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Birthday gift ideas for everyone 2020

What better way to show your appreciation for a family member or a friend than with a thoughtful birthday gift? For some of us, the thought of having to buy a birthday gift is nerve-wracking. It’s normal. There’s an overwhelming amount of potential gifts out there and, as we know, everyone is different.

So to calm your fears (and relieve you of much present-buying stress), we’ve done the hard work for you for your next gift purchase. Not only have we trawled the Internet’s overwhelming stash of fantastic birthday-worthy presents, but we’ve also suggested potential gifts for the different personalities. And to top that, we’ve also done this by using the popular online retailers we feature, meaning you can also save a bundle using the codes and deals we source, too.

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Top birthday gifts for February 2020

Sometimes you’ll know exactly which direction you want to head with your gift, and other times, you want to get that special someone something just plain AWESOME. After countless hours online shopping (and much present buying practice) here’s what we’re loving at the moment – which we’re certain they will too.

MiNT InstantFlex TL70 Instant Camera

Urban Outfitters

KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable 12 oz Coffee Cup

Amazon

S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Amazon

Calhoun & Co. Good At Naps Woven Throw Blanket

Urban Outfitters

‘Idiom – Heart Of Gold’ Bangle by Kate Spade

Nordstrom

Google Home

Walmart

Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora

45mm MVMT Leather Strap Watch

Nordstrom

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Urban Outfitters

Fitbit Alta

Amazon

GoPro – HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera

Best Buy

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

Amazon

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

Urban Outfitters

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Shopping for birthday gifts for specific people

14 Karat White Gold and Emerald Diamond Pendant

Amazon

Terry Kitchen Dish Cloths Set of 6

Amazon

Tarte

Nordstrom

Amazon

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

Amazon

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Sephora

Men

Leather Journal Case

Amazon

Grill Master by Williams-Sonoma

Amazon

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge

Amazon

Samsonite Luggage Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner 24

Amazon

The Manual to Manhood

Amazon

Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit

Amazon

Epiphone – Les Paul Special-II LTD Electric Guitar Player Pack

Amazon

Teen boy

642 Things To Draw: Journal

Amazon

Sky Viper v2400HD Streaming Video Drone

Amazon

Xbox One S Madden NFL 18 Bundle

Amazon

Apple iPad Mini 4

Amazon

Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane

Amazon

$20 PlayStation Store Gift Card

Amazon

FIFA 17 – PlayStation 4

Best Buy

Marvel: Captain America Shield Backpack

Amazon

Grand Theft Auto V – PlayStation 4

Best Buy

Teen girl

Urban Outfitters

theBalm NUDE ‘dude Eyeshadow Palette

Amazon

the sun and her flowers By Rupi Kaur

Urban Outfitters

OUAI Wave Spray

Urban Outfitters

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Amazon

Children

Frozen Elsa Deluxe Child Halloween Costume

Walmart

Lego Star Wars: Resistance A-Wing Starfighter

Target

Alice-Miranda at the Palace – Jacqueline Harvey

Target

Therm girls rain jacket, lightweight raincoat with magic pattern

Amazon

Carter’s 3-Pc. for Baby Boys & Girls (0-24 Months)

Macy’s

LEGO Friends 41095 Emma’s House

Amazon

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Cheap birthday gifts | Gifts under $50

The above gifts range from moderately priced to expensive, but what about if you only want to spend $50 or below on a birthday gift?

Urban Outfitters

Westminster Butt Face Soap

Amazon

BigMouth Inc The Prescription Coffee Mug

Amazon

Weener Kleener Soap

Things You Never Knew Existed

Urban Outfitters

Finding a gift that someone genuinely wants for their birthday comes with a feeling like no other. Spend an extra 15 minutes the next time you have a birthday present to shop for and pick a thoughtful gift and if you use the discount codes and promotions we keep regularly updated you’ll even spend less.

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How to choose the best birthday present

Before you even start browsing, decide what your budget is. This will help you better categorize the type of gift you should look for. If you’re trying to spend less than $50, you may not want to look at big ticket items like a bike, guitar or television, for example. You can then ask the following questions about the person. Some of them may require intimate knowledge of the person. If you’re not that close to the person, try asking their friends or family.

  1. Do they need any necessities? Is the person you’re buying for struggling financially or lacking homeware necessities? This will make your birthday gift buying easy – maybe you can give them cash, a gift voucher or the missing dish drying rack they’ve been complaining about? Just sayin’.
  2. Do they have any pets or children? Someone who enjoys the company of their pets or is a new parent might appreciate a gift which caters to this.
  3. Do they have any hobbies or play any sports? Hobbies are a great way to come up with gift ideas. If the person you’re buying for is an aspiring guitar virtuoso, maybe a set of new effects pedals would be appreciated. If they’re an avid reader, you could buy them an e-book reader to make their collection easier to manage. For the more athletically gifted of us, some new gym gear or the latest jersey of their favorite sports team are ideal gifts.
  4. Do they have any addictions or obsessions? It’s not hard to find the answer to this question if you regularly see the person you’re buying a gift for. Think about their favorite television shows or topics of conversation they always bring up. Then, search for gifts accordingly. If they’re a gym rat for example, the latest supplement may be a good gift idea.
  5. What are your fondest memories of them? Presents, whether they’re birthday, thank you, congratulations or Christmas presents are always made that much better with a personal touch. Think of your relationship with the person you’re buying a present for and what you two love to do together and get them something to suit. Or, think of a memory you share (embarrassing, happy, it doesn’t matter! So long as it’s a good memory in general) and buy them something that reminds you of that memory.

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32 Gifts For Someone Who Doesn’t Want Anything

We all know and love them: the people who have everything, and need and want nothing. Finding gifts for someone who doesn’t want anything is the greatest challenge of all, and despite their insistence that they’d be just as happy with just a card, well, we know we can do much better that that. These tantalizing gifts on Amazon will please every person you want to spoil this season — even people who have everything and never ask you to spend a dime on them.

Finding the perfect gift for difficult-to-shop-for relatives and friends requires a bit of thinking-outside-the-box creativity. They may frown at an expensive watch or a pair of earrings, but introduce them to the sunlight lamp or sous vide cooker they never knew they needed but won’t be able to live without, and you’ve added something super cool to their lives.

These presents don’t have to cost a million dollars, either. They can be weird, but genius gifts for people who are hard to please or cheap gifts ideas under $50 that solve a common dilemma (I’m looking right at you, electric callus remover). So don’t lose sleep trying to come up with the perfect gift or loved ones who want absolutely nothing — here are 32 ideas they’ll love.

hsfdc this is late, but i hope it is still ok!!!
again, i usually don’t write for shinee but some others actually sent me asks asking for more of these guys and since it is your (quite late) birthday – here you go!!!

shinee x career!au

Onew

  • emergency room surgeon
  • is insanely good under pressure and makes quick, good decisions and isn’t afraid of leadership roles. he keeps his whole team well managed and even in life or death situations for his patients – he never gives up on them or jumps to conclusions. if there’s even a one percent chance of surgery saving them, he’s willing to take those odds
  • looks really REALLY good in scrubs and like all the nurses argue over who’s going to work the ER night shift just so they can see doctor onew
  • everyone at the hospital assumes he’s a classic gentleman, and ok sure he might dress like one, but then you go out drinking with him and he’s all dad jokes, messy eating, and totally a goofball
  • you’re on one of the night shifts at the hospital and it’s pretty dead, just people coming in with the stomach flu and what not so the surgery department is pretty much falling asleep where they stand
  • and you’re walking by with some snacks that you brought down for them
  • and once you get to Onew you’re like “Doctor, are you hungry?”
  • and Onew gives you this random smile, one that looks way too excited and you’re like ???
  • and Onew shrugs and then goes “How can I be hungry, when I’m Doctor?”
  • and everyone around you groans because god how much more cheesy can you get
  • but you – you damn near drop all the snacks you’re holding because you laugh so hard you try to use your hand to slap your knee but everything tumbles out of your hands and Onew gives you this shining grin because FINALLY someone has acknowledged his comedian side
  • and he helps you pick up the snacks and he’s like ‘want to hear another good joke?’ and you’re like yes please oh my god
  • and he tells you jokes the whole night because no surgeries come in and you end up in tears at how bad, but funny they all are
  • and when shift changes come along, Onew offers to go buy you breakfast if only so he can tell you more jokes (and you know,,,,,get to know you a little better because hey you think he’s funny and you’re mega cute)

Key

  • dog show judge
  • know way too much about dog fashion. like way too much. like no one should have this much knowledge on such an obscure topic
  • is universally feared and respected through the dog show community and anyone who participates is always worried about him because he has the highest standards
  • loves poodles. has a poodle shaped pen that he takes notes with when studying the contestants
  • if Key takes a photo with a dog, that dog becomes internet famous
  • owns 53 different ties all with different breeds of dogs on them
  • you’re a novice when it comes to dog shows, but your friend really wanted to enter her toy poodle in an upcoming event – too bad she got sick the day of and begged you to fill in
  • so you’re standing there in line and being judged by a bunch of well….other people with dogs
  • and your friends dog is dead about to roll over and fall asleep on your shows and you don’t know the first thing about dog show etiquette and you’re just a mess
  • and when you go up you see this handsome man in front of you whose eyes are piercing your soul and you’re like gulping and he’s like
  • “Well, what is your dogs name?” and you almost forget your own name when he speaks to you because wow dear god he’s – stunning but you mumble out the dogs name
  • and Key examines the dog like it’s some invaluable work of art and you see a small smile and you’re like ok ok ok he likes the dog
  • but then the portion where you have to walk the dog around the ring comes and you’re like trying to get the pup to budge but it wont and you can feel all these eyes on you and you’re like c’mon please,,,,,,
  • but then all of a sudden your friends dog bolts and pulls you along with the leash and you lose your footing and almost fall face first to the floor
  • but thankfully someone catches you around the waist, supporting you back to your feet and you look up and Key gives you a chuckle and he’s like
  • “First time?” and you nod your head, looking at him like a lost puppy and he’s like “You’re lucky you and the dog are cute.”
  • and with that he takes a hold of the leash from you, makes a clicking noise and the dog follows his commands perfectly as he walks the ring with it
  • and everyones whispering like oh MY god,,,,Key helped them out,,,, K E Y of all people,,,,
  • and when the show is over, your friends dog manages third place and you’re happy with that but when Key hands you the ribbon he slips in something else before leaving with a sly smile
  • and you look down to see a number on a piece of paper and it says ‘third place for a first timer is ok – but call me, and we’ll make that pup a winner.’
  • is Key asking you out because he thinks you’re adorable or because he thinks your friends dogs is adorable? im sure you’ll find out on your date~

Jonghyun

  • movie director
  • aesthetics, a e s t h e t i c s, A E S T H E T I C S
  • “how can such a loud voice come from such a tiny body?”
  • gives actors acting advice without ever having acted himself but the advice is actual super good tbh he’s very in demand for movies nowadays
  • loves directing tragedies. he lives for the Drama
  • will openly criticize bad script writing and will demand changes if he thinks things aren’t working out
  • he basically tries to do 23354 jobs at once, but his passion for good movie making is why any movie he directs ends up being a blockbuster
  • you work on the lighting crew for jonhyun’s latest film and everyone around you is always complaining about him having a ‘stick up his ass’ because he’s a perfectionist
  • but you always feel uncomfortable talking about him that way because you know how hard he works and how much effort he puts into things and so most of the time you just don’t take part of the conversation
  • until one day one of the interns turns to you during break and is like ‘what’s the directors problem? he keeps badmouthing the male lead – but that actor has like ten years of experience. the director is so damn full of himself’
  • and you want to just keep eating your sandwich but you’re like no Time to Spill the Tea
  • and you’re like “that actor has ten years of experience of bad acting. he debuted with a movie that was a flop and has only starred in flops since. jonghyun is trying to save his ass from another flop so really we all need to shut it and let him do his job because without him – that actor would probably be done for.”
  • and with that you excuse yourself and get up to go get some coffee from the refreshments tent but you walk straight into someones chest and you’re like eep- im sorr-
  • and you look up to see jonghyun and you’re like gfdkhlslfd oh m y god im sorry director-
  • but he just grins and suddenly puts his arm around you and is like “do you mean that? that im that actors saving grace?” and you’re like oH YOU HEARD
  • and jonghyun gives you a toothy grin again and is like “you don’t think i need to get off my high horse?” and you like shake your head like “tbh i dont think you were on a high horse in the first place, that actors just on the floor compared to you.”
  • that makes jonghyun laugh and he ruffles your hair a bit and you blush like,,, what’s he doing,,,,,
  • and jonghyun is like “it’s nice to have someone on your side in the crew – remind me to hire you again for my next movie.”
  • he gives your hair another ruffle and you’re like omgomomog he likes,,,me,,,enough to want to keep working with me omomomg
  • and tbh you can’t help but do a little victory cheer for yourself and jonghyun’s going back to re-read the script but he can’t stop himself from smiling because he’s like “who knew we had such cute people working for us,,,,,” (you. he’s talking about you)

Minho

  • sports broadcaster
  • everyone loves him because he starts off relatively calm and you know he’s making comments about the teams strategy
  • but halfway into the game he’s pulling his tie loose and yelling into the mic and losing his goddamn mind over a game of soccer
  • and whenever korea gets a goal he belts out like half the national anthem and is like KOREA 4 LYFE
  • and he basically gets super hyped and in turn it gets everyone else super hyped and it becomes a party
  • once ripped his pants jumping up onto the announcers desk and almost mooned every1 on tv,,,,,,beautiful
  • you’re his makeup artist and every time you’re like ‘Minho if you sweat a lot the concealer might come off-’ and he’s like ‘ok i promise i won’t start getting overworked’
  • but LOL that doesn’t last by the next commercial break you have to run over and wipe the sweat of and touch up his whole face
  • and you’re always grumbling like Minho,,,,you are killing me,,,,,
  • and he’s always apologetic giving you the damn puppy eyes and you’re like thAT DOESNT WORK JUST CALM DOWN AND DONT SMUDGE UR MAKEUP
  • but then the next break comes and you’re back over there to touch him up and one day you’re just like “i swear you’re worse than idols who have to sweat when they’re dancing – you’re just here getting worked up over-”
  • but then you feel his arm come up to touch your cheek gently and he’s like “really, i know it’s hard but im really happy you bare with me.”
  • and you look at him, a small bit of sweat still apparent over his brow and his deep set pretty brown eyes and you swallow like
  • oh,,,,,it’s nothing i was just saying that because,,,
  • and Minho’s lips curl up a bit into a smile and he’s like “after this don’t fix my makeup – just get your things so we can go get dinner.”
  • and your heart jumps but you’re like gflkgljfe ok
  • and the camera man is like we’re back on in 5 seconds and you need to scramble off the set, but then you catch Minho’s eye and he winks and you’re like,,,,,,,,,oh,,,,,,
  • and you’re like he really is a sweet perso- and then he starts yelling and you can see him touching his face with his hands and you’re like MINHO YOUR MAKEUP GOD DAMMIT

Taemin

  • museum tour guide
  • “what did you study in college Taemin, art history?”
  • “I studied Egyptology with a minor in mortuary science. Do you want me to tell you exactly how it was that they made mummies? I even know the step-by-step intestines extracti-”
  • weird facts enthusiast
  • refuses to wear the ‘suggested uniform’ of the museum staff which is light and friendly colors he’s fine wearing his black eyeliner, black jeans, and black large sweater that swallows him whole
  • tells kids about how the god seth murdered osiris and when parents are like isn’t that a bit explicit Taemin is like ‘death is a part of life, they know that – right kids? we all die, isn’t that fun?’
  • how he hasn’t lost his job is a mystery
  • you’re at the museum looking for something fun to do for a freelance project and you’re like trying to gain inspiration from all the cool ancient gods but nothing’s coming to mind
  • and Taemin notices how you keep scrunching up your nose and writing things down only to cross them out hastily and curmple the paper
  • so he like comes over and is like ‘Need help? (—-:’ and you’re like sighing like ,,,,, no not re-
  • but then you look up at him and you’re like in your head like o wait no ur hot and so you’re like ‘yeah!! do you know anything cool about the Egyptian gods-’
  • Taemin puts up his hands and is like ‘Say no more. I’m the man you’ve waited for your whole life.’
  • and you’re a bit red like,,, oh,,,w-what and Taemin is like my shift ends in 5 minutes wait here
  • and that’s how you end up in a cafe across the street where Taemin unleashes the longest explanation of ancient gods that you ever thought you’d ever hear in your life
  • but somehow it is super entertaining, maybe because Taemin is so passionate or maybe because the topic is actually much cooler than you expected
  • and Taemin somehow finally stops and you’ve got a whole half book of notes and he’s like hope i helped!!! and you’re like you did more honestly how can i ever repay you
  • and Taemin scratches the back of his neck and he’s like ahhh,,,wanna go see this new documentary coming out on King Tut with me? Unless that’s bori-
  • but you’re like YES let’s do it it’s a date and Taemin is like cracking out into this big smile because usually people don’t want to be around him when he’s geeking out over stuff he likes but you seem so eager and he’s just like before you leave he’s like
  • “can i kiss your cheek?” and you’re like omg ,,,sure but why did you ask?? and Taemin is like “Goddess Isis would not be pleased if I didn’t ask you first-” and you’re like hehe cute

How to Build Your Realistic Birthday Wish List

You’ve got a birthday coming up- how exciting! Undoubtedly you have friends and family who want to get you something special to celebrate, but sometimes coming up with the perfect idea can be beyond difficult. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of trying to find the perfect gift, you should be able to relate. Instead of making your loved ones struggle to think of something, a birthday wish list is a perfect way to help get them inspired.

Selecting items for your wish list not only gives people a concrete set of ideas to choose from, it can also help inspire other ideas if someone still wants to get you something unique. It’s a perfect solution! However, what should you actually choose for your list? Yes, you want it to include items that you like. But what about things like price, or availability? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Provide a Range of Prices

This is a big one to keep in mind. You should never assume the financial situation of anyone who will be shopping for you. Some people may be able to afford a nicer gift, while others may need to select something on the more affordable side. Of course you are thankful for any gift you receive (or you should be!) but the last thing you want is to make people feel pressured into getting you something that costs a lot of money.

Instead, create a list that includes a variety of items all at different price points. That way, people can feel comfortable getting you a gift at any price point while still feeling like they are getting you something that you will love. People can always choose to get you multiple gifts, but they also have the option to not spend a lot of money if they aren’t able to. No one feels guilty for not spending a lot, and you get gifts that you will enjoy- everybody wins!

Give Some Variety

When creating your wish list, don’t just stick with one type of item. Rather, provide a variety of items that allow friends and family to all choose something unique. This is your chance to really think about and research items you’d like to have, so don’t get stuck on one item and create a whole list out of it. Maybe you need (or want) a new wardrobe, but don’t give a list filled with just clothing items, for example.

People may already have an idea of what they want to get you, and this list can help them decide if they are making the right decision. For that reason, you should provide a list with a variety of items that showcase various things you want or like to do. If someone wants to get you a new item for your kitchen, they might be discouraged if you have no kitchen items on your list. If you enjoy cooking, include some fun utensils you want! That way, even if the person doesn’t have the specific item on your list, they know you’re interested in that type of items and are sure to love the gift they picked out.

Think of Things You Want, Not What You Need

There are likely plenty of items you could think of that you need in your life. Perhaps items to help you at home, or at work, these items are practical in nature and don’t scream “Happy Birthday!” For that reason, you shouldn’t include them on your birthday wish list. Friends and family want to use this as an opportunity to get you something fun that you will enjoy and won’t be happy to get you something that is just something you need. Instead, really use this birthday wish list as your chance to write down fun, special items that you would never purchase for yourself. You can always go out and buy items for yourself that you need, so don’t waste time writing them down for your wish list. Your family and friends will appreciate you giving them unique items that they can choose from (or use as inspiration). Save purchasing the new mop for another time!

Consult Your Bucket List

When thinking of a birthday wish list, most people think of concrete items to include that people can go out in purchase. There’s nothing wrong with that, but to give your list even more variety, why not include some “bucket list” type events you want to do? Maybe there’s a certain restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, or a play you’d love to see, maybe you want to go ziplining, or skydiving! Whatever it is, include a few of these items on your wish list as well. If a friend or family member has always wanted to do the same thing, they might decide to set it up and go with you. Not only are you getting a gift you want, you’re getting to share it with someone else! Like we mentioned earlier, make sure some of these events are more affordable, as a weekend getaway to California is not affordable for just the average person!

Don’t Go Too Abstract

Finally, when creating your list, don’t go too abstract when selecting your items. Feel free to be unique, but don’t turn your wish list into an impossible scavenger hunt! Always keep in mind that this list is meant to help people that are trying to do something nice for you. Don’t repay them by selecting items that they will not easily be able to find. Do use your imagination and try to think of fun things, but also use your best judgement and see if you’re selecting items that you can actually find easily either in stores or online.

Create Your List

You can create a List and add items to your list to keep track of the items you’re eyeing.

To create a List:

  1. Hover over Account & List at the top of any Amazon.com page and select Create a list from the drop-down.

    Note: If you’re creating multiple Lists, go to an existing List and click Create a List after going to Your Lists.

  2. Click Create a list.
  3. Select Manage List from the list menu (…) at the top of your list to update your default shipping address, birthday, personal description and preferences.

    Note:

    • Gift givers will only see the name, city and state of the shipping address you select unless the List is marked as for an organization.
    • Amazon will only use your birthday for birthday reminders chosen by the customer and to generate information on the site.
    • You can designate whether your list is for an organization and if so you’ll have the option to provide the URL of the organization’s website.
    • You can update this information again anytime.
  4. Click Save and browse for an item.
  5. Click Add to List under the Buy box on the right-hand side of any item’s product detail page.

    Note:

    • Only list owners can make changes through Manage List. Both list owners and collaborators will be able to add and remove items.
    • You can add items for sale by Amazon.com to your list, except out-of-print books, out-of-stock products, cell phones with service plans, items that don’t have release dates, and items with quantity restrictions.
    • You can add items available from sellers to your list. Potential purchasers will see See Buying Options instead of Add to Cart next to the item, since the same copy of the item may not be available later.

Note:

  • You can repeat this process to create multiple lists; there’s no limit. Your default list is the one that items are added to when you click Add to list. For more information on moving items between lists, go to Edit Items in Your List.

Birthday Gifts

Long gone are the days of forgetting when your cousin or Grandad’s birthday is (we’ve all been there). Thanks to social networks, e-mails, and texts you’ll never again be caught unawares without a card or birthday gift for the one that almost got away. Whether you’re looking for something specific or you’re after some special birthday gift ideas, then you’re in the right place.

If your relative, friend or loved one has a milestone birthday, are hitting double figures or reaching an age that no longer needs telling coming up, then we’re on hand to help you find special birthday gifts to match the occasion. With extensive ranges of personalised, funny, and age related gifts, you won’t be stuck for long.

Buying birthday gifts has never been so easy. Don’t get overwhelmed by tackling the high street at the weekend, sit yourself down with a cup of tea safe in the knowledge that your every present buying need it being looking after. We deliver across the UK and around the world…and we can even wrap it up for you!

Do People Really Want Birthday Gifts?

Birthdays are instantly associated with gifts and paying special attention to the one celebrating. For one day a year, each of us becomes the center of attention and our wishes are fulfilled. But that might not always be the case, surprisingly. While as kids most of us liked throwing a big birthday party and looked forward to the colorful wrapped packages our friends would carry, some of us have changed a little or ended up disliking birthday traditions. Some people don’t like to celebrate their birthday after a certain age, but still appreciate gifts. Others have established a strict no-gift policy in their lives. Or they might prefer activities and spending time with friends and family more than a packaged object. Remember the friend who has been traveling the world this past year? He can’t use a fancy decorative bowl. Mothers of young kids have no space to store another toy, so no wonder they seem terrified at the site of a big plush bear. Everyone is different, and everyone is continually changing because of personal choices or unexpected happenings. So next time you think about mailing a fun birthday gift to your friend who you haven’t seen in two years, stop and think how much things could have changed in their life. Ask yourself if it is what they need or if it is the best you could give them right now.

Statistics and examples

While there are no official statistics that reflect people’s preferences when it comes to receiving birthday gifts, I am pretty sure the results would be widely varying if everyone told the truth. Many times we really need a particular thing or have a long wish list, but telling others that feels selfish and uncomfortable. Even if you say you need new clothes, for example, no one can ensure that you won’t end up with five floral dresses and two hand knitted beanies when you actually wear black suits everyday.

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For me, the most difficult person to choose a gift for will always be my mother. It’s because she is very selective when buying for herself, and she rarely likes what others get her. Deep down I know she doesn’t want us to spend money and that’s why she tells us she wants nothing every year. There were some success stories, but mostly it has been a miss with the presents I have made/bought for her. My dad hands her an envelope and she can get herself whatever she likes. Such an easy way to go, but I think it just works better with certain people.

As for my father, he really appreciates my thoughtful presents, the handmade ones or the ones I have been planning for a long time. However, he would never admit he didn’t like anything, so he is the easiest kind of guy to choose a gift for.

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A friend of mine from university would make a wish list a month before her birthday and show it to everyone. Items in the list ranged from eyeliner to a mobile phone, so I guess the first ones to choose were the luckiest.

My husband and I, after many stressful years spent thinking of creative ideas, have agreed that the best gifts are the ones we need. We don’t really expect anything else besides spending our birthdays with each other, but if there has to be a gift, it will be something from our wish list or “need” list that we will use all the time. I got him a gadget and he got me sunglasses this year. They are things we’ve been using daily and now carry extra value, making us take better care of them. A different case is my brother, who doesn’t expect gifts, but asks for them strategically (from our parents, obviously). He won’t gift others anything either, unless he finds something really cool or he can afford an expensive present. I like that he doesn’t put too much stress on the topic and goes with his own flow.

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My rule of thumb

If you asked me what I like for my birthday, I would always tell you there’s nothing I need. You could get me anything and I would be content. That doesn’t mean I’d keep it forever and not re-gift it though. All I can promise is that I’d be genuinely happy with your gesture of thinking of me on my special day. Although I get more joy from giving presents to others, receiving them feels awesome too. The best presents I can remember, were from people I didn’t expect a gift from and the ones I had asked for. On the same note, I always feel the need to give others birthdays presents, because it’s their day and I need to remind them that. For people like my best friend, birthdays are grumpy days, with no celebrations. That doesn’t stop me from giving her something small when I meet her a few days later. After all, it’s a way of celebrating her and expressing my gratitude for her being in my life. As a rule of thumb, I go with something small when the birthday girl/boy is not expecting any gifts and for something really meaningful or what they asked for, in case it’s a family member or close friend (who’d be secretly sad/disappointed if I didn’t give them anything).

Why birthday gifts disappoint

While Christmas gifts are usually the hardest to shop for, birthday gifts are no better. You may only have one person to focus on, instead of 20, but it doesn’t make it any less difficult. Chances are you often forget about birthdays, unless you put them on the calendar, phone alarm or are reminded by social media alerts. The lack of time rushes you to get something last minute just for the sake of it, spending more money than you can afford or choosing something totally unrelated to the birthday person. Sometimes you have literally run out of gift ideas after many years of getting presents for him/her. Also, we all know that dreadful person who already has everything and what we get should be nothing short of spectacular. It happens though, that people change and what you thought would make your high school friend jump of joy, fails to give her the slightest smile. Or there is a particular current intention in their life, such as going clutter free or living a more meaningful life. No matter how appropriate or expensive your gift is, it will end up trashed/sold/donated because it doesn’t sync with their intention.

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How to prepare better gifts

To make things easy for yourself, get back to basics and write this down if you need to. “No one should expect gifts for their birthday and you don’t have to get every one something. But every present should be chosen with a purpose and received with gratitude.” To ensure this, do your homework. Here are some simple tips to help you get it right every time:

  • First of all, go on and ask them. They might not tell you what they really want, but they will for sure let you know if they don’t want gifts for any reason.If they are just being thankful and reflective on what they already have in their lives, it’s up to you to decide on a gift or not. Make sure it adds value to what they are doing. Spending time together or sharing a special activity is always unforgettable. Donating to a cause they care about is a nice pick too (you can also apply this to kids/teenagers).
  • If the reason they don’t want gifts is because they are not celebrating this year, ask why. For cases of loss or illnesses, go with flowers and a short note. Reading heartfelt and encouraging words during difficult times is comforting
  • When you have decided to buy something, set a budget and find the best your money can get you.
  • Consider their interests and likes. The less generic the gift, the more chances they will like it.
  • Whenever you can, choose a “package” gift, something you can share together, like going out for dinner or taking a weekend trip.
  • If you know them well, get them something they love, but would never buy for themselves.
  • When you can only afford small or cheap things, make sure they are either beautiful or useful.
  • Edibles make perfect gifts, as long as they fall in the range of that persons favorites. They can be easily shared, which makes things more fun. Also, no clutter left behind.
  • If the person has an expensive item on their wish list, offer cash or gift certificates towards it. They will remember you as one of the people that made it possible for them to buy it.
  • When you live far away from each other or don’t communicate often, rely on the internet to find possible hints for what they like. Social media platforms and website where people share their wish lists make it easy to see a pattern of what they care for.
  • Sometimes you have to go the other way round. Start from yourself and think about what it is that you really want to say to them through your gift. If you want to express love or appreciation, choose something that best reflects what love or appreciation means for you. When you want them to be surprised or laugh out loud, put your skills to work and deliver that. It might not work well in every case, but at least you had an intention behind your gift and you can always explain that to any confused or disappointed gift receiver.You might be surprised at how many people will react differently after a short explanation note or a verbal story, telling you “It totally makes sense now!”
  • If nothing helps and you are short on time and ideas, try your luck with a fun quiz. Don’t expect much though. The best it can give you is a hint (or a good laugh) and maybe spark a better idea eventually. Also, here are links to a horoscope gift guide, DIY gift ideas and free meaningful gifts to inspire you further.