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    Just 30 Amazing Birthday Gifts To Send To Your Family

    A DIY macrame kit, a cushy bath pillow, an unofficial Harry Potter cookbook, sushi socks, and other packages they'll be delighted to open.

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    1. A set of adorable shark earrings sure to ~mako~ them smile.

    Three pairs of earrings shaped like great white sharks, hammerhead sharks, and leopard sharks

    Get a set of three pairs from ModCloth for $19.

    2. A DIY macrame kit for a low-stress activity that's easy enough for beginner crafters.

    The macrame kit, before and after completion
    KNOTandLiving / Etsy

    This kit includes: rope, a wooden dowel, a knot guide, and directions.

    Get it from KNOTandLiving on Etsy for $24.90 (available in six colors).

    3. A subscription to Hunt A Killer — an immersive murder mystery game told over the course of six “episodes” or boxes. Each box is filled with different clues and physical items (such as autopsy reports and witness statements), which will help them catch the culprit. Amateur sleuths unite!

    Hunt A Killer

    While each "season" is six episodes (six months) long, the story continues season after season so they'll always have a case to look forward to. Plus, you can opt to cancel anytime.

    Get started at Hunt A Killer for $30/month (plus shipping), $165/six months (free shipping), or $300/year (free shipping).

    4. A handheld electric milk frother that'll help them whip up an incredibly foamy cappuccino to rival their favorite cafe.,

    Because it's small and battery-powered, they can froth anywhere without worrying about a plug. It comes with a stainless-steel stand so they won't have to worry about setting it down on the counter.

    Promising review: "This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!" —Wells Family

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in three colors).

    5. A cushy bath pillow to create a much-needed barrier between their neck and the hard tub rim so they can actually lie back and relax.

    The two-panel bath pillow in white

    Promising review: "So if you're like me who lives in an apartment, you know the bath has little to offer. I was hesitant buying this product knowing I didn't have a head ledge for the top bend to really rest on. But after putting it in my tub and soaking in a long deserved bath, this item was just what I needed. No stiff neck or sore back. Easy to place and clean. This is something I'll recommend to all." —Hannah Ruble

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    6. A gorgeous pack of affirmation cards for when they need a pick-me-up and you're not there to lift their spirits in person.

    TheLamare / Etsy

    There are 40 affirmations in total, printed on 350 gsm ethically-harvested paper. Each card is 4 x 4 inches and they come packaged in a pretty box.

    Get it from TheLamare on Etsy for $22.95.

    7. A subscription to GoSkills — an online learning school with business training courses to help take their career to the next level.

    The homepage of the GoSkills website

    They'll be able to learn on their own schedule, choose the lessons they want, and even get certified for the skills they've acquired. Courses include Photoshop For Beginners, Business Writing, Project Management For Business Professionals, and more.

    Get started at GoSkills for $39/month or $199/year.

    8. A fruit tart pet bed that looks cute enough to eat, especially when their fur baby is inside.

    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Read our review of this fruit tart–shaped pet bed (No. 7 on the list)!

    Here's an excerpt: "My cats hate everything I buy for them, but they took to this immediately. From my impressive background studying feline behavior (I watched a lot of Animal Planet as a kid), I think one of the reasons they like this bed so much is that the 'crust' is both sturdy enough to stand on its own and soft enough for them to stretch and lean into." —Mallory Mower

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    9. A fluffy makeup brush set to replace the random collection they've been using since...forever. This set even comes with a handy holder they can place directly on the vanity.

    BH Cosmetics

    This 10-piece brush set comes is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I think this kit can be a good addition to your collection, and it's complete enough for beginners, too. The brushes are soft and the quality is excellent." —Ana P.

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $18.75 (originally $25).

    10. A diamond painting kit for a very satisfying way to pass the time. And when they're done, they'll have a cute piece of wall art to hang up.,

    Promising review: "It only took me a few hours to finish up everything. It came up a really cute Stitch and still got a lot of beads left. Very fun and relaxing. Can’t wait to get it framed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96.

    11. A subscription to Geologie — a set of personalized men's skincare products that are tailored for their exact needs, from sun protection to reduced blemishes to sensitivity.,

    You can fill out a 30-second skincare quiz for the gift recipient or send them an e-gift email so they can fill out the questionnaire themselves and claim the personalized products. The first 30-day trial of the complete set of products is only $37, and then after that, they'll have to option to subscribe or purchase a la carte.

    Get started at Geologie for $37.

    12. A mini UV nail lamp so they can finally achieve a long-lasting gel manicure at home. Say goodbye to chipping!

    A model drying their nails under the lamp
    Urban Outfitters

    This lil' drying lamp cures gel nail polish in 45–60 seconds and is compatible with most gel nail polishes.

    Promising review: "Have been so happy to do my nails at home. Inexpensive and makes my gel look so pretty." —Mreezy

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.95.

    13. A wonderfully random screaming-goat figurine (yes, it actually screams) to cheer them up when they're having a ~baaaad~ day.

    The screaming goat figurine
    Paper Source

    It even comes with an illustrated pocket guide of fun facts and trivia about goats!

    Get it from Amazon or Paper Source for $9.95.

    14. A mochi ice cream kit for trying their hand at making the sweet and chewy treat from scratch.

    The ingredients of the kit and finished mochi ice creams

    This kit makes up to 32 pieces and includes sweet rice flour, potato starch, matcha green tea powder, cocoa powder, a dough cutter, and a silicone mochi mold. Sadly, ice cream is not included.

    Promising review: "My daughter and I had a fun time putting these together and they taste just like the mochi you get in a store or restaurant!" —Kim

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $30.

    15. Glossier's new hand cream — it's moisturizing without being greasy and smells like their signature scent, "You." The packaging is both attractive and ergonomic, with its click-to-close cap that'll protect against spills in the bottom of their bag.

    A model holding the hand cream, which has a pink container

    I bought this hand cream recently and absolutely love it. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave behind a sticky residue so I can reapply as needed throughout the day after washing my hands.

    Promising review: "Glossier has never been a disappointment for me. This hand cream? WOW! My hands are so soft, and I seriously cannot stop smelling it! A+ for this one!" —syoulio

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    16. A subscription to Atlas Coffee Club (which delivers coffee from around the world to their doorstep) that'll make any caffeine obsessive say, "Where has this ~bean~ my whole life?!"

    Three bags of Altas coffee and their info cards
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    I've tried out several bags of coffee from this company and they all taste amazing (this is coming from a coffee snob, haha). Several other BuzzFeeders have also personally tested out this subscription and love it! Read our full review of Atlas Coffee Club!

    Here's an excerpt: "The coffee itself was phenomenal! The amazing smell hits you as soon as you open the box. My roommates and I have varying levels of snobbery when it comes to coffee. For example, I'm cool with some Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, but one of my roommates only buys his coffee from a fancy beanery in Williamsburg. Despite our different palates, we all loved and raved about Atlas's coffee. We used an electric grinder and tried making it with both a normal coffee maker and a French press. The Colombian coffee was very smooth and chocolatey, with an almost creamy texture even when taken black. The Peruvian coffee was more bitter and fruity, but also exceptional. I think this is a great purchase for coffee fans and an even better gift thanks to the level of personal care put into each package. I feel like lots of subscription services are a rip-off, but this one definitely is worth it!" —Rebecca O'Connell

    Get a three-month subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $60 (six-months for $109 and 12-months for $199).

    17. A pair of Star Wars-inspired light-up chopsticks to help them ~saber~ each bite of food.

    Two pairs of glowing chopsticks in blue and red

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter's birthday as she and her hubby are huge Star Wars fans. I took them out to make sure they work and was wonderfully surprised at how adorable these are! The lights are bright and they are exactly as pictured. Best of all, my daughter LOVED them. Big hit, great buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97.

    18. A 1,000-piece puzzle featuring The Simpsons cast they can put together while streaming the show in the background. It'll probably take them hours to complete (which is a good thing) so it's definitely worth the ~D'oh~!

    The completed puzzle
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $22.

    19. A silicone air popper so they can abandon store-bought packets and enjoy fresh, movie theater-quality popcorn.

    The air poppers filled with popcorn

    Promising review: "This is awesome! I love popcorn. I worked at a movie theatre as a teen and loved perfecting the popcorn, oil, salt ratio. But now that I'm grown and I don't have access to a commercial popcorn machine, I am always sad I can't have yummy popcorn. My sweet husband bought this for my birthday and I love, love, love it!!! I will be buying this for all future gifts until all of my family members have one. It's just that awesome. No need for a bulky popcorn maker, and the box will tell you how to make the popcorn. I used a bit of melted butter instead of oil and some Flavocal for the salt. So good! And the box has a link for more recipes for yummy popcorn. This is one happy girl now that my popcorn drought is over. It's just so nice to find a cool product that is actually legit and not some gimmick that doesn't even work. If you're thinking about buying it, do it!" —Drake Chappell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in three colors).

    20. A five-year journal (with just one question a day) that'll encourage some self reflection during their down time. It's simple yet thought-provoking and will make for a wonderful keepsake after it's completed.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Read our full review of the Q&A a Day Journal!

    Promising review: "I will have had this little book two years in November and after one year was complete, I discovered why it is so good. The first year the questions are new — some are fun and frivolous and others really make you think. There are only four short lines to write your answer so there is no pressure to come up with an essay, but by the same token, you have to shorten what could be a long answer into something tight and to the point. The second year can be an eye-opener when you read last year's answers and realize how much things, circumstances, or you yourself have changed — and how others have stayed exactly the same. It's simple, short, and often fun, but it can bring back memories, good and bad, and it can certainly make you think." —BritGal

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook — it's filled with recipes for things like Pumpkin Pasties and Treacle Pudding that both wizards and Muggles will enjoy.

    The cover of the cookbook
    Adams Media

    There are a total of 150 recipes.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 or Bookshop for $18.35 (to support local bookstores).

    22. A pair of sushi socks they'll find every ~oppor-tuna-ty~ to wear. Plus, the design looks cute when it's unfolded, too.


    Promising review: "Not only was this a great, hilarious gift, but surprisingly, these socks are great quality also! They’re really soft and don’t shrink too much in the dryer." —Amber

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two sizes).

    23. A giant personalized face cushion, because why the heck not?!

    A model holding a large cushion with their face on it

    It'll take around 10–15 working days for them to receive their personalized face cushion.

    Get it from Firebox for $27.99.

    24. A dainty initial necklace that'll go with absolutely everything in their closet and add the perfect finishing touch to every ensemble.


    Promising review: "The best necklace I’ve ever had! It’s the perfect size and length, so dainty and flattering! I was worried about the gold fading (because it’s so wonderfully affordable) but it hasn’t — not even a little bit! I’ve worn it every single day for about a month now, even accidentally wore it in a chlorinated pool for a little bit but nothing happened and it’s never been damaged! It has become such a staple for me and my everyday outfit, I don’t feel complete without it anymore. Would highly recommend and will be buying another if this one ever breaks!!" —Brittany Burrahm

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

    25. A Nicolas Cage sequined throw pillow cover so they can laugh their *face off*.

    The solid-colored sequins, when brushed in the opposite direction, reveal the face of Nic Cage

    Promising review: "Brought tears to everyone's eyes. Not sure if it was laughter or disappointment, but I sure thought it was hilarious. Nothing like brushing beautiful sequins to reveal a close-up of Nicolas Cage." —AdrienneK

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in nine colors).

    26. Hydrating sheet masks perfect for a cheap yet effective at-home facial, because self-care doesn't need to cost a fortune.

    16 of the different varieties of masks

    Each sheet mask features a different ingredient, such as green tea collagen, vitamin C collagen, and pearl collagen.

    Read our full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Essence facial masks!

    Here's an excerpt: "They're just so relaxing to use! Between balancing work and a social life, having an veryyyy long commute, and spending weekends running errands, I've truly come to love the half hour I can spend relaxing with my face mask on a Sunday night." —Samantha Wieder

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A mini wacky waving inflatable tube man they could learn some sick dance moves from.

    Promising review: "If you have anyone who is delighted by the crazy wavy-arm guys that we see outside stores, they will enjoy this. It comes with a cute book that talks about the history of crazy wavy-arm guys, which we found very interesting!" —bbmac

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    28. A plush reading pillow that'll make reading or working in bed even *more* comfortable. Warning: their work session may accidentally turn into a nap session.

    The foam pillows, featuring support arms and velour covers, in gray and navy

    Promising review: "I bought this for my wife. Being propped up only by pillows is not good for holding a book and she says the arms on the Linenspa makes it much easier. We've only had it since Christmas, but it looks durable and easily cleaned. A handle at the top makes it easy to lift and move aside to make the bed." —Albert N

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    29. A heated Shiatsu massager so they don't have to venture outside or even interact with another human to get some relief for that unreachable sore spot on their back.

    A model using the U-shaped massager on their neck, back, thighs, biceps, and feet

    Promising review: "I love using this so much and use it every couple of days just to keep my neck and shoulders in shape. It helps so much if I sleep funny and I can fully recover after using it for about 30 minutes. I also find it extremely soothing after a hard day at work. I simply put it behind me in a chair or couch while I’m watching TV for the evening and after a very short time, I just feel the circulation flowing and my muscles relaxed. Great design and easy to use. Well worth the money, too. It has an auto shutoff if it gets too hot, which is excellent because then it never gets too hot and burns out." —A. Brink

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    30. Fancy-looking hair clips for making it seem like they spent a lot of time on their 'do (when in fact it's just a messy bun plus a couple of these).

    All the different clips that come in a pack, featuring acrylic resin and imitation pearls

    Promising review: "Got these in the mail today and was pleasantly surprised by the look and quality. I wore them right away and loved how firmly it pinned my hair back. I can’t stand weak hair pins so the sturdiness was much appreciated. The colors and designs are seriously so cute and can go with any outfit or mood." —Miss Jamie

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    When they open your gift:

    Cartoon Network

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