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Stop asking «What do I want for my birthday?» and start adding these things to your birthday wish list instead.
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Don’t know what you want for your birthday? No fear! We’ve gathered a bunch of fun and practical ideas to get you feeling a bit more ~inspired~. From cute animal socks to a Bob Ross coloring book to a Vitamix blender, there’s something for everyone!
A corgi butt coin purse for stashing some loose change and other bits and bobs.
Resist the urge to rub your face against it all the time.
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
A poop emoji battery pack to always have on hand, so you’re not shit outta luck when your phone dies.
This battery pack can charge both iOS and Android smartphones!
Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
A pack of pencils for anyone who thinks good grammar is sexy.
A pack of colorful socks with animal patterns that’ll peek out when you wear loafers.
These socks are made of 80% cotton, 15% acrylic, and 5% spandex. They’re designed to fit women’s shoe size 6–11.
Promising review: «I recently went on an Amazon sock binge where I purchased $100+ of socks. These are by far the best ones I’ve gotten. They are soft and fit perfectly and hold their shape after many washes. They were also the most well priced out of all the others I’ve purchased. I’ve worn these ones the most.» —Cristina Adams
Get a five-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (available in seven assortments). Check out the best socks you can buy on Amazon!
A candle designed to smell like your home state (or city), in case you’re far away from family on your birthday.
These candles are made of all-natural soy wax and have a 60-80 hour burn time!
Promising review: «My mom gave me a Florida homesick candle in Christmas of 2016. I absolutely loved it — it reminded me of home and made me tear up from time to time. I purchased one for my friend’s birthday this year — she’s from Ohio — and it had the same effect on her. I don’t know how they do it, but they manage to capture the very best scents of each state and cram them into a beautiful candle. My friend and I discovered that they smell infinitely more like home if burned outside or during a rainy day. 10/10 would purchase again.» —Alex & Brittany
Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in 54 scents).
An LED shell lamp for anyone who wants to live in Ariel’s grotto.
Get it from Amazon for $24.95.
A bottle of holographic nail polish that’ll seriously hurt your productivity because you’ll be staring at your nails all day.
This polish is fully opaque, so you don’t need a base coat.
Promising review: «Okay, in all seriousness, I don’t think I’ve ever been more satisfied with a nail polish. Not only does it look GORGEOUS in the light — it makes me feel like a unicorn — but I’m on day six, and only three nails have the tiniest of chips. No curing, no waiting, two easy coats (dries super fast), and it’s got incredible staying power. I got another color, too, but I don’t know that I’ll ever try it because I think I’m just gonna wear this one for the rest of my life. Seriously — if it lasts this long on your fingers, imagine how long it’ll last on your toes!(FOREVER!)» —Liz Osborn
Get it from Amazon for $10.
A floral dress to twirl around in as you say, «Byeee winter!»
Promising review: «Fits great, love the pockets. Perfect lounge-y summer dress but cute enough to wear anywhere. Will be cute with jean jacket and booties in the fall.» —Kate
Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 33 colors/patterns). Check out the best spring dresses you can buy on Amazon!
A polka-dot pajama set so you’ll have an excuse to host a sleepover with your BFF.
Promising review: «THESE ARE THE BEST PAJAMAS EVER! I am a person who is very picky when it comes to pajamas; they can’t be too clingy, and I can only wear shorts when I sleep because pajama pants are too warm and feel like I’m suffocating my legs in my sleep. I was eyeing these pajamas for a long time before I finally gave in and bought them because I wasn’t sure if the price tag was worth it. Boy, was I wrong! Not only are these the softest, most comfortable pajamas I’ve ever worn, they are not clingy, they came in cute packaging, and they make me feel cute when I’m sleeping! I LOVE THESE PAJAMAS! I came back here just to buy another pair because I like them so much.» —Arielle Andelin
Get them from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 10 colors/patterns).
A Nintendo Switch — a hybrid console that’ll let you play on a TV at home and on the go, like using a tablet!
Each Nintendo Switch console comes with a Joy-Con grip, an HDMI cable, a Nintendo Switch AC adapter, a Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and two Joy-Con strap accessories. The Joy-Con can be used separately for two-player action, inserted into the Joy-Con grip like a traditional controller, held in each hand for left and right controls, or attached to either side of the Nintendo Switch!
Promising review: «I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the Nintendo Switch is a must-have game system. If you want to travel with high-quality portable games, this is for you. If you want to ‘break the ice’ with your social gathering friends, turn on the Switch and put on Just Dance 2018, and everyone will start dancing. And if you want the best game of 2017, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you could only play it on this system and also the Wii U (R.I.P.).» —Mr. Phiny
Get it from Amazon for $299.
Teeny tiny ramen earrings for anyone who counts instant noodles as a main food group.
These earrings have surgical steel posts.
Get them from Amazon for $16.94.
A book filled with words of wisdom by ultimate chill dude Bob Ross to soothe your tired old soul.
«Isn’t that fantastic? I knew you could do it.» —Exactly what you need to hear rn.
Promising review: «It’s more a picture book, and then on the other page it has a quote from him and his shows. From ‘smack the devil out of the paintbrush’ to ‘happy little trees’, all your favorite sayings are in this book. There are some very breathtaking paintings of his as well, and some of them play directly off of the quote that is provided. I would highly suggest this book to any Bob Ross fan, as it would make a great coffee table book or even to use it as a quote a day and just leave the book open to that day’s page and quote. The book is a little bit small at about 6″x4″, but still I’d say it’s worth it.» —Leria Draven
Get it from Amazon for $12.34.
A set of reusable grocery bags that can fold down into adorable animals.
These bags measure 17″W x 24.25″H when unfolded!
Promising review: «Sturdier than the ones from the grocery store, adorable, and super easy to turn it back into the animal shape. I like that I don’t have to try and fold them. They hold a decent amount.» —Jess
Get a three-pack from World Market for $10.47.
Promising review: «This adorable little MacBook mirror has started more conversations! Besides being a nice-sized mirror, it closes to protect the mirror and is slim enough to tuck in your pocket or purse. A great find.» —BookLoverExtraordinaire
Get it from Amazon for $8.59.
A cleanser formulated with egg whites that may help tighten pores and smooth fine lines. People with oily skin swear by it!
Promising review: «I was pleasantly surprised by this product. I have very oily skin. I’ve literally tried thousands of dollars worth of products over the years; cleansers and masks have not worked even half as well as promised. Same thing with makeup. This product is absolutely amazing! I would have to use blotting papers or powder at least ten times a day. Results of this product are immediate! I now use blotting papers a couple times a day and only apply powder once in the morning. I’m so impressed that I’ve ordered a few more of their products.» —D. B.
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
An Instant Pot because you want homecooked meals but hate cooking. Well, this 7-in-1 appliance will do most of the work for you.
This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer! Check out our review of the Instant Pot!
Promising review: «This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is ‘What can’t it do?’ I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!» —Stereoman
Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).
A pair of comfy yet stylish Adidas sneakers you can wear for fashion, not just for the gym.
Promising review: «Comfiest shoes I have ever owned and I get so many compliments and questions about them. Great sneaker! Good for running around.» —Amazon Customer
Get them from Amazon for $49+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 39 colors).
A personalized necklace to wear during birthday month because once a year, it’s all about YOU.
CaitlynMinimalist / Etsy
Each necklace is made of gold-plated sterling silver!
Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $27.75 (available in three finishes and various lengths).
A flower lip balm you’ll want to pull out of your bag and admire from time to time because it’s just so pretty (and hydrating)!
This lip balm goes on clear and turns into the perfect shade of pink based on your skin’s pH levels! Each one contains a real chrysanthemum. To top it all off, it’s cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and non-toxic!
Promising review: «This is just the best lip balm ever. It’s not sticky feeling and leaves your lips a nice pink color. I have a LOT of lip glosses that I’ve tried over the years — this is one of the only ones I’ll actually use every day. It’s also very hydrating and just plain cool how it changes color based on the pH of your lips. A+, Winky Lux, A+. If you really like glosses and balms and want a hint of ACTUAL color, this is 100% something you should get.» —annm
Get it from Free People for $16 (available in four flower colors).
An Instax Mini 9 because one of your New Year’s resolutions was to start a photo album for your future grandchildren. (Or is that just me?)
Promising review: «What a great product! We bought two cameras for our wedding as a guest book idea. Took a couple pictures as soon as we got them in the mail, and we’re totally in love! Growing up with Polaroids as our primary source of photography (that or going to JCPenney for family portraits), my husband and I both were sent back a few years. The quality of the pictures are better than expected, the camera is super easy to use, and we are looking forward to not only using it at our wedding but for future pictures to capture our special moments in a ‘vintage’ sort of way. Definitely would recommend this camera to anyone and everyone!» —Krista PRuske
Get it from Amazon for $52 (available in seven colors).
A clear umbrella with a Frenchie design to make rainy days a little less dreary.
This umbrella measures 33 inches long and 33 inches in diameter when opened!
Promising review: «I love this so much! Not only is it the cutest umbrella I’ve ever seen, but it’s durable! I love the dome shape because I have to worry less about my hair and makeup in the rain. So worth the money.» —Brianna Willis
Get it from Amazon for $26 (available in three designs).
A set of fine-line pens for starting that bullet journal you’ve been planning since your last birthday.
Promising review: «These are fabulous pens. We got three sets of them, and we love them. The fine point makes them fabulous to use for journaling. They don’t bleed through the paper either. The colors are bright and vibrant.» —T. Rasmussen
Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $4.99. Check out other products to help you start a bullet journal!
A hipster cat watch that’ll go ~purrr-fectly~ with anything in your closet.
Promising review: «I bought it for a friend who loves watches. I was sure when I got it that it was going to be cheaply made because of the low price, but I was wrong! It’s well put together. My friend loves it.» —Dianne Westcott
Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors). Check out some other cute and inexpensive watches!
A quirky print of animal pirates to hang on your wall because you’ll never really stop being a child — even if your driver’s license says otherwise!
Get it from Picomodi on Society6 for $27.99+ (available in five sizes).
An aesthetically pleasing water bottle that just might get you to start drinking more water. Maybe, we’ll ~sea~.
The Apollo Box
This 20.3-ounce water bottle is made of glass with a watertight plastic lid!
Get it from The Apollo Box for $29.99 (available in two designs).
A pair of heart-shaped sunglasses to match your fave emoji 😍.
These sunglasses block out UVA and UVB Rays!
Promising review: «Good points: Exactly as described in pictures. Love, love, love. Downside: Within five minutes of it arriving at my house, it was immediately stolen by a younger sibling. Bright side to the downside: by letting them keep it, I pretty much made their week, and they’ve been wearing it around everywhere and beaming.» —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors). Check out some other stylish sunglasses from Amazon!
A splurge-worthy Vitamix blender you’ve been eyeing since your last blender died on you mid-smoothie.
The compact size (48-ounce/1.4-liter jar) also makes it great for small kitchens. To clean the jar, simply mix a drop of dish soap and warm water and blend on highest speed for 60 seconds!
Promising review: «The Holy Grail blender, y’all. I grew up with a Vitamix (big, tall, classic model), and since being on my own, I have really missed it. I tried food processors (because they’re cheaper), less expensive blenders, immersion blenders, etc. Nothing came close to what a Vitamix can do. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the price, I would give a resounding YES. It’s so supportive of a healthy diet (smoothies, soups, scratch-made dips and salsas, nut milks and butters, etc.), and it’s stupid easy to use AND clean. I live in an apartment, so my kitchen is small, not a lot of space. It fits easily on one shelf, the pitcher sitting next to the base (NOT stacked, it’s too tall for that). I couldn’t be happier with it. What sold me ultimately was 1.) the smaller size (the classic ones are larger), and 2.) I thought about how much I spend (or would like to spend) at my local smoothie/juice bar. A 16-ounce smoothie costs a ridiculous $8-9 and a juice at least that much, if not more. If I could afford it, I would have gotten one daily. So, this Vitamix pays for itself in about a month.» —lovespuppies
Get it from Amazon for $279.99+ (available in three colors).
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