You can find below the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any queries that aren’t covered here, please get in contact
British Gift Boxes are a range of quintessentially British themed gift boxes containing snacks, food and souvenirs designed to deliver a small taste of Blighty to expats and anglophiles in all corners of the world. They are a celebration of all that is great about home!
British Gift Boxes were conceived as meaningful and heartfelt gifting solutions for Brits with loved ones living overseas. They can of course also be a convenient, evocative and fun solution for expats looking for a treat from home themselves.
You can send a specific box from our range of themed gift boxes as a one-time gift, or you can buy a highly customisable subscription for regular deliveries of gift boxes of your choice to your loved ones. The third option is to send them a Gift Card with a gift voucher amount of your choosing for them to buy or subscribe to a British Gift Box themselves.
Absolutely! All gift options are personalisable. Gift boxes include a message up to 200 characters. Your message will be handwritten on a gift card and included in the gift box. For an extra special touch, there is a paid option to upload photos for us to print out for inclusion in the gift box – your loved ones will be thrilled to get a heart-warming gift, and touched by the latest photos of family and friends back home. Photos are printed out on 6 x 4 inch photo paper. Personalisation can be added at the check-out stage of ordering. Gift Cards containing the gift voucher code for redemption will be sent electronically to your recipient and can include a personal message for your loved one.
No problem at all! You can also buy any box from our range of themed gift boxes as a one-time purchase or you can subscribe to our Subscription Box for regular deliveries of treats from home. Even if you only buy a single gift box to give it a try, we hope that once you have experienced the joy of your first gift box that you will come back for more, or better yet, sign up for a Subscription Box.
Our Subscription Box is based on a subscription to our wonderfully nostalgic range of Nibbles Boxes. Our Subscription Box plan is highly customisable so you decide how long you want the subscription for, how frequently you want a Box delivered and what Nibbles Boxes you want to include. It is also flexible and easy to manage from your online account on our website – change address, payment details and even cancel any time (skip a cycle and upgrade functionality also coming soon).
All continuous subscriptions will auto-renew according to the delivery frequency you picked. It will renew every time a Box is scheduled for delivery, at which point payment is taken and you will receive a renewal order confirmation. You can cancel your subscription at any time (a temporary pause function allowing skipping of deliveries instead of permanent cancellation will also be available soon).
For fixed-term (3 month/6 month/12 month) subscriptions, auto-renewal will also apply in accordance to your delivery frequency but only within the duration of the fixed-term. We will not auto-renewal when it reaches the end of the term. Instead, we will send you a reminder email when the last Subscription Box has been dispatched in the fixed term to ask if you want to renew your subscription for another term or continuously. For customers who give a fixed-term subscription as a gift, the reminder email will also be sent to the recipient should they wish to continue to receive regular boxes and to take over the subscription themselves.
This functionality is coming soon….we are working on enabling ad hoc upgrades to our bigger Nosh or Gastronomy Boxes at any time during a subscription to give subscribers even more choice and flexibility. Watch this space!
This functionality is coming soon….we are working on the facility to allow subscribers to skip a scheduled delivery for when they need a bit of a break for whatever reason. We’ll keep you posted!
To manage or cancel your subscription simply login to your Account and click on ‘subscriptions’ on the menu on the left. Chose the relevant subscription where you can then edit your shipping address and payment details.
Subscription renewals can also be cancelled at any time. If you’ve already been billed for a renewal, all boxes in that cycle will be shipped and your cancellation will take effect in the next billing cycle. To cancel, click the “Cancel” button. Please make sure to let us know via our contact form why you are cancelling as we are always looking at how we can improve our products. Please note that you are cancelling all renewals and not previous orders.
Congratulations! Someone must really care about you to have sent you a British Gift Box Gift Card! Redeeming your gift is easy. Visit our website and select your choice of British Gift Box or a subscription for regular boxes. When you are ready to order, go to the shopping basket and enter the coupon code that came with your Gift Card to redeem it against the value of your order.
We only include ambient, non-perishable, sealed foods in original manufacturer’s packaging in our gift boxes. Most of the items in our boxes have a long shelf life giving you plenty of time to enjoy your treats from home, although in our experience, the goodies don’t hang around for long!
There are some boxes which may contain items with a shorter shelf life, typically bakery products like cakes, tarts and tray bakes with shelf lives which can be as short as 2 weeks. Dependent on how long your box has to spend in transit, it is possible that these items may have reached their “Best Before” date by the time they are reach you. The Food Standards Agency states that the Best Before date is about quality and not safety. The food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best. You can still freeze these items when they arrive and enjoy them at your leisure. All our boxes containing short shelf life items will have the following symbol:
We want your chocolate treats to be enjoyed in their best condition so please consider this if your chosen gift box contains a lot of chocolate to be sent to a hot climate, as the products could melt and deteriorate during transit! Purchasing chocolate or confectionery destined for countries with hot climates is done so at your own risk.
As we purchase to order, on rare occasions, if an item within a box you have ordered is unavailable or out of stock, we will replace it with a substitute equivalent product of at least equal value to the out of stock item.
We would LOVE to hear your suggestions! Email us at [email protected] and we will see what we can do!
For one-time individual orders of gift box and other products, signing up for an account is optional so you will checkout as a guest by default. However, registration is free and there are benefits in doing so. When you register, you will save time and effort in not having to enter your details at the checkout every time you shop with us and the details of your previous orders are stored on our website which can be a helpful reference for your next order.
For orders of our Subscription Boxes, you do have to register and create an account on our website for us to operate and fulfil the subscription over its duration and in order for you to view historic activity on your account and manage the subscription according to your needs.
If you choose to register for an account with British Gift Box then you can do so either by clicking on the sign up icon on the menu bar at the top of each page or when you get to the checkout process. You will be asked for an email address and to set a password which you will then use to login for future purchases and to manage your account.
If you cannot recall your password, simply click the ‘Forgot Password’ link on the login screen. You’ll be asked for your email address and an email will be sent with details on how to reset your password.
Once you have registered with our site, to update your contact details, login in via the home page and you will be able to view and amend your details. You can update all of your personal details here including your email address, address, phone number and password.
To sign up to receive updates from us and be kept up to date on new products and special offers, use the ‘Contact Us’ form and tick the box to receive emails from British Gift Box before you submit. You can also opt in during checkout when you are placing an order. Signing up to receive updates does not create an account with us and you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of our update emails.
Being here on our website is a good place to start! Dependent on whether you are ordering a one-time gift box, a Subscription Box or a Gift Card, this is how you place an order:
Gift Box – from anywhere in the website click “Our gift boxes” on the menu bar or from the Gift Giving page click “Send a gift box” to see our range of boxes. Click on the box you’re interested in to go to the box details page and there, click “Buy Now” for the item to be added into your shopping basket.
Subscription Box- from anywhere in the website click “Subscribe” on the menu bar or from the Gift Giving page click “Send Subscription” to go to the subscription process. Answer a few questions to customise your subscription before the Subscription Box is added to your shopping basket. Similarly, you can also subscribe directly from the Subscription Box product page.
Gift Card – from the Gift Giving page click “Send Gift Card” to populate details of your gift card amount before the Gift Card is added to your shopping basket. You can enter the recipient’s email address for delivery of the Gift Card and a personalised message at checkout.
When you’re ready to place the order, click on the shopping basket. Here you get a shipping estimate by choosing the the destination country for your order, add any personalisation if your order is a gift and redeem any Gift Cards / eligible coupon codes before checkout. Don’t forget to tick that you have read and accept our T&Cs before completing checkout.
Sorry, we do not take orders over the phone. Orders can only be made on our secured website as we take the protection of our customers’ details very seriously and cannot take sensitive payment information in any other way.
All of our products on our website are priced in Pounds Sterling (GBP). We also only accept payment in GBP. If your ‘home’ currency is not GBP, your credit card or PayPal account will automatically convert the GBP payment to your home currency when you pay.
We accept all major credit & debit cards (such as Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express) as well as payment by PayPal if you have a PayPal account.
Absolutely! We take the protection of your personal information very seriously, including the security of your payment details. We use Braintree, a PayPal company, to process our online transactions using their secure encrypted payment screens. Whilst you remain on our website at all times during the checkout process, our website does not have access to or store any of your card details, which are all encrypted and processed securely through Braintree’s payment screens. In addition to cards, we also accept PayPal for payments. We are PCI compliant.
Dependent on what you order, your order will be billed as follows:
One-time gift box/gift card purchases – billing occurs immediately at completion of checkout process.
Continuous subscriptions – will be billed immediately for first delivery of the subscription at completion of checkout process. Subsequently, the subscription will auto-renew and bill at each anniversary date of initial purchase at the delivery frequency you picked for the subscription. You can cancel any time BEFORE the anniversary date of the next planned delivery.
Fixed-term (3 month/6 month/12 month) subscriptions – will be billed immediately for first delivery of the subscription at completion of checkout process. Subsequently, auto-renewal and billing will follow the same anniversary basis rule as for continuous subscriptions but only within the duration of the fixed-term subscription period. Billing will cease when it reaches the end of the subscription period unless you opt to renew your subscription for another period or continuously, or if the recipient opts to take over the subscription at the end of the fixed-term period if it was originally given as a gift.
We deliver to over 220 countries Worldwide from the UK. Select your country when you checkout to confirm if we deliver to your Country. Our couriers cannot deliver to PO Box addresses due to a signature being required. Shipping costs for each country varies. At the checkout, our website will automatically show you the shipping rates applicable for the address that you entered and based on the weight & volume of the items that are in your basket.
Please note, whilst we will accept orders for shipment to all the countries listed, shipping a Gift Box to some countries can be more problematic than others! The common destinations that most of our customers send Gift Boxes to (like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and most of western Europe) have well-developed customs procedures for goods coming into their countries and good local distribution networks to ensure your shipment is normally delivered fairly quickly and efficiently to your recipient. However, there are still many countries that have less developed logistics infrastructure and practices (e.g. overly strict customs procedures, poor transport links/local distribution networks/security, etc) which can interrupt, slow or even lose parcels during the shipment process. Many countries in parts of Latin/South America, Africa, Asia and even parts of Eastern and Southern Europe fall into this category. Should you wish to send a Gift Box to one of these countries, you should be aware of the risks, a greater potential for issues to arise during the shipment process and build in additional time if appropriate to allow your Box to be delivered for when you want.
This is not a problem. On checkout you will fill in your billing address and then tick the check box underneath it to indicate that you wish to “deliver to a different address”. This will open a new shipping address section in the checkout form for you to specify where you want your order to be delivered.
For subscriptions, two ways – you can log into your account on our website, go to My Account, under Shipping Address you can edit or add a new Address, follow prompts to complete change; OR you can email us and we’ll take care of it for you. Most account changes take effect on your next renewal.
For individual orders, if you realised that you need to change the shipping address after you have already completed the checkout process, we can only do that if the order has not already been dispatched and collected by the courier! Please email us as soon as possible if that is the case and we will do what we can.
No, prices are not inclusive of shipping fee. Please see the answer to the shipping charges question for how shipping charges work.
Shipping parcels overseas can be expensive but we have endeavoured to get the best possible service and rates for our customers by partnering with a multi-carrier logistics company to always give you the best value solution. Shipping fees vary based on the delivery destination as well as the weight and volume of the parcel. Carriers will also have different services and fees with some being more competitive to certain destinations than others. Through our logistics partner, we will identify and offer you the lowest cost service from the different carrier services we have access to for the delivery of your Gift Box. On the shopping basket page, our Shipping Calculator will automatically show you the lowest cost shipping service from our panel of carriers based on the address that you entered and the weight and volume of the content of your basket.
We aim to dispatch your gift box within 3 working days after your order is processed and payment is received and 3 working days of the anniversary date for Subscription Boxes, and sooner than that if we can. This is because we hold minimum stock and curate food items for our gift boxes to order to ensure they arrive in the best condition with maximum shelf life possible, especially if your gift box contains items like cakes which have a shorter shelf life. You will receive an email to let you know when your order has been dispatched.
Following dispatch when your box is passed to our courier partner for shipping, the delivery time to get to you will then depend on the destination and the shipping service. As a general guide, it can take 2-5 working days for the countries in mainland Europe dependent on distance (most European shipments are made by road). For the rest of the world we use express air services from a number of carriers, meaning that for well-served countries (e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc) your Gift Box could be delivered within 3 working days, and up to 5-6 working for other countries. Please note that these general guides assume that your shipment passes through customs clearance for the destination countries without any interruption.
We have endeavoured to only include food products which are not knowingly prohibited for import by countries when designing our gift boxes (e.g. non-perishable, sealed foods in original manufacturer’s packaging with food labels listing ingredients). For shipping to EU countries, there will be no import duty or taxes to pay when the box reaches the country of destination.
For shipping to the rest of the world, once your gift box reaches customs in the destination country, they may assess the box for liability to any local customs duty and taxes in that country. In most cases, there will be no extra duty and taxes to pay as many countries have some form of duty-free value for imports below which duty and/or taxes are exempt. However, as customs legislation does vary from country to country and change from time to time, it is highly recommended that you check the local customs restrictions before placing your order, just to ensure that none of the products in our boxes are prohibited in the country of delivery and that you are aware of any potential extra charges which may be incurred. The box recipient is deemed to be the ‘importer’ from customs’ point of view and will be responsible for payment of any such customs charges, import duties and taxes that may be charged. British Gift Box has no control over these charges and cannot predict their amount, and as such, is not responsible for paying any such charges.
All of our deliveries are insured and we have a dedicated team to make sure that every delivery gets to its destination on time. We guarantee that any breakages will be refunded, but we do require photographic evidence of all breakages for a refund to be given.
Once your order is completed, you will receive a Dispatch Confirmation from us to notify you that it has been dispatched to our couriers for shipping. The shipping address recipient, whether that is you or the person you are buying for, will receive a separate email from our courier partner containing a tracking number for your parcel. The recipient will then be able to track the parcel every step of the way on its journey to the delivery address and will help ensure someone is in to sign for the parcel on delivery.
If your order is a gift and you really want to surprise the recipient by not letting them know about the tracking number of the parcel, you can specify as such in the “Any Special Instructions?” box at checkout. We can arrange for the tracking email to be sent to you instead of the recipient but by doing so, you must agree to waive the standard requirement of a signature as proof of delivery as the couriers will not be able to communicate directly with the recipient in advance to notify them of delivery. If it becomes necessary for the courier to leave the parcel on the recipient’s doorstep due to no available persons or neighbours to sign for it, the signature waiver will mean that we cannot offer any refunds should the delivered but unsigned for parcel subsequently be lost or stolen. Should customs detain the shipment for any reason and require to contact the recipient, we would need to provide them with the recipient’s phone number and email then, even if it spoils the surprise in that situation.
We have a dedicated team to track all deliveries to make sure that every delivery gets to its destination on time so we should know if there is an issue before you do and initiate investigations with the courier partner to solve the issue (for example – customs issues, incorrect/insufficient address, recipient cannot be reached, etc). However, if you have any concerns, please contact us and we will update you on the status and actions being taken to solve the issue.
Our courier partner may work with a consignee partner in the destination country. You are asked to provide a telephone contact number for the recipient when you place the order should the delivering courier need to contact the recipient regarding delivery. Some of these partners do not call recipients before they deliver, therefore, we highly recommend recipients track the parcel on the tracking links emailed to them and be alert about the status and expected delivery date of your shipment.
We encourage you to select a delivery address that will have someone available to sign for your parcel. So if you know your recipient is rarely at home during the day, you should consider delivering to their place of work as an alternative. Either way, we would encourage you/them to regularly check the tracking details as this will show the progress of the parcel every step of the way and enable the recipient to plan for its delivery.
That being said, we know that a delivery always occurs when you just happen to nip out for 5 minutes! In this case, the courier will attempt to deliver to an immediate neighbour or alternatively leave a calling card with the details of next steps for re-delivery or collection. This will be country specific and specific to the local delivery courier.
If your gift box contains breakages and damaged products when it arrives, please contact us within 48 hours to file a claim. See section 8 of the Terms of Sale, our policy on damaged or defective products.
If you have not received your gift box, please be sure to check your tracking number. If your tracking number says it has been delivered, we suggest first checking with your neighbour, or someone who might have a similar address to you, in case it might have been delivered there by mistake. If you still cannot locate your box, contact us as soon as possible. However, if your tracking number says it has not been delivered, please note that delays can happen for many reasons, including customs delays and bad weather. If you require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you are buying or subscribing as a consumer, we are pleased to provide a 14 day ‘no quibble’ policy for order cancellation, in accordance to Consumer Contracts Regulations. Please refer to section 7 of our Terms of Sale for details of our cancellation and return policy.
For qualifying cancellations and returns as well as for verified products that are damaged in transit or that are defective, we will fully or partially refund items as detailed in section 9 of our Terms of Sale.