Birthday Hampers: Buy Online or Make your Own?

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If your friend’s birthday is fast approaching and you still just don’t know what to get them, it’s time to stop panicking. Instead of buying one big gift why not combine all of their favourite things in a sweet and sentimental hamper?

If you’ve never given a hamper as a gift before then don’t worry – it’s a lot easier than you might think. The only big question you’ll have to ask yourself is whether to do it yourself or buy your hamper online?

There are benefits to both and we’ve summarised them below to help you make your decision.

Option 1: Make your own

Making up your own birthday hamper for your friend is an extremely nice, personal thing to do. The recipient is guaranteed to love it but it’s worth noting that this can be a pretty pricey way of doing things.

If your friend just loves a fancy bottle of plonk or has a dreadful sweet tooth, making up your own hamper means you get the chance to choose her favourites and you can even create your very own hamper basket to hold it all in!

Whether you choose a white wicker one or go retro with a wooden box, you can decorate it how you like and ensure it matches your beloved friend’s personality and taste to a tee.

You’ll also have the added benefit that you won’t have to wait for anything to arrive in the post because you can go out and choose all your hamper gifts yourself!

Pros:   You decide all ingredients to put in, personally select all recipients favourite items, arrange them in a way you prefer and can deliver the hamper in person

Cons: Making up a custom made hamper, even with own bought ingredients, can get a bit pricey. Decorations wise, you have to make a lot of effort to make the hamper look presentable. It is also more time-consuming.

Option 2: Buying online

For those who favour cost and convenience but don’t want to sacrifice choice, buying hampers online is an obvious solution.

Whether you don’t have time to traipse around shops or are on a tight budget, ordering your hamper online will ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for without ever leaving the house.

With the vast amount of hampers available online you’re sure to find the perfect one for your friend’s birthday. Whether they love teddies or are wine connoisseur, a keen gardener or a self-confessed foodie; you’re sure to find the ultimate birthday hamper on the internet.

Online hampers come with a great range of extras you can add too – from balloons and flowers to teddies and trinkets. What’s even better is as online sellers offer quick delivery services you don’t have to worry if you place your order a little late.

Pros:  Wide selection of wicker hampers, ingredients, add ons and cards to complement your gift. Fast and free delivery straight to the door. Caters both for affordable gifts and those looking for something a bit more unique and luxurious.

Cons: There are some limitations on delivery options, some very remote places can be excluded from delivery.

Top tips for choosing the right hamper

Whether you decide to make your own hamper or buy one online, you also need to ensure it is right for your recipient.

Here are a few things you should consider to make sure you get it right:

  • What are their interests – align your hamper with your friend or family member’s hobbies and you are guaranteed to give them a gift that goes down a treat
  • What don’t they have – rather than just getting a hamper full of things your friend likes why not get them one with things they don’t have but need. Do a little investigating now and it’ll pay off
  • How to arrange it – hampers don’t just have to come in traditional wicker baskets. Wooden boxes, trays and interesting pots can all be used too so pick something special for your friend
  • Decoration – there’s no reason why you can’t decorate a hamper, even one you’ve bought online. Add bows, ribbon and embellishments for a sophisticated style or go crazy with glitter and paint for a more eclectic design
  • Filling – remember that it’s not just the items inside the hamper that are important, the arrangement also plays a part. Choose decorative and practical filling to finish it off perfectly
  • Accompaniments – hampers don’t have to be your only birthday gift to a friend. Accompany this special gift with teddies, flowers, chocolates and other special gifts to make it an even bigger treat
  • Timings – whether you order it online or make it yourself, you need to make sure your hamper is ready for the big day. Plan thoroughly to get the timings right and decide whether to hand deliver the hamper in person or have it sent there professionally

With these tips in mind, you can be guaranteed to give the best birthday hamper possible. Buy online for convenience that won’t cost you extra or make your own to guarantee complete control and personalisation; the choice is yours.

Author: Lily Calyx

Flower expert, gardening enthusiast and creative mind behind our blog.

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