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Creative and Thoughtful Birthday Gift Ideas

It’s an age-old question: what do you get for someone who has everything? The answer, as always, is that old cliche – something from the heart. It’s true that gifts with meaning behind them trump an expensive gift every time, but it takes a little more work coming up with the perfect gift. If you’re having trouble thinking of that excellent present for that special someone, consider these tips as a jumping-off point.

An Awesome Birthday Cake

You don’t need to be in charge of the “official” birthday cake, but your loved one will surely appreciate any extra sweets he or she receives! Take this chance to put what you know about the birthday merrymaker to the test and come up with a cake that totally fits their personality, both in flavor and in shape. If you choose to go with a store-bought cake, we don’t tell!

Mix CD

Once upon a time, the mix CD was the ultimate symbol of appreciation for your relationship. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to access your favorite songs, so this old tradition has fallen by the wayside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t show some thought by curating a personal mix of your giftee’s favorites. Do it even better by pulling together songs that share special meaning for both of you. Even if they don’t have a CD player, you might be able to get away with sending a link to a Spotify playlist.

Scrapbook of Memories

Celebrate your relationship with pictures from all your best times together. It’s safe to say that many of your photos are in digital form, so, sure, you could bring them all together in a web album or put them on a flash drive. However, everyone knows that the real beauty of a photograph is when it’s a high-quality print version that you can hold in your hands. You could even make this an annual tradition with a book covering the past year’s milestones.

An Experience to Remember

Sometimes, the best gifts of all are the ones you can’t wrap. More and more, people are finding that they get more joy out of once-in-a-lifetime experiences rather than something they’ll use for a few months and then tuck away in the closet. It could be something simple, like tickets to a concert, or something totally insane, like skydiving lessons. Of course, this will depend on their personality, so don’t go picking anything willy nilly depending on what sounds good to you. It’s their birthday, after all!


It can be difficult to come up with a great gift when you can’t afford to swing it financially. If this is your case, consider offering an I.O.U. – and no, this is not a “get out of jail free” card for you. Think about the skills you have and offer to go above and beyond for your sidekick. Does he or she need help painting a room? Offer to help, no strings attached. Is a babysitter needed for a night or a weekend? Take a load off their hands. Whatever you choose to offer, just make sure you stick to it!
Only you will know what’s best for the birthday boy or girl. The trick is to put yourselves in their shoes and think what they’d appreciate most. Still, don’t fret too much over it. Any attempt is sure to be appreciated!

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