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    Updated on Sep 21, 2020. Posted on Sep 11, 2020

    44 Gifts You Can Send To Friends Celebrating Birthdays In Quarantine

    Sending your socially-distanced love is great, but sending Milk Bar cookies and personalized jewelry is better 🎁.

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    1. A cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all they have to do is stick their favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, four cups of cold brew.

    A pitcher with a coffee filter and a large handle, full of iced coffee in a fridge

    Promising review: "I have been drinking caffeinated beverages everyday for half my life. Usually brewing hot then cooling it down with ice which was quite a process to do every morning. Then I came across this cold brew pitcher and thought I'd give it a try. It's great, easy to use and clean, very convenient, lasts for a couple weeks, I love it! Making a pitcher of coffee take less time than a normal brewer and makes enough for at least one cup a day for about a week, depending on how much coffee concentrate is used. I haven't used my normal coffee or espresso machine since I got this cold brew system. The coffee seems to taste better as well, not a huge difference but it's somewhat noticeable." —Birnbaum

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    2. A beginner-friendly cross-stitch kit with everything they need to create their own 2020 mood board.

    An embroidered dumpster on fire that says 2020
    Grandma Be Wildin'/Etsy

    Grandma Be Wildin' is an California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in DIY meme-based cross stitches and vintage style pieces.

    Each set includes instructions, a stitch pattern, embroidery floss in nine colors, the embroidery hoop and cloth, and a needle.

    Promising review: "First of all, 2020 is definitely a dumpster fire. I saw this cute little cross stitch pattern in a BuzzFeed article and I had to have it. I just completed this and it was super fast and simple, especially since I hadn’t cross stitched in over two decades!! This is adorable, I love it, and I’ll order more." —skoszuth

    Get it from Grandma Be Wildin' on Etsy for $24.77.

    3. A jar of whipped shower icing so even your friends without bathtubs can feel decadent as heck while they're getting their suds on. Each of these comes with unique layers of soapy ~frosting~, in so many combos that it might actually make your mouth water.


    Indulgence Spa is a Maryland-based, Black woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in soaps, hair care, and body products.

    Psst — I recently started using this myself in the Three Wishes Tea flavor (a combo of tea leaves, peaches, rosebuds, and marigolds) and the smell alone is swoon-worthy, but I love love love how it feels in the shower. It has a satisfying creamy whipped texture, but suds up when you use it so you get that nice satisfying squeaky clean feeling, too. It's lasting a long time, too (which is great, but means I have to wait a little longer to try the other flavors 😂).

    Promising review: "Very delicious and very rich! I bought a set in the Black Opium fragrance, which smells just divine! I will definitely buy again." —invisible9

    Get it from Indulgence Spa on Etsy for $15 (available in over 50 scent combinations).

    4. An assortment of Milk Bar cookies from the iconic New York-based bakery, aka the ultimate birthday bragging right — ordinarily you have to stand in line for a bajillion years for one of these!

    Milk Bar

    This set comes complete with *takes a deep breath* one Compost Cookie, one Cornflake-Marshmallow-Chocolate-Chip Cookie, one Corn Cookie, one Blueberry & Cream Cookie, one Chocolate-Chocolate Cookie, and one Confetti Cookie. I would fight you for any one of them.

    Get a set of six cookies from Milk Bar for $20.

    5. A five-pack of Old Navy masks you can get in 20 different ~aesthetics~, whether theirs is "Blues," "Brights," or even something called "Medium Americana."

    Old Navy, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I held off on buying these at first because I truly couldn't choose a set to save my life (AESTHETICS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME), but after my brother got a set he loved I caved and got them too. These are super sturdy, well-made, SO great for the price point, and come in genuinely cute patterns and solids that make it a lot easier to match something to your outfit or mood. I tied the elastic on mine just for a snugger fit, but the size they come in well-suited for adult faces.

    Promising review: "Bought these as extras. Super comfortable and I throw them in the wash after each use. They open up and cover nose to chin. Bought them in colors my husband would use as well. Good purchase." —Old Navy Customer

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get a five-pack from Old Navy for $12.50 (available in 20 varieties).

    6. Plus a dainty beaded face mask chain to keep their mask on their person while they're driving in the car between errands.

    Firefly Feeling Bright/Etsy

    Firefly Feeling Bright is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in artisanal jewelry.

    Promising review: "Love this beaded mask chain! Arrived quickly. I get many compliments every time I wear it. Perfect for work where I have to wear a mask while for long periods of time." —Meredith Pollack

    Get it from Firefly Feeling Bright on Etsy for $7.

    7. A Wi-Fi-connected movie projector that easily converts any wall, both indoor and outdoor, into a personal theater. Once they sync it with a device like their phone or laptop, they can use it to project their fave Disney movies, at-home workouts, and even to play video games outside after the sun goes down.,

    Promising review: "This projector has been an amazing addition to our quarantine life at home. Who needs the movies when you have this. The volume is actually really good and the Wi-Fi is helpful. We hook up our Direct TV, Fire Stick, etc, and it all works great with great picture! We’ve been having a blast moving the movies home." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $164.76.

    8. A 25-pack of Baked By Melissa cupcakes, if your friend's favorite flavor happens to be "all of them." Psst — you can even get gluten-free and vegan versions if that's more your friend's speed!

    Rainbow "Happy Birthday" gift box with 25 mini cupcakes
    Baked By Melissa

    Each box includes Tie-Dye (vanilla), Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookie Dough, Triple Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Chip Pancake, Red Velvet, Mint Cookie, Brownie Batter, Cake Batter, Cookie Butter, and Confetti.

    Get it from Baked By Melissa for $37 (also available in a Latest & Greatest pack with other flavors, and in vegan and gluten-free packs!).

    9. A sweet personalized beaded bracelet you can tailor to your friend's exact taste, choosing the length, color, and the name, nickname, or cute inside joke you want to decorate it with.

    A beaded bracelet that spells out the name Danielle
    Designed In Neverland/Etsy

    Designed In Neverland is a Michigan-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in dainty themed and personalized bracelets.

    Psst — you can buy multiple bracelets to form a phrase or a sentence, and chat with the seller about other customizable options if you have more in mind!

    Promising review: "The bracelets I ordered are even more gorgeous in person!!! I ordered three beaded name bracelets, one of which has rainbow beads and the other two have pink beads, both options are adorable. My bracelets shipped on time and arrived quickly. I ordered a 7.5-inches in size because I can't stand tight bracelets, and the sizing is perfect!! I will be ordering again in the future." —Gina Mola

    Get it from Designed In Neverland on Etsy for $7+ (available in nine colors and 11 sizes).

    10. An adorably encouraging daily planner they can fill out throughout the course of each day — a super cute gift for the friend who likes to keep organized.

    A blank page of the planner

    Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

    Promising review: "Love the layout of this, it's the best layout I have seen yet! Bought as a gift but loved it so much I kept it. Sturdy paper, love that it's not so much a year's planner but a fun and organized daily schedule generator. I also use a yearly planner but I will never be without this! I can write out all the details on this that won't fit on yearly planner and rip off the page and take it with me. Love love love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    11. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so they can — gasp — color code their day.

    Fine point pens in 18 different colors

    Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they're designed not to bleed through thin pages!

    Promising review: "I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I've used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn't want to pay much for markers I'd use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand-lettering, and note taking, and they're exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!" —Michael Fanizzi

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. A teensy make-your-own cheese set with everything they need to learn to make three to five batches of of farmer cheese and live their most delicious life in under an hour.

    Urban Cheesecraft/Etsy

    Urban Cheesecraft is an Oregon-based Etsy shop established in 2009 that specializes in make-your-own cheese kits in a variety of cheeses, including vegan options. Each kit comes with a cheesecloth, citric acid, flake salt, instructions, and "email support for life" — all you need is milk (and a mouth to consume it all).

    Promising review: "Amazing little kit to help us start out our cheese making experience! Cheese tasted amazing!" —Brittney Forest

    Get it from Urban Cheesecraft on Etsy for $14.

    13. A pair of Oxford shoes with a cheeky side slit that pair flawlessly with so many outfits they'll wear them all autumn long.


    Promising review: "The quality of these shoes are unbelievable. The color, Brandy, is an absolute dream. Such a tasteful, timeless twist on a classic oxford without it being 'trendy.'" —Anna D.

    Get it from Nisolo for $136 (available in women's sizes 5-11 and four colors).

    14. A pair of glowing light saber chopsticks to bring balance to the Force *and* to their sushi — whether they're repping the dark side or the light.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    As you can see from the above GIF, I bought these for myself, and I love them to pieces. TBH, I use them as decor every bit as much as I use them to eat. Sometimes I just keep them in my work area to light them up during the day to feel fancy. They toggle back and forth between a bunch of different colors, like red, blue, yellow, purple, and multicolor, so you can either make them match *or* have a red and blue one together and bring ~balance~ to the Force.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for a friend's birthday present (he is a sushi waiter) and these are flippin' AMAZING. I ordered two sets by mistake, but I am totally keeping the second pair for another gift (or for myself!). These are sure to be great conversation pieces and attention-getters. Way to go!" —T. Redwood

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $12.97.

    15. A gorgeous pastel paint-by-number with an end result so beautiful they'll want to frame it in the front hall 🌸.

    A water color of a single pink flower in a vase on a rustic table

    Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with this set. I haven't done paint by numbers since I was a kid and it's so much fun. It's so relaxing and the set comes with everything you need." —RR Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $15.79.

    16. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription for that friend who's always Gilmore Girls level of caffeinated — this will send them a different gourmet coffee from around the world every month, along with tasting notes, brewing instructions, and a postcard from the country it's from.

    A cup of brewed coffee next to a french press

    Promising review: "My order was promptly filled and delivered and the recipient could not have been happier! He received the first bag of coffee and is really enjoying it! This made a great birthday gift and I would definitely use this company again." —Donna F.

    Get a three-month gift subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $60.

    17. A ridiculously cute rainbows and butterflies-themed fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements, complete with pineapple, cantaloupe sticks, grapes, honeydew, and chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled in fun colors.

    Fruit basket with some fruits in butterflies and heart shapes
    Edible Arrangements

    Promising review: "My amazing daughter surprised me with this marvelous fruit basket. Everything was fresh and delicious. My daughter included a teddy bear to top off her surprise. There's nothing like receiving one of these baskets. My neighbor was bowled over at the size and shapes of all the fruit in this as she had never seen one in person. They are breathtaking and so much fun." —Debra Obinna

    Get it from Edible Arrangements for $49.99+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A set of 50,000 (!!) highly popular, 100% biodegradable water beads that are basically microscopic when they arrive, but expand into small, bouncy jelly-like balls when exposed to water. People love them for at-home spa treatments, for fun games with kids, for making stress balls, for home decorating — the word is their water bead oyster.

    Promising review: "Quarantine made me do it but I’m not sorry. Don’t bother buying the expensive name brand Orbeez — these are essentially the same and work great. My kids LOVE these! A million uses and great for all ages of kids (except for babies). We have filled up a huge bin and used cups to scoop and play. We have put them in the water table outside. We have used a funnel to fill up balloons and make homemade squishy stress balls. We have made foot spas. We have talked about filling a baby wading pool and lounging, but I’m not willing to buy enough. 😂TIPS — a small amount of these goes a LONG way. About half the beads in this container will fill up half of a Rubbermaid garage storage tub. Just pour them into your container with a large amount of water and wait, wait, wait. Did I mention WAIT — It will take ONE TO TWO DAYS for them to fully expand, so plan ahead!!! We’ve gotten hours of fun and I’ve also heard they’re good for gardens, so you can dispose of them there when you’re done (though you might want to do your own research on that one!)" —Deeber

    Get a set of 50,000 from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A Wi-Fi-connected digital touch-screen photo frame your friend can update over email directly from their phone or desktop, so loved ones can send them pics to display on the frame in a happy little socially distanced loop ❤️.

    A child touching a picture on the display screen of the frame

    It has room for, I kid you not, over 8,000 photos, so they can go ham with adding their favorite memories to it. Plus, it automatically converts images to fit its screen, whether they're JPEGs, BMPs, PNGs, or even GIFs.

    Promising review: "We love our Skylight frame. Since we don't live close to our families it is a great way to keep up with their lives. I love seeing the new photos pop up. It is so easy to use and has plenty of space. All of our children and grandchildren share photos with us. I have purchased frames for my sisters so we can share." —Angela C.

    Get it from Skylight Frame for $159.

    20. A six-bottle variety pack of curated wines from, an excellent place for them to discover indie winemakers and sample a lil' something of everything to celebrate.

    A shelf full of wines in different varietals
    Naked Wines/Instagram / Via cuts out the "middle man" of wine-selling by working directly with indie winemakers, ensuring that the wines aren't price-inflated, that the winemakers get their due, and that the wine ~drinkers~ get access to quality, vetted wines that they might not have otherwise gotten a chance to try! Plus, if your giftee end up loving a particular bottle, they can "favorite" the winemaker and always stay up to date with their releases.

    Get six bottles from for $39.99 (originally $143.99) for a limited time (you just have to take a short wine questionnaire!).

    Psst — this deal also qualifies for free shipping.

    21. A collage mug you can curate with photos to celebrate your friendship or remember a particularly fun adventure you went on together — Shutterfly has a collage template all raring to go, so all you have to do is drop your photos in and let them take care of the rest.

    A white mug with a collage of photos on it

    Promising review: "The quality of this product is truly amazing. The photographs are clear and bright, the mug itself is high quality, and it starts my day off perfectly to have my coffee and see so much happiness from our beach trip photos." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Shutterfly for $11.39 (originally $18.99; available in eight colors and two sizes).

    22. A "Good Vibes Only" candle you can order with a custom scent, so they can use it to ~manifest~ whatever it is they're hoping to get out of this next year of their human life.

    A black candle that says "Good Vibes Only" in gold
    Dorothy B & Co./Etsy

    Dorothy B & Co. is a New York-based, Black woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in hand-poured artisan soy wax candles.

    You can get the candle in Raspberry Vanilla, Caribbean Teakwood, Gardenia, Green Tea, Honeysuckle Jasmine, Sea Salt & Orchid, Vanilla & Amber, Citrus & Coconut, Mango Papaya, or Peach Nectar.

    Promising review: "Love them! They came super fast, are bigger than I expected, super cute decor pieces, and they smell AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much!" —Athena Holden

    Get it from Dorothy B & Co. on Etsy for $25.

    23. Plus a rose gold rechargeable electric lighter your candle-loving friend can use to replace all their old gas ones. This one is not only chic as heck, but completely flameless, and made with a long stem so they can use it to light gas burners and larger candles.

    A rose gold lighter with an electric current
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    This also comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! I'm a big weenie about fire (lol, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it.

    Promising review: "Wow. This thing is amazing. Small and so easy to use. My husband kept saying it won’t actually light anything and was blown away when it did. We lit candles and paper to use as tinder with absolutely no effort. No fuel needed. Just a quick recharging. And no waste in throwing away those huge and never easy to use butane sticks. Love love it. Easy buying process so I would recommend everyone buy one." —Diane Bold

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    24. A customizable Glossier Balm Dotcom trio gift set full of ultra-hydrating, gorgeously subtle colors you can hand-pick for your friend — including a sparkly *birthday* balm.


    Promising review: "Buy this! Buy them all! I got the original to begin with and ended up buying the trio set days later because of how amazing it is. Now I have fourt tubes in different scents and I regret nothing. Even my husband is in love with the original and the mint! The birthday is super subtly shimmery and the rose is a barely there tint (honestly BARELY THERE). A little does go a long way so don't worry about the price tag. You will be using these tubes for a while and loving every second of it." —Devon

    Get it from Glossier for $30 (originally $36; available in eight shades).

    25. A "sport-brella," which is an SPF 50+ maneuverable personal umbrella with a universal clamp that'll latch onto any chair they own. Boom, instant shade no matter where they've parked their human self, whether it's the porch, the beach, or the park.,

    Psst — a lot of reviewers swear by this for easy hands-free shade solutions for strollers and wheelchairs as well!

    Promising review: "I originally bought this about three years ago and my husband used it and liked it so much recently with all the 'COVID driveway happy hours' he bought an additional one for him. It is easy to maneuver and angle to block the sun, but non-intrusive. It is easy to fold and replace in the carrying case. It is worth every penny." —Sarah B.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    26. A set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, for that friend who loves to keep up with the latest and greatest in Fidget Toy Land.

    Reviewer image of five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors

    Promising review: "Love these! I was looking for a fidget toy that my kid could take to school that would be durable, quiet, and easy to take along. I think we’ve determined there is no fidget toy that doesn’t distract everyone around, but for home these are awesome! My kids (third grade and toddler) and husband love playing with these. Kids imaginations go wild so they can fidget with them or use them as toys. Since they’re silicone they are also really durable and easy to clean." —Izzy D.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A sleek gold vinyl record display stand so your friend can establish that they were diehard enough to buy the vinyl of folklore in all bajillion pastel colors the moment anyone walks through the front door.

    A gold record display stand with two shelves that have the records outward facing

    Get it from Target for $67.99 (originally $84.99).

    28. A leak-proof sphere ice mold to make everything they drink feel so top shelf and fancy they may just spend the rest of quarantine writing a self-insert James Bond fan fiction.,

    Promising review: "These spherical ice cube makers are a lot of fun. Given that they're pretty cheap, I really wish I had bought them earlier! I was able to get significantly clearer spheres of ice when I boiled tap water before freezing (I poured it into the mold while it was still hot)." —dyanecek

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight shapes).

    29. A temporary tattoo from a shop with whoooole bunch of different designs, so there's bound to be one your friend will love. Bonus points if you get yourself one to match 👯‍♀️.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    Tattoorary is an Etsy shop established in 2014 and based in the Netherlands that specializes in temporary tattoos, offering a large range of sizes, colors, and designs. Each tattoo lasts from two days to a week.

    I am *obsessed* with these temporary tattoos — I waited for ages to get them, and I wish I'd done it much sooner, because I've had such a blast mix and matching them every week this summer as a fun quarantine distraction! They transfer beautifully with warm water and look like legitimate tattoos (my neighbor truly thought I'd gotten some great ink), and are so easy and gentle to remove with a light scrub in the shower.

    Get them from Tattoorary on Etsy: the vintage floral tattoo for $8, and the little birds tattoo for $3.

    30. A Birchbox x BuzzFeed limited edition beauty box, which comes with all the skincare, haircare, and beauty bargains they need to make FaceTime a time for their face to shine.

    The contents of the box laid out

    Get it from Birchbox for $62 (a $205 value, plus get $10 off when you use the code BUZZFEED at checkout!).

    Here's everything your friend will get:

    💫 Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (travel size): A treatment for dry or damaged hair that you can apply in the shower to get those luscious post-quarantine locks — especially now that most of us aren't blow-drying or styling our hair as often! (Retails for $12.)

    💫Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel size): A primer that helps minimize pores whether or not you're wearing makeup, and will help products roll on more smoothly. (Retails for $15.)

    💫First Aid Beauty Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask (full size): A moisturizing treatment for dry indoor skin — and to socially distance any uncomfy dryness from your friend's face! (Retails for $32.)

    💫Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (full size): This cloud-like moisturizer comes encapsulated probiotics that will help skin feel firm and supple, so your friend can get that coveted ~Zoom glow~. (Retails for $57).

    💫Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray (travel size): A residue-free hairspray that not only adds texture and volume to your hair, but will strengthen it — all your friend has to do is spray and tousle. (Retails for $12, or $22 for the full size.)

    💫Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner: An easy-to-use, opaque eyeliner that stays in place — no smudging, skipping, or streaking during all those at-home mini workouts, and ideal for practicing the perfect cat-eye. (Retails for $35.)

    💫Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer (full size): A super light leave-in hair treatment that not only de-frizzes and detangles dry or damaged hair, but also protects it from heat and breakage. (Retails for $28.)

    💫Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask: Y'all, this mask FOAMS, so it's like giving your face a bubble bath. Except this bubble bath also deep cleanses your skin and leaves your face feeling totally refreshed. (Retails for $9.)

    💫ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Love Life: A matte red lipstick with a pen-like applicator to give a little pop of color and instantly turn any "blah" day into one full of colorful selfies abound. (Retails for $6.)

    31. A 40-pack of velvet scrunchies so they can have one to match every single one of their fall outfits (and then some).,

    I bought these a year ago and they are the lights of my life. Super durable, ridiculously gentle on your hair, and they have an excellent hold. I pretty much have one on my wrist at all times.

    Promising review: "These scrunchies are literally the greatest purchase I have ever made in my life. They are so soft and definitely do not feel cheap at all and I am just amazed to get such high quality at such a low price. As someone with long, thick curly hair, scrunchies are very necessary to keep my hair up and I've always struggled trying to find ones that are both stylish and functional while still at a reasonable price. These scrunchies are freakin beautiful and they hold my hair up perfectly. While I admit I probably went a bit overboard and definitely do not need 40 scrunchies, they bring me joy and now I have a lifetime supply. Would def recommend." —Katherine

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $7.99.

    32. A personalized cutting board you can get engraved in their (or their loved one's) actual handwriting with their favorite family recipe, so they'll have something solid, lasting, *and* practical to cherish them with.

    Two cutting boards in light and dark wood with different fonts of recipes engraved on them
    Morning Joy Co,/Etsy

    Morning Joy Co. is a Texas-based, Black woman co-owned Etsy shop established in 2020 specializing in custom laser-print wood signs and home decor.

    Promising review: "I have never had better customer service than this shop! They sent me pictures updating me, and were quick when I had questions or when they had questions! They kept me informed through every step and even sent it out way before I anticipated. This was a Father’s Day gift and the typical ship time fell after Father’s Day... I still wanted it but they unexpectedly got it out in time! I am so thankful and will be a return customer!" —Emily Reel

    Get it from Morning Joy Co. on Etsy for $59+ (available in two colors).

    33. A delicate zodiac necklace so customizable, you can choose the exact length and color for their sign (so maybe run it past your Virgo friends in advance, because trust me, they'll have thoughts).

    A necklace with a zodiac constellation-shaped shaped charm
    Minthologie Studio/Etsy

    Minthologie Studio is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in handcrafted jewelry.

    Promising review: "My 'hard to buy for' sister-in-law loved this! I referred other family members who commented on how pretty it was. Delivery and packaging was excellent! It came very quickly...which was greatly appreciated because I typically wait til the last second!" —Tessa Crawford

    Get it from Minthologie Studio on Etsy for $19+ (available in six styles and seven lengths).

    34. An eye-poppingly vibrant palette for the "hello, world, I am here!!" friend, complete with 35 rainbow pigments that come in shimmers, satins, and mattes. These are super blendable and buildable, so they can get cheeky with one color or bold with the whole lot.

    BH Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I wanted a palette I could use to jump into some bold color ideas! This was just what I wanted! With a good base, the colors pop on and are still vibrant even on my skin tone. Haven’t experienced any staining either. Very happy with this purchase! Highly recommend!" —Nicole S.

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $10 (originally $20).

    35. A tiny milk frother to make everything they drink taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista.


    A true godsend for anyone who recently got into that whipped coffee trend. Plus, it's teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water! We love a convenient appliance!!

    Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in 10 colors).

    36. A set of adorable hanging cat spoons, because they deserve to have a meow-mentously cute birthday breakfast.


    Promising review: "I loved these spoons so much that I ordered more for myself and my mother in-law. They attach to the side of your coffee mug easily, stay put, and don't even get in the way when you are drinking out of it." —Handy

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $4.99 (available in five colors).

    37. A Sips By subscription that will bring a tear of Earl Grey-flavored joy to your tea-guzzling friend's eye. They can take a (VERY thorough!!) tea quiz about their taste preferences, and every month get a curated box of four new premium teas from all over the world.

    A package with teas laid out
    Sips By

    Each box comes with enough tea to brew 15 or more cups (depending on whether or not they re-steep), and you can get *really* picky with it — for example, they'll let your friend say if they don't want a particular kind of tea (like black or green) or if they're averse to certain tea flavors (like licorice). If they already have a subscription, they can still use the gift card to count toward their next months!

    Get a three-month gift subscription to Sips By for $45.

    38. A sophisticated whiskey tumbler with a map of their favorite city etched on it.

    A transparent whiskey glass with an etched map of San Francisco
    Well Told/Etsy

    Well Told is a New Hampshire-based Etsy shop established in 2009 that specializes in personalized drinkware and gifts.

    Promising review: "Bought as a Mother’s Day gift for my mom, and she loved it! Map is easy to see and the glass is very well-made and designed." —Timmy

    Get it from Well Told on Etsy for $16 (available in 248 cites).

    Psst — these also come in wine glasses and pints.

    39. A teensy mini waffle maker that will churn out adorably-sized, perfectly cooked-through waffles in mere minutes — the ultimate birthday treat.

    If they're waffling on the waffles, they can also use it for hash browns, paninis, biscuits, and even (gasp) PIZZA. If they can dream it, they can mini waffle it.

    Promising review: "At first, I laughed thought it was too small to really do anything. I was so wrong — it's an amazing little waffle maker!! Can cook almost anything on it! I have cooked eggs, waffles, and French toast." —S PETERSON

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 20 styles and colors).

    40. A pair of crystallized "stay back 6 feet" tights so your friend can be all, "Social distance, but make it fashion."

    Black opaque tights with the words "stay back 6 ft" bedazzled on the right leg
    d blue dazzled

    d.bleu.dazzled is an LA-based, Black woman-owned business specializing in custom crystallized hosiery, lingerie, and performance wear. You can check out the rest of the brand's Social Distance Club line for more crystallized options, including T-shirts, sweaters, masks, and bras.

    Get it from d.bleu.dazzled for $45 (originally $60).

    41. A game of BuzzFeed LISTicles, where they can be the author of their *own* listicles just like the one you're reading right now!! (Meta as heck, I know.)

    The game box with its contents laid out

    This is a 20-30 minute-ish game appropriate for ages 14 and up and two to eight players. It's basically Scattergories, but make it weird. The game comes with 250 category cards like "Most Regrettable Fashion Trends" and "Movies That Will Never Not Be Funny" (ahem, Spider-Man 3). Using the timer provided, you race to think up seven unique things that fit under that lists, and then roll the die to award the group's most Trashy, WTF, Ew, Hot, Basic or OMG answer. You can even use the ~bonus letter~ cards to get more points if one of your unique things starts with whatever letter you draw. Whoever gets the most points from their awards wins, and probably has to watch Tobey Maguire do an angsty goth hair flip in Spider-Man 3 again as a victory lap.

    Promising review: "You could play this game for weeks and not get through all the content. Super fun play. Learn in two minutes. Our friend group has been coming back to this each weekend!" —Jamie

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    42. A waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker with a hook that attaches right to their curtains or a suction cup to stick it on their tiles, so you can boogie in the shower or go full Fine Line in the bath with some candles burning., Amazon

    Psst — you can also taking this hiking or camping in the rain and strap it right to your backpack, or use it by the pool!

    Promising review: "I bought this portable Insmy Bluetooth speaker because I needed one that I could use in my shower plus when it rains I could use it outside and not worry if it got wet because of its waterproof rubber covering. I also like that you can plug a SD card into it and listen to MP3's that you have on your smartphone or got off your computer. The sound is the best part of this speaker, it produces a nice rich HD sound and is not tinny like other portable speakers. It comes with a charging cable and it can be hung or be carried with the adjustable lanyard that's attached to it. Pairing via Bluetooth is very easy to do to your smartphone, computer, etc. All in all I am very pleased with this Insmy Bluetooth shower speaker and the sound it produces." —John S.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in six colors).

    43. A Nike Dri-FIT AeroBill Tailwind running cap that's truly a must-have for your runner friends — it's made with sweat-wicking fabric and strategically-placed mesh panels to keep them cool and covered, whether they're going out for casual jogs or jumping on the socially distanced hiking bandwagon.

    black running cap

    Get it from Nike for $26.

    44. A massive set of 100 The Office-themed stickers, so you can litter all your surfaces with iconic moments included and not limited to Kevin's doomed chili, Dwight's doomed encounter with the CPR dummy, and Michael's doomed...well, everything.

    A bunch of stills and quotes from The Office in sticker form

    Promising review: "I love these so much! I had fun looking at all of the different stickers. If you’re a huge fan these are perfect. Because there are so many I’m going to split some up in a care package that I’m sending to a friend. Good quality stickers and just makes me laugh." —Greg Mohr

    Get a set of 100 from Amazon for $7.99.

    All of your mutual friends when you show them up by getting your BFF the best birthday gift of all *time*:


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