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    25 Things That Belong On Your Birthday Wish List

    A DIY earring kit, a pair of Keds x Jungalow sneakers, self-watering dinosaur planters, and other goodies that'll make awesome birthday gifts.

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    1. A pack of dog-themed playing cards that'll make it really hard to focus on the game. They're Just. So. Adorable.


    Promising review: "So clever and well-designed by the artist. The Dalmatian is my favorite. Purchased for the holidays to occupy the young children; the adults could not keep hands off." —kathyS

    Get them from Amazon for $9.97 (also available in cat version).

    2. An adorable sloth mug for anyone who appreciates a slow-paced morning — ~paws~ and enjoy your coffee.

    White mug featuring a cute sloth graphic and the words "It Can Wait"

    Get it from ModCloth for $12.

    3. A Versed Day cleansing balm (formulated with soothing eucalyptus oil and vitamin E) so you can wash off "stay all day" eyeliner with little to no scrubbing. Yup, it's basically black magic.


    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible! My skin is super sensitive and very dry. I was tired of dragging makeup remover whips over my face (they just dry it out completely). I picked this up on a whim and now I'm ordering more from this brand! Can't say enough good things!" —Kyra_Anne

    Get it from Versed for $17.99

    4. A game of Listicles or 2000's Trivia by BuzzFeed, if you're tired of playing the same ol' boardgames every Sunday night. It's all the stuff you love about the internet — in game form!


    These games are both simple and fun to play!

    For BuzzFeed Listicles, just choose a category, fire up that big beautiful brain of yours, make a list, and win some sweet, sweet imaginary points for it. After the round, roll the BuzzFeed die to award bonus points to the most Trashy, WTF, Ew, Hot, Basic or OMG answer. Categories range from “Celebrities That Probably Smell Good” and “Insults That Don’t Contain A Curse Word” to “Things That Deserve A Round Of Applause Just For Existing."

    For 2000s Trivia, you'll get to play over 400 pop culture trivia questions crammed with phat pictures, sweet trivia, and various game challenges. You can also divide into teams and face challenges like Double or Nothing, Head-To-Head Battles, Drawing, Clue Giving, Image Cards, and more.

    Promising review (listicles): "Brought this one up to the cabin and had a blast with it! There are tons of funny categories in there so you could replay it forever. For anyone that really likes listing games like Scattergories, this is a fun alternative." —MJ

    Get them from Target: the Listicles game for $19.99 and the Trivia game for $14.99

    5. A pair of Keds x Jungalow canvas sneakers that are not only incredibly stylish (peep those tassel earrings!) but are also designed with the the idea of sisterhood and togetherness. They feature original watercolor paintings by Jungalow founder Justina Blakeney!

    Person wearing the slip-on sneakers, which feature illustrations of two faces in different skin tones

    Promising review: "I’m so happy with these shoes! The unique design, the art work, the tassels! I haven’t bought Keds in years but these were a must-have! I just love them. One of a kind!" —Rene

    Get them from Jungalow, Keds, or Zappos for $70 (available in sizes 5–11).

    6. An oversized hoodie for looking effortlessly cute on days you don't feel like trying (which is every day, tbh??). Plus, the lining is oh-so-soft.

    Model wearing the hoodie in smoked gray

    Promising review: "This is SO cute! It’s lightweight enough for cooler summer nights but will definitely keep you cozy in the fall/winter months. It’s oversized but not so much that it looks like a sack." —TAG2013

    Get it from Aerie for $38.46 (originally $54.95; available in sizes XXS–XL and six colors).

    7. A ruffle tie-waist dress so gorgeous, it just might snap you out of a fashion slump.

    Reviewer wearing the dress in yellow

    Promising review: "Fits great! Doesn’t look cheap, and best of all it’s nursing-friendly!" —Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in sizes S–XXL and seven colors).

    8. A whimsical adult coloring book inspired by nature, animals, and gardens to help you destress after a busy day.

    Cover of the coloring book, featuring a hedgehog and woodland designs
    Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

    You'll find pictures of llamas, beehives, owls, and more!

    Get it from Amazon or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $12.99 .

    9. A bottle of Acid Potion by Moon Juice that'll gently exfoliate your skin and encourage natural cell turnover (thanks to the 25% AHA+ BHA acid complex) to reveal a smoother complexion.

    Transparent bottle of product

    It also contains adaptogenic reishi to help protect skin against stressors, niacinamide for boosting hydration, and tocotrienols (a super vitamin E) that works as an antioxidant to help protect against daily oxidative stress.

    Promising review: "I've been using this for the last year and it is the most amazing toner I have ever used, clear skin ever since! I use it nightly and I haven't had a huge breakout since I've started." —Angel X.

    Get it from Moon Juice for $42.

    10. A patterned headband for the prettiest way to keep hair out of your face. Even if you haven't been to the salon since last year and you're on third-day hair, no one will be able to tell when you're wearing this beauty.

    The headband in a variety of patterns
    Sirena White / Tiny Tassel

    Tiny Tassel is a Black woman-owned online boutique offering handmade jewelry, clothing, and accessories. If you love bright prints and patterns and cute designs, definitely check them out!

    Get it from Tiny Tassel for $32 (available in six patterns).

    11. A mini self-watering dinosaur planter so awesome, you won't be able to ~tricera-stop~ staring at it. In case you're wondering, the little tongue absorbs water, which then feeds the plant. No green thumb? No problemo.

    The mini planters in red, green, and orange dinosaur designs
    Uncommon Goods

    The orange dinosaur sprouts sweet basil, the green one lucky clover, and the red one wild strawberry.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14 (available in three designs).

    12. A pair of leather mules to be the ideal transitional footwear between summer and fall. These are as comfortable as house slippers but so much more durable and stylish.

    Model wearing the round-toe mules in the color sand

    These sandals are handcrafted in an ethical factory that's owned and operated by Nisolo.

    Promising review: "These are so comfortable right out of the box! The leather is high quality and these go with everything." —Lisa W.

    Get them from Nisolo for $75 (originally $100; available in sizes 5–11 and three colors).

    13. A monstera needle felting kit that'll give you an ~unbe-leaf-ably~ satisfying finished product.

    Person holding the completed kit
    FeltedSky / Etsy

    FeltedSky is a family-owned business that specializes in needle felting kits and supplies. This kit comes with a beginner's guide to needle felting, an instruction sheet with tips and techniques, a link to video instructions (highly recommended!), two color-coded felting needles in a handy paper tube, felting wool, linen fabric pattern (printed in color), a 7-inch wooden hoop, and a muslin fabric square.

    Promising review: "This has been so fun to do that I binge watched Fixer Upper and accidentally got this whole thing done in 24 hours 😭. It looks awesome and it was just the right level of challenge for me as an experienced crafter who’s never tried felting. Highly recommend!" —Lindsey Christine

    Get it from FeltedSky on Etsy for $34.99.

    14. A pair of ~fin-tastic~ shark socks for adding a touch of whimsy to a basic outfit.

    Three pairs of mid-calf socks featuring shark designs

    Get them from Jos. A. Bank for $11.62 (originally $15.50).

    15. A NutriBullet personal blender so you can easily whip up the perfect amount of smoothie for breakfast or a snack. Don't let its compact size fool you — this thing can crush ice and frozen fruit like a champ.

    The blender with a silver base

    The blending container has a 24-ounce capacity and is dishwasher-safe. One of my friends owns this thing and she makes the best smoothies with them (trust me, I've tried one) — it really does a great job of pulverizing everything into a smooth texture. It's honestly a lot easier to use than a full-size blender.

    Promising review: "Works great, gets my protein shakes blended fast and super easy clean up! Doesn’t take up tons of space in my kitchen either! Great product all around!" —Shanna

    Get it from Wayfair for $63.99 (originally $109.99).

    16. A tiny pea figurine sure to put a giant smile on your face.

    Hand holding a tiny bottle containing a pea with a smiley face on it, with a little tag that reads "don't worry be pea happy"
    NatsDoll / Etsy

    NatsDoll is a woman-owned, Belarus-based shop that specializes in adorable miniature clay figurines.

    Get it from NatsDoll on Etsy for $10 (available with four different pun-tastic messages).

    17. A Hello Kitty-themed fruit bouquet (with chocolate-covered strawberries, orange slices, pineapple daisies, and more) that'll honestly be a joy to look at and to eat.

    Bouquet of fruit nestled in a Hello Kitty–shaped container
    Edible Arrangements

    Promising review: "I ordered this for a co-worker's birthday. She loved it! It turned out to be just fantastic! Super cute!" —Priscilla

    Get it from Edible Arrangements for $60.99+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A nourishing leave-in hair conditioner made for curlies, coilies, and tight textures. It'll add extra hydration (with a blend of oils and honey) while giving you soft curl pattern definition. The sleek packaging is just a bonus!

    Model squeezing leave-in conditioner into their hand

    Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross is a Black-owned hair care company that specializes in products for curly, coily, and textured hair!

    Promising review: "I have 3a/3b curls and my hair has never looked so amazing. My hair lasts longer with wash days and looks more hydrated and bouncy! This product is my new grail!" —Olivia H.

    Get the 9.8-oz squeeze bottle from Pattern for $25 (available in three sizes).

    19. A starter pack of ~clean~ wines made from pesticide-free grapes with no added sugar or animal by-products, so your wine nights will be even more ~wonderful~. Even the packaging is designed to minimize waste and reduce carbon footprint!

    The three different kinds of wine in their glass bottles

    The starter pack comes with red, white, and rosé wines so you don't have to choose just one. The boxes are made from 70% recycled material and the lightweight glass requires 20% less energy and 12% percent less water to produce!

    Get a three-bottle starter pack from The Wonderful Wine Company for $60 (six bottles for $110 and 12 bottles for $215).

    20. A six-layer rainbow vanilla cake by Carlo’s Bakery (yup, the one from Cake Boss) to treat yourself to on your special day. You could share it...or not.

    The cross section of the cake, which shows rainbow layers. The outside of the cake is covered with rainbow confetti

    This 6-inch cake serves six to eight people.

    Promising review: "The cake was amazing. The flavor and presentation was everything. The cake was moist with rich flavors. My boyfriend said this was the best cake he ever had and will order from you guys again." —Victoria P.

    Get it from Goldbelly for $69.95.

    21. A DIY earring kit that'll 1) provide a fun activity for the weekend and 2) make truly one-of-a-kind accessories.

    JillMakes / Etsy

    JillMakes is a woman-owned business that makes bold and colorful accessories, including jewelry, pins, lanyards, and more! There are also a variety of crafting kits to choose from. This particular kit includes two pairs of wooden statement earrings (nickel- and lead-free earring posts), eight paint colors, and one brush.

    Promising review: "I loved painting these earrings! The colors included were great, and I love the shape of the earrings. Will definitely be getting more kits. Highly recommend!" —Hillary Cohen

    Get it from JillMakes on Etsy for $40.

    22. A sterling silver envelope necklace with an actual letter inside (!!!) for anyone who appreciates clever jewelry.

    The envelope-shaped pendant with a separate letter piece inside that reads "I love you"
    Apollo Box

    Get it from Apollo Box for $23.95 (available in two colors).

    23. A stunning convertible bathing suit so you can chill by the beach or pool in impeccable style. You'll never need another one because this piece can be worn in a million different ways.

    Models wearing the bathing suit in two different ways
    Nakimuli / Etsy

    This Black woman-owned shop makes popular convertible swimsuits and dresses, as well as other apparel. You can shop Nakimuli on both Etsy and their own website!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this unique versatile bathing suit. It’s well-made and you can wear it so many different ways. I love it." —Chantette

    Get it from Nakimuli on Etsy for $120 (available in sizes S–3X).

    24. A pair of oversized sunnies you'll reach for over and over again because they won't ever feel dated. Your other accessories just can't compete — no shade.

    Model wearing the sunglasses in the color midnight
    Warby Parker

    These come with scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays, so they're not just for looks — they'll actually protect your eyes! Plus, each pair of sunglasses comes with a frame case and lens cloth.

    Worried about buying eyewear online? Don't be! Warby Parker offers free shipping and a 30-day, hassle-free return or exchange policy as well as a one-year, no-scratch guarantee for their lenses.

    Get it from Warby Parker for $95 (available in four colors and two widths).

    25. A quilted laptop sleeve that's like a cute puffer jacket for your computer. The padding will help prevent bumps and scratches, and you can toss this in the washing machine if you ever spill coffee on it.

    The sleeve in a unicorn design
    Kabir Fernandez

    Get the 13-inch version from Baggu for $28 (available in seven patterns).

    You, waiting for your bday gifts to arrive in the mail:


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