Amazing Birthday Presents
Birthday season is officially upon us… more babies are born late September, early October than any other time of the year. The reason, Christmas cuddles of course! Purchasing birthday presents can be a fickle old business.Bear & Bear Co-founder and gift selector extraordinaire, Sam Gore, has stepped up to the plate to give you a helping nudge.
It’s birthday season (mine has just gone – I got socks!) and there are no doubt a bunch of people you need to buy presents for. One of our fundamental reasons for our existence at Bear & Bear is to provide an easy way to get something for whoever you’re buying for at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for someone close to your heart (that will also make you look like a legend when they unwrap it) then you’re reading the right article!
I am going to guide you through some of the best birthday presents on Bear & Bear and give you a few tips on how to choose the right gift. Pretty much everything on the website works as a gift, but in the spirit of great curating, I’ve picked out a selection that are guaranteed winners.
If you want to skip ahead directly to a very nicely curated collection of birthday presents, here’s your chance:
Otherwise, settle down for some of my picks for the birthday season…
Interestingly, people often see something that’s cool and unique and then think of someone to give it to. That’s great if you have time, but this blog focuses on the “shit, it’s xxxxx’s birthday next week, I need something to show some love” type of gifting most of us know and love.
I’ve chosen to focus this on the type of person you’re buying for as I don’t believe in pigeon-holing people based on age, we’ve got a real mix of millennial go-getters and grey-haired legends who shop with us, and they’re often buying the same thing!
Right, let’s get to it, I’ll start with some easy winners:
The lycra-phobic cyclist:
Thousand Helmets have the best bicycle lids out there in my opinion, they are stylish with some amazing features including a magnetic easy release strap and anti-theft poplock technology. These are not for the lycra clad road cyclist, but for the cruising, chilled, cyclist about town. Perfectly unisex and beautifully priced at £85.
On the go caffeine lover:
If your intended recipient likes a coffee hit on the go, then the folks at Wacaco have got you covered. The Minipresso NS takes pods (we prefer those from Cru Kafe which work amazingly and are fully recyclable) and offers up hand-powered espresso with a crema wherever you are.
We do love camping, and if you are in the mood for going all out then the Heimplanet Cave tent is our most visited page. It’s a hefty price point at £550, but it’s extremely durable and well made, and will certainly go the distance.
If your budget is a little slimmer, then I love the Barebones range we’ve just got in, especially the Pulaski Axe. I don’t have an axe, but for next birthday I would like one. At £149 this is no snip, but look at the materials used and think about how cool it would look on a wall.
If you’re around the still very generous £50 mark for the outdoors person then the Campfire Prep Set from Primus is a great choice, designed with camping in mind, it’s got a range of utensils that will make the proud owner the centre of campfire chat.
Matador just keep coming out with great products to make life outdoors easier, and this is a great example, the pocket blanket folds down into a tiny pouch, but can be whipped out at a moment’s notice to provide a dry base layer or direct surface to sit on.
Ok, that’s quite a lot for the outdoor pioneer who needs a birthday gift, but there’s also an ace selection of gifts for the person who like to chill at home.
If you need something for the person who hosts with the most and likes to throw a dinner party or two, and you love… a lot, then you cannot go wrong with the Uuni oven. This is simply the greatest excuse for a dinner party I’ve ever encountered, there’s nothing quite like watching your drunk friends fumble through your fridge looking for strange toppings (egg is a winner FYI). It yours for just under £200 with 5kgs of pellets to get you cooking.
A really useful accessory for the budding pizzaiola is an apron, we have the Hedley & Bennet range currently on sale for around £50, and they are not going to be in stock for long at that price.
For the slightly more functional entertaining gift, the Enamel Pie Set from Falcon is game changer. You’ll probably end up buying one for yourself afterwards, whether you’re whipping up a shepherds pie, a lasagne or simply roasting some veg, these are great for cooking, serving and easy to wash up.
I can’t even spell it, but there are perfectionists out there who know their stuff, and they can be tricky people to buy gifts for. Luckily we’ve got some great items at various price points for even the most pedantic know it alls.
If cheese is their thing, then come bearing a gift they are going to cherish from England’s oldest cheese shop – Paxton and Whitfield. This set of knives are contained in an extremely functional and suave box and are perfect for an array of fine cheeses, at £44 the only thing that stinks is your Camembert.
Coffee is fast becoming the new wine, and we are partial to great coffee in many forms in the Bear & Bear HQ. If you’re looking to upgrade the simple French Press then our buddies at Espro have created a double-micro filtered experience that creates a smoother and cleaner coffee. It’s favoured by a number of top restaurants (and also me). The P5 is a recent addition to the range and provides both great value and amazing coffee at £55:
If you are looking to go all out and really show the coffee connoisseur how their beans should be brewed then opt for this epic Stagg kit from Fellow:
Moving to an evening tipple, the bestselling and well-loved rocking cognac glasses from Normann Copenhagen are tried and tested epic gifts for £29 – you can’t really go wrong:
Ultimately if you’ve got someone a present you’re showing you care and that should be enough!
One of the reasons I co-founded Bear & Bear was because I kept seeing so much cool stuff online and yet there was nowhere really curating it in one place. Sure, there are websites that might have some great selections hidden within 10,000 products, but why waste time going through all the tat to find those brilliant items?
I was also acutely aware that whilst people have different budgets, a lot of the great stuff out there was very expensive. We take care with our selection process and if we’re suggesting someone part with significant amounts of money it is still providing lifetime value.