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    32 Birthday Gifts To Give When You're Totally Stumped

    These also make great gifts for pretty much any other occasion, like Mother's/Father's Day, anniversaries, housewarmings, or just because you love 'em.

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    1. Some custom stickers of their pet (or heck, even their face or your face, lol) they're sure to put on EVERYTHING.


    Promising review: "I think this might be one of the best things I've ever bought on Amazon. I bought one sheet for my mom for Christmas and they just came. She hasn't seen them but I know they'll crack her up. They look fantastic. I'll definitely buy more!" —Claudia Basile

    Get a sheet of 21 from Amazon for $15.99.

    2. A LOL-worthy screaming goat figure who is honestly a very, very big mood, especially these days. Just press him and he lets out a shriek! I mean, who wouldn't want him in their life???

    the goat figure and mini book

    He also comes with a little book of equally delightful goat facts.

    Promising review: "This little guy has put a smile on the face of everyone who has met him. Affectionately known in our house as Scruffy, this item was a wonderful gag gift for anyone who loves goats or has a good sense of humor. The book is entertaining and surprisingly well-made and designed. Perfect stocking stuffer or just-because surprise." —Faith Marlow

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    3. A little book to fill with reasons why you love them, despite the fact that they're basically impossible to shop for.


    These cuties come in tons of different versions for different occasions or people in your life, but all of them are filled with 50 fill-in-the-blank prompts you can complete about your loved one. I personally think the "Why I Miss You" one would be perfect to send to someone while social distancing.

    Promising review: "This is very little, but a big hit! It's a bit bigger than the palm of my hand. We used this in place of a birthday card for my dad’s 70th birthday. Everyone (seven adult children, spouse, and grandkids) was able to fill in the blanks and sign their name to each page! The answers that people filled in the blanks with were so special! There were some hilarious responses, some super sweet, and all in all it was a total hit of a little gift! It truly evokes lots of awesome memories and my dad, who is a total alpha male, was choked up with all the love and affirmation that was exemplified through our little sayings. It's super special and I’m so glad I found this! A gem, for sure!" —zacknabi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in 14 themes, from dad to grandpa to teacher).

    4. A literally and figuratively ~sweet~ birthday box of semisweet chocolate-covered strawberries I'm sure anyone would love, because, uh, if anyone wanted to get me some of these for my next birthday (or just for right now)...I definitely would not say no.

    The festive box printed with candles and the words "Happy Birthday" and the strawberries
    Edible Arrangements

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved them!!! The strawberries were fresh, the chocolate smooth, and the combo was just delicious. I was worried that the chocolate on the strawberries would be hard and crunchy but it was soft and smooth and enjoyable!!! 100 % recommend. Although you might want to buy more than 12 because they are so delicious!!!" —Niomi Parilla

    Get a box of 12 from Edible Arrangements for $47.99.

    5. Affordable and adorable fine-tip kitty cat pens you can be absolutely ~paws~itive they'll adore, since these don't sacrifice quality for cuteness.


    Promising review: "These pens are super cute and actually quite nice quality. I bought some for a friend and may buy some for myself. The tip is very small — about .38mm, so it’s great for detail work and automatically makes your notes look neat and tidy. These are great as a gift in themselves or to distribute amongst students or peers. They come packaged in a resealable plastic slip." —Moggs

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.59.

    6. Atlas Coffee Club, a super affordable coffee delivery service with such a cool selection of brews from around the globe, it'll even satisfy the Lorelai Gilmores of the world.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Every month, they''ll get a bag of coffee and postcard from a different country, plus tips on how to brew that particular batch. You can choose what size bags you want to gift, if they'll get it delivered monthly or biweekly, and their preferred roast and grind type (if you're not sure, you can go for a mix of roast types!). Check out our full post on what three BuzzFeeders thought of Atlas Coffee Club.

    Get it from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+/month (available in three sizes, three roast types, and whole bean or ground).

    7. An incredibly cool song screenshot plaque to commemorate their favorite jam or a song that has meaning to both of you.

    The clear plaques printed to look like the display of a phone screen while playing a track on Spotify or Apple Music, in two sizes

    You can customize it with not only the song and artist, but also a time stamp (personally I'd do Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift and mark the moment when she screams "HE LOOKS UP GRINNING LIKE A DEVIL"), date, and even a personalized image if you message it to the seller. It's made by a Black-owned, Toronto-based small business that several reviewers praise for customer service.

    Promising review: "I am so so so happy with my custom Spotify plaque! It looks amazing and has a clean, modern vibe to it. Jordan and the Staats team answered any questions right away, were so considerate during the whole process, and really made sure that the design was specific to how I wanted it. Highly recommend, will def be coming back!!" —Dianah

    Get it from StaatsCustoms on Etsy for $28.20+ (available in two sizes, in Spotify or Apple Music formats, and as just the plaque or with a stand, wall stickies, or both).

    8. A One Line A Day journal with space for them to jot down a few sentences every day for five years. The best part? Each date lets them record all five entries on the same page, so they can see the changes in their life each year!

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

    Over 2,000 reviewers love it and so do I! Each page is dated and has five small spaces and room to fill in the year for each one, so they can keep a short record every day for five years and compare what they wrote over time. I adore this and it's the first thing that's actually gotten me to journal every day. I usually write more of a blurb than a sentence, but it literally takes me two minutes or less right before bed. I started mine just over a year ago, so I just got to the best part, which has been comparing my entries on the same day from one year to the next. Shocking no one, my 2019/early 2020 entries are verrrrryyyy different than my 2020/2021 ones.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.81 or Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $15.59.

    9. A pretty terrarium candle that'll surely be the cutest candle they ever did ~seed~.

    the two styles of the candle
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "This was a gift for my very dear friend who has eclectic tastes and a quirky sense of style. It was beautifully presented and it is very, very cute." —The Kiwi

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25 (available in the pine and vanilla-scented cactus shape or the white tea and jasmine-scented poppy shape).

    10. A beyond fuzzy faux fur throw blanket the intended recipient won't need any time to warm up to — no matter if they're a human or a pet.


    It's machine-washable, so when it gets dirty they can get it clean and back around themselves ASAP.

    Promising review: "Un-freaking-believable! My family fights over this blanket. It's like being wrapped in a silky, feathery, warm cloud! It's even soft on both sides. I've been told to buy more so my family will stop fighting. It's simply like chicken noodle soup for your body." —Melinda Deas

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in five sizes and 23 colors).

    11. Or a splurge-worthy organic cotton weighted blanket so they can feel like they're being cuddled all the time, because who wouldn't want that? The soothing weight can help relieve stress and improve sleep.

    model under the navy thick knit blanket

    This hand-knit beauty is breathable and machine washable. When purchasing a weighted blanket, the usual recommendation is to go with the weight that seems closest to 10% of the person's body weight.

    Promising review: "I am beyond happy with my purchase and get the best night's sleep. Best blanket I've ever owned. It has brought me great comfort during this stressful time." —Brittany B.

    Get it from Bearaby for $249+ (available in three weights and five colors).

    12. An amazingly resilient (and affordable) waterproof Bluetooth speaker pretty much anyone will find useful. It simply can't be ~beat~ for use in the shower, on outdoor adventures, or pretty much anywhere.,

    It can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled device and works from up to 33 feet away! I have one of these that I just use when I have people over (or used to, back in the day...) and it's got great sound and is super easy to pair with my phone (even though I am not at all tech-savvy and rarely use Bluetooth accessories).

    Promising review: "I live on the river, and we kayak and tube all the time. We've spent lots of money on waterproof products that never work long after getting splashed. I actually dropped this one and submerged it under water accidentally, but we've used it four times since — it didn't phase it. I LOVE IT! It's very loud and the acoustics are great! It's so easy to connect, and it has a bag to keep it in. I've spent seven times more on others that weren't nearly as good! Update: Two months later, it still works great, after being dropped and splashed in river and after several trips down the river, tubing, and biking. And we can use it for two days without recharging before battery dies. The BEST EVER!!!!!" —

    Check out BuzzFeed's full speaker review (#2)!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    13. Delicate sterling silver and cubic zirconia letter earrings that even folks who are picky about jewelry will actually wear and love from the ~initial~ moment they unwrap them.


    Even as someone who's more drawn to larger statement earrings, I love getting delicate studs as a gift because I probably wouldn't have bought them for myself and they're an accessory wardrobe staple! They're especially great for wearing in my extra piercing.

    Promising review: "I purchased these earrings for my 15-year-old daughter who hates wearing earrings. She loves them and hasn’t taken them off since the day she took them out of the box. The packaging and box of the earrings are very high quality. The earrings are stunning!!!" —LR

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 26 letters).

    14. A resplendent birthstone enamel pin in case you're looking for a gift that's personal, only $10, and a total ~gem~.

    the large gemstone shaped pins

    This UK-based shop stocks tons of cheerful gifts, tees, and accessories.

    Get it from AlphabetBags on Etsy for $10.74 (available in 12 month options).

    15. A puffy-sticker making kit that literally any kid or kid at heart will enjoy, because you're never too old to know that puffy stickers are the best kind of stickers.


    It comes with a sticker-making press, instructions, and the materials to make 60 stickers! Some of the designs are colored in, while others you can color yourself.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my 6-year-old niece for her birthday. She's a planner girl like her mother and I, and I thought she would enjoy being able to add stickers to her planner that she made herself. She went absolutely wild making them as soon as she got it! The process for making the stickers is very easy and she got the hang of it very quickly. The set comes with several sheets of sticker adhesive, puffs, and paper decorations to make the stickers, and the sticker adhesive is pretty quality. Even I had fun making stickers with her. Definitely reminds me of an '80s toy. So much fun!" —Tamara Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A custom-carved four across game for a touching gift that any hard-to-shop-for S.O., newlywed, or other loved one ~wood~ love to receive.

    the connect four-like game with some of the holes spelling out "justin and kasey 5-18-13"
    Uncommon Goods

    You can add up to four lines of text with seven characters each, and any spaces left blank will be carved as cute hearts!

    Promising review: "Fun and unique gift for a young couple! They love it! This is well-made and brings back childhood memories!" —MariusInMD

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $85. You can also get a giant lawn-size version here.

    17. A monogrammed faux leather jewelry case that's sweet and compact and basically a practical piece of art they can display on their dresser.


    Since it's custom and ships from the UK, this is a special gift that you'll want to order well in advance!

    Promising review: "Absolutely gorgeous. A perfect gift!" —Barbara Ashton

    Get it from LisaAngelLtd on Etsy for $37.22 (available in five colors and with up to two initials).

    18. A set of gold foil playing cards for an entertaining gift they'll actually use and that'll really show you karat about them.

    the gold cards with backs that look like hundred dollar bills

    They're waterproof!

    Promising review: "These cards are awesome! I looked at several types of gold foil cards and decided on this set because of the good reviews and simple-but-beautiful design. They were a Christmas gift for my husband to go with his poker set and he loves them! He collects unique decks of cards and he was totally impressed by these. We like the feel and look of the cards, they’re very eye-catching. They’re made very well and seem durable. Five stars from us :)." —Rani Mierky

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A top-rated box of moisturizing bath bombs in 12 different soothing aromas sure to give them a ~scents~ of relaxation.


    They've got over 10,000 5-star reviews (!!!), and reviewers say they're great for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I am basically a bath bomb connoisseur. I have a bathtub addiction, so when I say I’ve tried all the bath bombs Amazon provides, I’m serious. I keep going back to these, not only because of the price but because they actually work well. They don’t have all those annoying glitters and the scent actually sticks to your skin and serves a hydration purpose. I can’t say enough how much I love these over the 10-12 other brands I’ve tried." —JH

    Get a box of 12 from Amazon for $26.80.

    20. A very complimentary doormat anyone would be happy to have greet them after a long day.

    brown and black doormat that reads "you look good"

    Promising review: "Super fun welcome mat! I gave this to my mom as a housewarming gift and she gets all the compliments." —Kashmir Arnold

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $29.50.

    21. A color chemistry kit for kiddos ages 3 and up, because it can be hard to find gifts both kids *and* their parents will love. Enter this fun and educational set that lets kids play around with both chemical reactions and color mixing, and even allows them to create art with the colors they make!


    Promising review: "So much fun; my son loved pretending to be a scientist. You get a lot of supplies so you can use the kit a few times. The cards are really cute and a creative new way to experiment with color mixing and textures." —Diana

    Get it from KiwiCo for $29.95.

    22. Beautiful agate coasters sure to ~rock~ their world (and more importantly, protect their precious coffee table).

    stacks of blue, purple, pink, orange, and natural agate coasters

    This California-based shop stocks all kinds of cool rock goodies!

    Get an individual one for $10.44 (available in six colors) or a mixed color set of four for $36.54, set of six for $54.54, or set of eight for $64.54, all from RockParadise on Etsy.

    23. The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition for the S.O. you've run out of gifts to give. It's a book full of scratch-off date ideas so the two of you won't spend all of date night trying to figure out what to do (and then just ordering pizza like usual). You can even sign them up for a subscription box that'll come with all the necessary materials to do one of the dates per month.

    The Adventure Challenge

    There are also more versions featuring things to do with family, friends, or solo (though they're currently only available in book form, without the boxes)!

    Promising review (for the book): "I bought this for my cousin and his wife for Christmas. They had only been married a few months and asked for something they could use for date nights or just something that would continue to bring them closer. I found this and they LOVED it! They have had so much fun completing the challenges." —Tiffany M.

    Get the book for $39.99 and subscribe to the box for $45/month, both from The Adventure Challenge.

    24. A professional-looking genealogy chart that'll make a fascinating project for anyone, but especially your fave family member who can fill this in instead of just telling you stories about about your Great-Great-Grandpa Steve for the hundredth time.

    the poster with an arch shaped chart with paternal and maternal sides and the word "genealogy" at the bottom

    It fits up to nine generations on both sides.

    Promising review: "This chart is SO cool! It's printed on high-quality, aesthetically pleasing paper and it makes it so easy to see your ancestors. You can fill in your ancestry and then frame it. It makes a beautiful conversation piece, and it made for a great family evening at home talking about genealogy." —susan j. page

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A BashCake you should require them to FaceTime you when they open, since it's essentially a chocolate piñata filled with — you guessed it — more chocolate (milk chocolate pretzels, to be exact). It even comes with a mallet for maximum smashing goodness, so this is sure to be the most fun and satisfying birthday treat they've ever received.

    Dylan's Candy Bar

    Get it from Dylan's Candy Bar for $60.

    26. An acupressure foot massage roller beloved by over 5,000 Amazon reviewers that anyone's tired tootsies will appreciate.

    foot on the multi-textured roller

    Promising review: "I got this for myself and it's amazing. I have flat feet and walking a lot in flat shoes gives me arch pain. Immediately after using this for a few minutes, my feet felt better. At first it tickles, but I got used to it, and now I can roll my aches away while I just watch TV. It's like a permanent fixture in the living room. I had to get one for my daughter who works on her feet. And then of course I gifted one to my bestie. Love this. Best purchase I've made in a long time." —Rhonda C. Elsaesser

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95+ (available in two sizes).

    27. An absolutely stunning and detailed engraved pendant necklace of their pet for the most unique and compliment-worthy piece they could paws-ibly imagine. Just send the seller a pic of their furry friend when you order and let the artist work her magic.


    Caitlyn Minimalist is an Asian woman-owned shop based in LA and specializing in some of the most truly special custom jewelry pieces I have ever seen.

    Promising review: "Absolutely beautiful! My mom and I recently lost our cat Magic and these necklaces are a beautiful way of remembering her. Thank you so much Caitlyn Minimalist for creating something we will both treasure forever. ❤️" —cassandraholscher

    Get it from CaitlynMinimalist on Etsy for $29.62+ (available in three metals and nine lengths, with engraving on one or both sides).

    28. A gift card to Gobble, a meal kit delivery service that anyone who wants to spend less time cooking will, well, gobble up! They'll be able to choose from a weekly selection of (customizable!) meals and get the pre-prepped ingredients sent to their door. The recipes are all designed so they can be made in 15 — yes, FIFTEEN — mintues.

    steak with veggies and potatoes

    Gift cards start at $75 or are available in custom amounts. Meals start at $11.99/serving.

    29. A pack of actually cute acne patches, because everyone gets pimples and these are a much more fun way to shrink them than just applying some Clearasil. They'd be a cute and practical small gift for skincare fans or a great way to finish off a care package of other prezzies!

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, BH Cosmetics

    I recently sampled these cuties, and while they might not work *quite* as well as some of the more plain-looking pimple patches, they definitely shrunk the swelling of my zits and put a smile on my face. That + the fact that they're vegan and cruelty free = a win-win-win!

    Get a pack of 36 from BH Cosmetics for $9 (available in three styles).

    30. Spikeball, a fun and easy outdoor game for both kids and adults that anyone with a yard and some extra free time on their hands will have a ~ball~ with.

    the set in the grass

    One reviewer said this game (which is described as a combo of volleyball and Four Square) is good for anyone over age 10. In teams of one or two, you spike the ball into the net so that it bounces over to your opponent. The set comes with three balls, an easy-to-set-up net and frame, and a carrying case.

    Promising review: "First time Spikeballers and we are hooked!!! Fun for all ages and levels. We've played with people 5 years old to 65 years old. Even a pregnant mom. Easy to take apart and pack up. GREAT GAME!!" —Falcon Cosby

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    31. A ravioli and tortellini making kit for anyone who's been getting their cook on in quarantine, even if they're a total beginner at making fresh pasta.

    Sur La Table

    It comes with a rolling pin, ravioli-making tray, four shape stamps, a cutter, a pastry wheel, and of course, instructions!

    Promising review: "My mom loves to make homemade everything. This will be something new and interesting for her to try. Great addition to her kitchen collection." —Alexis Hess

    Get it from Sur La Table for $60 or Amazon for $53.77.

    32. A subscription to Tokyo Treat that even the choosiest foodies will get excited about. Each month, they'll get at least 12 full-size Japanese snacks, both sweet and savory, to satisfy their tastebuds' wanderlust and get them out of their chips-and-dip rut.

    Tokyo Treat

    Subscriptions start at $22.50/month.

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