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    24 Things That Belong On Your Birthday Wish List

    A pink Glossier hoodie, custom pet socks, Sorting Hat bath bombs, and other goodies that'll make awesome birthday gifts.

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    1. A jar of Cosmic Cream formulated with hyaluronic acid and silver ear mushroom for providing ~heavenly hydration~ and helping to defend your skin against the driest of seasons (AKA fall and winter).

    An open jar of moisturizer, showing a rich texture

    Promising review: "I've been using every evening for a week and already I'm seeing incredible results, my skin feels super soft and all patches of dryness have gone — super hydrating!" —Georgia S.

    Get it from Moon Juice for $58.

    2. A pair of dumpling-covered hipster undies that'll feel deliciously soft on your bum. They're all that and dim sum.

    The underwear in orange, featuring a cute dumpling pattern

    Promising review: "These are very soft and comfortable. No stiff scratchy waistband, but they still stay in place all day. I love them!" —Glenda

    Get them from MeUndies for $18 (available in sizes XS–4XL and six patterns).

    3. A five-year journal with a beautiful cover design (and gilded page edges) to cherish forever. Since you only need to jot down one line a day, it won't feel like a chore.

    Chronicle Books

    And five years later, you can look back and reflect on your daily entries!

    Get them from Amazon for $14.92 (celestial) and $14.45 (modern), or from Bookshop for $15.59 (celestial) and $15.59 (modern) to support local bookstores.

    4. A pair of customized pet socks, because you'd put your doggo's face on pretty much anything — T-shirts, mugs, mousepads...but socks are a good place to start.

    Example of the custom socks covered in golden retrievers

    Promising review: "I ordered a pair of personalized socks with minimal expectations. However, they were great. The picture was clear and the sock were great. I now have my go-to Christmas gifts...personalized socks for everyone!!!" —Lauren Stout

    Get them from Zazzle for $23.83 (available in two sizes).

    5. A 2-in-1 water bottle with a detachable travel cup to use for coffee or tea. The double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless-steel will help keep your drinks hot or cold for hours and hours.


    This tumbler is free of BPA and BPS.

    Promising review: "Love always having a water bottle and the option to use the lower for hot beverages on the go. Keeps my water cool and my coffee hot. I have two and use them every single day whether I'm headed to the range, camping, or just random errands. Will make great Christmas gifts, too." —AkDelia

    Get it from CamelBak for $50 (available in four colors).

    6. A personalized photo collage blanket that'll warm your legs and your heart.

    The blanket, featuring a photo collage and initials

    Promising review: "A great blanket in general (soft, clean, and great size) and the pictures came out fantastic. I gave it to my daughter for her birthday and she absolutely loved it (it was for her 23rd birthday, so not a child). It really turned out great." —PJH

    Get it from Shutterfly for $34.99 (originally $69.98).

    7. A fidget spinner ring you'll want to buy for its looks alone. The fact that it spins is just the cherry on top.

    Hand wearing the iridescent ring

    Promising review: "Best impulse buy ever. I am a serious fidgeter. I bought this ring on a whim and I am soooo glad I did. I just started training at a new job last week and having this helped so much in letting me focus on what people were saying to me." —Bekah F.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and six colors).

    8. A bottle of Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution (formulated with kojic and azelaic acid, AHAs, vitamin C, and bearberry extract) to help tackle dark spots and post-acne marks. It's gentle enough to use every day and reviewers say it really delivers results!

    Model holding a bottle of the solution

    Promising review: "My roommate stopped mid-sentence while dying my hair to tell me how smooth my skin was! This cleared my pores and took away any bumpy texture. Coupled with a great moisturizer, I’ve never looked better." —CHARLOTTE

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    9. 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).

    10. String lights for an easy way to create a cozy ambience in any space. Voila! Your bedroom is now Pinterest-worthy.,

    These string lights measure 66 feet in the length and are made of waterproof wire.

    Promising review: "After owning these lights for a little while, I can say that I am genuinely shocked by their excellent quality. They look beautiful and are the perfect color to add some warmth to my apartment — I've been getting nonstop compliments whenever someone new comes over! The wire is thin but resistant; I've bent it every which way during the multiple times I've rearranged my lights and have yet to experience any damage. At one point, I woke up to find that my cat had jumped up and pulled down part of the wire and was happily chewing on it as if it were a toy. I actually specifically chose these lights because they're waterproof, knowing that when my cat inevitably pulled them down to chew on and play with, she wouldn't be electrocuted. After it happened, I took a close look at where she had been gnawing and even with her sharp tiny teeth, I didn't see a single sign of wear and tear. I'm now positive I'll be getting years and years of use out of these!" —H

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    11. A soft and oversized Glossier hoodie that'll be the coziest piece of clothing you've ever thrown on. It's also the perfect shade of muted pink.

    Model wearing the hoodie, featuring the Glossier logo in the front

    I impulse-purchased this hoodie and have zero regrets. It's truly a joy to wear.

    Promising review: "This is literally my favorite sweater that I have EVER owned! It's such a nice material and makes me feel like I'm wearing a warm blanket or getting a hug from the sun and clouds whenever I have it on." —kate

    Get it from Glossier for $45 (available in sizes S–3XL).

    12. A limited edition BuzzFeed x Birchbox Splurge-Worthy Beauty Box packed with some truly wonderful products to pamper yourself with.

    The contents of the box

    Here's what you get in the box (worth over $200):

    - Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

    - First Aid Beauty Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask

    - Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream

    - Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray

    - Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner

    - Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

    - Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask

    - Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask

    - ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix (Love Life)

    You can read more about the box and the products inside here!

    Get it from Birchbox from $62.

    13. A pair of water-resistant leather Chelsea boots so you won't have to sacrifice style for practicality on a rainy day.

    Model wearing the boots in black leather

    Promising review: "When my tried-and-true Chelsea boots were finally beyond repair, I decided to replace them with these and I'm so glad I did! The pointed toe feels sleek and stylish which makes them easy to dress up. I also love the rubber sole since these are my go-to shoe, and I know they will hold up for a long time. I am usually a 7.5 or 8, but I got these in an 8. I probably could have fit in the 7.5, but I like having a little extra room for thick socks since the rain-resistance makes them great shoes for cold, wet weather." —Grace H.

    Get them from Nisolo for $200 (available in sizes 5–11 and four colors).

    14. A dual-compartment stoneware bowl for keeping your chips and dip separate. Plus, it's easy to hold with one hand so you can easily transport it from kitchen to couch without worry about spills.

    A person using the bowl for chips and salsa

    It's also microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe.

    Promising review: "I use this item for fruits and yogurt dip or chips and salsa. My friends and family were intrigued by mine so I purchased some for their enjoyment. A little heavy for children to use but perfect for adults. Salsa can be difficult to scoop up on a flat plate and using a separate bowl and a plate is cumbersome, so this special bowl makes it much easier to handle both, especially when using with fruit and dip. I gift them with a bag of fave chips and a jar of specialty salsa." —YOLIBLUE

    Get it from the UncommonGoods for $28.

    15. A Novogratz door mat that'll put a pep in your step and a smile on your face every time you see it.

    Reviewer photo of rainbow door mat

    Promising review: "I'm so happy I found this! It's so cute on my balcony and perfect for when I want to brush my feet off before I come back in the apartment from watering my plants." —Carina

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. A birthday card (err — box) with a personalized message and an auto-inflating balloon hidden inside — all you have to do is push the little red button. It's far superior to a musical card and the balloon won't deflate in, like, a day.


    Every Cardalloon is helium-free and does not contain any compressed gas, which makes it safe to send through the mail and longer inflation times.

    Get them from Cardalloon: the heart-eye emoji balloon, the Happy Birthday balloon, or the Old AF balloon for $39.95

    17. A Sorting Hat bath bomb any Potterhead would want — it'll melt away and reveal which house you really belong in.

    A bath bomb shaped exactly like the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter
    TickTickFizz / Etsy

    If it fizzes red, you're in Gryffindor; green = Slytherin; blue = Ravenclaw; yellow = Hufflepuff. This small business specializes in quirky handmade bath bombs.

    Get it from TickTickFizz on Etsy for $5.99.

    18. A set of rose gold and marble-finish makeup brushes you'll want to display on your vanity – these babies don't belong in a drawer!

    All 15 brushes displayed side by side

    Promising review: "Was hesitant to buy these because my skin is sensitive, and I've just always believed the pricier the makeup/brushes, the better. Honestly, I haven't had any issue with these, and in fact, they are probably better than the brushes I have from Sephora. The bristles don't shed or come off on your face when you use them. Great quality for the price!" —Blair Niederhauser

    Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $11.98.

    19. A digital touchscreen photo frame that can be updated by email from anywhere. Family members will be able to send you pictures from hundreds of miles away!

    Hands zooming in on a photo on the electronic frame

    This Wi-Fi connected photo frame comes with instructions for setting up a unique Skylight email account which is linked to the device. Any images (JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF) sent to the email will show up on the screen. It has 8GB of storage (enough for 8000+ photos).

    Get it from Skylight Frame for $159.

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

    The masks in all 16 different formulas

    The variety of masks include include green tea, cucumber, aloe, and more. Read our full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Essence facial masks!

    Promising review: "I'm a guy that cares about my skin. I'm 40 and our rough Chicago winters wreak havoc with my combination skin. I bought this pack on an impulse. OMG! The first night I used the herbal one. I read the ingredients and the mask smelled exactly like what it said it was. I could feel it working and when I took it off, the effect was instant. My skin was literally flawless and not for five minutes! It stayed tight and moisturized all day. I love these masks even though they're quite messy to apply. Ordered more. At this price and effect, this product is a steal!" —PaulP

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A box of white chocolate-covered strawberries and miniature cakes (made with fresh pineapple dipped in cake batter and sprinkles) as the ultimate bday sweet treat. Festive and yummy!

    The contents of the box
    Edible Arrangements

    Promising review: "When I took a bite of the first strawberry with the crunchy chocolate top I was in love!! The pineapple was sweet and the white chocolate was also delicious (not cheap tasting). The crunch of the chocolate and the sweetness combo had my mouth watering at every bite. I'm ordering again. Makes a perfect small and sweet gift!" —Jackie Lee

    Get it from Edible Arrangements for $62.99.

    22. A pair of floral biker shorts you can wear for both ~fashun~ and actual workouts. The fabric is squat-proof, moisture-wicking, and made with at least 50% recycled polyester fibers.

    Model wearing the shorts with matching sports bra

    Get them from Nike for $45 (available in sizes XS–2XL).

    23. A delicate chain necklace that can be worn in a variety of ways — all of which will look stunning.

    Model wearin
    OmiWoods / Etsy

    This Black-owned Etsy shop specializes in jewelry ethically and individually handcrafted with fine metals, gemstones, and conflict-free gold.

    Promising review: "This necklace is stunningly elegant. And very versatile." —Rebecca Schroeder

    Get it from OmiWoods or Etsy for $128+ (available in sterling silver, gold vermeil, or solid gold).

    24. A pair of buttery soft jogger pants to make you say, "I'm never taking these off!!" (But probably do take them off once in a while to get washed.)

    Model wearing the pants in black

    Promising review: "These are literally like wearing heaven or butter or something else extremely soft that makes you want to wear them all the time no matter what anyone says. They're loose but not too loose — they are the common jogger style. I love these pants, they are worth the price." —Laur427

    Get them from Nordstrom for $48 (available in sizes XS–XXL and two colors).

    But the very best part about birthdays? Cake!


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