Birthday gift ideas
For family, friends or colleagues
Looking for birthday gift ideas? We've got plenty, regardless of who is the recipient! Birthdays differ from many other special occasions in that there's just one person receiving, and potentially many people giving. So you're looking for something personal and special, yet unique enough not to be the same as everyone else is giving. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's tough. We're here to try to give you a helping hand, whether they have it all, or if they need everything.
Gift ideas for someone that has it all
Since you're here, we're freely assuming you're not sure what to buy. :-) That could indicate that the recipient is well off and has pretty much everything they need, and you're having trouble coming up with something. We're not short of suggestions anyway, though!
- The latest gadget - this could be something that's hard to come by, but also something that the birthday boy/girl would probably want.
- Artwork - Paintings and sculptures can be unique, but also expensive. Know what you're getting into.
- Ethical gifts or Charity gifts - these are great to give to, or on behalf of, someone who has it all. Help a child in need, give a sheep or a mule or a pig or a latrine to someone who needs it.
- Time - one thing there's never enough of, is time. How about babysitting for a weekend for the birthday boy or girl, so that they can go out on a date while you take care of their kids? It doesn't get much more personal than this, and they will love you for it!
Gift ideas on a budget
So you're on a budget? No worries, we have plenty of suggestions, from cheap to homemade.
- Gadgets - and lots of them, shipped freely and worldwide. Check out DealExtreme. You have to plan in time, however!
- Bake a cake - nothing beats a homemade cake, made especially for you! Watch out for any allergies.
- A photo album - find lots of pictures you have from all sorts of fun occasions, and collect them in a real tangible album, or an online one on Facebook or Flickr or somewhere else they can be shared. Great fun!
- Time - Give gift vouchers for babysitting, cooking, massage, or anything else that fits. Don't get overeager with those massage gift vouchers to hot chicks, now!