If you’re like me, then you tried to fill your time and stay creative over the course of the pandemic. It wasn’t easy. After doing everything I could think of around my house and yard, I started running out of ideas. It was then that I succumbed to something I loved but tried to avoid: online shopping. I filled my cart more times than I could count. While I often removed most of it, I still came out of the stay-at-home order with a slew of random products (we’re talking air fryers, hair dye, crafts, crafts, and more crafts, and it shames me to admit it, but a lot of sweaters for my dog. We had daily fashion shows – entertainment at his adorable expense). I wasn’t alone in my efforts to fill my days with something new or fresh or life-improving. It was fun while it lasted for those of us that shopped ’til we dropped, but it’s left a bit of a problem for the loved ones in our lives: we’ve become hard to shop for, and when our birthday or holidays come around, the options are limited.
For many, we got into a routine of simply buying something if there was even a glimmer that we needed it. Thus, over the last year, I’ve run into the issue of not knowing what to get a friend or family member on multiple occasions because they don’t seem to need anything. Or they don’t even want anything because if they want it, they simply click it and ship it to themselves. I began a quest to find an easy and sure-to-please option for the loved ones in my life that suddenly don’t need or want anything. After reading about Christmas present ideas a couple of months back, I concluded that what worked very well for holiday gifts is also perfect when it comes to birthday gifts for hard-to-shop-for (as well as the not-so-hard-to-shop-for) recipients.
A Gift for Everyone on Your List
This brings me to Harry & David and their robust collection of gourmet fruit and food gifts for family members and friends of every age. Does the recipient like ice cream? Check! Do they love gardening and flowers? Check! What about a fabulous bottle of wine with a selection of perfectly paired snacks? Check! I have multiple birthdays coming up in the next couple of months, and I’ve actually gotten ahead with my shopping. Harry & David makes it so easy because I could pick out the gift, schedule it for delivery, and voila! My stress has been minimized, and the gift will arrive right in time to delight and remind them how much they mean to me.
If you’re still looking for a little inspiration, here are my favorite picks so far (and the ones that I’ll send a little later this year). So far, my gifts have been a big hit!
Great Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People in Your Life
Delight someone on their special day with a gift of sweet and savory treats. Juicy premium pears top this gift, complemented by a rich chocolate swirl cake, tasty peanut butter pretzels, super party snack mix, and much more. This basket also includes a delicious assortment of cookies and candies—enough for several days of celebratory snacking.
If you can’t be with your loved one on their birthday, why not surprise them with a delicious white confetti cake? Crafted in Harry & David’s Southern Oregon bakery, this delightful dessert is finished with buttercream frosting and decorated by hand with colorful sprinkles. This cake is so tasty that all guests will want a second slice!
Send sweet, elegant birthday wishes with this Birthday Gift Tower. Featuring a variety of treats crafted in Harry & David’s Southern Oregon candy kitchen, this delightful gift includes the perennially popular chocolate cherries, silky chocolate truffles, and more. Seasonal pears and Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn round out the assortment for a perfect sweet surprise.
The most memorable celebrations start with the perfect chocolate cake. Made with rich dark chocolate, this decadent treat is hand-decorated with cream cheese frosting and confetti sprinkles. It’s a wonderful way to wish a happy birthday to someone you love because nothing says “I love you” like chocolate with sprinkles!
Remind someone to slow down and enjoy a moment of sweetness on their big day. An adorable plush sloth arrives with a box of silky-smooth signature truffles, and festive orange ribbons featuring the words “Happy Birthday” add an extra-special touch to this heartfelt gift.
Birthdays only come once a year, and the Birthday Gift Box is ideal for making it the perfect day they’ll remember all year long. It’s filled with a carefully selected assortment of fan-favorite sweet and savory gourmet delights, including juicy premium pears, sweet raspberry galettes, smoked Gouda cheese, black pepper salami, and more.
Make birthdays feel extra special with a gift full of gourmet favorites. Start with snack-worthy savories like cheddar cheese, Gouda, Milano Italia dry salami, pepper and onion relish, honey hot mustard, and sea salt crackers. Then, bring the sweetness to the celebration with delightful mini cookies, vanilla shortbread confetti cookies, Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, and a chocolate and vanilla marble birthday cake. Finally, say cheers to a wonderful year ahead with a bottle of Harry & David™ Royal Crest Red blend. It all arrives in a birthday tin that says “Time to Celebrate.”
Birthdays are better with Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, so celebrate with a festive tin full of the anytime snack. It includes favorite flavors like classic caramel, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate, as well as a specially crafted birthday cake variety featuring colorful confetti. It all comes in a decorative tin for a gift your recipient won’t soon forget.
Go big with this birthday bundle – it’s like sending several gifts in one! Included is a decadent chocolate cake crafted using rich dark chocolate, as well as a birthday gift box filled with giant cashews, roasted almonds and pistachios, walnuts, and pecans. And finally, there’s a gift basket brimming with sweet and savory treats like Royal Riviera® Pears, Moose Munch® Premium Popcorn, cookies, candies, and more. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, I highly recommend this one because it includes express 2-day shipping, and it can get there in a flash.
Speaking of free shipping, while shopping for friends and family, I treated myself to a gift by purchasing a Celebrations Passport®. For only $14.99, it gives me free shipping on all gifts for an entire year, no promo code needed. I’m often frustrated when the cost of shipping is almost as much as the gift, and with the Celebrations Passport, I’m saving a ton of money and loving every minute of it.
If you’ve found yourself searching for gift ideas and coming up blank, look no further. I personally love all of the selections shown, but if you didn’t see the perfect gift, you’re sure to find something on Harry & David’s Birthday page, which is dedicated to offering the perfect gift for everyone on your list!