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Tips to Make That Birthday Gift More Special for Anyone

Whether for big people or kids, think about their hobbies or interests

You’ve shopped, clicked and searched for the perfect birthday gift, but still have no idea what to buy. Not to worry. Finding a gift even the most hard-to-shop-for friend will love is easy if you get creative.

“Birthdays are a time to feel special,” says Amy Myers, vice president of creative services at the national gift retailer, Things Remembered. “The best gifts are personalized in a way that speaks to each person’s uniqueness or your relationship with one another.”

Here are some tips for finding the right gifts for upcoming birthdays for big people:

Recall Small Talk

What’s going on in their lives? What are their accomplishments, life changes or aspirations? Recalling dropped hints or recent conversations can help you choose gifts that have personal meaning.

An aspiring writer might appreciate an engraved journal to encourage new passions. A wanderlust traveler would love a travel clock or digital photo keychain to capture far-off memories. The friend who loves volunteering might like a day off her feet. Hire a housecleaning service or handyman to complete unfinished household chores.

Commemorate Memorable Occasions

If he or she is celebrating a milestone birthday, commemorate it with a gift that lasts beyond the big event. Think about timeless classics -- a pocket watch for him or a piggy bank for the little one often become cherished heirlooms.

“Think about the occasion,” Myers says. “Is it her first birthday since becoming a mom? Or first as homeowner? If gifts touch that milestone, they’ll always be viewed with a smile.”

Charm bracelets are also great ways to celebrate special memories. For example, Things Remembered sells engravable charms, such as a birthday cake or birthstone to truly personalize the gift.

Celebrate Your Relationship

The relationship you share has been built on years of experiences together. Whether you celebrate your loved one’s birthday with a trip to a museum or a party at an arcade, gifts that celebrate special moments you’ve shared together will make the memory last. 

Gather photos and get creative in your presentation. Keepsakes come in all shapes and sizes. Create a display board with fabric, ribbon and buttons to hold photographs. Or, gifts like a photo bookmark are both practical and meaningful.

Do Something Unexpected

Birthday cakes and parties are time-honored traditions, but an element of surprise makes the special day even more memorable. 

Take a vacation day, let your child stay home from school, or have the office book your spouse’s calendar and surprise him with a day off. Try something adventurous like whitewater rafting. Or make a birthday last longer by taking a class -- anything from pottery to poetry will do.

Unique Gifts for Kids

According to, here are some things to keep in mind when picking out unique gifts for children:  

  • Think about your child’s interests and hobbies before picking out the gift.
  • The most popular gift item in the children’s store does not necessarily make it the ‘perfect gift’ for your child.
  • In addition to this, you need to make sure that you give out the right message to your child with your gift.
  • Hunt for a gift that is not too over-the-top and extravagant. There is a fine line between pampering and spoiling children.
  • Always look for innovation, there are a lot of new and interesting gift ideas to choose from so surprise your child with a gift that is truly unique and special.
  • Do present your child a gift that is simply inappropriate for his age.
  • Do not get caught up in gender bias while picking out a gift for your child.

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Remember, birthdays are meant to indulge. Don’t be afraid to think creatively and give gifts that say something.
(courtesy StatePoint Media)