Everyone loves to get a present on their birthday. Many people especially enjoy receiving edible treats. After all, it’s the perfect day to indulge in sweet desserts or savory snacks. If you want to send a delicious gift basket to the special birthday person in your life, we’ve gathered the very best.
From gift baskets overflowing with sweet treats, like brownies, cookies, and cake bites, to baskets with more savory fare, including cheese, salami, crackers, and wine, there are many options that will put a smile on the birthday person’s face.
Here are the best birthday gift baskets.
Harry & David Happy Birthday Deluxe Gift Basket
It’s always fun to get surprises and presents on your birthday, and this well-rounded gift basket from Harry & David has an incredible array of sweet, salty, savory, and indulgent goodies tucked into one box. What’s a birthday without a cake? This collection includes a chocolate decadence cake to help celebrate the special day, in addition to sausage and salami to pair with a variety of cheeses, crackers, and other accompaniments. It’s all presented in a sturdy fir wood crate box adorned with a pre-printed happy birthday sticker.
Price at time of publish: $110
Includes: Moose Munch caramel popcorn, thuringer sausage, Busseto Milano Italia dry salami, sharp white cheddar cheese, three-seed crackers, pepper and onion relish, sesame sticks, baklava, chocolate decadence cake, raspberry galettes, peach gummies, mixed nuts
GourmetGiftBaskets.com Happy Birthday Strawberries & Brownie Pops
This sweet gift basket will satisfy any sweet tooth. Ripe strawberries are hand-dipped in gourmet Belgian chocolate and drizzled with sprinkles or icing. The brownie bites are covered in chocolate and sprinkles, resembling a mini birthday cake—they even come with candles. The treats are handmade every day for extra freshness.
Price at time of publish: $50
Includes: 6 chocolate-dipped strawberries, 4 brownie pops
Hickory Farms Happy Birthday Give Back Gift Box
If the person celebrating their birthday prefers savory over sweet, the Hickory Farms Happy Birthday Give Back Gift Box has a mouthwatering selection of meats, cheeses, nuts, and mustards. It's perfect for creating a noteworthy charcuterie board to celebrate the big day with friends. It’s all packaged safely in crinkle paper housed in an eye-catching birthday-themed box. As an added feel-good bonus, $5 of each purchase is donated to the No Kid Hungry program that helps combat childhood hunger in America.
Price at time of publish: $60
Includes: Signature beef summer sausage, spicy beef summer sausage, sweet and smoky turkey summer sausage, smoked Gouda blend, farmhouse cheddar, smoked cheddar blend, creamy Swiss blend, honey pineapple mustard, sweet hot mustard, cranberry and sesame nut mix, classic nut mix
Gift Tree Hampton’s Country Estate Gift Basket
For a touch of elegance, consider the Hampton’s Country Estate Gift Basket. It comes in a beautiful woven hamper chock-full of treats. The centerpiece includes three wines—the medium-bodied and slightly oaky Belle Taine California Red, a bright and fruitful Fourpost California Chardonnay, and the robust Tangled Vine Central Coast Red Blend with notes of cherry and nutmeg. They certainly pair well with the other goodies included in the basket, such as gourmet chocolate bars, dried apricots, tropical snack mix, truffles, and more. If you want to go the extra mile, you can personalize this gift basket with a special message on a ribbon.
Price at time of publish: $200
Includes: Belle Taine California Red, Fourpost California Chardonnay, Tangled Vine Central Coast Red Blend, almond roca, chocolate pomegranate truffles, dark chocolate bar with raspberries, dried Turkish apricots, honey roasted peanuts, roasted almonds, tropical island mix, chocolate sea salt caramels, dark chocolate barrel-aged bourbon caramels, maple waffle cone chocolate bar
Hickory Farms Birthday Party Gift Box
A well-rounded gift is a well-loved gift, and this party gift box from Hickory Farms has a little bit of everything. On the savory side of things, Hickory Farms includes a dry salami, which pairs well with the smoked Gouda cheese and strawberry fig jam. When it comes to sweeter treats, there are adorable confetti cake bites and two flavors of cupcakes in a jar from Wicked Good Cupcakes. To really get into the festive mood, Hickory Farms also includes candles and a confetti popper.
Price at time of publish: $65
Includes: Classico dry salami, smoked Gouda blend, strawberry fig jam, chocolate sprinkle cupcake jar, vanilla sprinkle cupcake jar, confetti cake bites, confetti popper, birthday candles
Cookies By Design Confetti and Candles Bright Cookie Bouquet
Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Cookies By Design has a great birthday-themed cookie bouquet that’s highly customizable, from the number of cookies included to the flavors of the gourmet dozen to the personalized message. The birthday-themed sugar cookies are hand-decorated and come in fun shapes, including balloons, candles, stars, presents, and cake. The dozen (or two dozen, if you choose) gourmet cookies come in a variety of flavors, as well, such as red velvet, chocolate chip, millionaire, and more.
Price at time of publish: $110
Includes: Birthday-themed sugar cookies, 12 gourmet cookies (flavors include chocolate chip, millionaire, red velvet, white chocolate macadamia and pecan, and oatmeal raisin)
Design It Yourself Gift Baskets Ultimate Snacker Gift Basket
Whenever you get the munchies, nothing quite hits the spot like a good snack, and this Ultimate Snacker basket from Design It Yourself Gift Baskets is overflowing with a variety of goodies that cover a wide range of flavors. There are sweet apple chips, smoked almonds, chocolate wafers, tortilla chips and salsa, trail mixes, and plenty more. If you want to include even more treats, some optional upgrades and add-ons include chocolates, stuffed animals, balloons, and games. You can also write a personalized message, include a ribbon, and select a decorated greeting card.
Price at time of publish: $111
Includes: American gourmet butter pretzels, focaccia Tuscan-style crackers, Bare Fruit apple chips, cranberry harvest medley, Austinuts fancy fruit mix, Austinuts South of the Border snack mix, Vision Pack smoked almonds, 180 Snacks cranberry pomegranate clusters, Beanfields tortilla chips, Fredericksburg Farms Guadalupe cilantro salsa, Too Good gourmet brownie batter cookies, Dolcetto chocolate wafer rolls
Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box with Happy Birthday Ribbon
This beautiful gold gift box comes wrapped in a happy birthday ribbon. Inside sits a variety of Godiva’s gourmet Belgian chocolates, each with a breathtaking design. Some are shaped like stars, others like lions. Some are sprinkled with crushed nuts, and others are drizzled with more chocolate. There are also several sizes you can choose from, ranging from eight pieces of chocolate to 140 pieces.
Price at time of publish: $34
Includes: An assortment of Godiva chocolates (flavors include but are not limited to ganache, creamy caramels, pralines, nuts, and fruits in milk, dark, and white chocolate)
Baked By Melissa Birthday Gift Box
Though cakes are a classic birthday dessert, cupcakes are much more convenient, especially when sending some as a gift. These mini cupcakes from Baked By Melissa come in a tray of 25 inside a vibrant happy birthday box. You can choose from a variety of flavor combinations, including the Latest & Greatest pack, with a rotating collection of exciting flavors, or the OG Original, which consists of Baked By Melissa’s eight original flavors—cookies and cream, tie-dye, peanut butter and jelly, cookie dough, triple chocolate fudge, chocolate chip pancake, red velvet, and mint cookie. There are even gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan cupcake options available. You can also add a cute cupcake-shaped birthday card and candles to your order.
Price at time of publish: $47
Includes: 25 mini cupcakes in an assortment of flavors
FTD Donut Pops
This beautiful bouquet of mini doughnuts on sticks from FTD is certainly a unique gift. It features a dozen doughnuts that are dipped in white, milk, or dark chocolate with sprinkles or icing drizzles. They are shipped in a sleek box and covered in tissue paper for a nice presentation. Each box of doughnut pops is individually inspected before shipping out for delivery.
Price at time of publish: $55
Includes: 12 chocolate-dipped doughnuts covered in confetti sprinkles or icing drizzle
Angel Food Bakery Happy Birthday Donuts
Want to say “happy birthday” to someone? Spell it out in doughnuts. Angel Food Bakery has a baker’s dozen of letter-shaped doughnuts in a variety of flavors to celebrate someone’s special day. In addition to classic flavors including chocolate icing with sprinkles, the set may also include Fruity Pebbles, orange blossom, and raspberry chocolate chip, among others. The bakery also has other phrases you can choose from, including You Da Bomb and I Love You!
Price at time of publish: $90
Includes: 13 assorted doughnuts; flavors may include chocolate with sprinkles, Fruity Pebbles, vanilla with sprinkles, orange blossom, Samoa (caramel coconut with chocolate), raspberry chocolate chips
Dylan’s Candy Bar All-Out Birthday Tackle Box
Birthdays are a time to indulge, and few things are more indulgent than an assortment of candies. Dylan’s Candy Bar offers this incredible All-Out Birthday Tackle Box, which features 12 cubes filled with a variety of treats. Some highlights include a sprinkled birthday cake marshmallow, candy stars, and white chocolate-covered pretzel balls. This eye-catching set also comes with a customizable gift note.
Price at time of publish: $30
Includes: Rainbow sprinkled white chocolate-covered pretzel balls, sprinkled birthday cake marshmallows, mini birthday sugar candy decons, mini gumballs, birthday-themed wrapped mints, mini foil-wrapped milk chocolate presents, pink gummy cupcake, blue gummy cupcake, pressed candy stars
Sugarwish All Treats Box - Medium
Edible treats are always a good bet for a birthday gift, but what if you don’t know what a person likes? You don’t want to give someone a bunch of coconut candies only to find out they hate the flavor. Luckily, Sugarwish fixes that problem, because the recipient gets to pick the treats they’ll get. The medium All Treats Box fits up to six treats inside–covering candies, snacks, cookies, popcorn, or even dog treats–whatever the birthday person wants. The treats can include well-known brands (think Jolly Ranchers and Tootsie Rolls) or classic goodies (including chocolate triple chip cookies and cheesy popcorn). It’s as much fun to browse through Sugarwish’s offerings as it is to eat the treats. Sizes range from the mini with two treats to extra-large with 12.
Price at time of publish: $45 for 6 treats
Includes: 6 recipient-selected treat cups (can include candy, snacks, cookies, popcorn, and dog treats)
Wolferman’s Bakery Birthday Gift Basket
When it comes to birthdays, cakes and desserts often get the spotlight—but what about breakfast? Wolferman’s Bakery has a scrumptious gift basket that’s perfect for breakfast in bed. It includes English muffins, a dark chocolate scone, strawberry preserves, a blueberry loaf cake, and more. It’s all presented in a beautiful rope basket tied together with a festive “happy birthday” ribbon. Want to upgrade and include even more goodies? There is a deluxe option available that includes vanilla-iced Belgian waffles and other surprises.
Price at time of publish: $50
Includes: English muffins, blueberry loaf cake, birthday kringle, dark chocolate chunk scone, vanilla shortbread cookie with sanding sugar, vanilla shortbread cookie with confetti sprinkles, strawberry preserves, rope basket
Shari’s Berries Happy Birthday Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. Shari's Berries has a set of one dozen strawberries decorated with white chocolate letters that spell out “Happy B Day.” Each plump strawberry is hand-dipped in dark chocolate. It’s packaged in an elegant gift box. One reviewer raved about how “perfectly ripe” the treats were and gave it five stars.
Price at time of publish: $60
Includes: 12 chocolate-covered strawberries decorated with white chocolate letters or swirls
Fairytale Brownies Happy Birthday Two Dozen Magic Morsels
It can be a bit tricky to ship a full birthday cake. Smaller treats have become a popular alternative, but Fairytale Brownies goes a step further and individually wraps each of the Magic Morsels. It’s a great option for a party favor. This particular gift set comes with 24 brownies in six different flavors–caramel, chocolate chip, original, raspberry swirl, walnut, and cream cheese. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Price at time of publish: $38
Includes: 24 individually wrapped brownies (4 caramel, 4 chocolate chip, 4 original, 4 raspberry swirl, 4 walnut, 4 cream cheese)
Edible Arrangements "BDAY" Wish-Tini With Confetti Berries
This isn’t your typical martini. Instead of booze featured in this bright martini glass, Edible Arrangements filled it with fresh fruit–some even covered in chocolate and sprinkles. Bright and colorful, this bouquet of fruit includes cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, strawberries, and apples. It even spells out “BDAY” in pineapple. Edible Arrangements recommends eating this tasty treat within 24 hours of receiving it.
Price at time of publish: $100
Includes: Plastic martini glass, cantaloupe sticks, honeydew sticks, star-shaped pineapples, strawberries, chocolate-dipped apple fruit truffles, white chocolate-dipped strawberries with confetti sprinkles, pineapple shaped as the letters B, D, A, and Y
Mouth Birthday in a Box
Many birthday gift baskets focus on one or two types of treats—not Mouth. Birthday in a Box is all about variety. The standard box comes with flavored popcorn, marshmallows, macaroons, candied pecans, apple cider caramels, and more. The upgraded Birthday in a Big Box contains everything from the smaller version plus additional goodies such as rainbow chocolate bark and a pineapple lime cocktail mixer.
Price at time of publish: $85 for the standard box
Includes: Birthday confetti popcorn, birthday cake marshmallows, rainbow confetti macaroons, spiced candied pecans, chocolate sables, apple cider caramels with rose and cocoa nibs
Olive & Cocoa Tastes for Everyone
Many people prefer a balance of savory and sweet. This well-rounded gift crate from Olive & Cocoa features all kinds of flavors and is aptly named Tastes for Everyone. On the sweet side, there’s chocolate almond bark, white chocolate pretzels, and cinnamon toffee caramel. On the savory end of things, there are mixed nuts, roasted salsa, artisanal salami, and cheese. The set also comes with a wooden crate or a tote bag–both of which make for great presentation. Olive & Cocoa features three different sizes–petite, medium, and large.
Price at time of publish: $98 for the medium crate
Includes: Chocolate almond bark, mixed nuts, tortilla chips, white chocolate pretzels, roasted salsa, cinnamon toffee popcorn, gourmet crackers, artisanal salami, farmhouse cheese, wooden crate OR Olive & Cocoa branded tote
Ethel M Custom Collection Copper Gift Box
Chocolate is such a classic gift. Ethel M is a leader in gourmet chocolates, which are highlighted in this beautiful customizable collection. Available in a copper box containing either 24 or 40 pieces of chocolate, you can select up to six different flavors from a list of nearly 50. Highlights include honey dark chocolate truffle, peanut butter milk chocolate, Myer’s dark rum crème liqueur dark chocolate, almond butter crisp milk chocolate, and white chocolate peppermint silk. You can also select a ribbon to go with the box–including one that says “Happy Birthday.”
Price at time of publish: $50
Includes: 24 pieces of chocolate in up to 6 flavor varieties
Williams Sonoma & Pottery Barn Dorm Personalized Birthday Cookies, Set of 8
Birthday gifts with a personal touch are that much more special. Williams Sonoma partnered up with Pottery Barn to create this set of birthday-themed cookies, one of which can be customized with a name. Shaped like balloons, a present, a cake, and a happy birthday sign, the vanilla sugar cookies are individually wrapped and shipped at peak freshness.
Price at time of publish: $40
Includes: 8 birthday-themed vanilla sugar cookies (shapes include 5 balloons, 1 present, 1 cake, 1 happy birthday cookie)
Jeni's Happy Birthday Collection
Jeni’s has a number of ice cream collections available, but the Happy Birthday Collection is the obvious choice for this list. It features five indulgent ice cream flavors–Boston cream pie, buttercream birthday cake, darkest chocolate, honey vanilla bean, and salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks. As if that weren’t enough, Jeni’s also includes two packs of sprinkles and some wax birthday candles.
Price at time of publish: $68
Includes: Boston cream pie, buttercream birthday cake, darkest chocolate, honey vanilla bean, salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks, birthday candles, sprinkles (2-pack)
"This is hands down my favorite ice cream maker. Jeni's flavors are unique, spot-on without being overly sweet, and the texture is creamy and luscious.” – Kristin Stangl, Editor
CheeseBoarder Birthday Bundle Ciccetti Cheese & Charcuterie Board
A charcuterie board is perfect for a birthday party with friends or even a solo treat. The CheeseBoarder takes the hard work of gathering all the gourmet ingredients with this convenient ready-to-eat Birthday Bundle Ciccetti Cheese & Charcuterie Board. Featuring five cheeses, two charcuterie meats, and a number of gourmet accoutrement, it’s a great present for anyone who loves luxurious snacking.
Price at time of publish: $150
Includes: Coppinger, cranberry chipotle cheddar, caraway cheddar, blueberry wensleydale, BellaVitano espresso, spruce tip bresaola, salami piccante, dried strawberries, Turkish dried figs, Turkish pitted dates, pepperoncini, truffle Marcona almonds, everything seasoned cashews, tangerine and chili marinated green olives, NY Expresso mix, flatbread crackers, 4 bamboo fork pickers, mini bamboo spreader, bamboo tong, rainbow birthday candles, acacia wood board
S’moreology Birthday S’mores Kit
S’mores aren’t just for summertime campfires anymore. S’moreology has a kit that’s especially designed for birthday celebrations. The kit includes chocolate grahams, vanilla marshmallows, Nutella, and rainbow sprinkles for a festive touch. Both the chocolate grahams and marshmallows are handmade from scratch. The kit also has moist towelettes for keeping hands clean. If an open fire isn’t available, the marshmallows can also be toasted in the oven.
Price at time of publish: $70
Includes: 12 chocolate grahams, vanilla marshmallows, Nutella jar, rainbow sprinkles, moist towelettes
Milk Bar The Birthday Classic
Classics never go out of style, but even classics can have twists every once in a while. New York’s famed Milk Bar features two tasty treats in its Birthday Classic set–a cake and truffle bites. The birthday cake has three layers of rainbow-flecked vanilla cake, with creamy frosting sandwiched between them–all topped with rainbow sprinkles and cake bites. The accompanying birthday truffles are also made of rainbow-flecked vanilla cake, but with the added bonus of a light white chocolate coating. If the birthday person prefers chocolate, don’t worry, the Milk Bar has a chocolate version of the Birthday Classic.
Price at time of publish: $84
Includes: 6-inch birthday cake, a dozen birthday truffles
Sugarfina Happy Birthday Bundle
Sugarfina is well-known for an incredibly wide selection of candies and sweet treats. The company bundled up a number of birthday-themed goodies together in this Happy Birthday gift set. This bundle includes a bento box of three candies (birthday cake caramel bites, heavenly sours, and ice cream cone gummies), a pink chocolate bar with sprinkles, and a box of birthday cake cookie bites. In addition to the treats, the bundle also has a birthday card.
Price at time of publish: $30
Includes: Birthday cake caramels, heavenly sours, ice cream cone gummies, birthday cake cookie bites, pink chocolate bar with sprinkles
What to Look for in a Birthday Gift Basket
When sending an edible gift, freshness is key. Not only is it important to send freshly made treats, but quick shipping can help ensure the goodies stay fresh. Most edible gift basket deliveries claim their items are baked the day before or even the day of shipping out. Many will also include next-day or overnight shipping to make sure things stay as fresh as possible for the recipient.
There are a few shipping factors to consider when ordering a gift basket online. First is how quickly it is delivered. Some companies will deliver the item within two to three business days, while others have next-day or same-day delivery for fresh baked goods. Unfortunately, sometimes those speedy deliveries will cost extra, so make sure to check out the shipping information at checkout.
A second shipping factor to keep in mind is how it’s shipped. With edible gift boxes, many will be shipped frozen, with dry ice, or in refrigerated trucks or cargo planes to keep things fresh. Be sure to let your recipient know that a package is coming so they can pick it up quickly and enjoy it while at peak freshness.
Sometimes companies will let you customize a gift basket. You might be able to add additional items or include a personalized birthday card. Some even have decorating options, like ribbons or balloons. It’s a nice extra touch that makes a birthday gift truly special.
When should I order a birthday gift basket?
When you order a gift basket depends on two major things: the date of the birthday and the delivery expectations. Ideally, you want the gift basket to arrive on or at least near the birthday itself. To do that, you need to know how quickly an item ships and delivers. Is it three to five business days? Overnight? Same day? Some companies will allow you to select the exact date of delivery, which is always a nice option that takes the stress and guesswork out of sending a gift.
What are some traditional birthday treats?
While birthday cakes are iconic celebratory treats, they’re sometimes a bit hard to send. Cupcakes and cake pops are equally popular and much easier to ship. Other common birthday treats include chocolate, cookies, candy, brownies, and wine.
What should I include in a birthday gift basket?
Any of the treats we listed above are great to include in a birthday gift basket. However, there are a number of treats that can also be included—a selection of meats and cheeses, for example, or gourmet popcorn. Try tailoring your gift basket towards the taste of the birthday recipient. If they have a sweet tooth, try candies or cupcakes. If they prefer savory tastes, a gift basket with crackers, wine, cheese, and salami might make their day.
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Allison Wignall is a writer who focuses on food and travel. During her globetrotting, she has tasted some of the sweetest confections—from macarons in Paris to fresh gourmet chocolates in Ecuador. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.