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37 Things That Belong On Your Birthday Wish List

A DIY cloud lamp kit, mermaid tail pool float, baby Groot car charger, mini arcade machine, and other really cool stuff that'll make you say, "Wow, that's amazeballs!"

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1. A tube of Glossier's hydrating and slightly shimmery Birthday balm dotcom to treat your lips. (Yes, it actually smells like cake!)

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Promising review: "My entire life, I've never used a lip balm that doesn't eventually dry out my lips more. This, however, keeps my lips SO moisturized and smooth. I got mine in Birthday, and it smells amazing. I'm normally not a fan of smells like this one, but BDC takes the cake (haha). It's also not sticky at all and a little definitely goes a long way." —_yellowrosie

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

2. A magnetic GoT bottle opener (that can also double as a letter opener), if you drink and you know things.

Promising review: "Bought this as a birthday gift for a fellow GoT fan — needless to say, I am now the favorite. Seriously, it's good quality, and the magnet is the icing on the cake. He literally threw his head back and laughed when he saw it and said, 'THIS IS AWESOME!' Great gift! May have to get one for myself someday." —River L.Get it from Amazon for $16.99.
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Promising review: "Bought this as a birthday gift for a fellow GoT fan — needless to say, I am now the favorite. Seriously, it's good quality, and the magnet is the icing on the cake. He literally threw his head back and laughed when he saw it and said, 'THIS IS AWESOME!' Great gift! May have to get one for myself someday." —River L.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

3. A zebra crossbody bag because your love for stripes extends to both accessories and animals.

Promising review: "I love this bag and get compliments on it every time I use it. The color is as pictured, and I love how quirky it is."—KateGet it from ModCloth for $39.
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Promising review: "I love this bag and get compliments on it every time I use it. The color is as pictured, and I love how quirky it is."—Kate

Get it from ModCloth for $39.

4. A tiny Groot who ~wood~ gladly charge your phone and be your loyal driving companion.

He also dances when he's plugged in!Get it from ThinkGeek for $39.99.
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He also dances when he's plugged in!

Get it from ThinkGeek for $39.99.

5. A crab-shaped multi-tool you can always count on when you're in a pinch.

This 6-in-1 multi-tool comes with mini scissors, bottle opener, 3/16' flat head screwdriver, can opener, and rope saw.Promising review: "Very good quality. I was surprised. The knife is very sharp and the scissors cut. It is on the heavier side, so probably not for the average pocket. Perfect for a glove compartment or household use. It's to nice to put in a toolbox." —ChristinaGet it from Amazon for $15.50.
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This 6-in-1 multi-tool comes with mini scissors, bottle opener, 3/16' flat head screwdriver, can opener, and rope saw.

Promising review: "Very good quality. I was surprised. The knife is very sharp and the scissors cut. It is on the heavier side, so probably not for the average pocket. Perfect for a glove compartment or household use. It's to nice to put in a toolbox." —Christina

Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

6. A ceramic camper mug with a very wise quote that you'll appreciate more and more as you get older.

Get it from Jac Vanek for $14.
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Get it from Jac Vanek for $14.

7. A pool float sure to confuse local mermaid watchers.

Promising review: "This is AWESOME! We took it on a recent family trip. It’s large and high quality. Two (or even three) can sit on it. So cute and the colors are bright and vivid. Love it." —Jo YoungGet it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "This is AWESOME! We took it on a recent family trip. It’s large and high quality. Two (or even three) can sit on it. So cute and the colors are bright and vivid. Love it." —Jo Young

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in two colors).

8. A DIY kit for making your very own cloud lamp.

Get it from Apollo Box for $15. (Or, check out how to make one from scratch using paper laterns!)
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Get it from Apollo Box for $15. (Or, check out how to make one from scratch using paper laterns!)

9. A set of hand-painted planetary pins you can use altogether or on rotation.

Each set includes eight pins (RIP Pluto).Get them from Duncan Shotton Design Studio on Etsy for $34.54.
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Each set includes eight pins (RIP Pluto).

Get them from Duncan Shotton Design Studio on Etsy for $34.54.

10. A high-waisted bikini set that'll have you looking like an absolute snack.

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Promising review: "Bathing suit shopping is usually a nightmare for me. My left breast is bigger than the other so nothing ever fits right. I just took a chance and because the price was so cheap, I figured it wasn't gonna work out and I could just return it. It fits so beautifully! The quality is even great. I feel so good in it, and it looks so pretty on me. Girls, get it! I will definitely be buying the other one in the different color!" —Jeannie

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and two colors).

11. A pair of sweatshirts to buy and share with the peanut butter to your jelly (or vice versa).

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Get them from Iconic Duo: the peanut butter one or the jelly one for $42.

12. A fabulous flamingo cooler sure to attract jealous stares at the beach.

Get it from Paper Source for $26.95.
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Get it from Paper Source for $26.95.

13. A book of cocktail recipes for anyone whose fave things are booze and literary puns (you'll find gems like "Romeo and Julep," "Joy Luck Club Soda," and "The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose").

Promising review: "Clever cocktails that are equally as delicious. I've mixed about half of them since buying this and have yet to be disappointed. The materials are good quality, and the cover design is aesthetically pleasing. I leave it visible when company comes because it has been such an effective conversation starter." —Emily JonesGet it from Amazon for $10.42, Barnes & Noble for $12.19, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound here.
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Promising review: "Clever cocktails that are equally as delicious. I've mixed about half of them since buying this and have yet to be disappointed. The materials are good quality, and the cover design is aesthetically pleasing. I leave it visible when company comes because it has been such an effective conversation starter." —Emily Jones

Get it from Amazon for $10.42, Barnes & Noble for $12.19, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound here.

14. A pair of gold alligator bookends you should snap up immediately because they are majestic AF.

Promising review: "I bought these a year ago, and trust me when I say that I was shocked by the size. They are a true statement/show stopper. I placed them in my bar area with my cocktail books. One of the many great purchases I've made over the years. All my guests give me a thumbs up about my bar area because of my wildlife addition. This is a purchase you won't regret because these bookends look great anywhere in your home." —DakotaGet them from CB2 for $29.95.
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Promising review: "I bought these a year ago, and trust me when I say that I was shocked by the size. They are a true statement/show stopper. I placed them in my bar area with my cocktail books. One of the many great purchases I've made over the years. All my guests give me a thumbs up about my bar area because of my wildlife addition. This is a purchase you won't regret because these bookends look great anywhere in your home." —Dakota

Get them from CB2 for $29.95.

15. A mini arcade machine loaded with (200!!!) games that'll give you a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Promising review: "This was such an amazing product for the price. Great selection and quantity of games to choose from, and the nostalgia is overwhelming. Small and portable, this made for a fun gift from the young and old at the get-together. Everyone was fighting over it, and it would take years to get through all 200 games. Gameplay is easy and buttons move well and have good control. The screen is bright and vivid and has a good quality image." —christy hortonGet it from Amazon for $11.75.
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Promising review: "This was such an amazing product for the price. Great selection and quantity of games to choose from, and the nostalgia is overwhelming. Small and portable, this made for a fun gift from the young and old at the get-together. Everyone was fighting over it, and it would take years to get through all 200 games. Gameplay is easy and buttons move well and have good control. The screen is bright and vivid and has a good quality image." —christy horton

Get it from Amazon for $11.75.

16. A DIY maple-cured bacon kit guaranteed to yield delicious results.

Each kit includes pink curing salt, a BPA-free curing bag, maple sage seasoning, a pop-up thermometer, and an instruction sheet. Pork belly not included, sadly. This kit can make approximately five pounds of bacon. Get it from Sur la Table for $19.95.
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Each kit includes pink curing salt, a BPA-free curing bag, maple sage seasoning, a pop-up thermometer, and an instruction sheet. Pork belly not included, sadly. This kit can make approximately five pounds of bacon.

Get it from Sur la Table for $19.95.

17. A pair of macaw parrot earrings for a look that can't be ~beak~.

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Get them from Baublebar for $38.

18. A travel magnetic chess set so you can stay entertained on a long flight (because airplane Wi-Fi is expensive).

The pieces are magnetic so they won't shift around. All the pieces fit inside the fold-up board for storage. Promising review: "I was traveling and wanted a durable travel chess set that I can use. The board is small enough to use on an airplane and big enough that you are not knocking other pieces during moves. The magnetic strength is strong, and I was able to hold it upside down without any of the pieces falling." —AGGet it from Amazon for $7.62.
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The pieces are magnetic so they won't shift around. All the pieces fit inside the fold-up board for storage.

Promising review: "I was traveling and wanted a durable travel chess set that I can use. The board is small enough to use on an airplane and big enough that you are not knocking other pieces during moves. The magnetic strength is strong, and I was able to hold it upside down without any of the pieces falling." —AG

Get it from Amazon for $7.62.

19. A set of cat coasters you should keep an eye on because your house guests may try to steal them.

Promising review: "I don't know how to review a coaster but man, do they do the job! No more rings on my tables! They're just super adorable and guests love them." —MeganGet a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising review: "I don't know how to review a coaster but man, do they do the job! No more rings on my tables! They're just super adorable and guests love them." —Megan

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

20. A fancy lace cocktail dress that'll come in handy for a variety of occasions from graduations to weddings.

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Promising review: "I LOVE this dress. This is a great buy for the money, it came as expected, and the lace is beautiful. I can't stand when inexpensive lace looks like cheap mesh, but this looked more expensive than it is. My roommate now wants one now, too! I will be wearing this to a bridal shower and would highly recommend!" —Devin B.

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and six colors).

21. A pair of comfy and stylish slip-on sandals to go with all your summer outfits.

Promising review (left): "Get these! They can be dressed up or for casual. So comfy and stylish. LOVE THEM, I want all the colors." —PDLRGet them from DSW: the asymmetrical strap sandals (available in sizes 6–11 and six colors) or the oversized bow sandals (available in sizes 6–11 and three colors) for $49.99
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Promising review (left): "Get these! They can be dressed up or for casual. So comfy and stylish. LOVE THEM, I want all the colors." —PDLR

Get them from DSW: the asymmetrical strap sandals (available in sizes 6–11 and six colors) or the oversized bow sandals (available in sizes 6–11 and three colors) for $49.99

22. A cocktail shaker so adorable, you may find it ~over-whale-ming~.

It's made of stainless steel and food-safe silicone.Get it from Wayfair for $21.99, Amazon for $17.13, or Gilt for $17.
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It's made of stainless steel and food-safe silicone.

Get it from Wayfair for $21.99, Amazon for $17.13, or Gilt for $17.

23. A beach cottage scented candle will lift your spirits, if you have neither the time nor budget for a vacation to Cape Cod.

Get it from Amazon or Homesick Candles for $29.95.
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Get it from Amazon or Homesick Candles for $29.95.

24. An adorable acorn speaker to go totally nuts for. (Note: may attract squirrels.)

This lil' Bluetooth speaker gives you six hours of play time. It has a 33 foot range and takes about two hours to fully charge.Promising review: "I got this for my bathroom so I could listen to my music while getting ready in the morning. I can't believe how loud it gets and how clear the sound is! For such a tiny little speaker, this definitely packs a punch. It also holds a charge for a surprisingly long time, and the little string makes it perfect for hanging just about anywhere. I might have to get another one for my rear view mirror in my car!" —K. H.Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or Apollo Box for $19.98.
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This lil' Bluetooth speaker gives you six hours of play time. It has a 33 foot range and takes about two hours to fully charge.

Promising review: "I got this for my bathroom so I could listen to my music while getting ready in the morning. I can't believe how loud it gets and how clear the sound is! For such a tiny little speaker, this definitely packs a punch. It also holds a charge for a surprisingly long time, and the little string makes it perfect for hanging just about anywhere. I might have to get another one for my rear view mirror in my car!" —K. H.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 or Apollo Box for $19.98.

25. A pair of retro pastel roller skates that'll not only be fun to wear but will also look amazing displayed in your room.

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $149 (available in sizes 4–10 and three colors; also available in suede or leopard print).
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Get them from Urban Outfitters for $149 (available in sizes 4–10 and three colors; also available in suede or leopard print).

26. An aerial view trinket dish to remind you to take a dip at the beach or pool.

Get it from Anthropologie for $14 (available in two designs).
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Get it from Anthropologie for $14 (available in two designs).

27. A Deadpool umbrella with a katana-inspired handle so you'll slay even when it's raining.

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Get it from BoxLunch for $19.92.

28. A fabulous wallet for stashing away extra money to buy a unicorn — I mean, regular stuff.

Promising review: "Amazing! I get so many compliments!" —melissaGet it from ModCloth for $24.99.
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Promising review: "Amazing! I get so many compliments!" —melissa

Get it from ModCloth for $24.99.

29. A golden snitch light you can proudly show off on your desk, even if you didn't really catch it in a game of Quidditch.

Get it from BoxLunch for $31.92.
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Get it from BoxLunch for $31.92.

30. A sweet roly-poly plushie to curl up with when you're feeling blue.

Promising review: "I love it! I’m an adult but I love cute stuffed animals once in a while. It’s my therapy when I’m depressed from busy life, and I have no kids, so this helps. He’s cute and adorable, so soft and just the right size!" —Michael. Crichton fanGet it from Amazon for $14.99.
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Promising review: "I love it! I’m an adult but I love cute stuffed animals once in a while. It’s my therapy when I’m depressed from busy life, and I have no kids, so this helps. He’s cute and adorable, so soft and just the right size!" —Michael. Crichton fan

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

31. A super easy-to-use sushi making kit that won't faze even the most inexperienced cooks.

This kit comes with a training frame, a non-stick paddle, and the SushiQuik roll cutter.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 make them vegan because who has the time, talent, and tact to be working with raw fish. 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 who never try anything new because why bother: You can do this!!! :D" —Apprentice SageGet it from Amazon for $24.95.
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This kit comes with a training frame, a non-stick paddle, and the SushiQuik roll cutter.

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 make them vegan because who has the time, talent, and tact to be working with raw fish. 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 who never try anything new because why bother: You can do this!!! :D" —Apprentice Sage

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

32. A set of Supernatural makeup brushes (complete with anti-possession symbols), if your fave expression is "Not today, Satan."

Promising review: "I bought these brushes because I love SPN and when I tested them, they were really good! The contouring brush is now my go-to contour brush, and that says a lot because I'm a freelance makeup artist, and I have a lot of brushes. Definitely recommend!" —ALEX104 Get a set of four from Hot Topic for $13.52.
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Promising review: "I bought these brushes because I love SPN and when I tested them, they were really good! The contouring brush is now my go-to contour brush, and that says a lot because I'm a freelance makeup artist, and I have a lot of brushes. Definitely recommend!" —ALEX104

Get a set of four from Hot Topic for $13.52.

33. A doormat cat who looks like she knows where you've been and what you've been up to. Don't worry — she won't tell.

Promising review: "This kitty welcome mat is adorable! The mat itself is made of a very rough material, but that should be fine because it should work well for removing debris from our shoes before going inside the house. No more boring welcome mat! The size is perfect for the front door." —J. RobbinsGet it from Amazon for $29.99.
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Promising review: "This kitty welcome mat is adorable! The mat itself is made of a very rough material, but that should be fine because it should work well for removing debris from our shoes before going inside the house. No more boring welcome mat! The size is perfect for the front door." —J. Robbins

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

34. A Stormtrooper decanter (fashioned after the iconic helmet in the original 1977 film) sure to stun your guests.

It holds about 24 ounces of booze.Get it from Firebox for $33.29.
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It holds about 24 ounces of booze.

Get it from Firebox for $33.29.

35. A pack of pretty marble balloons you'll actually want to leave up, even after your birthday passes.

Get a 10-pack from Forever 21 for $4.90.
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Get a 10-pack from Forever 21 for $4.90.

36. A sparkly throw pillow with reversible sequins that'll be worth shelling out for.

Get it from Francesa's for $24.
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Get it from Francesa's for $24.

37. A tasty-looking protective case to transform your iPhone into a giant ice cream cone.

This case fits iPhone 8/7/6 Plus. It's also available for iPhone 8/7/6 regular.Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.
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This case fits iPhone 8/7/6 Plus. It's also available for iPhone 8/7/6 regular.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

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