about some cocktail making? Do they love a mojito, daquiri or martini?

Research some new and innovative recipes. Get together some special extras, new liqueurs or flavoured spirits to try. How about purchasing some new cocktail glasses or tumblers for your friend's birthday gift, to make serving these party drinks extra special?

At, we have the best range of Spirits and Cocktail gifts, with gin, rum, port, whiskey and more, to choose from.

There’s all the ingredients for a great party, as well as creating a drinks cabinet to impress.

The Rum & Treats Hamper


Gifts for a fabulous friends’ night in

For your quieter friends or for making time for a proper catch up with a best friend whom you haven’t seen for ages, organise a night in.

Whether it’s a gathering of girl friends, uni mates or old work colleagues, celebrate their birthday just the way the birthday girl or boy will love.

Simply spending time together is so important.

We are all “too busy”. Commit to a date, near to your friend's birthday and whether it’s just the two of you or a whole group. Then, organise the ultimate night in. There’s so much you can do:

• board games

• dinner parties

• takeaway varieties

• a movie night

If you can’t be physically together, a video call and a virtual quiz can be a great way to celebrate a birthday at home too.


Vegan Hot Chocolate gift box with contents on display


Whatever you decide to do, for some indulgent additions to their birthday night in, take a look at our Hot Chocolate Hamper, ideal in front of a roaring fire inside or the firepit outside.

We also have the utterly sophisticated Luxury Wine, Cheese & Rillette Hamper - you can’t beat a cheese board and throat-warming red wine, whilst you have a good catch up.

Then, round off the evening with a little port too - to toast the birthday girl or boy, of course! Check out our Classic Port and Cheese Hamper.


Gifts for those who care about the environment

Sustainability, carbon footprints and greener ways of living are important to so many of us and our friends.

Rightly so, we only have one planet.

Here at, we are proud to be certified carbon neutral and are working towards reducing our impact on the planet. We are also proud to include products in our gifts and hampers from producers and suppliers that share our values and are, equally, moving towards being carbon neutral, using sustainable energy sources and reducing waste.

This all means that no matter which of our birthday hampers or gifts you choose for your eco-conscious friend, you can be assured that we are doing all we can to support environmentally responsible birthday gifting.


Learn more about environmentally responsible gifting >>>


Gifts for a milestone birthday - 40th, 50th, 60th...

Celebrating a friend's milestone birthday is always extra special.

If it's a school friend, then it's likely you are a similar age so there's lots of celebrations to enjoy all in the same year.

For some friends, reaching a milestone is not always greeted with much joy! Who do you know who is always whinging about their age?! Make sure you bring a smile to their face...and show them it's not all that bad with a special birthday hamper.



We all know 40 is the new 30 - so celebrate your friend's milestone in style with a birthday hamper that is truly unique. From Flagingo Pink Gin for her, to a collection of craft beers for him  - we have some great 40th birthday gift ideas. Explore our dedicated 40th birthday range here: 


40th birthday hamper ideas


 The Food & Wine Lovers Gift (pictured above)  is a really sophisticated hamper for a friend who is turning 50. If he loves a good bottle of red and knows what to pair with a white, then it's the ideal 50th gift for him. If a good bottle of gin is going to sooth uneasy feelings about turning the big 5-0 then, don't miss our Luxury Gin Hamper  - it could be just the perfect 50th gift for her. Need more 50th birthday gift ideas? Take a look here:


50th birthday hamper ideas


"What if a special friend is reaching 60?", we hear you cry!  Do not fear we have even more ideas...

You may know exactly what they like...but also would they like to try something a bit different? If they love their exotic holidays and sunshine, explore the Italian Spritz & Treats Gift Box - it's sunshine in a box...a perfect 60th birthday gift for her. Or how about a glass of 'Noveltea' - an Early Grey flavoured gin, we bet they haven't tried before, found inside our Boozy Afternoon Tea Hamper. If he likes something a little different, then it's the perfect 60th gift for him...or if she wants a twist on a traditional afternoon tea as a birthday treat, then it's perfect for her too. They will love it! 

Not sure about Noveltea? Then explore more 60th birthday gifts ideas here:

60th birthday hamper ideas



Finding a birthday gift for your friend

We hope the selection above will help you to find the ideal birthday gift for your friend, this year. Don’t forget we have a range of hampers that can be sent internationally, as well as easy ordering for delivery to the UK.

For friends, near and far, we have a great range of birthday gift ideas for you to explore and send direct to their door.


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