Skip To Content

    40 Things That Totally Belong On Your Birthday Wish List

    Just a bunch of really cool stuff that'll make you say, "Wow, can someone please buy this for me? Thanks."

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A cozy mermaid tail blanket so you'll have ~fin-tastic~ dreams during a mid-day nap.

    Get it from Francesca's for $38.

    2. A telescopic pencil pouch for an *im-paw-ssibly* cute way to store stationery items.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this case! I love that the top part can be pulled down to make fishing materials out easier. The case I got looks exactly like it does in the picture. If you're like me and love to bring a lot of pens, pencils, and highlighters to school, and if you wanna have a pencil case that's both cute and can fit a lot in it, then this is a great case for you." —Shawn Comia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94+ (available in four colors).

    3. A gold bangle that can double as a portable charger for your iPhone!

    It can be fully charged in only 90 minutes and hold its charge for 30 days. The bracelet can charge your iPhone up to 50% in about 40–55 minutes.

    Get it from Mark & Graham for $149 (available in two sizes and four finishes).

    4. A set of dog-themed mood cards to let people in your office know when you're having a ~ruff~ day.

    Promising review: "Trying to spruce up my boring office a bit — and these are totally adorable sitting on the corner of my desk. I get lots of comments, and people peek their head in to see what I chose for the day whenever they pass by." —D. Doherty

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    5. A pair of slingback sandals I can only describe as the most perfect pair of spring shoes to have ever existed.,,

    Why? Well, it's a sandal but it still keeps your feet mostly protected from the elements. It's just as convenient and stylish as a slide, but the strap in the back makes it more stable.

    Promising review: "Love this sandal. I walked in it for half a day with no issue. No need to break them in. I love the color (suede green) and the comfort level this sandal provides. It fits the same as other Madewell shoes/boots for me. They go with jeans, shorts, and skirts — what more can you ask for?" —AllyC

    Get them from Madewell for $98 (available in sizes 5–10 and suede, leather, and velvet).

    6. A Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter by Fenty Beauty because one of your birthday wishes is to glow like Rihanna. Wish granted!

    Promising review: "This highlighter is everything it's touted to be, with a more than appropriate name. It packs a serious punch, which is great for going out and major events. With a light touch (and I seriously mean light), it can be used as a daily highlighter. It's even versatile and can be used as an eyeshadow if the daily highlight is too much. I can't rave about this enough. It's definitely worth the money, and I would highly recommend!" —MrsSWard

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in six shades).

    And check out our picks for some makeup essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. A book box subscription that'll let you pick out the extra goodies that come with the book. (This is great for people who aren't fond of surprises.)

    The Monthly Box provides a book every month based on different themes (i.e. horror, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, etc.). In addition to the book, you get to pick 4–5 goodies to go in your box!

    Promising review: "I was so excited to get my first box, and it did not disappoint. Even though I knew what I picked, it was still exciting to open the box and see what was in it. The book for April was Jonathan Unleashed, not a book I would normally read, but I like to expand my reading. If you really don't want the book, you can change it with books they have in the shop. For my gifts, I got a coloring book with colored pencils, a rose gold bracelet, gummy bears, a candle, and book pins. As a bonus, I got a pair of sunglasses! For a first box, it was wonderful. As a tip, check your spam, because I almost didn't get the email to choose my gifts. I can't wait to see what next month has to offer." —Airrie

    Get it from Cratejoy for $32.99+/month.

    8. A mini camera keychain you should immediately snap up because it actually flashes and makes a clicking sound when you press a button!

    Promising review: "It does what it's supposed to do — make the clicking sound, flash a light, and overall, look like a DSLR keychain. It does turn heads when I take it out with me and between groups of friends; each time I get asked where I got it from. Being a photographer, I searched for this and found one. Took the risk of buying it, but when I found it is flawless and works as advertised, I came here for a review." —varun panda

    Get it from Amazon for $2.79 (random colors).

    9. A slouchy T-shirt for anyone who loves murder shows, puns, and, well, cereal.

    Get it from PyknicOfficial on Etsy for $29 (available in sizes S–XL).

    10. An adorable hedgehog planter sure to ~prickle~ your fancy.

    Promising review: "I love this. Bought three of them. Adorable and perfect for air plants! Could also be used for many different things like paper clips or anything small!" —Tina W

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. A velvet tufted stitch quilt that'll instantly make your bed fit for royalty.

    There are also matching pillow shams!

    Promising review: "It looks expensive and well made. It’s not a comforter, so it’s not going to be thick. It’s exactly what I thought it was going to be. Lightweight but still totally enough to keep you warm. The wrinkles come out after a few uses. The material is so soft and lush, love it!" —briea11

    Get it from Target for $69.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    12. A set of watercolor pencils for turning your sketches into paintings with just a bit of water.

    This colored pencil set also comes with a brush pen for applying water to blend the colors!

    Promising review: "Once I received this set of watercolor pencils and tried them out, I was very pleased with the quality. When used dry, the pencils are very creamy, and they put down bright colors very smoothly and evenly. You can leave the colors as-is, or you can apply different amounts of water to get different watercolor effects. There is even a water brush–tipped pen included and stored in its own slot in the tin with the pencils. For even more intense color, you can dip the point of the watercolor pencil into water and apply it to the paper directly. I truly wish I had found and bought these pencils before I bought the expensive set of Derwent pencils that everyone raves about. For me, these pencils work just as well and are so much easier to use, regardless of being so much cheaper. I have no problem recommending this set of 72 watercolor pencils to anyone, no matter what your skill level is." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 72-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A travel mug to tell the world exactly how you like your coffee. (Because mornings make you feel like 💀.)

    It has a screw top lid (that's actually secure and won't accidentally pop open) and a rubber sleeve that keeps your hands burn-free. It's BPA-free, and dishwasher- and microwave-safe!

    Get it from Firebox for $15.19.

    14. A pair of monstera leaf earrings you'll definitely be ~frond~ of.

    Get them from Mica Peet on Etsy for $25.59.

    15. A game of Sushi Stack (basically like a v extra version of Jenga) that can be played NINE different ways.

    This set comes with a pair of chopsticks for added difficulty. Bonus: each sushi piece opens up so you can stuff them full of dares and forfeits!

    Get it from Firebox for $27.59.

    16. An air fryer so you can eat ~healthier~ without having to give up French fries. (No one should have to.),

    This little air fryer also comes with a cookbook to get you started right away!

    Promising review: "First air fryer we've had, and we love it! Already did chicken, egg rolls, salmon, leftovers, zucchini sticks, and everything was delicious! Easy clean-up and takes up about as much space as my coffee maker on the counter. Highly recommend this item." —FISH

    Get it from Amazon for $61.18.

    And check out our picks for some kitchen essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. A T. Rex shower head because you love Jurassic Park to an almost unhealthy extent.

    It fits standard shower pipes.

    Get it from ModCloth for $22.

    18. A lacey lilac bra that'll actually feel as good as it looks, meaning there's plenty of support.

    Get it from Additional Elle for $58 (available in sizes 38D–46DDD, also get the matching undies!).

    19. A real-life version of the combadge any Trekkie would be over the moon to receive. (Spoiler: it's powered by Bluetooth.)

    This nifty communication badge hooks up to your smart device via Bluetooth and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. Once connected, you can use it to answer/end calls, plays/pauses audio, or accesses Siri, Google Now, or Cortana. The future is here, people!

    Get it from Amazon or Fab for $79.95 or from ThinkGeek for $79.99.

    20. A seriously adorable pastel wallet ~everybunny~ will want to steal from you.

    Promising review: "I got two pink ones, and they are so adorable! The color of the wallet is exactly as shown in the photo, and the pattern is very nicely made. I have a pet bunny, and this wallet constantly makes me think of him." —Hua

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in four colors).

    21. A pair of translucent sunglasses all your friends will go 😍 over.,

    They don't just look pretty — these sunglasses actually offer 100% UV protection!

    Promising review: "I saw these sunglasses in a bando email and just HAD TO HAVE THEM for Coachella. I got so many compliments and will definitely continue to wear them. They look super cute with a red swimsuit or just about anything. Pretty solid quality, too. I had them in my backpack for Coachella all three nights, and they are still in tip-top shape!" —LAUREN C.

    Get them from bando for $15 (available in two colors).

    22. A one-piece swimsuit you can wear tucked into some shorts for a stroll on the boardwalk.,

    Get the left one from Aerie for $19.98 (available in sizes XS–XXL) and the right one from Forever 21 for $27.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X).

    23. A ~dino-mite~ egg candle that'll reveal a tiny porcelain Velociraptor inside as it melts.

    Get it from ThinkGeek for $24.99.

    24. A Wonder Woman sticky notes booklet to jot down reminders because you don't have a superhuman memory.

    Promising review: "Super cute and great quality. Perfect for those who love stickies and jazzing things up. It's a thick book of stickies so these should last awhile. The sticky backing is pretty solid for paper and most other surfaces." —Aurora

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in five characters).

    25. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker by Bose for jamming out in the great outdoors or inside your shower.

    I tested this speaker in the Bose store and don't be fooled by its size — it's loud AF. You can get up to six hours of play time from a rechargeable battery. The wireless range spans up to 30 feet. It has a built-in speakerphone for taking calls out loud and voice access to your phone’s Siri or your Google assistant.

    Promising review: "What an awesome little speaker. I say little, but you seriously will only know that if you look at it. The sound range and quality it produces defy its diminutive size. Once you embrace that such sound comes from such a small speaker, you'll then embrace its portability in bringing it anywhere you may wish to have music at the ready. The handy and very easy-to-use strap allows you to secure this speaker to many things. It has replaced my Bluetooth earbuds while riding my bike as the strap secures the speaker right to the handlebars." —Douglas Calandrella

    Get it from Amazon for $99 (available in three colors).

    And check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    26. A comfy sweatshirt any Studio Ghibli fan would ~Totoro-ly~ appreciate.

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite shirt! It's a bit big, but that's exactly what I like. I get a ton of compliments when I wear it. It's great to wear on cool summer nights and fall days! I've washed it already on the hand wash setting, and I air-dried it. It's still in perfect condition. There are no loose threads or anything. I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase." —Catsandra

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    27. A splurge-worthy Dyson hair dryer — basically the Ferrari of hair dryers.

    It's designed to feel ergonomic in your hands, dry hair faster (without overheating/damaging it), and be a lot quieter than your average hair dryer!

    Promising review: "I bought this because of pure fascination, expecting to return it when it didn't perform well. Unfortunately for my wallet, this hair dryer is bloody amazing. I'm a hair junkie, and I've never used anything that's been so effective before. I have very long, blonde, fine hair and lots of it, and I blow dried my hair in under 10 minutes, and it looks swingy and shiny and honestly better than when I get it done at the salon. Guess I'm keeping it!" —renata90

    Get it from Sephora for $399 (available in two colors).

    And check out our picks for the best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    28. A cool AF pillow that'll bring you back to your college days (you know, cramming for your art history test at 3 a.m.). Ah, youth.

    It comes in other subjects too, like economics, political science, and music theory!

    Get it from Pillowcase Studies on Etsy for $25 (available in nine subjects).

    29. A mini bucket bag with a cacti embroidery design to make running errands ~succ~ a little less.

    This faux-leather bag comes with a removable card holder.

    Promising review: "This purse was even better than I expected! When it first arrived, I thought it was too small, but it actually fits much more than I thought. I have only worn it out twice, but I've gotten tons of compliments on it already! It's well-made and I was able to fit my wallet, keys, sunglasses, and a small makeup bag inside without it feeling overstuffed! Very pleased!" —MzBerry

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    30. An exfoliating and hydrating body polish (formulated with coconut oil and Moroccan rose) for scrubbing away the flaky dead skin you've accumulated over the long winter.

    This product is vegan, noncomedogenic, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten and silicone!

    Promising review: "This has to be the best body scrub I have found. It does scrub, yet gently. When I get out of the shower, my skin feels as though I have just spent an hour massaging it with my best moisturizer, and it was done in the length of a shower. The scent is pleasant and not overpowering. It is worth every penny that I spent on it. It also lasts, unlike some scrubs that you have to use half of the jar in one shower." —lovebirdmom

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    31. A little gold narwhal you should have on hand to crack open bottles of booze at your birthday party.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50 or Firebox for $17.59.

    32. A house-shaped tea bag organizer that'll make you crack a smile when you're enjoying a cuppa English Breakfast.

    This little house is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.

    Get it from Animi Causa for $17.99.

    33. A zip pouch to be the voice of reason when you're debating whether or not to wash your face before passing out. (Just do it.)

    Get it from Jac Vanek for $24.50.

    And check out our picks for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    34. A metal photo clips string set for an aesthetically pleasing way to organize and display your photos, postcards, and other mementos.

    This set includes 12 photos clips and one five-foot string.

    Promising review: "I just received my single strand in the mail, and I'm so in love with it. I'd definitely recommend buying more than one, but it looks really nice with just one as well. I was a bit worried about the metal clips creasing or damaging the tops of my photos, but they don't leave a mark at all — definitely ordering more!" —kylaa242

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.

    35. A giant cherry pool float to share with your BFF when it gets warm enough to take a dip.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $29.90.

    36. A DIY kit so you can make your own goddamn mermaid from scratch! Ingredients: colored dough and a sh*t load of glitter,

    Get it from Firebox for $8.29.

    37. A snarky dishtowel to wave in your friends' faces when they ask why your food tastes so good.

    It's made of 100% cotton and machine-washable.

    Promising review: "Cutest darn dish towel ever made!" —Robin

    Get it from ModCloth for $13.

    38. A silk bow barrette for getting a Pinterest-worthy look even if you kinda suck at doing hair.

    Promising review: "Got compliments all day! Def a statement accessory! My hair is extremely long, and I had a messy fishtail with this bow in it! So cute! Need more colors!" —Ncvitanza1

    Get it from Free People for $18 (available in nine colors).

    39. A quirky phone case because you wish to be more and more like a chill unicorn with every passing year. You'll get there one day. You'll get there.

    Get it from Human for $25.99 (available for iPhone, Samsung, and Google Pixel).

    40. A scratch-off movie bucket list poster so you'll never have to say, "Ugh, what should I watch tonight?" Plus, the scratch-off part is super satisfying.

    There are 100 movies on this poster!

    Promising review: "My boyfriend is a huge movie buff, so I thought this was such a fun gift! I have seen some and he has seen some, so we just started fresh watching them all. Makes a fun night and takes out the half hour of trying to decide what movie to watch." —Cat Mom

    Get it from Uncommongoods for $15 (also available for books).

    Good to know birthday cake will still be served in the year 2364.


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

    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