Ah, birthdays! The day when you celebrate all the magic and awesomeness of one of your favorite people. It's filled with balloons, confetti, and, of course, everyone's favorite part: gifts.
Some people are just naturally good gift givers. They instinctively know what to buy for who, and the people receiving gifts from them usually love them. Other people go for the safe gift. These people buy chocolates, socks, or ties. While these gifts are always appreciated, they are also predictable.
If you find yourself stuck when looking for the perfect birthday gift for someone special, why not think about giving them a birthday box?
A birthday box is a box or other container filled with thoughtful items chosen specifically with the birthday person in mind. These boxes usually have a theme (and yes, “birthday” is also a theme).
The most important thing about a birthday box is that everything inside is something that the birthday person will surely like. Bear this in mind, and your birthday box may just be the highlight of their birthday celebrations.
What is a birthday box?
A birthday box is almost like a lucky packet but on a much bigger scale. Similar to a lucky packet, it contains all kinds of wonderful surprises for someone to unwrap and enjoy on their birthday.
Birthday gift boxes can be ordered from companies that specialize in putting together special packages. These companies usually source unique products, package them beautifully, and deliver the package directly to the birthday person's door on their special day. You can also make a birthday box at home and fill it with items you have selected and purchased yourself.
Why is a care package a great birthday gift?
We don't often take time out to take care of ourselves. We always rush from one thing to the next, putting ourselves last. We also tend to spend money on everyone else besides ourselves.
A care package received on birthdays allows us to take some time out to focus on ourselves.
Care packages usually include luxurious items to spoil the person you send them to. Selecting these items takes some thought and effort. You may need to research to find what you're looking for and make a few trips to different stores.
On the one hand, giving someone a birthday gift box is easier than choosing one bigger or more expensive gift. That is because you can include a few smaller items. On the other hand, you need to think of some items the receiver will enjoy.
Part of the fun of a care package birthday gift is choosing, making, and buying the collection of presents that go into them. It allows you to express some creativity and your organizational skills by finding just the right spot for each item in your box. The other part of the fun is watching the birthday girl or boy unwrap the thoughtful present you put together for them.
How can I customize a package to specific loved ones?
If you are really hooked on giving birthday gift boxes, you may want to keep a few essential items and supplies for making a birthday box on hand. These could include birthday cards, gift cards, and treats that most people enjoy, like nuts, cookies, and other snacks. Remember to check whether the person to who you will be sending your birthday gift box is allergic to peanuts, peanut butter, or other tree nuts.
You can also add items that make the birthday person feel special. Include some of their favorite snacks or drinks and items relating to their hobbies or something they enjoy doing.
Suppose the person you send a birthday box to is particularly passionate about something. In that case, you can consider giving your birthday box a theme. Themed birthday gift boxes are fun to make and equally fun to receive.
You can fill it with tidbits relating to a specific theme, like someone's favorite movie, music genre, or hobby. For example, you could include all kinds of golf goodies for an avid golfer. Someone who is sporty might appreciate some sporting equipment, clothing, or tickets to a sporting event.
Ideas of things to put in a birthday box
You can fill a birthday box with fun and quirky sayings or something that a person will find useful. Here are a few birthday box ideas and suggestions of things that you can add to your birthday gift box.
Gift cards, vouchers, or tickets
When you compile a birthday gift box, you will add items in line with the interest of the person you will be gifting it to. Adding a gift card to a shop that relates to the theme of the gift box will allow the receiver to spend it on something you might not have thought of.
Vouchers are also great if they are for specific activities. With a voucher, the recipient can choose when they can and want to use the services offered.
You could also include entrance tickets to events you know the recipient would enjoy, like music festivals, car shows, sporting events, or antique fairs. Alternatively, include tickets to the cinema or theater depending on what the person would enjoy.
Body pamper products
Body pamper products aren't always first on everyone's list to buy for themselves. It's often seen as a luxury or splurge. If you know that your friend or family member enjoys using these, they make a great addition to a birthday gift box.
You could dedicate the entire gift package to this theme for someone who loves pampering themselves by using body or skin care products. On the other hand, if you would like to add only one or two products to a differently-themed gift box, see if you can find something that fits in with that particular theme.
When gifting skin care or body products, you may need to determine whether the person has any allergies or sensitivities to specific ingredients or scented products.
Their favorite drink
Most birthday gift baskets include snacks. Add the birthday celebrant's favorite drink to make this perfect gift even better. This could be anything from a good whiskey or wine to a pack of beer.
For kids, you can include their favorite soft drink, chocolate milk, lemonade, or whatever else they love to drink. When adding a drink to a kid's box, try to add something unusual or that they don't regularly get to have.
Food is a great way to top up a birthday gift box. Cheese fondu happy birthday gift box, anyone?
Foods that you could add include cheese and crackers, chocolate, candy (who doesn't love candy floss?), home-baked goods, jams or honey, or preserves. This all depends on the theme of the birthday box and what the recipient would enjoy.
There are more ways to personalize a birthday gift box than picking a theme according to what the person likes. Incorporating their favorite color into the items and packaging can be a fun way to personalize your gift basket.
A handwritten note or message adds a personal touch to any happy birthday gift box. Creating a handwritten label makes it a bit more personal. A handwritten message or letter tucked into your birthday gift box is a lovely way to include a heartfelt message that says more than just “Happy birthday.”
A collection of the person's favorite phrases or sayings or happy memories you share adds a sentimental touch to a happy birthday gift basket.
Add some photos of the birthday person, your group of friends, or the two of you. Better yet, have some items made with these pictures on them. This could be anything that the person might like or enjoy. Popular items that people often put pictures on include mugs, mousepads, and t-shirts. Some places even put photos on socks! Focus on pictures that capture unique and happy memories for the person you’ll be giving the birthday box to.
Theme ideas for a birthday box
The theme of your birthday box can be as weird and wacky, serious, or luxurious as you want it to be. The only requirement is that it should be something that the birthday person likes.
One obvious theme for a birthday box is a birthday cake. Add one large cake with a special message for the birthday person or a few cupcakes. Think cake pops or cookies, ice cream cake, brownies, or pie.
Ice cream birthday box
Who doesn't like ice cream? While it may not always be possible or practical to send your loved one a birthday box filled with ice cream, you can send them an ice cream-themed birthday box.
An ice cream birthday box minus the ice cream could include a variety of toppings that the birthday person can put on their ice cream. Give them everything they need to make the best ice cream sundae, like sprinkles, flavored sauces, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. Add some fun sugar cones and funky spoons to make eating their delicious creation easier.
Wine and things
Wine lovers would appreciate a wine-themed birthday box. It can include a bottle or two of their favorite wine, some wine glasses, a wine bottle opener, and some wine-themed accessories. To fill up some of the smaller empty spaces in the box, look for items like wineglass markers or socks with wine-related phrases or images.
For some variation, add some cheese and crackers or different chocolates that pair well with their preferred wine.
Friends who enjoy a good cocktail might appreciate a box filled with supplies to make their own delicious cocktails at home. This box could consist of a cocktail recipe book and some items required to make basic cocktails. You can add equipment like a cocktail shaker, jigger, strainer, and muddler. Remember to put in a mixing spoon, pourer spouts, and ice tongs.
A few coasters and pretty cocktail glasses will make a cocktail box look cheery and give the birthday person something nice to drink their homemade cocktails out of.
Food birthday box
This box is more general than, say, a cheese box. Still, it can be more specific depending on the person's preferences to whom you will be giving a food birthday box.
A food birthday box is ideal for someone who loves to cook and eat great food. Food boxes don't need to be limited to food; they can include any item that has to do with food, like utensils, equipment, clothing, or recipe books.
Someone who loves meat might appreciate a meat thermometer or a new cutting block. On the other hand, a vegan may enjoy some vegan cheeses, baked goods, and a voucher to that new vegan restaurant that opened up in town.
If you want to add a funny item, look for socks, a shirt, a towel, or a tie with the person's favorite food on it. Or you can source some other quirky item like a pen, tote bag, or hairclips with images of their favorite food.
Self-care or pamper boxes
Fill your pamper birthday gift box with everything lush and luxurious. Think about products that smell amazing, including candles, bath salts, bath bombs, and shower steamers. Include products that take care of the skin, like lotions, lip balms, hand cream, and bath oils.
Consider including soft socks or slippers and a bathrobe when finding things for your pamper box. A monogrammed towel or two will add a special touch and make their bath time even more enjoyable.
A journal or mindfulness coloring book or activity can bring some soothing to their mind and soul. Suppose you know that your pamper package will be delivered quickly. In that case, a beautiful bunch of roses or other flowers will make for an even more pleasant surprise.
You don't need to rush to the shops to create a thoughtful birthday gift box. You can make the items at home. For bakers, give them some jars of premixed dry ingredients for cakes, cookies, or brownies. Homemade jams and other preserves are always welcome, and enjoy a loaf of freshly baked homemade bread.
You can add a few handmade gifts and trinkets if you are crafty. Anything that you can make with your unique skills and abilities. Try making some homemade cosmetics or bath products. Bath salts, bubble baths, body scrubs, soaps, lotions, face masks, and even lip balms are all easy to make at home. You can find plenty of recipes for this online and make them using natural products, including essential oils, that are readily available at your local grocery, craft, or wellness stores.
Coffee birthday gift box
A coffee gift box is filled with everything needed to make an excellent cup of coffee. You can buy a coffee maker if you want to spend some money. Otherwise, add a French press with some coffee beans. Include a coffee grinder for the birthday person to freshly grind their own beans.
Then come on, of course, you will need to add a mug or two. Get something that represents the receiver's personality or will remind them of you each time they use it. To complete this basket, add their favorite creamer, sweetener, and a couple of teaspoons.
Tea gift box
Serious tea drinkers can never have enough tea. They would appreciate a box dedicated to their favorite beverage. Often, tea enthusiasts already have a bunch of different teas in their cupboard. So, to make this box special, look for teas that are unique in some way. Like fruit-flavored tea, special blends of imported teas are always a good choice.
You don't need to stick to teabags to make up the perfect tea gift box. Look for interesting loose-leaf teas. These are sometimes pre-blended into a mix. Alternatively, you can buy a few different flavored teas that the birthday celebrant can mix to create their own unique blend.
Add some beautiful mugs, a tea strainer, and some cookies or other baked treats that they can enjoy with their tea.
Gaming gift box
A gaming gift box is perfect for someone who enjoys video games. Fill it with a game or two they have been wanting to play, and add some snacks and energy drinks for those long gaming marathons. Look for sweet treats like cookies in the shape of characters from their favorite games, and add some nifty knickknacks. These could include anything from clothing items like T-shirts or hoodies to key rings or coffee mugs.
If you want to splurge, buy them the latest console, some new controllers, a headset, or computer accessories like a mouse or keyboard.
Games gift box
A games gift box is slightly different from a gaming gift box. A games gift box can be given to adults and is also great for kids. Fill this type of gift box with all kinds of fun games. Board games, card games, riddle books, and tricks are fun things that you can include in a games box. For kids, you can add activities that they can do with their friends, like a set of paper dolls, a jumping rope, or chalk that they can use to draw with on the pavement.
This one technically does not include gifts for the birthday person. But some people, especially animal lovers, would appreciate getting a basket filled with treats and toys for their animals.
For a dog owner, you can get a dog training manual (if they have a relatively new dog), chew toys, leashes, dog shampoo, or brushes. For cat owners, get some cat toys, litter sand, a litter box, or a cute color with a bell.
A little outfit might be appreciated if you know the pet well and know that they would wear it. For owners who like being around water, you can buy a pet safety vest or toys they can play with in the pool or lakes.
Luxurious birthday gift box
This is the birthday gift box where you don't hold anything back. Think: expensive wine, French champagne or whiskey, beautiful crystal glasses, imported chocolate, and chocolate-covered strawberries with cream. Add a monogrammed item like slippers, a robe, or some towels – they always add some elegance.
Use silk or velvet as a filler for this one—it just screams opulence.
What’s a fun way to decorate birthday boxes?
A birthday box does not necessarily have to be a box, although it can be. You could also use a basket, jar, bucket, or any other container that looks good, is fun or fits in with the theme of your birthday gift box.
Remember that you will be filling your perfect gift box with a few different loose items. These might look lost or move around when you transport the box if there is nothing to hold them in place. Adding some filler will keep the items in place and make the gift box look more excellent. For this, you can use shredded paper or tissue paper. The paper can be in a specific color to match the theme of your birthday gift box. Remember that small details can contribute to having a significant impact.
Adding a monogram of the recipient's initials instead of their full name can add a nice personal touch to a package. This is more suited if you will be giving the gift in person and no delivery labels are required. In this case, use neutral or plain paper to wrap your birthday box. That way, the monogram will be the focal point.
When giving the gift in person, you could also add their name to the package in fun or unique ways. Try spelling their name with stickers, thread, gemstones, dried flowers, or glitter. How you create their name on the outside of the package could give a hint to what they might find inside.
What kind of birthday packages does Spoonful of Comfort offers?
Spoonful of Comfort has some birthday packages ready to be sent to your loved one's door.
The Birthday Care Package takes care of dinner for your loved one and a special someone. This box contains four to six generous servings of soup. You can choose from Chicken Noodle, Chicken and Wild Rice, Broc Cheddar, Garden Vegetable, Tomato Basil, or Italian Wedding soup.
The Birthday Care Package also includes half a dozen Bacci rolls (or four limited edition bread bowls with the Broccoli Cheddar soup), a ladle, and half a dozen cookies. Choose between Chocolate Chip, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin, Lemon, or Ginger Spice cookies.
Each box also has some colorful confetti and is packed in bright and cheerful packaging, sure to brighten up the birthday person's special day. A personalized message from you rounds it off.
There are vegan and gluten-free options for the soups, rolls, and cookies. The Garden Vegetable soup is available in this option along with half a dozen vegan, gluten-free Chocolate Chip cookies and half a dozen gluten-free vegan dinner rolls
The Birthday Cookie Comforts box has one or two dozen of the birthday person's favorite cookies. Choose between Chocolate Chip, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin, Lemon, or Ginger Spice cookies. If you order one dozen cookies, you can choose two different types (six of each). If you send two dozen cookies, choose four different types (six of each).
The Birthday Cookie Comforts package includes colorful confetti and a cheerful greeting card.
Each box can be further customized or personalized by adding additional products like Cozy Comfort socks, a You are Loved bracelet, Keep Going Socks, Keep Your Head Up socks, or a Sunflower necklace.
Other add-ons include:
- Pecan Pie with Chocolate Drizzle.
- Happy Birthday to You – Mystery Message Puzzle.
- Birthday necklace.
- Lavender Fields candle.
- Colorful Comforts coloring book.
- Bee-cause You are the Absolute Best – Mystery Message Puzzle.
Birthday boxes are a fun way to surprise and make someone feel special on their birthday. These boxes contain several smaller but very thoughtful items that will delight and surprise the birthday person when they open them.
Making your own birthday box can be fun, and you can put a lot of creativity into it. But sometimes you might need some help or send a birthday box to someone who lives further away. For these special occasions, birthday packages like those offered by Spoonful of Comfort are an excellent choice