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

    Presents that'll basically work for anyone — which'll work for you if you forget birthdays more often than not.

    1. A bottle of drinkable glitter so you can make sure even their drinking water is *extra* special on their special day.

    A martini glass filled with sparkling rose gold liquid

    Promising review: "The glitter was excellent and made the beer shimmer just as expected. Everyone loved it and stared at it with wonder and delight. The glitter does coat the glass, making subsequent beers glittery. I recommend jiggling the keg a bit, so the glitter doesn’t settle. This is a great product. I will definitely buy again." —Jennifer Konecky

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    2. A kitchen towel with a chic '70s pattern and a secret ingredient shout-out that's sure to delight just about everyone. Chocolate, thank goodness, is a pretty safe bet.

    A '70s-pattern dish towel that says "I'm Gonna Need You To Cover That In Chocolate"

    Get it from ModCloth for $12.

    3. A brightening skincare bundle — a *bright* idea for anyone who tends to forget birthdays until they've already come and gone. This kit is great for everyone, which makes it a perfect gift-giving option for YOU.

     Stroke of Brilliance brightening serum, mini Shortcut Overnight facial peel, Found the Light powder

    The bundle includes the Stroke of Brilliance brightening serum, a mini Shortcut Overnight facial peel, and a Found the Light powder.

    Promising review: "This is truly magic. I started using this kit regularly for the past two weeks and have seen major improvements with my skin. The winter always seems to give a dullness to my skin, but now it's looking so glowy and fresh! I still have a ways to go as far as my dark spots but overall I'm happy with these products and would buy again." —Marmar97

    Get it from Versed for $46.99.

    4. A big ol' bath bomb box – it's gonna be a ~bomb~ gift (as long as they have a bathtub).

    A product shot of the pink packaging with the phrase "You're the bomb!" on the front. The box fits 12 bath bombs.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my sister as a gift and she absolutely LOVED it!! Not only was the packaging beautiful but the bath bombs were amazing. She said they lasted really well in the bath and the scents were stunning! This is such a great gift. I highly recommend it for anyone who deserves a special treat!!" —NSL

    Get it from Amazon for $21.67.

    5. A workout and work together print — two daaarling gifts sure to give you a real ~leg up~ when it comes to spur-of-the-moment gift giving.

    Lovely Earthlings, Meenal Patel Studio

    Both Etsy shops are owned by women of color and their *gorgeous* illustrations show off the diversity that best represents our world.

    Get the workout print from Lovely Earthlings for $25.31 (available in three sizes) and the work together print from Meenal Patel Studio for $30+ (available in two colors and sizes), both on Etsy.

    6. A Darth Vader light clapper — a practical present that'll finally get your goody two-shoes friends to go to the dark least when they want the lights off before bed.

    An outlet-sized Darth Vader head with a fabric covered cord, plugged into an outlet and a table lamp
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This is such a nice little present for Star Wars fans and it works really well. It's super easy to set up and it looks cool." —Alexis182

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $30.

    7. A charcoal and concrete trinket dish sure to make anyone who receives it say, "I've gotta ~hand~ it to you, you are the very best at picking out gifts!"

    Gifts By Rheal

    This sweet shop is Black-owned and filled with beeeautiful decor.

    Get it from Gifts By Rheal on Etsy for $18.

    8. A box of chocolate truffles that'll make any birthday ~sweet~ even if you forgot about it until the last minute.

    A plate of eight assorted round chocolates sitting beside Godiva packaging

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

    Promising review: "I gave this as a gift for the holidays. These were shared and literally gone in TEN MINUTES! They are just that good. They arrived fresh, well packaged, and delicious. I was very pleased. There were great flavors, a nice assortment, and they even look good. The only problem is we should have ordered ten more boxes. :) These are high quality, delicious chocolates." —Cassie

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A geometric or rustic headboard wall decal for celebrating the homebody in your life with something to remember you by when they snooze through all your weekend plans.

    Fun Life Home Decor

    Fun Life Home Decor is a great option if you're looking to support small businesses run by people of color.

    Get the geometric decal for $54.89+ (available in three sizes) and the rustic decal for $84.59, both from Fun Life Home Decor on Etsy.

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

    A model putting the headphones on over their ears

    Seriously, this product has over 19,000 five-star reviews! I'm sold.

    Promising review: "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 $29.99+ (available in eight colors).

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

    11. A peach or smoky violet sweater you can get if you find shopping for people's pets far easier than shopping for, well, people.

    Sir Dog Wood

    Not only is Sir Dog Wood delightful, they're a Black-owned business whose founder is making pet parenthood chic as can be.

    Get the peach for $34 (available in sizes S–XXL) and the violet for $74 (available in sizes XS–XL), both from Sir Dog Wood.

    12. A box of miracle fruit tablets — mind-boggling candies that'll make sour foods taste sweet. This is a fun family activity that'll never go ~sour~ (although technically the effects wear off after around 30 minutes).,

    This packet includes 10 tablets.

    Promising review: "My friends and I tried these at my sleepover, and let me tell you, we went to flavor town. Ours lasted 30 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time to try all the fruits and other things we wanted. Lemons are delicious!!!" —Picky Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. A pom-pom throw so you can give people in your life a soft gift that shows you appreciate them dealing with all your rough edges.

    Three fuzzy blankets with pom poms down the sides across a white bedspread

    Promising review: "This is an extremely soft blanket. The color is spot on. I gifted to my mom for Mother’s Day and she loved it. She loves how soft it is. It’s big enough to cover her body. This is a very comfortable blanket. I would love to order more if they come out with light grey or white." —Isis Cazares

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in eight colors and four sizes).

    14. A wood bottle lock brain teaser – it's gonna be a fun (and infuriating) present for every wine connoisseur.


    Promising review: "We purchased this as a Christmas gift for a notoriously hard-to-stump puzzle person. He undoes normal puzzles in minutes. However, he was stumped by this for almost an entire hour! It is difficult to put together but there are specific directions. We also adjusted the length of the rope by just tying the knot shorter. Bottom line is, it was worth the effort to see him stumped by this puzzle and it made him enjoy his beverage even more!" —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A pack of unique Montessori wooden teether rings — you can leave them in a drawer and snag some when baby fever hits your friends and your life is officially filled with a new baby's birthday every few months.

    A basket filled with animal-shaped teethers made of natural wood

    Promising review: "The wood is sanded nicely and they're perfect sizes for baby hands. These are a good price for a quality product." —Parker S.

    Get a pack of 11 from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A darling card game you could easily give to anyone you know. It's so cute no one would think it's a ~fishy~ gift.

    A handful of cards with wasabi, pudding, chopsticks, sashimi, and other foods on them placed beside tin packaging that's in the style of a bento box

    This game incudes 108 cards and is intended for two to five players, ages 8 and up. Each round lasts about 15 minutes. To play, trade your cards for dishes with higher points, or save up the same dish and use wasabi to boost your points. Be sure to save room for dessert, because your score gets even better when you put down some pudding!

    Promising review: "This game never gets old. It has a very family-friendly theme and is a great way to introduce new card players to games other than Uno or regular playing cards. You can also play this game with people of all ages, as kids will definitely enjoy it too. The instructions are very straightforward and can be taught in minutes. My family usually uses this game to kick off or end our gaming night, as it very fast-paced and doesn't require much effort to strategize. " —The Connery

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    17. A lip balm that'll be a hit 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 eight colors).

    18. A bottle of Kin Euphorics made with ~adaptogens, nootropics, and botanicals~ — a curious, mood-lifting concoction for the sober curious.

    Kin Euphorics For Human Kind

    I don't drink alcohol, but I've always wanted to be able to enjoy something other than tonic water and soda when I go to a bar. Kin has been the perfect addition to my zero-proof bar cart. It's calming, uplifting, and makes delicious drinks that don't taste like something from the kid table at Thanksgiving. Both my drinking and nondrinking friends have enjoyed Kin at my place and noticed a calming lift from the product, without the typical side effects of alcohol. If you're looking for something to help relax at the end of the night or help your anti-social self feel better around others...Kin is a solid option.

    Get it from Kin Euphorics for $39 (available in two styles).

    19. Or a wineglass that screws right onto the bottle — this'll make sure there's no time wasted between wanting wine and guzzling it. I can practically hear your friends thanking you from here.

    A model using the screwed-in glass top to drink wine straight from the bottle

    Promising review: "As an avid wine-drinker, I must say this is my favorite thing ever. I finally was done cleaning all the dishes one night and I didn't want to dirty another glass. I had a bottle opened and I figured I'd give this guzzle-buddy a try! It seems like it aerates the wine before it hits your mouth and it tastes MUCH better when drinking it from this glass than right from the bottle. It's also a great gag-gift for wino friends!" —Shelby Bassetti

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    20. A giant gummy worm for when you need to ~worm~ your way back into your friend's good graces when you forget their birthday brunch.

    A person holding the giant gummy worm in both hands and eating it from the center

    This thing is nearly 3 pounds. Good luck!

    Promising review: "This product came as described. It worked well as a child bribe! It took her a looooong time to finish." —Stephanie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    21. A foot peel mask that'll be massively ap-peal-ing if they haven't had a pedicure in months.

    A reviewer image showing their feet during different stages of the peeling process. One photo shows a considerable amount of loose skin and the second photos shows less loose skin, with noticeably smoother soles.

    Promising review: "My poor feet have been extremely neglected ever since I was pregnant two years ago. This was the first time I really ever had very rough, hard heels and 'old' looking feet; they were so bad that I didn't even want to have a pedicure or wear sandals. Anyway, these foot peels were super easy to use and boy are they effective. It was the fourth day that my feet began to peel — very strange! Totally painless. The new skin coming through was very soft, like new. I would totally recommend. My sister and mother have requested their boxes." —Ally CHR

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    22. A sweatshirt for Disney fans who could still use a little magic even though they continue to grow up.

    A pink sweatshirt that says "If Lost Return To Disneyland"
    Pink Sundays Studio

    Get it from Pink Sundays Studio on Etsy for $35.95 (available in four colors and sizes men's S–XL).

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

    Four gold charm necklaces, each with a different hand gesture on the small disc detail

    BTW, 10% of profits for GLDN's Hand Gestures collection go to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, who are focused on helping those with a mental illness. And that's not all! If you grab the ASL "I Love You" necklace 10% of the profits go to supporting ASL programs and recognition. Best of all? 100% (you read that right) of sales for the Resist piece go to support the ongoing fight for social justice — 50% of the profits to the NAACP and 50% of its profits to the Global Fund for Women.

    Get it from GLDN for $35 (available in four metals and 14 styles).

    24. The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes, a great read for the dad in your friend group (or your family).

    The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes Because Your Dad Thinks He's Hilarious

    Promising review: "My kids keep hiding this from me, which I take as a full endorsement. Five stars." —Kyle Maxwell

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    25. A PyroPet that'll be the puurfect way to keep the spark alive when you forget your boo's big day.


    Promising review: "It is really fun to watch this melt. I kept it on a paper plate so the wax wouldn't stick on any surfaces and was left with a big, satisfying pile of wax. The back is the last thing to melt and the metal skeleton becomes stained black with soot, which makes the effect even cooler." —Emily Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $34+ (available in four colors).

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

    A geometric multi-colored bar soap with glitter, gold, and a smooth stone inside
    Crystal Bar Soap

    Get it from Crystal Bar Soap on Etsy for $14.

    27. A linen liquid lipstick so you can add a powerhouse pucker to any hastily-made gift bag.

    BH Cosmetics

    Promising review: "This is one of my new faves! It has good pigment, is long lasting, and it feels great on my lips." —Carolina C.

    Get it on sale from BH Cosmetics for $3.50 (originally $7).

    28. A darling doormat that'll tell it like it is.

    A natural doormat that says "You Look Good" in black letters

    Promising review: "This is super cute and I'm so happy I found it! It makes all of my visitors and myself feel good every time we go to my front door. I love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $31.99.

    29. 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 coworker's special day.

    Three water bottles with gold lids, each holding a colorful drink and/or fruit

    Promising review: "I was really impressed with this product when it arrived. The packaging is awesome! It comes in a stunning box that makes it perfect as a gift. It doesn’t leak and I loved that the glass design means you can see exactly how full the flask is when you’re pouring hot water into it to make tea. So no accidents! I used a tea bag in the infuser and it worked really well. It is easy to clean and can be used again and again. The sleeve that comes with the flask protects it and makes it easy to carry. I bought this for myself but I would definitely buy more as gifts. I'm delighted with this purchase!" —Simon Pollock

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in two styles).

    30. An LGBTQ coffee mug that'll let your S.O. know you love is love is love them.

    Shop BuzzFeed

    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $18.99.

    31. A pair of dainty threader chains they can thread through one or multiple piercings for a gift that's ~sew~ effortlessly cool.

    A model wearing the thin gold chain earring through two earring holes

    Promising review: "These are a great value on a trendy product. I first saw threader earrings and I was intrigued, but a pair cost $180 so I had to pass. I was thrilled to find this very similar pair for an affordable price. I love that I can thread them through multiple piercings in different configurations for a customized look. I love that there are no backings to lose, and no rigid parts to poke me. They are so comfortable that I forget I'm wearing them, and so attractive! I love them so much I bought additional pairs for gifts and I am sure the recipients will love them too." —A. Baker

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    32. A pair of penny loafers for letting someone you love know you've always wanted to follow in their footsteps, even if you've never wanted to walk in their (choice of) shoes.

    A model wearing the loafers with no-show socks and dress pants

    Promising review: "These are a great style and a well-made product at an unbeatable value. These shoes get compliments every time I wear them. I would definitely buy them again, and will definitely be shopping other styles." —Matthew P.

    Get them on sale from Nisolo for $128 (originally $160, available in three colors and sizes 8–13).

    33. A pack of rainbow fire packets — a gift that'll turn your camping trip into the magical rainbow unicorn vacation your 7-year-old has been begging for.,

    Promising review: "These things are so awesome! HUGE hit with the kids. I can't wait to take some camping — the colors are gorgeous! We've been using them for about a month now. Teals, greens, and blues are visible toward the top parts of the flames, and in the innermost parts of the fire, you can see ultraviolet and deep pinks. Ordering two more right now and will be using these all summer!" —VWatson

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    34. A T-shirt that clearly shows you know your birthday bud's humor, even if you don't actually know which birthday bud this'll go to.

    A flat lay outfit shot showing the shirt that says "Surely Not Everyone Was Kung Fu Fighting"
    Active Family

    Get it from Active Family on Etsy for $16.79+ (available in 11 colors, nine styles, and sizes S–4X).

    35. A pair of chic sunglasses – they're gonna have you covered no matter whose birthday it is. No chance they're gonna throw any ~shade~ your way with a gift like this!


    Promising review: "These make me feel like a fashion model. They are so simple but they definitely make a statement and improve any outfit. love how they look. The packaging was great and I love the case." —Alexandra Daniel

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 9 colors).

    36. 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.~

    A purple jade roller with one elongated stone side and a smaller stone on the opposite end
    Free People

    Promising review: "I have been looking everywhere for a crystal facial roller and after a lot of research I went with this. I am so happy I did! I would recommend this beauty roller as a way of treating yourself to a facial-at-home. I put mine in the fridge and have been using it in the evening and the morning and definitely see a difference in my skin. It feels so good in the morning to de-puff under my eyes. This is the perfect addition to my beauty routine." —allig

    Get it from Free People for $32 (available in two colors).

    37. And finally, a funny wall clock you can give someone even if you miss their actual birthday. The gift of a good laugh (and a great clock) is the best gift anyway.

    A square wall clock with jumbled numbers and the phrase "Whatever I'm late anyway"

    Promising review: "I gave this as a gift to my mother who is ALWAYS LATE! It got lots of laughs from the family." —Tim

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

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