I've been collecting these items over the past year. I keep all of the hampers I'm working on in individual boxes and use an excel spreadsheet system which I explained here to keep on top of the budget.
I can't afford to spent a huge chunk of money in one go on a gift, even for a special birthday. So I save small bits and bobs throughout the year, thoughtful things which I know the recipent will love. Sure some of things only cost a pound however when they're collected together into a themed package it looks really, really special. One of my friends is planning on giving everyone a £150 watch for their 30th birthday - I doubt she can really afford that. It makes me sad.
- Teeny, tiny deer - charity shop.
I actually have a set of these myself which my friend has admired many a time so when I saw this little guy in the charity shop a few weeks back I had to stash it away for her.
- Bunny rabbit iPhone case (including fluffy tail)
I'm pretty sure the people who made these must have had my friend in mind when they were a-makin'.
- Owl socks - These are from American eBay so the prices go up and down depending on exchange rates.
Me no likey owls (I've never seen anything scarier in my life) but she does - ergo I'm a great friend. Ahem.
- Bambi tissues
Just cos, awww LOOK HOW CUTE.
- Pewter Hare Brooch
This is frankly gorgeous. I'm seeing this worn on a Autumnal morning with a black velvet jacket, I don't know why.
- Bunny Ribbon
My friend is a hardcore crafter and has half a room stuffed with ribbon and yet NO BUNNY RIBBON. S'up with that? I've corrected it for her.
- Stag Necklace
I *may* have got one for myself too. Oops.
And those lovely cheap bits and bobs are to be wrapped up in pink and blue tissue paper and tucked snuggly into one of these frickin' amazing fox bags (I've linked to the cheapest ones I could find) from ebay. My lovely friend Louise did a review of these on her youtube channel.
What theme of birthday hamper would suit your best friend and what would you include in it?
You might also find useful:
Making Gift Hampers
Month of Gifts
Giving second hand gifts
P.S. Now I just need to hunt down something squirrel-y and cute. Any suggestions?