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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How to come up with good birthday gift ideas for friends

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

Do you want…

• Gifts to help your friend relax?

• Gifts to share with their partner or family (or to 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 the party?

• Gifts for those who care about the environment?

• Gifts to mark a milestone birthday?

If so, we can help with all of these. 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.

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 make the tea.

If you can’t be there to help your friend relax on their birthday, or as an extra treat, order our divine Pamper Hamper. This decadent birthday gift includes bath salts and a candle, as well as a bottle of Prosecco and a range of chocolates and sweet treats, including macarons. 


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The Pamper Hamper



Gifts to share with their partner or family (or simply to 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

Luxury Alcohol Free Hamper with contents on display

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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 Sparkling Presse, your bestie will find a wide variety of different items, including mature cheddar cheese, crackers, fresh chilli jam, breadsticks, popcorn, chocolate and biscuits.

There’s even an almond-topped fruit cake – just pop in some candles to convert it into 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 to a lounge or living room, adding texture to 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 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 new River Cottage hampers.

The River Cottage Hamper

The River Cottage Hamper with contents on display


This birthday gift idea is for friends who truly deserve the finest of birthday hampers. After all, these are also the best friends to have… as we get to enjoy their delicious creations! The River Cottage Hamper includes lots of amazing organic products. There is also a River Cottage recipe book and apron too. 

For those foodie friends in your life, explore The Taste of River Cottage Hamper too - with a smaller selection but just as amazing organic products.



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

If you and your friends share a passion for finding the most delicious vegan restaurants, outlets and latest food products, then, choose a birthday 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 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 Hamper

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One of our absolute favourites is Our Vegan Hamper. There’s popcorn, nuts, cookies and chocolate - all compromise on taste or quality

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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 feel like it! The one who ensures you always have the best time!

Indulge their fun side with a birthday gift idea 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, daiquiri 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 are all the ingredients for a great party, as well as creating a drinks cabinet to impress.

The Rum & Treats 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.


Environmentally responsible gifting


Gifts for a friend's 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 are 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.

The Food and Wine Lovers Gift
- the perfect birthday gift idea for friends


We all know 40 is the new 30 - so celebrate your friend's milestone in style with a truly unique birthday hamper. 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 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 soothe 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? How about an afternoon tea hamper delivered directly to their door? 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! We highly recommend The Afternoon Tea with Prosecco Hamper(pictured below). 

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60th birthday hamper ideas


Afternoon Tea Hamper with Prosecco


Identifying the best birthday gift  ideas 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 back to the UK, as well as free UK delivery when you spend over £50.

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


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This blog was posted 2024-01-19 10:26:00