From cheeky peaches to smileys, these are the gifts to buy

Emilee Geist

No matter if you're buying for yourself or someone else, celebrate World Emoji Day with these treats: The Independent/iStock
No matter if you’re buying for yourself or someone else, celebrate World Emoji Day with these treats: The Independent/iStock

Today is World Emoji Day, an annual event created by search engine Emojipedia’s founder, Jeremy Burge, in 2014.

It’s purpose is to simply celebrate and encourage the use of emojis and 17 July was picked to mark the occasion because that’s the date used on the calendar emoji symbol.

You can join in on the day by using tagging #WorldEmojiDay on your social media posts, there’s even a World Emoji Day 2020 party hosted on Facebook every year.

According to Emojipedia, there’s also a list of new emojis set to be launched for 2020 include bottle-feeding parents and the transgender flag, people hugging and gender-inclusive people wearing a veil and a tuxedo.

If someone you know is a diehard fan of using emojis in texts and messages, we’ve scoured online to find the fun, playful gifts to treat them to, from homewares to jewellery, that doesn’t all just feature the classic yellow smiling face.

You can trust our independent round-ups. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

Food and drink

For a selection of sweet treats, this hand-decorated emoji cookie gift box (Etsy, £12.99) makes a tasty novelty present.

This box of cookies is a letter-box friendly treat (Etsy)
This box of cookies is a letter-box friendly treat (Etsy)

Handmade to order, it contains six cookies in a letter-box friendly gift box, which is an ideal gift to send to someone if you’ve been in lockdown and separated from your fellow emoji lover. Plus you can add a personalised message to it.

For anyone trying to cut down on their single-use plastics, this emoji water flask (Not On The High Street, £19.50) is an easy place to start.

Reduce your single-use plastic pollution with this reusable water bottle (Not On The High Street)
Reduce your single-use plastic pollution with this reusable water bottle (Not On The High Street)

The 350ml reusable bottle will keep drinks hot, or cold, while out and about, and help reduce the millions of plastic bottles that end up in the UK’s landfills every year.

It can be personalised with a name, and you have 15 emojis to choose from which consist of the water drop with different facial expressions.

For a budding chef, add to their arsenal of kitchen tools with this personalised wooden spoon (Etsy, £3.99).

A fun gift for a baking fan, use these spoons to whip up cakes, cookies and cupcakes (Etsy)
A fun gift for a baking fan, use these spoons to whip up cakes, cookies and cupcakes (Etsy)

You can pick which emoji is printed on it too, from happy to hearts to the wink face.

Arts and crafts

If in lockdown you’ve recently picked up knitting, this wool face knitting bag (Etsy, £15.95) will keep all your needles, wool and pattern safely together without fear of your hard work unwinding. If you want to learn how to start knitting though, read our guide on everything you need to start knitting here.

A sturdy canvas tote bag is great for not just for storing knitting bits and bobs, but for weekly food shops too (Not On The High Street)
A sturdy canvas tote bag is great for not just for storing knitting bits and bobs, but for weekly food shops too (Not On The High Street)

When it’s sunny, you can bring it to the park for some knitting in the sunshine too and the canvas tote also doubles up as a handy picnic bag for all your snacks.

Speaking of arts and crafts, we love this set of emoji crayons (Etsy, £3).

Embrace your creative side with this set of colourful crayons (Etsy)
Embrace your creative side with this set of colourful crayons (Etsy)

Hand-poured using toxic-free wax, each box contains 28 mini crayons embedded with varying facial expressions.

Keep kids occupied over the school holidays with this emoji colouring book (Amazon, £4.99).

Colour in emoji scenes to pass the time on a rainy day (Amazon)
Colour in emoji scenes to pass the time on a rainy day (Amazon)

It has 50 designs for kids to work their way through, from beach scenes to underwater adventures, and they can use their new emoji crayons to bring them to life.

Jewellery and clothing

If you’re looking for a more grown-up gift these peach emoji earrings (Etsy, £9.96) make the perfect fit.

Not all emoji-themed gifts need to be neon yellow, these peach earrings are playful and subtle (Etsy)
Not all emoji-themed gifts need to be neon yellow, these peach earrings are playful and subtle (Etsy)

An ode to the peach emoji, which often is a metaphor for more than just fruit, they’re handmade and make a colourful addition to your ears.

A pair of socks is always a useful gift, even if it’s not the most exciting.

These emoji angel face slipper socks kids (Sockshop, £9.99) will keep little toes warm and colourful.

You can't go wrong with a pair of socks (Sockshop)
You can’t go wrong with a pair of socks (Sockshop)

Available for four to 12 year-olds, the powder blue and pink design make them easier to identify and keep as a pair, instead of mysteriously going missing in the washing machine.

Games and homewares

For a family-friendly gift that everyone can enjoy on a rainy day, try this ginger fox emoji game (John Lewis and Partners, £7.99)

Get everyone involved with this fun game (John Lewis and Partners)
Get everyone involved with this fun game (John Lewis and Partners)

The goal is to collect a full set of emotions, with devious actions cards designed to thwart your attempts at winning.

This emoji cushion (Prezzy box, £9.99) is a no-brainer buy for any emoji fan.

Show some love with this heart-eyed emoji cushion (Prezzy Box)
Show some love with this heart-eyed emoji cushion (Prezzy Box)

Decorated with the heart eyes facial expression, it’ll make a colourful and fun addition to any sofa, bed or armchair.

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