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    Jun 5, 2018

    38 Gifts To Buy *Now* For When You Forget A Birthday *Later*

    Because even "It's the thought that counts" won't count if you forget to get anything at all.

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    1. A lip balm that'll be the bomb on their birthday, even though you've had it hidden in your sock drawer the last three weeks.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! I can't say enough about this lip balm. I tell all of my friends and family about it because that is how much I love it. There are soo many benefits! It is hydrating, smells amazing, and it's not sticky at all! I am 100% going to try out another flavor as well. Well done, Glossier." — Sophia

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in six scents).

    2. A Groot cutting board that ~wood~ help anyone out in the kitchen as long as they ~stick~ to it!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.36.

    3. A delicate necklace sure to be the sweetest (hand) gesture.

    Get it from GLDN for $31 (available in four metals and 14 styles) and if you're not in the mood to give them a hand, grab this solid circle on Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

    4. A box of chocolate truffles — a guaranteed way to make sure any birthday that sneaks up on you is still gonna be ~sweet.~

    Got a birthday this month you don't want to forget about? No problem! Godiva chocolates stay fresh for three weeks without refrigeration!

    Get it from Amazon for $32+ (available in two sizes) or from Godiva for $17+ (available in three sixes)

    5. A funny book on friendship you can give to anyone in your girl gang.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

    6. A pair of headphones so popular on Amazon, it's clear anyone would really love them. Which is great, because you forget just about everyone's birthdays.

    Seriously, this product has almost 11,000 five-star reviews! I'm sold.

    Promising review: "These are the most badass pair of headphones. The sound quality is awesome. They fit over my ear, so they effectively cancel out noise. They come with an AUX cord, charging cable, and a pretty sweet carrying case! No complaints whatsoever." —Sarah

    Get them from Amazon for $38.99.

    And check out our picks for the best wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. A trinket dish that's sure to ~melt~ their hearts.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $16 (available in two styles) or get a similar one from Walmart for $24.40.

    8. An anglerfish reading light — it may seem a little ~fishy,~ but it will be a total delight for anyone who reads.

    I also know from personal experience that this makes a great gift... for yourself. Because I bought it for someone else, and kept it for me. I planned on using it as a reading light in bed, but it was so cute I had to put it on my desk so I could look at its smiling face all day!

    Get it from Thinkgeek for $14.99.

    9. A Vogue coffee table book including covers of each issue. After giving this, you can confidently (cat) walk over to any party and know your gift is top of the line.

    Get it from Amazon for $40.80.

    10. A crystal candle with an actual crystal hidden in the wax, which is gonna surprise *them* as much as their birthday being this week surprised *you*.

    Get it from Jax Kelly on Etsy for $22 or get an exposed crystal candle from Amazon for $29.95.

    11. A darling card game for anyone who likes to go ~fish.~

    Get it from Amazon for $12.94.

    12. And a lil' sushi-eating-kitten who is sure to love a good tuna roll as much as your recipient (probably?).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85+ (available in eight styles).

    13. A minimalist print of Prada Marfa — an awe-inspiring art installation in Texas — that can fit perfectly in the home of every art or fashion enthusiast you know.

    Get it from The Printable Concept on Etsy for $19+ (available in eight sizes).

    14. A set of food figures — they're gonna save the (birth)day when you realize you totally forgot it — fortunately these little critters won't say a word, even if that grape soda looks like she's about to ~pop.~

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $10.

    15. A chakra room and body spray that promises to keep them balanced without you having to balance your checkbook over an expensive last-minute gift.

    Get it from Aveda for $30 (you can find all seven aromas here).

    16. A luxe electric travel razor great for anyone who likes a clean shave — no ifs, ands, or ~cuts.~

    Promising review: "This is a very good shaver. This is one is one of the best. This is a good price point, very, very effective, and has a long battery life. You can rinse the foil off after detaching it, making cleaning that much easier. Great shaver, great price!" —Ben Larkins

    Get it from Amazon for $51.99.

    17. A mythical unicorn Pyropet — it should really be a pegasus...because time ~flies~ in between these birthdays!

    Get it from FireBox for $39.79, a cat version from Amazon for 34, a bird version from Jet for $21.99, or a rabbit one from Walmart for $30.29.

    18. A set of Kylie Jenner's nude lip line, because if you forget a gift again you know they're bound to be a little ~lippy~ about it.,

    Get it from Kyle Cosmetics for $45 or get another natural lip set from Amazon for $15.95.

    19. A stone paper notebook that'll let their pen slide across the paper as easily as you slide this into a random birthday bag.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    And check out our picks for the best planners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    20. A neon popsicle light you can pack flat and store without taking up any space until it's time to give it to the child (or child at heart) who is celebrating another year of ice cream trucks.

    Get it from FireBox for $39.79.

    21. A heating and cooling pad teddy, because you won't be able to ~bear~ going to their birthday party without a gift.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $25.

    22. A stunning bar of soap that'll impress everyone at the party — helping you ~clean out~ the competition when it comes to gift giving.

    Get it from Ash's Artistries on Etsy for $7.

    23. A tea infuser water bottle — a calming gift anyone would love, and it's gonna keep *you* calm knowing you have it in your pantry waiting on the next friend's special day.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $28 (available in two colors) or get a similar product from Amazon for $12.97.

    24. A poster of The Devil Wears Prada for any movie lover who doesn't already have enough Meryl Streep art in their home.

    You can never have enough Meryl Streep art in your home.

    Get it from Film Freak Design on Etsy for $19+ (available in six sizes).

    25. A floral pool float that's sure to impress any of your ~buds,~ since you're all birds of a feather anyway.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34 or get a flower-free version from Amazon or Jet for $30.86.

    26. Or a floral map for the friend who would travel around the world just to stop and smell the roses.

    Get it from Imagine Nations on Etsy for $35+ (available in two sizes).

    27. A pair of earrings subtle enough you can give them to anyone, and small enough you can easily keep them in your place until the time comes to give them away.

    Get them from Jax Kelly on Etsy for $30.

    28. A Bob Ross Chia Pet, because even if they don't love painting, this is sure to ~grow~ on them.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    29. A clock that'll make them think you are far better at ~timing~ a birthday gift than you really are.

    Get it from Target for $9.99 or get a similar one from Amazon for $11.99.

    30. A rainbow doormat because you take ~pride~ in your relationship (and your birthday gift skills).

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $36.

    31. A 3D brain teaser so that you don't show up without a gift and have them ~puzzled~ over why you two are friends.

    Just kidding, they would absolutely love you even without a gift. Just, you know, a little less.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    32. A piece of kitchen decor that clearly knows the birthday girl, even if you don't actually know which birthday girl this'll even go to.

    Get it from S And J Bargain Vault on Etsy for $39.59 (available in three colors).

    33. A sharp pair of sunglasses — the perfect ~angle~ for gift giving at a birthday you totally forgot about.

    Get them from Nasty Gal for $9 or grab a similar pair from Amazon for $10.95.

    34. A stone face roller to help soak in serums and relax stressed out facial muscles with a soothing self massage. Giving the gift of self care, ahem, ~rocks.~

    Get it from Free People for $32 or grab this similar one from Amazon for $16.99.

    35. An eye mask to help them get their beauty rest after their big day.

    Get it from The Couture Kitten on Etsy for $16 (available in three colors and 20 eyelash colors) or get a similar one from Amazon for $8.95.

    36. A botanical tapestry that they'll plant on their wall the minute they get it (and you can plant under your bed until the big day).

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34 (available in two colors) and if you're looking for a larger size with a similar style, grab this one from Amazon for $11.88.

    37. A monochromatic pillow sure to satisfy anyone's style (and probably look good with your own bedding until you actually have to give it away).

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    38. And finally, a woven wall hanging so you don't have to be ~hung up~ on remembering to get a gift on time ever again.

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $49 or get a natural colored one on Amazon for $14.99.

    Don't let this happen on their birthday... again.


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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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