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

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

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.

Available from:
Craft Gin Club (£33)

Tony’s Chocolonely personalised bars

Tony’s chocolonely personalised bar with pink wrapping

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.

Available from:
Tony’s Chocolonely, from £6

Dishoom masala dabba

A turquoise box with gold writing on Dishoom Masala Dabba

This beautiful tin looks delightful on a kitchen shelf and provides a quick-start spice collection for mastering the Indian restaurant chain’s recipes at home. The set includes a range of signature masala blends; kabab masala, garam masala, pepper fry masala and malabar masala. Plus there is a selection of classic and harder-to-find spices such as deggi mirch (chilli powder), amchur (dried mango powder) and kasoori methi (dried fenugreek).

Available from:
Dishoom (£39)

Sooshi sushi maker

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

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.

Available from:
Prezzybox (£30)

Joe & Seph's make your own popcorn kit

A white tin containing popcorn

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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Available from:
Prezzybox (£25)

Cakehead brownie variety box

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

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

Available from:
Cakehead (£23.50)

Gluggle jug

A large yellow fish-shaped water jug

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. Choose from four different colours.

Available from:
Oliver Bonas (£32)

Personalised pink sprinkle cake

A personalised pink sprinkle cake with the name Lydia

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.

Available from:
Baked by Steph (from £26)

12 macarons gift box

A pink box containing 12 different coloured macarons

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.

Available from:
Ladurée (£35)

Chocolate prosecco and strawberries

A white and pink coloured chocolate Prosecco bottle and strawberries

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

Available from:
Prezzybox (£15)

Chococo build your own chocolate gift bag

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

The recipient of Chococo’s gift bag will become a fan of this Dorset-based chocolatier in no time. Customise to suit their exact tastes 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.

Available from:
Chococo (£37.50)

Harry Specters luxe selection box

A box of 25 colourful chocolates with a black lid

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.

Available from:
Harry Specters (£34.50)

&klevering large lemon twig plates

A set of four lemon motif dinner plates

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.

Available from:
Trouva (£73.99)

Birthday hampers

Iberica Foods speciality Spanish food hamper

Iberica Foods speciality Spanish food hamper

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.

Available from:
The Olive Shop (£55)

Espresso martini letter box hamper

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

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.

Available from:
Not on the High Street (£32.95)

The Get Together hamper

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

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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Available from:
Harrods (£175)

The Whisky Gift Hamper

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

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.

Available from:
Cartwright & Butler (£110)

Little Box of Cheese Treats

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

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.

Available from:
Paxton & Whitfield (£40)


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