Looking for a special birthday gift for friends or family? We've picked out the best gift ideas to make sure it's a birthday to remember, from sweet and savoury hampers, to gin subscriptions and personalised cakes.


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Best birthday gifts

Personalised gin, from £33, Craft Gin Club

My Craft Gin allows you to create a gin that's truly personal to whoever you are gifting. Simply give your gin a name and tagline, then choose a total of five botanicals from a range of spices, florals, herbs, fruits, teas or cocoa. If you want to make the gift extra-special, you can add gold or silver flakes, or have the bottle gift-wrapped for that special someone.

If you don't want to risk choosing the wrong combination, you can also give a gift certificate and let them design their own gin.

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Two bottles of personalised gin next to two gimlets filled with gin, grapefruit and lime slices

Tony’s Chocolonely personalised bars, £6, Tony’s Chocolonely

A personalised bar of Tony's Chocolonely makes a fail-safe gift for fans of the creamy, Willy Wonka-style chocolate. Select their favourite flavour – milk caramel sea salt, milk almond honey nougat or dark almond sea salt – and upload a photo or text onto the template. The wrapper will then be printed and the chocolate shipped to an address of your choice.

Not only is Tony's Chocolonely chocolate totally moreish but every purchase supports its mission to make all chocolate 100% slave-free.

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Tony’s chocolonely personalised bar with pink wrapping

Sooshi sushi maker, £27.99, Prezzybox

Your friends can now prepare sushi rolls from the comfort of their own home with this nifty sushi maker, brilliant for a weekend activity or impressing guests at their next dinner party.

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A wooden press filled with sushi and a piece of salmon on a wooden serving board

Set of two pink spiral stem wine glasses, £35, Trouva

Now your friends can drink their favourite wine in style with these pretty spiral coupe glasses. They’ll look lovely on any table and can even double up as bowls for ice cream. Pair with a complementary bottle of fruity rosé for an extra celebratory feel.

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Two wine glasses with a pink spiral stem

Craft Gin subscription, from £160, Craft Gin Club

Birthday presents will keep coming all year long with Craft Gin's gin membership. Choose from monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly subscriptions, and your gin-loving recipient will receive a Gin of the Month box straight to their door. The box includes treats, such as bottles of gin from craft distillers, complementary mixers, ingredients to make a signature cocktail, sweet and savoury treats and Ginned magazine.

Prices for gift memberships are £160 for four boxes, £240 for six boxes and £440 for 12 boxes.

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Craft gin subscription, including a bottle of gin, tonic bottles, crisps and chocolate

Make your own popcorn kit, £24.99, Prezzybox

We all know that one friend who’s obsessed with popcorn. With this kit, they can create 720g of the stuff in their own home, perfect for parties, special occasions or date nights. Flavours include salted popcorn, double chocolate, toffee apple and cinnamon, and orange chocolate.

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A white tin containing popcorn

Luau pink glass punch bowl and ladle set, £34.50, Oliver Bonas

Cocktail connoisseurs are guaranteed to like this pretty punch bowl set with a gold foil rim. It can even be used on the day you gift it if they’re throwing a party. We suggest filling it with summery tipples, such as iced tea sangria or Jamaican rum punch.

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A glass punch bowl with a gold rim and a large spoon

Brownie variety box, £23.50, Cakehead

Cakehead’s brownie delivery service makes a fitting birthday treat for a loved one, with gorgeous flavours including double chocolate, praline and chocolate caramel.

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A white cardboard box filled with three different flavours of chocolate brownie, next two cups of coffee and two plates with more brownies

Gluggle jug, £27, Oliver Bonas

Shaped in a traditional koi fish style, this stylish engraved jug makes a pretty and practical addition to anyone’s crockery collection – brilliant for cocktails, lemonade or as a vase for flowers.

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A large yellow fish-shaped water jug

Personalised pink sprinkle cake, from £26, Baked by Steph

No time to bake a cake? Baked by Steph’s range of Instagram-able pink sprinkle cakes is sure to charm friends and family, with the option to personalise with a hand-piped message of your choice. Choose from three classic flavours: vanilla, vanilla and raspberry, and chocolate.

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A personalised pink sprinkle cake with the name Lydia

12 macarons gift box, £30.50, Ladurée

If cake isn’t really their thing, a box of gourmet macarons makes a sophisticated (and delicious) gift – choose from a range of elegant flavours, from rose cardamom to orange blossom and raspberry ginger.

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A pink box containing 12 different coloured macarons

The build-a-box subscription, from £25 per month, Hotel Chocolat

Treat a chocolate lover to Hotel Chocolat's subscription service. You can pick from a range of formats and curate your own box, whether you want to fill it with chocolate, macarons, batons, biscuits or even tipples.

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Hotel Chocolat's treats including chocolate, macarons, batons, biscuits and alcohol

Floral sugar pot, £12, Anthropologie

This pretty, floral-print sugar pot makes a cheap and cheerful gift, and will look right a home in any keen cook’s kitchen.

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An orange and pink floral sugar pot

Chocolate prosecco and strawberries, £14.99, Prezzybox

An edible prosecco-themed treat without the hangover. Gift your favourite prosecco lover these charming handmade chocolates, made from 100% Belgian chocolate.

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A white and pink coloured chocolate Prosecco bottle and strawberries

Letterbox flowers, from £19.99, Flowerfix

Make someone’s birthday special with freshly picked, seasonal flowers posted direct to their door. Once in a vase, they’ll look picture-perfect on the kitchen table when the sun is out.

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A bunch of flowers inside a cardboard box

The Love Potion gin maker's kit, £32.99, Prezzybox

A brilliant gift for a gin enthusiast, this kit comes with everything they'll need to make one classic and one spicy gin from scratch, including hand-picked botanicals, an Italian glass bottle, funnel and more.

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DIY gin making ingredients, including hand-picked botanicals, an Italian glass bottle and a funnel

Carmella cake stand, £25, Anthropologie

Keen bakers will love this hand-crafted glass cake stand, with two colours available. You could even present it with a stack of homemade brownies for an extra birthday treat.

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An orange and pink glass cake stand presenting colourful macarons

Ceramic bud vase, £7.99, Etsy

One of these ceramic ombre vases will add a splash of colour to your friend’s mantelpiece or tablescape. Elevate your gift with a pick of colourful dried flowers.

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Build your own chocolate gift bag, £38.50, Chococo

The recipient of Chococo’s gift bag will become a fan of this Dorset-based chocolatier in no time, with chocolaty delights such as crystallised ginger dark chocolate slabs, Dorset sea salt caramels and fruit and nut milk chocolate clusters. It’s great value for money, too.

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A range of chocolate slabs, chocolate fish, Turkey delight and two grey gift bags

Luxe selection box, £32, Harry Specters

Treat a chocolate lover to Harry Specters' visually pleasing handmade chocolates, with memorable and enticing flavour combinations including fresh mint with lime, rose and cardamom, and passion fruit and lemongrass.

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A box of 25 colourful chocolates with a black lid

Neon dip-dyed dining candles, £24.95, Trouva

A boxed set of dip-dyed neon candles will bring lots of colour to any table or candlelit dinner party.

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Three different neon dip dyed candles

Set of four large lemon twig plates, £72, Trouva

This playful set of lemon twig printed plates will add a touch of Mediterranean flair to anyone’s kitchen space. Crafted from stoneware, they’re glazed in off-white with a lemon and leaf pattern in a palette of light blue, dark blue, green and burnt orange.

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A set of four lemon motif dinner plates

Sarah Campbell cutting board, £36, Anthropologie

A colourful alternative to a classic wooden board, we love the bright feel of this cutting board, and friends and family will no doubt love it, too. It’s also ideal for using as a cheeseboard for summery dinner parties.

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A vibrant floral cutting board

Birthday hampers

Iberica Foods speciality Spanish food hamper, £55, The Olive Shop

Find everything you need for an authentic Spanish spread in this generous hamper, including jamón ibérico, reserve manchego, spicy Gordal olives, membrillo and a bottle of Reserve Rioja Crianza. There’s also a turron (nougat) to share, or keep for yourself for later.

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Iberica Foods speciality Spanish food hamper

Espresso martini letter box hamper, £32.95, Not on the High Street

Espresso martini lovers will indulge in in this charming letterbox hamper, with a premixed espresso martini cocktail pouch and complementary snacks, such as chocolate-covered coffee beans, smoked almonds and caramelised cashew nuts.

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A letterbox gift including an espresso martini cocktail pouch, chocolate covered coffee beans, smoked almonds and caramelised cashew nuts

Happy birthday gift box, £55, Liberty

Hand-picked from the Liberty Food Hall, this birthday-themed gift box boasts a handful of top-quality goodies, such as birthday cake flavoured white chocolate, Cartwright & Butler chocolate loaf cake and smooth marc de champagne truffles, complete with a Liberty floral print birthday postcard inside an iconic purple box.

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A purple liberty gift box filled with chocolate, cake, shortbread, truffles, jam and a happy birthday postcard

The Get Together hamper, £175, Harrods

Specially tailored for nibbling and snacking, the whole family can tuck into this luxury hamper full of goodies, from truffle-flavoured crisps, to peppermint fondants and almond caramels.

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Harrods luxury hamper including truffle flavoured crisps to peppermint fondants and almond caramels

The cheese and beer gift hamper, £65, Cartwright & Butler

Beer buffs will no doubt relish this balanced beer and cheese hamper, with complementary goodies including savoury biscuits, cheese and mints. The stylish yellow tin is also a great keepsake to use all year round. Alternatively, try the chocolate and cheese hamper.

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A hamper including a yellow tin, bottles of beer, savoury biscuits and cheese

Artisan Vietnamese coffee experience gift box, £25.99, Etsy

Recreate an authentic Vietnamese coffee experience at home with this DIY gift box. Find all you’ll need to make this traditional brew, where an intense dark coffee flavour is mixed with sweet condensed milk on top of ice to make the perfect thirst-quenching tipple.

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The whisky gift hamper, £95, Cartwright & Butler

Add to a whisky lover’s collection with this bottle of finest Dalmeny Centenary scotch whisky paired with a handful of sweet and savoury treats (think caramelised onion chutney, beetroot flatbreads and malt whisky butter fudge), all inside a reusable wooden crate.

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A hamper including a bottle of whisky, fudge, chutney and flatbreads

Cocktail lover hat box, £40, Harvey Nichols

Perfect for cocktail aficionados with a sweet tooth, this box includes premixed drinks and and sweets – an espresso martini cocktail, espresso martini boiled sweets, a no-fuss negroni and tangy negroni spritz balls. There’s also a silicone ice mould for ice-cold refreshers.

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A tall black gift box, with a bottle of negroni, a bottle of espresso martini, two alcohol-flavoured sweets and a silicone ice tray

The birthday hamper, £100, Fortnum & Mason

Spoil someone special with Fortnum’s ultimate birthday hamper, teeming with cake, chocolate and biscuits inside its signature wicker basket. Highlights include a musical birthday biscuit tin and boozy Fortnum's birthday fruit cake. Birthday breakfast is sorted with strawberry and gooseberry conserve on toast and a cup of malty royal blend tea.

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Rascal coffee hamper, £52, Not on the High Street

Inside this trendy coffee crate, you’ll find a 250g bag of coffee of your choice, paired with a bar of Tony’s Chocolonely and an AeroPress Go, a nifty gadget for brewing quality coffee on the go.

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A black crate containing a bar of Tony's chocolate, a bag of coffee and an aeropress

Truffle lover gift box, £85, Selfridges

Treat the truffle lover in your life to Selfridges’ luxury hamper full of nutty and earthy treats, with truffle-laced crisps, nuts, infused salt, honey and tagliatelle all at their disposal.

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A gift box featuring truffle flavoured treats, including crisps, nuts, infused salt, honey and tagliatelle

Bestsellers gourmet hamper, £55, Joe & Seph’s

Treat friends or family to Joe & Seph’s best-selling popcorn hamper, including its indulgent jar of salted caramel sauce (best spread thickly over toast) or our favourite, milk chocolate encrusted popcorn bites.

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A grey wicker basket filled with six different packets of popcorn and a jar of salted caramel sauce

Little Box of Cheese Treats, £40, Paxton & Whitfield

Paxton & Whitfield’s mid-range hamper is tailor-made for those who crave savoury over sweet, with a balanced cheeseboard selection (expect stilton, cheddar and a soft cheese), paired with vintage port and apple and chilli jelly.

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A hamper containing stilton, cheddar and a soft cheese, vintage port, fudge and apple & chilli jelly

John Lewis & Partners Perfect Pantry Bag, £50, John Lewis

Stock up your storecupboard with this hamper bursting with sweet and savoury goodies, with elderflower cordial, cheddar cheese, balsamic oil, red pepper chutney and much more.

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A pantry hamper including elderflower cordial, cheddar cheese, balsamic oil and red pepper chutney

Afternoon tea hamper, £22.99, Prezzybox

Say happy birthday with this great-value afternoon tea hamper, which includes fruity cakes, shortbreads, cakes, biscuits, jams and tea.

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A cardboard box filled with afternoon tea products including including fruity cakes, shortbreads, cakes, biscuits, jams and tea bags

Metropolitan gourmet selection gift hamper, £54.95, Prezzybox

Support and discover artisan and independent businesses with this gourmet hamper packed with goodies. Inside is red wine, cookies, fudge, biscuits, truffles, tea bags, popcorn, pickles and sourdough bites – perfect for picnics or afternoon tea.

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A bright blue cardboard box with artisan products, including red wine, cookies, fudge, biscuits, truffles, tea bags popcorn, pickles and sourdough bites

Edinburgh Preserves The Forest Hamper, £30, John Lewis & Partners

This nifty gift box is filled with a range of sweet and savoury preserves and snacks, from red pepper and garlic chutney, to peach jam with prosecco, and honey and oat cookies.

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A hamper filled with preserves including red pepper and garlic chutney, to peach jam with prosecco and honey and oat cookies

Large chocolate hamper, £42.50, Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat’s large chocolate hamper makes a reliable gift for any chocolate lover, featuring best-selling recipes such as its milk and cookie chocolate slab, salted caramel chocolate puddles, cocoa tea bags and hot chocolate sachets.

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Hotel Chocolat's hamper including milk and cookie chocolate slab, salted caramel chocolate puddles, cocoa tea bags and hot chocolate sachets.

Beer and Nibbles Adventure Basket, £60, John Lewis & Partners

Beer aficionados can discover a range of exciting beers – from pale ales and bitters, to gluten-free beers – while enjoying olives, crisps and nuts, all of which arrive in a wire basket. Perfect for picnics and trips out.


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A wire basket, pale ales, bitters, gluten free beer, olives, crisps and nuts

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