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    46 Gifts You Can Send To Friends Celebrating Birthdays On Lockdown

    The Zoom birthday chat is about to get lit.

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    1. A dozen Magnolia Bakery cupcakes with frosting so buttery and decadent they'll be gone within the hour, whether your friend is socially-distancing with family or all on their own.

    Six cupcakes with sprinkles

    2. A truly iconic tortilla blanket so the Chipotle fan in your life can achieve the greatest aspiration of them all: becoming a human burrito.

    3. A fast-growing birth month flower grow kit that will thrive indoors just like the rest of us finally getting through our Netflix queues — plus, once it gets big enough to plant outside, your friend can use the glass grower as a beautiful vase.

    Three potted plants with different types of flowers growing out of them

    4. A five-year One Line A Day journal so your friend who keeps starting journals and then abandoning them can finally find something that sticks — one line a day is *super* low commitment (and imagine how satisfied they'll be looking back every year!).

    5. A birthday cake in a mug complete with its own candle, so your friend can light it and boomie it for the perfect #StayHome birthday 'gram, and have the ideal mug for all future microwaveable cake needs.

    A birthday cake themed mug with cake and a lit candle in it

    6. A personalized Disney cup because birthdays are great, but glitter-filled hydrated birthdays are better. (Although I personally would not judge any birthday-haver for using this for bathtub wine.)

    Disney-themed reusable cup customized with your name, Minnie Mouse graphics, and a castle silhouette.

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

    8. personalized claw clip that'll keep their hair out of their face and look gosh darn cute doing it. 

    an assortment of claw hair clips in different colors and styles, and with different names and words on them
    Mara Made Design / Etsy

    Mara Made Design is a small Etsy shop that offers different hair accessories, based in New Jersey. 

    Promising review: "Love these hair clips! The personalization makes them so fun!" –Amanda Bailey

    Get it from Mara Made Design on Etsy for $10.80+ (available in a wide variety of colors and styles).

    9. Plus a birthday celebration tea filled with vanilla and fruity flavors to kick off your birthday shenanigans. The ideal quaran-tea to sip on your day of birth.

    The tea tin with the words "birthday party" printed on the front

    10. A personal library kit so they can streamline their massive book collection (*and* rest assured their buds will give them back that loaned copy of Bossypants).

    A personal library kit with a stamp with dates, ink, and paper with return dates

    11. A monogrammed notepad in an assortment of colors because they're a list-maker that deserves the best of the best. Their weekly to-do's and grocery lists just got a major upgrade.

    two monogrammed notepads, one with pink letters that read
    Joy Creative Shop

    Promising review: "Love these notes! Great gift for yourself, or someone else!" –Elizabeth T.

    Get it from Joy Creative Shop for $25+ (available in three sizes, 29 color combinations, and in 50- or 100-page quantities). 

    12. 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.

    13. A "because social distancing" wine glass they can use to toast to everyone in the Zoom birthday chat after y'all sing "Happy Birthday" in nine different (but no less enthusiastic!!) keys.

    transparent wine glass that says "because social distancing"

    14. A "White Paw" dog toy you're legally obligated to gift to anyone who has uttered the words "No Laws When You're Drinking Claws" regardless of whether or not they have a dog.

    Two stuffed toys modeled after Natural Lime and Cherry White Claws

    15. A super soft Baby Yoda T-shirt that is, quite truly, a big BFH (Birthday From Home) mood.

    Baby Yoda illustrated tee that says "naps and snacks, eat, sleep, play"

    16. A personalized long-distance BFF keychain to remind them you're not just thinking of them on their special day, but every day y'all are apart ❤️.

    metal keychain that says "459 mils away and stlll my loser BfF"

    17. A Baked By Melissa birthday cupcake pack perfect for anyone whose favorite cake flavor is "all of them."

    Mini cupcakes in a transparent container that slides into a tie dye birthday gift box

    18. A zodiac sign ring dish to add a little bit of ~twinkle~ from their very own star sign to their nightstand.

    The small dishes in yellow, pink, and blue with zodiac constellations and the zodiac sign name

    19. A Tom Nook plush for the friend who is celebrating their birthday on a virtual island and can't be bothered to cut any birthday cake until they've assembled enough bells to pay rent.

    A plush of Tom Nook from ANimal crossing

    20. 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

    21. A little astrology-based book on self-care tailored to their sign, so they can unwind however the stars intended (*crosses fingers that "watch Netflix in the bath tub" is included*).

    The Little Book Of Self-Care For Cancer

    22. A gift set of seven crystal-infused soaps inspired by the seven chakras of your body so your bestie can partake in some seriously sudsy self care. 

    seven bars of different colored soaps with crystals in their centers
    Crystal Bar Soap

    Crystal Bar Soap is a small biz that hand-makes vegan and cruelty-free crystal-infused bath products like soaps, bath bombs, and skincare. 

    Promising review: "This set is perfection! The scents and stones are right on for each chakra, and the beautiful box makes it perfect for gifting. Can't wait to pick up another to share." –Soojin C.

    Get it from Crystal Bar Soap for $63.

    23. A gorgeous and relaxing paint-by-number with an end result so beautiful they'll want to frame it in the front hall 🌅.

    Boat on a lake at sunset print from paint-by-number

    24. 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

    25. A mesmerizing handblown glass birthstone wine stopper, so when they pop a bottle open on the Zoom party, they can seal the leftover Pinot in style.

    Four handblown wine stoppers in different colors

    26. 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!

    27. 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.

    28. A ticket stub collecting notebook so they have somewhere to store their favorite memories from concerts, movies, or theater shows, plus a little note section so they'll always have context for why it was so special.

    Open notebook with sections for putting a ticket then writing a note beside it

    29. A sloth tea infuser, since they'll be spending their birthday just ~hanging around~ the house anyway.

    Sloth tea diffuser in a glass mug

    30. A cocktail subscription box so they can craft themselves a birthday drink so perfectly-tailored to their tastebuds that it'll rival anything they could have gotten out at a bar.

    A model pouring a cocktail into a glass surrounded by ingredients

    31. A pack of 18 colorful Dylan's Candy Bar chocolate squares, so they can kick back all through their birthday month with flavors ranging from S'mores to Milk Toffee Crunch to Dark Raspberry.

    A pack of nine mini square-shaped wrapped chocolates

    32. A personalized bracelet from BaubleBar you can customize with a message up to 12 characters (I personally recommend making four that say BEATS, BEARS, BATTLESTAR, and GALACTICA, but to each their own).

    Model wearing beaded bracelets that spell out "courage and love"

    33. A Glossier face mask duo, so they'll have everything they'll need to make FaceTime a time for their face to shine.

    Two containers of the moisturizing moon mask and the mega greens galaxy pack

    34. A gorgeous yet minimalistic ceramic oil diffuser to rid their remote space of any yucky smells and, instead, fill it with the inviting aromas of their favorite essential oil blend. 

    a terracotta colored ceramic oil diffuser with mist coming out of the top
    Amazon

    You can also throw in an assortment of essential oils to truly top off the gift!

    Promising review: "I’ve owned a variety of diffusers and this is the best one by far. It’s worth the price. The build quality is excellent and the stone cover is superb. The best part is that you don’t hear it running and it lasts all day (eight hours) and even into the evening. I’ve owned others of a similar style, but for some reason this one last twice as long on a single water fill. I absolutely love this purchase. I strongly recommend it if you’re looking for one." —HavoKS

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five colors)

    35. A Tamagotchi, so they can channel their birthdays of '90s yore and celebrate by mopping up after a tiny digital creature that fits in the palm of their hand.

    36. 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

    37. A birthday party candle so they can make a wish every time they blow it out. With notes of vanilla and butter cream, it will definitely give them a sugar rush.

    The homesick candle with the words "birthday party" printed on the front of the candle jar

    38. Or, a 3D pop-up birthday card to let them know just how much you love them.

    the card says "happy birthday" and features balloons and presents

    39. 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.

    40. A customizable phone case for your pet-parent friends that will make them feel an overwhelming amount of love and appreciation for their four-legged friend (more than they already do, of course).

    Reviewer photo of a Husky and its graphic on a transparent phone case

    41. A mini Canon smartphone printer because they have a headache from staring at a screen all day and need an excuse to look at something printed again.

    Canon mini photo printer

    42. hanging disco ball planter that'll add some serious ambience to their weekend ragers (or when they blast some tunes and do some chores around the house and have a solo dance party).

    person watering a plant in a hanging disco ball planter
    Dado Dado Designs / Etsy

    Dado Dado Designs is a Texas-based small business that sells disco ball planters. You can also find them in our roundup of home decor shops on Etsy to keep on your radar.

    Promising review: "This is the cutest little planter. Shipped quickly and it will be the perfect gift for my disco-ball-loving and plant-obsessed brother-in-law!" –Brianna Shine

    Get it from Dado Dado Designs on Etsy for $35+ (available in four sizes). 

    43. A pair of crazy cool acrylic UFO earrings so your out-of-this-world bestie can add a statement-making accessory to their collection. These will also come in handy if your pal plans on dressing up as Ms. Frizzle for Halloween next year. 

    model wearing the acrylic earrings that picture a purple ufo abduction a cow
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Such a cute gift for my alien-obsessed friend. She loved them!" –whitney dixon

    Get them from Amazon for $8.88.

    44. A Wreck This Journal, which is a book that's designed to be made a mess (in a fun, artistic way, of course). Each page will prompt your gift-ee to get creative, whether that be by creating a stain log with whatever they have on hand, or by poking holes though the paper using a pencil.

    cover of
    Penguin Books

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59+ (available in paperback and spiral-bound formats) or from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $14.88.

    45. A wine glass holder for their bathroom so they can take a glass of b-day bubbly into their "tubbly" (or their shower, if they're not much of a bath person). 

    a model using the silicone holder to put their wine glass in the shower
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this as a birthday present for my best friend. We often drink wine together and I know she often drinks wine in the bathtub. She loved this gift and thought it was quite entertaining and the perfect invention for her. If I had a bathtub I would be buying a second one for myself." —Ally Stage

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

    46. A birthday dessert drink kit to instantly transform their end-of-the-night cocktail or mocktail into something sweet and sprinkley (as everything should be on a b-day!). 

    a martini glass full of a white drink with rainbow sprinkles next to the box of a birthday drink kit
    assorted birthday drink flavor cubes
    Uncommon Goods

    All they'll have to do is grab a cube from one of the three flavors (Birthday Sprinkles, Confetti Cake, and Chocolate Birthday Cake), drop in their drink of choice, and enjoy a lil' celebration in a glass!

    Promising review: "A very fun gift idea! Fun and quick cocktails for friends." –JE

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    Your grateful BBFF (Birthday Best Friend For Life) after you surprise them with one of these thoughtful gifts: