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    22 Things Our Readers Say Make The Best Birthday Gifts

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    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite things to give as birthday presents. Here are the oh-so-generous results.

    1. Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal, a pretty diary that asks a different question each day of the year and has space for five year's worth of answers, so they can actually look back and see their own evolution. They'll love it now, but when they're famous and trying to write a memoir, they'll really thank you.

    Michelle M.

    Make sure they mention you in the acknowledgements!!! But seriously though, look at how sweet the reviewer photo on the right is — it's like a love story in a single page!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    2. A pizza stone and cutter for a go-to gift that feels personal but is also easy as pie.


    "Most human beings love pizza, so give them the gift of being able to create their own. Like it says in the Bible, give a man a pizza, he will be fed for a day, but give a man a pizza stone and he can host awesome pizza parties and maybe even invite you. In a way, it's also a gift for you because you might get free pizza out of it. Here's my tip: Put the stone in a cold oven and then heat to 450. Leave that sucker in for an hour before putting in your homemade pizza. I like to get dough from a local pizza joint and use tomato sauce, shredded, mozzarella, and top with pickled jalapeños and pepperoni. Oh, and don't forget to spread cornmeal on the bottom of the pie for a crispy crust!" —Bek O'Connell

    Get a pizza stone for $28.99+ (available in two colors) and a professional-looking pizza cutter for $11.95+ (available in three colors), both from Amazon.

    3. A book of poems with a personal inscription jotted on the inside that they'll treasure forever. If you're not into seeing people cry when they get your gift, make sure they open it when you're not around.


    "Sometimes I'll write my own little poem about them on the front page. I like doing something that'll make them feel thought-of and loved." —maevemb13

    Get Rupi Kaur's bestselling book of poems, The Sun and Her Flowers, from Amazon for $12.74+.

    4. Some yummy tea and cute mug for a heartfelt self-care package that'll set you back less than $20., Amazon

    Katherine M.

    This tea has positive sayings on each of the bag tags, making it an especially great gift!

    Get a 16-pack of stress-relieving honey lavender tea that over 1,000 reviewers swear by for $3.98 and the adorable kitty mug for $8.99 (available in two colors), both from Amazon.

    5. A tee, pillow, poster, sticker, notebook, or really anything from Redbubble. It's an awesome online shop where you can find products with basically any kind of artwork you could ever dream of — from fandom stuff to cutesy goodies.


    "I always buy people something from Redbubble! They have thousands of designs from independent artists that are available on a multitude of products, like clothing, pillows, journals, removable stickers, bags, and posters. The designs range from simple patterns and prints to something from their favorite TV show or game! It’s the perfect place to find something they love in the form of something they want." —meerkatm

    Personally, some of my favorite birthday gifts my friends have ever gotten me have been from Redbubble!

    Get the corgi pillow from alyssadyerart on Redbubble for $20.81+ (available in five sizes and as just the cover or with the insert, design also available on 32 other products).

    6. A book of 12 letters you can fill out for your loved one in advance, each with directions to open at different times in their life. In other words, it's the perfect way to make sure they never forget what an amazing friend you are.


    "I just got this for my best friend for our 10-year friendiversary and her birthday. It’s a little book that has letters for you to fill out, like 'Open when you need motivation,' or 'Open when you feel lonely or lost.' They come with stickers to seal the letters, and places to put the date it was written and when it was opened. She loved it! It was really cute and affordable as well." —miaolitan

    Plus, they can store all the letters in the envelopes in the book after they open them, so they never have to worry about losing them!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.23.

    7. A cool cookbook sure to have their mouth watering. Bonus points if it features a cuisine you know is meaningful to them!


    "Even if you don't know to much about them, you probably know their food tastes, or that they traveled somewhere and loved the food. Everybody loves browsing through cookbooks, whether they cook or not. I went to England with my husband's family and got them British pub cookbooks for the next Christmas. My family later went to Spain, and for my sister's next birthday I got her a book of 100 sangria recipes. It's personal, inexpensive, and lovely." —M

    Get Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food from Amazon for $19.78 and 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks from Amazon for $12.65.

    8. A genius mini emergency kit that will save them time and time again, which basically means YOU will have saved them time and time again, you superhero, you!


    "I got one of these as a birthday present from a friend and have been giving them as gifts ever since." —kimm51

    This little pouch can easily fit in your purse or backpack, but it packs a punch to solve tons of everyday problems. Inside there's...*takes a deep breath*...nail polish remover, stain remover, a tampon, a deodorant wipe, floss, lip balm, clear nail polish, a mini sewing kit, a safety pin, hair spray, breath freshener, clear hair elastics, double-stick tape, a nail file, and bobby pins. Yeah, so a heck of a lot. Honestly, why does anyone leave the house without one of these?

    Get it in purple or yellow from Anthropologie for $21 or in silver from Amazon for $21.99.

    9. A fancy reusable water bottle, because everyone has to hydrate and I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want to look cute doing it.


    Elizabeth R. and vanessacram

    This super affordable one is BPA-free, double-walled, and vacuum insulated. Their drink will stay at the right temperature for hours, but the bottle won't sweat or feel too hot or cold to hold. It's a great dupe for fancier bottle brands, so no wonder it has over 1,000 positive reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in five sizes and 44 colors and patterns).

    10. A Funko Pop! figure of your pal's favorite fictional character that'll make them smile every time they see it and really pop alongside their otherwise boring desk decor.



    It's tough to imagine a franchise Funko hasn't immortalized in adorable and affordable vinyl form, so you're sure to find one your friend will love.

    Get Stefon from SNL for $7.99 and the Bob Ross Deadpool for $8.30, both from Amazon. Check out Amazon's full selection of Funko products here.

    11. A fun game you can play together, like Exploding Kittens, a wacky card game with over 6,500 positive reviews.


    "My friends and I have started doing game nights, so lately we’ve been buying each other games we know the other wants but doesn’t own. A friend got me Exploding Kittens for secret Santa. Games are great gifts, since they’re often something people want and will use but won’t buy for themselves." —ladyinredpen

    In Exploding Kittens, players keep drawing cards and are eliminated from the game if they draw an exploding kitten card. But there are tons of other delightfully kooky cards — from lasers to enchiladas — you can strategically use to ~defuse~ the situation. All the cards feature random, LOL-worthy illustrations that'll make you understand why the game is one of the most-funded Kickstarter projects in history.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A 23andMe DNA kit that gives them everything they need to start tracing their genealogy. Who knows — you may end up giving them the gift of discovering a long lost relative and ending up on one of those TLC shows!


    Christina C.

    The kit includes a saliva collection tube with a container and specimen bag, plus a prepaid package for them to send it out for lab testing. Then, they'll get their results on 23andMe's website within six to eight weeks. The site provides all kinds of cool information, from DNA relatives who are already in the database to a breakdown of ancestry by region. You can even see a timeline of which generations of ancestors likely came from which places.

    Get it from Amazon for $99.

    13. An experience of some sort, be it a Groupon deal for a fun activity or tickets to an event you know they've been dying to see.

    "For my mom’s birthday I got her and my dad two hours of water biking (yep, it’s a thing) near Santa Cruz, and they had such a great time. I prefer to give experiences over a material thing, and usually they're affordable!" —emilyannej2

    "I like to give tickets to an event, be it a a concert, play, or a football game — something you know they’ll love to see live instead of on TV." —quinceyf

    Check out cool Groupon experiences — from spas to meals to classes — near you here — some are even under $20! If you're willing to splurge a bit more, check out Stubhub to snag the bday person tix to see a favorite artist or sports team.

    14. Knock Knock's What I Love About You books, adorable fill-in-the-blank tomes that are an easy way to share the super sappy sentiments you wish you could tell them the other 364 days of the year without being super cheesy.


    "They’re only $10 and you can buy them in tons of varieties on Amazon! There are ones for moms and dads, your best friend, your significant other, and more!" —marissahaileyr2

    Questions vary depending on the book theme, but each one has 50 fill-in-the-blank prompts both silly ("Your birthday piñata should be filled with...") and sentimental ("I love that you taught me to appreciate...").

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50+ (available in 16 versions — including some in Spanish!).

    15. A gift certificate to BarkBox, a monthly toy and treat subscription service, if the birthday person has a pup or if the birthday person IS a pup.


    Karina C.

    Because, let's be real, your dog-owning friends' lives revolve around seeing their fur baby be happy. Each box includes at least two toys, a chew, and two bags of natural treats, all fitting a monthly fun theme! Check out BuzzFeed's review of BarkBox and more dog subscription boxes.

    Gift certificates start at $35/month.

    16. A velvety throw blanket so they can curl up on their couch feeling like the royalty they are.



    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes and seven colors).

    17. A gift basket full of no-fail goodies they can enjoy on their birthday and beyond.

    GorgeousSoap/Etsy, Gift Tree

    "I think giving gift baskets is awesome. And if you customize or put them together yourself, it really makes the person feel like you put thought into it!" —Melody Lanzatella, via Facebook

    Check out some of the best places to order gift baskets online.

    Get the customizable spa gift box from GorgeousSoap on Etsy for $24.95+ (available in 13 combinations of products, and you can customize a note and choose from any soaps and bath bombs available in the seller's shop). If you're more pressed for time, send two boxes of gourmet cookies that can be delivered as soon as THE NEXT DAY, depending on your location, from Gift Tree for $19.95 (check out more of their quick-delivery gift baskets here).

    18. A good book, especially one relevant to their interests. If you've already read it and can discuss it with them as they read, even better!

    St. Martin's Griffin

    "I like giving people books I’ve read that I think would suit the them. I have a friend who writes fanfiction, so I bought her a copy of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell."


    This book is a particularly perfect gift for any geeky friend. It follows a smart, shy fanfic writer as she starts college and learns to balance the real world with the fictional one (and, of course, meets a cute guy).

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79+.

    19. A customized calendar full of photos of their friends, fam, or pets. While you're at it, you may as well mark your birthday off on there so they don't forget to get you an equally awesome prezzie 😉.


    "Just take 12 pictures from their social media or yours and put one together on the Walgreens website. They're cheap and last all year." —Geena Landen, via Facebook

    You can choose any month to start the 12-month calendar, so it's a great gift even if their bday isn't at the beginning of the year!

    Customize a wall calendar for $19.99+ or a desk calendar for $9.99+, both from Walgreens.

    20. A gorgeous candle from Anthropologie for a luxe gift they'll think is totally fire.



    Get the grapefruit-scented initial candle for $24 (available in 26 letters) and the mini jar candle for $12 (available in two colors and scents).

    21. An irresistible corgi booty pillow that'll make anyone smile, no butts about it.


    "I bought this pillow for my best friend who loves dogs/corgis, and I would totally order it again and again for other people" —Abby Kass

    Get it from Amazon for $9.86.

    22. And finally, a donation to an awesome charity in their name for a truly meaningful gift. Because being kind is something everyone likes, and if they don't, why are you even friends with them?,

    "I really like giving donations to charity in another person’s name. A lot of charities (Smile Train and Mary’s Meals come to mind) even have little cards you can give to the person stating that you gave to that charity in their honor." — Isabelle Dzwonczyk, via Facebook

    Donate to Smile Train (an organization that provides surgery, speech therapy, and dental care to children with cleft palettes around the world; $50 can cover a one-night hospital stay) here or Mary's Meals (which provides nutritious school meals to kids in several countries as well as emergency relief; $20 can feed a student for the whole school year) here.

    If you need more gift inspo, check out 29 Products That Really And Truly Make Great Gifts. And if you're the one with a birthday coming up, check out 27 Things That Totally Belong On Your Birthday Wish List.

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