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    Jun 1, 2020

    42 Gifts You Can Send To Friends Celebrating Birthdays In Quarantine

    Sending all your socially-distanced love, one cute lil' gift at a time.

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    1. 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.

    2. A lovely-smelling Star Wars hand sanitizer so both the Force *and* the germ-killing ethyl alcohol can be with them.

    A row of mini hand sanitizers with keychain loops

    Available in Darth Vader (black tea), C3PO (amber and ginseng), Chewbacca (coconut), and Yoda (cedarwood and lime).

    Get it from Firebox for $7.99 (available in four characters).

    Psst — you can also get a Disney villain hand sanitizer in Ursula, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, or the Evil Queen!

    3. A "because quarantine birthday" wineglass 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.

    A transparent wine glass with opaque text
    Red Lines Designs/Etsy

    Promising review: "This wine glass turned out so AMAZING!! I bought three for family birthdays this week... Shipping was super fast and price was great!! Such a fun gift idea!! Everyone loved it!!" —Maria Galdamez

    Get it from Red Line Designs on Etsy for $7.99+ (available in 35 colors, including *glitter* options!).

    4. 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).

    5. A wine caddy for their bath tub perfect for any birthday vibe, whether it's "set off a bath bomb and channel my inner mermaid" or "sit here and watch reruns of The Office until the water dissolves around me."

    The wine caddy suctioned to the side of a tub with red wine in it

    Bonus: it also holds cans, so they can pop in a LaCroix or enjoy a shower PBR, if they're feeling it.

    Promising review: "Such a simple idea, how is this just coming into my life now? I didn't think showers could get any better but now I have a brew/wine within reach at all times. Really helps take the edge off after a long day. The thing is way sturdier than you'd expect, I've tugged on it and it's not going anywhere. The slotted design allows you to use stemmed wineglasses too. A truly perfect product. This $13 piece of plastic is working as hard as my therapist and I stan." —Steven

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

    6. An easy-to-follow bubble tea kit for anyone whose summer vibe is "boba."

    A small box kit
    Flavor Purveyor/Etsy

    Each kit comes with loose leaf tea bags, tapioca pearls, two stainless steel boba straws, and instructions.

    Promising review: "Arrived super, super quick!! Bought it for a friend's birthday and she loved it, she made one right away and it was so fun to make and yummy!" —Brittany Bittor

    Get it from Flavor Purveyor on Etsy for $30.

    7. A soft, lightweight tie-dye pajama set that'll arrive just in time for all their on-trend summer lounging needs.

    A model in a V-neck oversized tee and elastic drawstring shorts

    Promising review: "It gets very hot in the summer time here and these pajamas are wonderful. They're so lightweight, cute, cool and comfortable. I love the bright color and feel so cute in them! My daughter loves these pajamas that I've bought her. I will purchase another color pajama set again!!" —Kelly W.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 17 colors).

    8. A bottle of a game-changing mango avocado hot sauce for any foodie friend who will appreciate a new condiment in their lockdown cooking arsenal.


    The question is less what can you put it on and more what *can't* you put it on. Reviewers mention salads, burritos, eggs, burgers, sandwiches, and steak. It's also keto- and paleo-friendly and gluten-free, if your friend has dietary preferences/restrictions.

    Promising review: "So good. Favorable and just a mild hot, it's really good on anything that needs a little something — eggs, beans and rice, etc. Not a 'hot sauce' as much as a flavor enhancer. And, name aside, not really avocado in flavor; the avocado base just provides a little creamier, smoother, richer base for the spiciness. I can see people who don't like avocados still liking this sauce." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    9. A set of two puzzles celebrating their two favorite things — books and kitties 📚🐈.

    A puzzle box showing two puzzles, one that's a stack of books and the other a cat sitting down

    Get it from ModCloth for $20 or Amazon for $19.99.

    10. An assortment of international snacks, so they can go on their own little journey from the comfort of their own couch.

    A package full of international snacks like biscuits, Turkish Munchies, and chocolates

    The snacks in each of these are all a little varied, based on supply and season (they're careful not to ship anything that might melt too much between May and October), but the photo is an approximation of how many and what kind of snacks to anticipate.

    Promising review: "Real nicely put together assortment of snacks! I purchased these for my brothers who are food junkies for Christmas and I know they’re going to love these! All the items were still shelf safe and nicely packed into this box. Looks like a really fun snack assortment as both of mine had candy, cookies and crackers. The box is cute and well made, they did a really nice job designing it! Very giftable with how cute they made it. The box looks small-ish maybe but they pack a lot of snacks into that little box. There was an insert that came with a discount code on the next purchase in both of them as well, so that’s nice if my brothers decide to get another one! Overall really great purchase, I plan on buying one for my hubby for his stocking!" —Taylor S.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. A ridiculously adorable Baby Yoda tee that will make them smile every time they put it on.

    A shirt with a cartoon Baby Yoda that says "Stay in your pod" and "social distancing"
    Den Of Six/Etsy

    Promising review: "Shirts are amazing quality and the fit is great! The two shirts I got from here are my current favorites :) Thank you!" —Amanda Dancer

    Get it from Den of Six on Etsy for $23.95+ (available in sizes S-4XL and seven colors).

    12. An Animal Crossing candle so they can throw an on-brand party with all their villagers.

    A glass candle with a glass lid with a sticker around it that says "New Horizons"
    Icey Designs/Etsy

    Promising review: "Sooo pretty and smells like peaches at the top! The top of the candle is also very glittery which is a cute touch. It’s too pretty to burn!" —Hannah Kosior

    Get it from Icey Designs on Etsy for $18.

    13. A colorful Harry Potter sorting hat bath bomb that fizzles out to reveal their house.

    A cluster of bath bombs with Hogwarts house colors on them
    Geek Domain/Etsy

    Promising review: "I LOVE these bath bombs. They smell amazing! The package was so cute and creative. Shipped super fast!" —Jeni Duron

    Get it from Geek Domain on Etsy for $4.50 (available in three scents).

    14. A socially distanced birthday card they can keep propped up on their table to make you feel close even when you're miles away.

    A card that says "wishing you a happy birthday from a social distance" with an envelope
    Studio Yelle/Etsy

    Psst — you can ask the seller to personalize a message on the inside and send it directly to your friend!

    Get it from Studio Yelle on Etsy for $3.77.

    15. A six-layer cake with a surprise rainbow inside from Carlo's Bakery (aka the Cake Boss), because everyone knows that cake tastes best in as many colors as possible.

    A slice of cake cut to show rainbow layers inside and rainbow sprinkles outside

    Promising review: "The cake was delivered on time and the cake was fresh and delicious! I highly recommend this company! I’ve have several cakes from them and every single time it was excellent and beautifully designed!" —Ranya L.

    Get it from Goldbelly for $69.95 (plus free shipping!).

    Psst — if your friend is more of a chocolate fan, you can get this rainbow cake with chocolate frosting, too!

    16. A five-year journal that has them write one line a day, so eventually they can look back on their ~journey~ every time a year passes and see where their past self was compared to their present.

    A small journal
    Chronicle Books

    Promising review: "I've now given these journals as gifts to an absolute ton of people, including men, women, and teenagers. Everyone loves it. It keeps things simple and encourages just enough reflection each day. Amazing gift! I've also been writing in mine going on three years now. Seeing where I've been and where I am today is wonderful and even sometimes sobering. Sometimes I see I still have something to work on, or I realize I've moved on from a troubling place. The beauty of this book is profound. I love it." —DDP

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79 or from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $15.59.

    17. A set of two Schitt's Creek-themed tea towels you can choose for them based on their favorite iconic quotes.

    Brighter Homes/Etsy

    Promising review: "Got these tea towels for my mom, she absolutely LOVES them! Thanks!" —Kaitlyn Metzger

    Get a set of two from Brighter Homes on Etsy for $26.99.

    18. A set of five Reformation tie-string face masks that come in ~surprise~ prints from their actual line (and ship for free!) — a perfect gift for any fashion-forward friends.

    Reformation, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I got a pack of them myself, and they not only shipped super fast, but the fabric keeps your face cool and the tie strings keep the mask firmly in place. You can check out my full review of Reformation's face masks on BuzzFeed for more deets!

    Get a set of five from Reformation for $25 (limit two sets per customer).

    19. 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

    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. Plus, you can get college campus versions of these for recent grads!

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

    An open waffle maker showing the cooked heart-shaped waffle in it

    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 nine other non-heart-shaped colors).

    21. A sparkly slim can cooler for all those backyard Instagrams they're planning to take this summer with the clawwwww.

    Kodi Lifestyle/Etsy

    Promising review: "These are so cute! Super sparkly and good price for three of them. Fun to give to my friends." —Cody Webb

    Get it from Kodi Lifestyle on Etsy for $7.99 (available in four colors).

    22. A HyperChiller that will became their new summer BFF by turning hot coffee into glorious iced coffee in a literal minute — same goes for that rosé they were too lazy to put in the fridge.


    Promising review: "I've struggled with making iced coffee at home until now — the Hyperchiller is magic. I can't believe how quickly my coffee becomes cold with zero dilution. I was also surprised how much coffee it held, it's perfect." —Brian Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    23. A 25-pack of Baked By Melissa cupcakes for anyone whose favorite flavor is "all of them."

    The bite-sized cupcakes in a transparent holder next to a box that says "Happy Birthday"
    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 vegan packs!).

    24. A corgi-shaped wine stopper that's almost as excited to them as they are to see their Pinot.


    Promising review: "I'm always thrilled when I open my fridge to see wine, but it's even more enjoyable to see this little guy chilling in the bottle top! It's solid silicone, made to fit several bottle sizes, and so adorable. It's better than re-corking because it minimizes airflow (and of course, store your bottle upright so you have the smallest amount of surface area in contact with air!) I can tell I will use it for years to come." —Ashleigh Blandin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.76 (available in five styles).

    25. A handy Cards Against Anxiety guidebook with a deck of 25 wallet-size cards, each of which has a prompt for a potentially anxiety-reducing behavior they can try if they're feeling overwhelmed.

    The cover of the book

    Get it from Amazon for $15.45.

    26. A Gudetama hand cream that's not only adorable, but super ~handy~ for anyone whose skin is dried out from hand-washing.

    A travel-sized hand cream with the character Gudetama on it
    Forever 21

    This limited-edition hand cream is peach-scented 🍑 for some big summer vibes, too.

    Promising review: "I am not much of a hand cream person as I hate the sticky feeling most leave behind. However, this cream soaked right into the skin and left no oily/greasy feel on my skin. It is a nice thick cream where a little goes a long way. The scent is 100% comparable to that of the Japanese Gummy Peach candies you get from World Market. It smells great and works amazingly." —Bailey Tidmore

    Get it from Forever 21 for $10.

    27. A spooky skull-shaped ice mold so anyone who sees their Instagram story of their birthday drink will look at the glass and immediately go, "Coooooool coool cool coolcoolcoolcool." *sweats*


    Pro-tip: these molds also work for making soaps, birthday candles, chocolate, and fondant, covering all their miscellaneous undead needs.

    Promising review: "Got these to make ice cubes for a Halloween party. It's very easy to use and easy to clean. The cubes come out perfectly. I'm probably going to try to use it to make chocolate skulls next." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.89.

    28. A set of three Jars By Dani cake jars s t a c k e d with layers of cake, frosting, and other goodies — plus, you can handpick the flavors based on what kind of cake vibe your friend is feeling.

    Side view of three cakes in transparent jars showing their layers

    The flavors include fudge brownie, cookies and cream, cake batter, and cookie dough, white chocolate, peanut butter, lemon bar, and strawberry shortcake.

    Promising review: "My order shipped super quickly and arrived in great shape. The Jars by Dani are so good. I have ordered them several times and will order again." —Barbara K.

    Get a set of three from Goldbelly for $30.

    29. The Drinking Animals Coloring Book, which will take them on a *delightful* journey of animals doing just that. Birthday Llamarita, anyone?

    The cover of the coloring book, which has a llama drinking a cocktail

    Promising review: "I've taken up some silly hobbies while in quarantine. Coloring has been one of them. I love each picture, these are so cute and fun. I didn't realize that there were actual ingredients in the book so that was an added surprise. I like the book. It's a two-in-one." —Taylor Rutledge

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    30. An air fryer they can use to cook a truly aggressive abundance of perfectly-crisped dishes using the power of rapid air technology, with *way* fewer ingredients than other cooking methods.


    TBH, this lil' bub is one of the hottest kitchen appliances of 2020, both figuratively and literally. Plus, if they're missing some old faves while they're on lockdown, BuzzFeed assembled a list of copycat air fryer recipes you can make in lockdown, including copycat McDonald's fries, copycat KFC biscuits, and copycat Taco Bell crunch wraps.

    Promising review: "I have been thinking of getting an air fryer for a while now. The price point and the comments regarding customer service finally pushed me to purchase this fryer. Best cooking gadget I have ever purchased! I have had it for four days and have used it every day! I have made fries, fish, shrimp, potatoes, and bacon in this marvel! The flavor is amazing and I have not used any oil yet. I did purchase an accessory kit but have not used it yet — still making things as it came. I am great at burning things in the pan and in the oven. I really like how you can open the basket to check the food as it is cooking without losing the time or the temperature. I have not burned one thing! It is extremely easy to clean! It is large, but I WILL make room for it on my counter!" —CK

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in four colors).

    Psst — if they live in alone or in a small household, there's a more compact air fryer on Amazon for $39.99+.

    31. An attachable wine aerator so all their practical, affordable reds can taste like they're poured by a sommelier in the south of France who knows the rat from Ratatouille personally.

    A person pouring red wine through the aerator into a glass

    Promising review: "A must have for any household. 7-Eleven wine has never tasted better! Traders Joe's two-buck chuck will never be the same. I thought it was gonna be all in my head but this straight Hogwarts magic. And it comes with two! SOLD!" —Analisa

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    32. A floral "Caffeine & Quarantine" mug everyone will get a kick out of during their Sunday morning Zoom brunch calls.

    A mug with floral accents that says "Caffeine & Quarantine"
    Hug & Mug/Etsy

    Get it from Hug & Mug on Etsy for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).

    33. A personalized delivery of Winc wines your friend can choose for themselves, because honestly, our collective new favorite varietal of wine is the "pick it up from the doorstep" kind.

    A BuzzFeed editor holding a bottle of red wine
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    Your friend will receive a personalized gift voucher with a custom message from you, which they can then use at Winc's website to choose from 46 curated wines to have delivered straight to their door. I personally recommend their new Cherries & Rainbow red wine if you opt to choose which wine to send them instead — it was delicious, and TBH, the bottle just has a big happy birthday mood.

    Get it from Winc for $60+.

    34. A sushi-making kit so they can finally take the fate of their rolls into their own hands, and get ~creative~ with whatever ingredients they have on hand.

    A person making sushi with the kit, including a tray and a roller for the rice

    Promising review: "When people started talking about how even their child could make sushi rolls with this, I knew that I had to try it. I'm a decent cook, but when it comes to operating even the simplest of apparatuses, I'm not the most talented person. But, lo and behold, when I used this kit, making the rolls was easy and as quick as this task will ever get. I just stuff some pre-cut carrot matchsticks, some thin avocado slices, some thin (seeded) cucumber slices, and roll the nori and rice into a lovely roll. This one goes out to all those adults that never try anything new because why bother: You can do this!!!" —Mr. Martha Stewart

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    35. Plus a pair of glowing lightsaber chopsticks to bring balance to the Force *and* to their sushi — whether they're repping the dark side or the light.

    Two people holding the chopsticks over rice

    Bonus: A lot of people have used these to decorate some out-of-this-galaxy Star Wars-themed cakes, if you want to scroll through the reviews for inspo!

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter's birthday as she and her hubby are huge Star Wars fans. I took them out to make sure they work and was wonderfully surprised at how adorable these are! The lights are bright and they are exactly as pictured. Best of all, my daughter LOVED them. Big hit, great buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97.

    36. A ginormous donut beach blanket that is truly a Big Birthday Mood whether they're using it on the sand or lounging in the backyard.

    A model lounging on the giant blanket
    Hot Topic

    Get it from Hot Topic for $25.90.

    37. A super bendy phone mount that'll come in handy whether they're Zooming with coworkers, TikTok dancing with friends, or doing socially distanced tricks or tutorials outside.

    The phone mount wrapped around and suctioned to a metal railing outside with an iPhone in it
    The Grommet

    This mount is super lightweight and can roll into a ball for easy transport, and works as a car mount, selfie stick, tripod, and stand. You can also get it upgraded with a Bluetooth clicker to easy snap pics.

    Get it from The Grommet for $29.95+ (available in three colors).

    38. A game of The Office-themed Clue, which will send you hunting through the break room, the conference room, and Michael's office to figure out who killed Toby and how (my money's on "with a ream of paper," personally).

    Hot Topic

    They'll need three to six players for this game, in which y'all have to use clues to figure out which of six iconic Office characters killed Toby, which room in the office they did it, and the weapon they used, all while dealing with curveballs from your meddling boss.

    Promising review: "So fun to play and creative! If you love The Office, you will love this game. Fun for the whole family!" —Jen_MT

    Get it from Hot Topic for $48.90.

    39. A high-shine lip gloss duo in two versatile colors, because why just get them something that can hydrate their lips when you can get them something with birthday shine? ✨

    BH Cosmetics

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $9 (originally $12).

    40. A "You're My Lobster" tee the Friends fan in your life will appreciate, especially if they're yours 🦞.

    The shirt on a mannequin with a lobster cartoon on it

    Get it from ModCloth for $35 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    41. A cookie dough four-pack from Cookie DŌ bakery full of mouth-watering flavors they can take straight to the face without bothering to bake them.

    The tubs of cookie dough with a lid that says "happy birthday"

    Each pack comes with Signature Chocolate Chip, Brookie Dough (chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie batter swirled together), Heavenly (sugar cookie dough, nutella, chocolate chips, caramel bits, and sea salt), and Cake Batter (cake batter, white chips, chocolate chips, and sprinkles).

    Get it from Goldbelly for $53.

    42. A pancake puff kit complete with all the fixings to to make the blueberry version, which are basically little doughy pockets of fruit- and chocolate-filled pancake bliss.

    The items of the kit with cooked pancake puffs on display
    Stonewall Kitchen

    This is truly the kind of gift that keeps on giving, because it comes with the pancake puff pan, so they can keep on experimenting with different mixes and fillings long after the initial ones run out. Each set comes with a jar of Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, a Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix, and a pancake puff pan.

    Get it from Stonewall Kitchen for $44.95.

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