Update: Unfortunately this website has ceased trading.


It’s difficult to find unique gifts on the high street stores. Especially when you’re trying to find something for a special occasion. Enter Martin Gerhard (an ex-BBC journalist) and Jason Hick (a web designer). They decided to set up “Need a Present” in April 2000 after struggling to find unique gifts for their friends and family. They searched stores in London, Paris and New York, looking for unique funky products, which they now bring to you via Need a

The site is very easy to navigate, even for the less web savvy folks. The layout is simple and the shopping cart is very easy to use.

So, what are they offering?

You can search for gifts for all occasions; whether it be an anniversary present, a gift for a baby or a humorous present, they’ve got it covered.

There’s an option to browse by occasion, person, price or theme. So if you’ve got a limited budget, you can browse gifts under ₤10. If you need a wedding present, select the wedding tab to find all the gifts in the wedding section.

If you want something a bit different, then check out their Lollipop Bouquet, or the Personalised Retro Sweet Jar. Gardeners would appreciate the Grow Your Own Olives kit. Sing in the shower, wearing the Cupcake Shower Cap and keep your feet warm at night with the microwavable Hot Bunny!

How can you order and  pay?

You can buy products online, or by telephone.

You can pay by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Switch, Solo or Delta. All transactions are processed using a secure server. All prices include VAT.

How can you contact them?

  • By email – they aim to respond within an hour during office hours, guaranteed response within 24 hours.
  • By phone – 9-5. If they can’t answer you query straight away, they aim to get back to you within the hour.
  • By post, to their office address in London.


They aim to deliver within the UK in around two days. If you’re in London, it’s possible to get same day delivery. Worldwide delivery times vary (see delivery options under the information section)

Refund policy

If you are unhappy with your purchase, for whatever reason, you can return the goods to them in a re-saleable condition by recorded delivery within 30 days for a refund of the item or a replacement.

Be sure to check out our Need a Present Voucher Codes