Whether somebody in your life who loves coffee is having their birthday soon, you’re getting Christmas gifts together for your coffee-loving family and friends, or simply want to say thank you to somebody by getting them a coffee gift you know that they will love, there are many different ways that you can approach buying gifts for coffee lovers. However, one of the best options that is worth considering is a coffee hamper or gift basket. A DIY coffee lovers gift basket is one of the best ways to add some personalization and diversity to your gift, allowing you more control over the gift experience and letting you to turn a generic gift into one that’s more customized and designed with your recipient in mind.
Whether you’re buying gifts for somebody who is a casual coffee drinker or a super coffee enthusiast, it’s always good to know how to put together a basket or hamper of gifts that are diverse and relevant, how to choose the right coffee beans as a gift, and ideas for your gift basket that are going to make even the most hardcore coffee snobs happy. It’s important to fill your hamper with a range of diverse items that are all connected to each other. There are lots of coffee related gifts that you could consider for coffee gift basket ideas. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones.
Fresh Coffee Beans
Coffee beans are, of course, one of the best coffee themed presents to give and no coffee gift baskets would be complete without them. It’s important to get the beans right when it comes to coffee hamper ideas whether you are putting together a coffee maker gift basket or have some coffee and chocolate gift basket ideas for your friends. It’s easier than you think to accidentally get coffee beans that are stale and taste dull.
Before you choose coffee beans as a gift, it’s important to consider their short shelf life. When it comes to peak freshness, coffee beans will only last for around 2-3 weeks after being roasted before their flavors begin to disappear. While the coffee is still drinkable, it’s definitely not going to taste as good. The problem here is that many pre-made coffee gift baskets like coffee gift baskets Amazon are packed weeks in advance, so you end up giving coffee that is no longer fresh. Because of this, when you’re putting together coffee gift ideas homemade, it’s always a good idea to make sure that the coffee beans are the last thing that you get. Ideally, you should add them to the hamper as close as possible to the day that you are going to give it. Or, you could alternatively purchase gourmet coffee gifts delivered straight to your recipient, to make sure that they always receive fresh coffee.
A coffee brewer or coffee maker is always a great gift idea since most people don’t buy themselves another brewer once they already have one. And the best part is that there are several types of coffee brewer that make the perfect addition to a coffee gift hamper since they are inexpensive and small in size. If you’re buying for somebody that you already know owns their own espresso machine or drip coffee machine, a small immersion brewer like a French Press could be the perfect addition to their gift basket as not only is it small, portable, and cheap to get hold of, but it also offers a different brewing experience to what they are used to, allowing them to choose from a different option when it comes to how they brew and enjoy their coffee. Some of the best brewer ideas to add to your gift basket include:
1. French Press
This is a classic and inexpensive coffee brewer that looks great and makes incredible coffee. It is simple to use; all you need to do is combine coffee and hot water in the carafe for around four minutes before pressing the plunger down and pouring the coffee into your mug. This style of brewing makes coffee that is full of flavor and body, due to the stainless steel filter that allows more of the natural coffee oils and some tiny grounds through into your cup.
If you want to put together a coffee gift basket for somebody who loves coffee and traveling, the AeroPress is the ideal option to consider when adding a brewer, as it’s considered to be one of, if not the best brewer option for travel. Along with being extremely durable, it’s also lightweight and compact, making it easy to pack away and travel with. However, it does require a little bit more work compared to a French Press and is better suited for people who are familiar with manually brewing coffee. To make coffee in this coffee maker, combine coffee and hot water in the cylinder, let it steep for two to three minutes, and then plunge the coffee directly into the mug below. Since this brewer uses pressure, it can take a bit more force to press the coffee through the filter and into your cup.
3. Pour Over
If you are putting together a coffee gift basket for somebody who would describe themselves as a connoisseur and is open to learning new barista skills, a pour over brewer may be the ideal addition to their gift hamper. Pour over brewing is something that many coffee lovers would like to try, but don’t have the courage to do. Brewing pour over coffee requires some technique, and what better way to perfect this than with a gift, with no financial risk to your recipient? You need to slowly pour the water over the coffee in slow circles from the center to the edges for a couple of minutes. It results in a cup of coffee that’s full of flavor, crisp, and clean.
Another great addition that will show you have thought about your recipient when putting their coffee gift basket together is an accessory or brewing tool of some kind. A manual coffee grinder is one of the best accessories that you can get, especially if you are including fresh coffee beans as part of the gift hamper. Since coffee beans will only stay at their peak freshness for around two to three weeks after roasting, it’s important to leave the whole and only grind the beans right before using, as once the beans are ground, the flavors will disappear even faster compared to whole beans. In fact, pre-ground coffee will go stale as soon as you open the bag.
Even if you’re buying for somebody who already has a coffee grinder, you can find small, portable travel grinders that they may appreciate, giving them an easy option to grind fresh coffee wherever they are. This can be the perfect tool to accompany a travel brewer like the AeroPress. If a grinder doesn’t seem like the best option for your gift hamper, some other accessory options to consider include:
1. Reusable Metal Filters
You can get reusable metal filters that work with the AeroPress, that are definitely worth adding if you’re going to gift this brewer or are buying gifts for somebody who already has one. They are much easier to travel with, easy to use, create no waste, and often lead to a more flavorful cup of coffee by allowing more of the natural oils through into the cup.
2. Bamboo Paddle
This is a simple and inexpensive tool that is perfect for stirring coffee, making an ideal accessory to accompany a French Press in your gift basket. They are easy to find and allow your recipient to stir the grounds when brewing coffee in their French Press without having to worry about the risk of a metal spoon accidentally breaking it.
3. Glass Carafe
A glass carafe or coffee server is fun to use and make an ideal gift for any coffee lover.
Finally, consider an additional gift that you can get that isn’t coffee related, but more something that your recipient might enjoy with their coffee. There are plenty of ideas depending on what they like the most. For most gift-givers, food items are the obvious choice here, although you could go for something like a personalized mug if you like. Chocolate always goes well with coffee and is quite similar as it also contains caffeine. Or if you are buying for a coffee lover who also loves baking, a cake mix that they can make to enjoy with their favorite cup of coffee is always a thoughtful gift idea. For a gift that you can’t go wrong with, cookies or biscotti will always go down well with coffee.
If you want to buy a gift for a coffee lover that is well put together, thoughtful, and unique, there’s nothing better than putting together a coffee gift hamper that is designed for them. With fresh beans, a brewer, accessories, and something to enjoy their coffee with, your gift is sure to delight.