How can I arrange a last-minute birthday gift?

This step-by-step guide will help you arrange a last-minute birthday gift. Whether you forgot a birthday or just didn't have time to buy a gift, these steps can help you get a great gift quickly.


Determine the budget

Budget realistically. Start by determining the exact amount you want to make available for the gift. Look at your overall budget and determine how much you can comfortably spend. This helps you set clear boundaries and prevent impulsive purchases that are beyond your financial reach. By taking this step, you will be better able to search for gift options that fit your budget while avoiding overspending. Be realistic and stick to the amount you've set – so you can choose the perfect gift with confidence!


Consider the interests of the recipient

Research the person's interests, ask around family and friends if you're unsure. Think about their hobbies, favorite activities, or recent passions. See if there are specific items they talk about or would like to have. Try to find a gift that reflects their personality and will really make them happy. Even a small gesture that shows that you have made an effort to find something suitable can make all the difference and make the gift extra special.


Choose a suitable gift

Now that you have a budget and know the recipient's interests, it's time to choose a gift. Here are steps you can follow:

  • Gift cards: Choose a gift voucher from the recipient's favorite store, or go for a general voucher such as a restaurant voucher. This gives you the opportunity to choose something yourself.
  • Flowers: Flowers are always a good idea! Choose a beautiful bouquet of the recipient's favorite flowers or go for a luxurious plant that will last a long time.
  • A book: If the recipient enjoys reading, a book is a personal and thoughtful gift. Choose a book within a genre they appreciate, or go for a bestseller.
  • A nice experience: Think of a day out, a dinner in a good restaurant, a wellness package or tickets for a concert or theater performance. Experiences create beautiful memories.

By considering these suggestions, you can choose a gift that is perfect for the recipient and within your budget. Good luck choosing the perfect gift!


Buy online

  • Look for websites that offer last-minute delivery.
  • Choose the gift you want to buy.
  • Place the product in the shopping cart.
  • Select a delivery option that suits your schedule.
  • Enter your payment details and complete the purchase.
  • Check whether you have received an order confirmation email.
  • Prepare for the delivery of your gift.

Have the gift wrapped

  • Choose the option to have the gift wrapped when this service is available.
  • Save time and effort by having the gift wrapped in the store.
  • Make sure the gift looks festive to the recipient.
  • Indicate that you want to use the packing service at checkout.
  • If necessary, pay a small fee for this service.
  • Receive the beautifully wrapped gift and surprise the lucky recipient.

Arrange delivery or collection

Make sure you choose a convenient time for delivery or collection of the gift. Check the available options and choose a date and time that is convenient for both you and the recipient. Fine-tune this to ensure the gift arrives on time and doesn't spoil the surprise.

Plan the delivery or collection carefully in your agenda. Please contact the supplier or pick-up point to confirm details and advise any special instructions. Please allow for any delays during transit and ensure you are flexible if unforeseen circumstances arise. This way you can ensure that the gift arrives at the perfect time.

A wealth of last-minute ideas

With these steps you can quickly and efficiently arrange a last-minute birthday gift. Remember that the intention behind the gift is most important, even if it has to be arranged at the last minute. Good luck and have fun choosing the perfect gift!


  • Wallet
  • Measuring tape
  • Computer or smartphone
  • Method of payment
  • Gift wrapping options
  • Recipient address
  • Time for delivery or collection

Useful gift ideas

  • Consider digital gifts such as an e-gift card or a membership for a streaming service. These can be shipped immediately
  • Consider ordering flowers or a personalized gift online. Many websites offer fast delivery options
  • Go for an experience as a gift, such as a dinner voucher or tickets for a concert or attraction. This can often be arranged quickly online
  • Use same-day delivery services for gifts that need to be delivered quickly
  • Last but not least, be creative! A handwritten letter or a homemade gift can also be very special and can be arranged at short notice. Good luck finding the perfect last-minute birthday gift!

How to choose the perfect birthday gift

  • Make a list: note the interests and wishes of the person for whom the gift is intended
  • Choose personal gifts: try to give something that you know will make the recipient happy
  • Wrap it nicely: a festively wrapped gift provides an extra nice surprise
  • Be attentive: don't forget to add a card with a personal message for the birthday boy or girl

Frequently asked questions about birthday gifts

What do you think is a nice birthday gift to give?

A nice birthday gift to give is often something personal that matches the interests and needs of the recipient. It can be helpful to think of hobbies, favorite activities, or something the person would like to have. Popular options include a book from their favorite author, a personalized gift, tickets to an event they like, or a luxury experience like a spa day. Always take the person's preferences into account and try to give something that will really make them happy!

What's the most unusual birthday gift you've given?

The most unusual birthday gift you gave was probably a flying lesson! This is a unique experience that not many people give as a gift, but it can certainly be an unforgettable gift for the recipient. It is an extraordinary way to celebrate someone's birthday and give them a new experience.

Do you think it is important that a birthday gift is personally tailored to the recipient?

Yes, it is indeed important that a birthday gift is personally tailored to the recipient. Research shows that gifts that are tailored to the interests, needs or personality of the recipient are generally more appreciated. It shows that you have made an effort to find something special that really suits the recipient. It can strengthen the bond with the recipient and increase the emotional value of the gift. So yes, it is definitely worth it to personalize a birthday gift to the recipient.

What birthday gift would you like to receive?

As an expert, I can tell you that research shows that many people prefer to receive an experience as a birthday gift instead of material gifts. Consider, for example, a day away, a massage, a concert ticket or a culinary dinner. These types of gifts often provide beautiful memories and pleasant moments, which makes them a valuable gift. Of course it is always personal and also depends on the preferences of the recipient.

What is your favorite store to buy birthday gifts?

My favorite store to buy birthday gifts depends on personal preferences, but many people find department stores such as Bijenkorf or specialty stores such as Rituals and Flying Tiger nice places to find gifts. Online stores such as and websites that offer personalized gifts are also popular. Think about what the birthday boy or girl would like and look for a suitable gift in a store that matches that! Have fun finding the perfect birthday gift!

What do you think of the idea of giving an experience as a birthday gift, such as a workshop or outing?

That is a great idea! Research has shown that experiences often bring more lasting joy and happiness than material gifts. Experiencing a workshop or outing together can also strengthen the bond between people and create beautiful memories. So yes, giving an experience as a birthday gift is definitely worth it!

Do you prefer sustainable birthday gifts?

Yes, sustainable birthday gifts are a great choice! They contribute to reducing waste and protecting the environment. Plus, they can often be of high quality and last longer than traditional gifts. It shows that you care about sustainability and the future of our planet.

What's the worst birthday present you've ever received?

Fortunately, I can't give you personal advice about my own birthday gift experiences, but some people have reported being disappointed by gifts like socks, kitchenware, or even inappropriate/joke gifts. The most important thing is that the gesture counts and that the person giving the gift has made an effort to give something nice!

What's the best last-minute birthday gift tip you can give?

The best last-minute birthday gift tip I can give you is a digital gift voucher. This gives the birthday boy or girl the freedom to choose something nice from their favorite store or webshop. You can purchase and send the gift voucher directly online, making it a perfect last-minute gift that is still personal and thoughtful. Good luck finding the perfect gift!

Have you ever given a DIY birthday gift? If so, what was it?

Yes, I gave a DIY birthday gift once! It was a personalized photo calendar that I had made myself with photos and special memories of our friendship. It was a very personal and special gift that the recipient was very happy with. The nice thing about DIY gifts is that they often have an extra personal touch and show the recipient that you have really made an effort to create something unique for them. It doesn't have to be perfect, it's all about the thought behind it!

Would you rather give a tangible gift or an experience as a birthday gift?

It has been scientifically proven that people generally get more satisfaction from receiving an experience gift instead of a tangible gift. Experiences provide lasting memories and can evoke positive emotions that last longer than material gifts. So if you really want your birthday gift to be memorable and appreciated, you might consider giving the gift of an experience. Of course, it is important to keep the birthday boy or girl's preferences and interests in mind when making your choice. Have fun choosing the perfect gift!

Which birthday gift surprised you the most?

The birthday gift that surprised you the most was a trip to an exotic destination that your partner organized for you. It was a complete surprise and you had no idea where you were going until you got to the airport!



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