Skip To Content

    25 Things That Belong On Your Birthday Wish List

    A Squirtle Funko Pop, waterproof Birkenstock sandals, a DIY bath bomb kit, a framed print of the Marauder's Map, and other goodies that'll make awesome birthday gifts!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A trio of luxurious facial oils by Herbivore Botanicals that'll tackle a variety of skin issues, from redness to dryness. It's a great way to try out the products before committing to a full-size bottle.


    This set includes three facial oils: Lapis, Phoenix, and Orchid. They're all vegan and cruelty-free. Here are the benefits of each one:

    Lapis facial oil contains blue tansy oil, which aids in soothing dry, irritated skin. It also has calming azulene, which helps to reduce the appearance of redness while balancing skin. It's formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of balancing hydration.

    Phoenix facial oil helps to rehydrate parched skin with a blend of botanical oils and CoQ10. It's best for dry skin in need of deep hydration and nourishment.

    Orchid facial oil contains floral oils that provide skin with lightweight, dewy hydration, and glow. Perfect for all skin types and those seeking an overall radiance to their complexion.

    Promising review: "All three of these oils feel amazing on the skin and seriously hydrate. Each of them has a unique feel and scent, and I like mixing them together to create different combinations. The small sizes are nice to sample if you've never used Herbivore products before, and are great for traveling. Will likely buy each of these in the full size. Love them!" —Callie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $29.

    2. A rainbow fidget toy (inspired by the Möbius strip) you can literally spin in your hands over and over and over... Heck, you'll probably still be playing with this when your next birthday rolls around.

    Promising review: "I bought it for my wife and she loved it, she has a lot of stress at work and this item helps her with that. It fits in her jeans pockets, it's quiet, it slides easily, it doesn't lose colors, and it doesn't leave you with a metal smell on the hands. She is planning on buying another one to have one at home and one at work." —Noemi

    Get it from Amazon Handmade for $9.99.

    3. A double-walled stainless steel can cooler to keep your beer icy cold for hours so you can sip on it as slowly as you like.,

    It works with most 12-ounce beer, energy, and soda canned drinks.

    Promising review: "Keeps your slim can drinks cold 1.5–2 hours, no exaggeration. I actually put a lukewarm drink in the fridge while inside the [BrüMate]. It actually kept it the same temperature it was when I put it in, lol. It's so well-insulated that it wouldn't let the fridge lower the lukewarm temperature of the can, even after being in there all night." —LuvAmazon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 14 colors).

    4. A splurge-worthy Japanese watercolor paint set any artist (amateur or professional) would absolutely adore. You could say it's worth the ~Monet~.


    Each palette contains 36 colors.

    Promising review: "These watercolors are simply brilliant! They are rich and highly pigmented. When painting, they have a creamy consistency and blend on the paper beautifully. I was completely surprised and blown away when I first used them because I wasn't expecting the color richness from these watercolors. The variety is extensive and can be used individually or for mixing.

    Additionally, the fact that they come packaged in one tray is an added bonus so you don't have to squeeze out tubes of watercolors and make your own palettes. This makes them extremely portable, which is a huge convenience. Often times I will take this palette outdoors with me, along with a water brush and paper, and I am set and ready to paint.

    An additional bonus to this paint set is that each individual pan is removable. This way you can rearrange the colors as you wish or you can only take out the colors you are going to paint with. This palette is definitely a winner for me. I highly recommend this watercolor palette." —gisamail

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    5. A vintage-inspired record player that perfectly combines retro aesthetics with modern technology. It's also a CD player, Bluetooth speaker, *and* radio. Is there anything this beaut cannot do?!

    Promising review: "I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this player! It has a great retro vibe, seems solid enough, and sounds exactly as I’d hoped! It’s loud enough for a room, speakers have decent sound, so I am spinning my LPs every afternoon! The price was manageable, and I think it is totally worth the price. I highly recommend!" —Miss Scarlett

    Get it from Amazon for $59+ (available in four colors).

    6. A quirky towel everyone at the beach (or pool) will go absolutely crazy for. 🎶Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night🎶— you, to this towel.


    Get it from Firebox for $30.99.

    7. A gorgeous spider brooch to wear from now until Halloween (and possibly after that, too). You would have preferred to be born on the actual day of Halloween, but we don't aways get what we want!!!


    Promising review: "I was amazed at how much nicer this pin was for the money. It's even better in person. I was caught off guard. I didn't notice at purchase that it can be worn as a pin or strung and worn as a necklace. The loops to do so are virtually hidden by the front legs. Nice gift for your spider loving self or another admirer. It really does look a lot more expensive in person. Don't think you'd be disappointed." —Lana Adamson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86.

    8. A comfy hammock chair your inner child desperately wants you to buy. Has this been on my wish list since I was five years old? Maybe.

    This hammock chair has 320-pound capacity.

    Promising review: "We love the new hammock chair! It's very comfy and relaxing. A must for any back yard at a decent price." —Janna

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    9. A DIY bath bomb kit that'll not only provide a fun weekend activity but will also yield bath-time treats to enjoy later. And if you make extras, they would also make a great gift for someone else's birthday!


    Each kit comes with everything you'll need to make 15+ bath bombs: food-grade Himalayan salt, food-grade kaolin clay, food-grade baking soda, food-grade citric acid, food-grade corn starch, food-grade grapeseed oil, sprayer top, a lavender and vanilla essential oil blend, bath bomb molds, a small jar (fits six bath bombs), a large jar (fits nine bath bombs) jar, labels, and illustrated step-by-step instructions.

    Promising review: "I enjoyed using this product because of the easy-to-follow instructions. They looked like very expensive bath bombs with the flowers and scents. From my package, I made 19 bath bombs. The smells are amazing and actually smell better than store-bought bath bombs." —Stephanie Sonka

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    10. Pretty floral scrunchies for an easy way to dress up a messy bun (aka your go-to hairdo).


    Get a three-pack from ModCloth for $12.

    11. Gold-plated star dangle earrings to make a birthday wish on, if you don't get a chance to see an actual shooting star.


    These are made of stainless steel.

    Promising review: "Love them, beautiful movement to them. The size is just right, not too long or too short. I've had them for a month and worn them quite often, and they still look as good as new." —Kindle Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four styles).

    12. A stuffed Pugsheen — the canine counterpart to the Internet's favorite cartoon cat Pusheen. Different animal, same cuteness.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.85.

    13. Waterproof Birkenstock sandals that are everything you could ask for in a summer shoe: lightweight, comfy, hardwearing, and stylish.


    Promising review: "I have owned several pairs of the classic Arizona and when I saw these, I knew I wanted to give them a try. If you have had classic Birks, you understand how awful it is when they get wet. I’m working seasonally in Alaska this summer and needed something that is okay with the moisture up here. I’ve had these for about a month now and I love them. The EVA foam is actually softer and more comfortable than the cork in my opinion, and they are perfect when wet. They weigh nothing. So lightweight and easy. Plus, they have all of the looks of the Birks you love so much. Half the price, too. Can’t beat it!" —Bethany

    Get them from Amazon for $39.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–10.5, men's sizes 8–13.5, and 23 colors).

    14. A nourishing Jack Black beard oil because your facial hair deserves the same amount of love as your regular hair (if not more). It's made with certified organic natural oils, antioxidants, and vitamins that'll help prevent dry, itchy skin and produce a conditioned, healthy-looking beard.


    Promising review: "So I was getting dry, flaky skin under my beard and mustache. It was getting to the point that I had become pretty self conscious about it. I didn’t know what to do, I thought I needed a dermatologist or something. Then I tried this stuff, because I’ve always found Jack Black to be good quality, and was hoping to resolve my issue without a doctor. And after using this for a week, the skin under my mustache and beard has gone back to normal, completely. My facial hair has become soft and shiny. Much less wirey, and it never itches anymore. I swear by this product, it literally changed my life." —Damo

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    15. A delicate tarot card necklace to remind you of your good fortune every time you see it.


    This is made of sterling silver.

    Promising review: "This necklace is gorgeous and very versatile. It's a wonderful reminder of the strength and courage one possesses!" —C

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $99.

    16. A framed replica of the Marauder's Map that'll look positively magical in any Potterhead's room.


    Get it from BoxLunch for $9.03.

    17. A loose-fitting maxi dress so you can look cute and stay cool on a very warm summer day.

    Promising review: "I love how lightweight and breezy this is. I walked all over Portugal in this during the month of July. It’s a great summer dress with adjustable straps!" —Always Two Fabulous

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–5XL and 29 patterns).

    18. A dinosaur snack dish that's ~nacho~ your average chip bowl.


    It even comes with a separate bowl for dips.

    Promising review: "What can I say? This really gets the job done. I am beyond pleased with how easy it is to reach for more chips because it's just so fun. 10/10 would make you friends at a party. A bit of a choking hazard because I can't help but chuckle when grabbing a chip from this Dino-mite product. There is nothing prehistoric about it. This is the future." —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A Squirtle Funko Pop any Pokémon fan would be (hydro) pumped about.

    Hot Topic

    Pre-order it from Hot Topic for $9 or Amazon for $9.99.

    You can catch 'em all while you wait by ordering Charmander and Bulbasaur.

    20. A heated styling brush for taming your messy bedhead in mere minutes. So go ahead and snooze for an extra 10 minutes!,

    It has 10 different heat settings up to 430 degrees.

    Promising review: "I love this tool! I can get my thick, long, and curly hair straight and smooth in five minutes — no joke. I bought this with a healthy dose of skepticism and assumed I’d need to return it. My curls aren’t tight curls, but they’re tough to smooth since my hair is thick and on the dry side. This lets you straighten and curl under without having to use two tools, and my hair feels much softer and looks more natural than if I used a straightening iron followed by a curling iron. Highly, highly recommend if you have thicker hair, not a lot of time, and don’t want your hair stick straight." —C. H.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.10.

    21. A watermelon ball with neutral buoyancy sure to impress your guests at the next pool party. You can actually dribble and pass this ball under water!


    Promising review: "This product seems so simple yet provides a lot of entertainment and activity. It doesn't quite float, doesn't quite sink, and can be slow-motion dribbled under water. Adults and kids alike enjoy it but it was the biggest hit with my 17-year-old son and his friends. I find myself playing with it even when I'm alone in the pool and, because of its weight, it works pretty well for in or out of water arm workouts. It's sturdy, well-made and will definitely remain a fixture in our pool.

    Update: two months in and despite spending almost every day in the pool (and Florida sun), this product has held up beautifully. One of my son's friends told him it's perfect for him because it's 'virtually indestructible.' It was a big hit with guests on Independence Day." —Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. A "thank you, next" sweatshirt (part of Ariana Grande's H&M collection) that accurately describes your whole mood for 2019.


    Get it from H&M for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    23. A sophisticated structured handbag with plenty of compartments for all your everyday essentials — keys, phone, wallet, seven lipsticks, a bag of Hot Cheetos, and more.

    It comes with a shoulder strap so you can carry it hands-free!

    Promising review: "I was a little concerned about buying a purse online. I usually like to hold it and see it in person. But I took a gamble and it paid off. This purse is beautiful and rivals my daughter's Michael Kors bag. Great quality. Looks much more expensive than it is. Definitely worth it!" —shelby d

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six colors).

    24. Adorable Toy Story ankle socks to give you all the nostalgic feels.

    Forever 21

    Get five pairs from Forever 21 for $9.99.

    25. A stapler-in-Jello enamel pin inspired by The Office that'll make you want to yell, "MICHAEL!!!"


    Promising review: "Do you love The Office? Have you watched it over 80 times in its entirety? This is the pin for you! Not everyone gets it, but when you get that one person to compliment you: you know they get it!" —Jessica Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    When your family throws you a birthday party but you'd been out the night before:


    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Want more? Check out our posts on last-minute birthday gifts, gifts for best friends, and gifts for people who have everything.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form