We all have that friend who is just impossible to read when it comes to gift giving. As much as we love them, sometimes it can be very stressful trying to think up a gift we think they will actually like. Well, worry no longer! Below is a list of some fun but unique ideas for birthday gifts. Surely some of these suggestions will put a smile on even the pickiest friend’s face!
Customize to the extreme!
The internet has given way to a number of amazing technological innovations. But when it comes to birthdays perhaps the greatest gift it has given us, is the gift of customizing! Cards were really the first thing big thing to be easily customised with Moonpig launching all the way back in 2000! However today not only are there numerous customizable card companies, cards are hardly the only thing you can add that special, personal touch too! Today the internet is absolutely bursting with sites that will let you personalise a whole range of gifts to your heart’s desire, and personalised gifts are becoming increasingly on trend. On the absolute quirkiest end, there are companies like Boomf that let you print pictures on marshmallows, meaning you can send your friends their best Instas on a sweet treat! For the less sweet-toothed friend, there are also sites like Cafepress, these sites let you make your own shirts, notebooks, cushions, you name it! Sites like these open up a world of possibilities for presents, whether it be pictures of a beloved dog on a t-shirt, a favourite quote on a notebook. If you happen to be on the less artistic side, many of these sites like Redbubble, and Society6 are also the home to a number of independent artists. So you can still get something customized to your friend’s interests without having to do the design work yourself!
An Event or Experience
Not all gifts have to come tied up in a bow! One type of gift that is becoming increasingly popular is buying your loved one an experience. In fact, some studies suggest that we prefer experiences to products! Once again the internet comes to the rescue with a number of companies that can fulfil any requirement you might have. There are a number voucher companies that offer trips at a reduced price; making for the perfect and spontaneous birthday gift. Throw the dice on picking a trip or experience and go wherever the voucher company may take you! Another unique idea is casinos as gambling is a perfect activity for celebrating a coming of age birthday. Celebrating your ability to be able to legally do something for the first time is both a memorable and fitting event for a big birthday! For these birthdays there are many casinos that can fulfil this requirement, both in person, or if your friend prefers a quiet night in – online. Many online casinos even offer free bets, and there are sites like Oddschecker that can single out the best deals, so this idea is also very cost effective! There are also a number of companies dedicated to offering unique days out, and unusual opportunities that you would rarely come across like zorbing or helicopter rides. Trying something for the very first time is a great way to mark a birthday and make it truly one to remember.
Take Them Out!
There can be some stigma about asking your friend exactly what they want. Some of us would never want to admit such defeat. So taking your friend out, whether it be for a meal or on a shopping trip so they can look their best with the latest fashion trends, can be a good way to ask them exactly what they want without actually asking them. Taking out a friend for a meal at their favourite restaurant is both a wonderful gift and experience for the two of you to share! Similarly, taking your BFF out on a shopping trip is both a great birthday day out and a wonderful way to spoil your friend on their special day!
At the end of the day, gift-giving shouldn’t be a burden but a fun way to show the people you love how much they mean to you. While this list chronicles some of our favourite suggestions, all good gifts come from the heart.