Hunting down birthday gifts for the person who has everything is a hard task, especially in a day and age where it’s easier to grab a gift card or throw some cash in a card. Make this birthday one to remember by finding the perfect present that they’ll never see coming. Whether you’re looking for a nice gift for your significant other or an appropriate item for your 16-year-old niece, this list is filled with awesome—and affordable!—gift ideas they’re sure to love.
If the gift recipient is a bona fide foodie, you’ve already got your theme set and luckily there are amazing presents that will appeal to every food lover you know. If you’ve got access to their favorite recipes or have an inside mole who could grab them for you, collect as many as possible and have them bound into a personalized recipe book. If that’s going to be much too hard a task, or if you have limited time, consider signing them up for a subscription to Green Chef. This organic food delivery company designs three meals a week, then sends all the ingredients and detailed instructions in a box straight to your friend’s door. No more last-minute runs to the grocery store to grab all the necessary goodies for a gourmet dish.
For the Artist
If the birthday guy or gal is into art, grab them a 3Doodler. This 3D drawing tool will help them make their drawings into sculptures, and you can choose from over 80 colors. That not doing the trick? Consider purchasing them a six-week course to hone their preferred craft; painting, sculpting, drawing—you name it, you can find a class for it. Check Groupon for local deals and help your loved one explore their passions even further.
For the Fashion Forward Friend
StitchFix is the answer to your present woes if the recipient is a dapper guy or fashionista. Think of it as a personal stylist in a box. If you know your friend’s fashion sense like the back of your hand, you can enter their interests and a personal stylist will put together a box of designer items tailored to your budget and their fashion style. They’ll then have the option to keep what they love, and send back what doesn’t work. Don’t be surprised if you end up signing up yourself— the clothes are that cute!
For the Wino
Wine is always an appropriate gift for our 21 and overs, from your boss to your sister to your best friend. Go the extra mile with a happy birthday wine bottle. You can have an image etched onto the bottle’s front along with a special message for a cabernet they won’t soon forget. Personalized gifts always provide that extra touch and aren’t too hard on our wallets—that’s what I call a win-win.
A Date Night
If the birthday guy or gal is your sweetheart, you can set the two of you up for a wonderful date night, no sweat off their brow. Go beyond grabbing a restaurant gift card and plan a date that explores your adventurous side. If it’s for your boyfriend who’s always wanted to skydive, help him take the plunge (literally). Falling out of a plane not your idea of fun? Try a boating cruise at sunset. You can find these date ideas and a ton more at Excitations.com for a date night both of you will always remember.
A Piece of the Sky
If you’re looking for a loving gift for your sweetheart that they won’t see coming, buy them a piece of the night sky in the form of a star. You might immediately brand this gift as cheesy, but it’s popular for a reason and sure to be loved by the recipient, especially if they’re a romantic at heart.
For the Busy Bee
If you’re tracking down a gift for someone who never stops going, it’s your duty to make sure they relax a little bit on their birthday. An easy way to do this? A gift certificate for a deep tissue massage at a local spa resort that will see their worries and cares melting away. If this gift is for your bestie or your sweetheart, you can sweeten the deal by going along with them—they’ll have company and you’ll get to take part in the indulgence. Who said gift-giving wasn’t fun?