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    18 Foolproof Birthday Gifts That Anyone Would Be Happy To Receive

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    1. A custom song plaque that'll display their favourite tune. Reviewers say the process is super speedy and love that they can use their own photos as the album cover art.

    Brittany holding up a song plaque with Khruangbin's album Mordechai on it, showing the song Connaissais de Face
    Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed

    Get it from StaatsCustoms on Etsy for $49+. Available in three styles with three mounting options.

    2. A charming bust vase that'll make their vanity look a hundred times classier. They can use it for flowers, makeup brushes, art supplies, or whatever else tends to clutter up their coffee table.

    two bust vases on a table with flower arrangements in each
    Etsy / Via bit.ly

    Get it from MLChoice on Etsy for $38.

    3. A necklace with a pendant that'll showcase their very own birth flower. Reviewers say the packaging it comes in is super charming so you won't even have to wrap it before giving it to them.

    Etsy / Via bit.ly

    Get it from EmeryandOpal on Etsy for $32.93+. Available with birth flowers from January—December with 25 chain styles.

    4. A calming 500-piece puzzle that'll entertain and work their brain at the same time. The illustration was drawn by hand in Montreal and the puzzle is made with 100% recycled cardboard.

    a floral puzzle
    Simons / Via simons.ca

    Get it from Simons for $45

    5. A string of decorative globe lights that'll turn their bedroom into their favourite place to hang. They'll emit a soft glow, which they'll love if bright overhead lights just aren't their thing.

    globe lights against a wall
    Simons / Via simons-ca.c2ukkg.net

    Get the 72-inch set from Simons for $18

    6. A Kindle Paperwhite that'll help them build the virtual library of their dreams. It's glare-free so they won't strain their eyes using it, even if they're reading in the sunlight.

    A Kindle Paperwhite on a cozy knit blanket
    @amazonkindle / Via instagram.com

    Get it on Amazon Canada for 139.99+. Available in two storage capacity sizes.

    7. A rustic planter they can suspend from their ceiling (or even hang off of a curtain rod). It doesn't have drainage holes so it won't drip onto whatever surface they choose to hang it over.

    a hanging planter with a trailing plant inside
    Simons / Via simons.ca

    Get it from Simons for $28

    8. A handbag that'll see them through all of their patio dates and sunny strolls. It's made with faux leather that mimics a crocodile print for a timeless ~lewk~.

    the crocodile print purse hanging on a hanger
    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $54. Available in seven colours. 

    9. A birchwood laptop stand that’ll help them sit up a little straighter if you know their current setup is less than ergonomic. It has slits across its surface so their laptop won't overheat while they use it.

    Indigo / Via chapters.indigo.ca

    To give you a better idea of size, the laptop in the image is a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

    Get it from Indigo for $86.99.

    10. A charming glass bottle lantern that'll emit a delicate glow. They can turn it on and off by pressing the button on the lid so they won't ever have to dig their fingers into the bottle.

    the bottles with fairy lights in them on a table next to cocktails
    Simons / Via simons.ca

    They'll need one AA battery to power it, too.

    Get it from Simons for $15. Available in three colours. 

    11. A set of glass food storage containers that'll display their coffee grinds and raw spaghetti noodles like they're pieces of high art. Their convenient lid shape will allow them to stack 'em for optimal storage space, too.

    Five glass food storage containers with various ingredients stored in them
    Indigo / Via chapters.indigo.ca

    Get the set of three (plus a measuring scoop!) from Indigo for $39.50.

    12. A bath tray that'll keep their wine and book handy while they bask in Epsom salts. It has grooves and slots to help keep their things from sliding around and extendable arms that should fit on most bathtubs.

    a tub filled with citrus slices with the tub tray on top holding candles and wine
    Simons / Via simons.ca

    Get it from Simons for $45

    13. A cute throw blanket that'll brighten up their couch or bed. They can also use it as a picnic blanket to give them somewhere a little more comfortable than the ground to plant their tush.

    four throw blankets on a table
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34. Available in four colours.

    14. A split-level cheese board that comes with serving utensils nestled into the bottom tier. You might want to hit up your local market and set them up with some delicious charcuterie ingredients, too!

    A split cheese board with three utensils in the bottom half
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $34.83.

    15. An anti-slip exercise mat that'll remind them to take a moment to stretch out. It's on the thicker side for comfort so it'll give their joints the padding they need.

    A person doing downward dog with their dog
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Reviewers say it holds up well to the test of time, and that it doesn't have an odour like many new mats initially do. It also has markers on it that'll help them focus on their alignment.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99+. Available in eight colours.

    16. A well-crafted chef's knife that’ll slice right through their tomatoes without smooshing them in the process. Reviewers love that it's practical, beautiful, and super easy to wield.

    A knife on a cutting board next to a lime, steak, and rosemary
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $35.

    17. An essential oil diffuser that'll help them find their inner zen. It'll revitalize the air around them for up to seven hours and let them explore the benefits of aromatherapy with scented oils.

    The air diffuser on a desk in a bright room glowing a soft orange colour while shooting mist out of the top
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    They'll also have the option to use it as ambient, multi-coloured lighting.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $39.99.

    18. And finally, a scratch-off movie bucket list that'll give them 100 films to work through. It's full of hits, from The Goonies to Pulp Fiction, which should give them enough variety to satisfy their taste.

    The scratch-off movie poster showing 100 different movies that have been scratched off
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.14+. Available in four themes.

    We hope they have an awesome b-day!

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