15 Unique Birthday Gift Ideas

Celebrating one’s birthday is a special life event that is meant to be shared amongst loved ones. We all enjoy getting together for a good ol’ birthday shindig, and it feels nice when we honor our special friend’s birthday by sharing the day with them. A typical birthday party involves great music, yummy treats, and fun games and is usually attended by friends and family.

Birthday gifts are tough—for Valentine's Day, you know you can't go wrong with flowers, and for Mother's Day, birthstone jewelry or a personalized keychain are always hits. But what about birthdays? Looking for the perfect gift for your loved one that will leave them smiling from ear to ear? We can help! Read on for 15 unique birthday present ideas that will say happy birthday in the best way. 

Personalized Birthday Cake

When you think about birthday parties, what’s one of the first things that come to mind? For us, it’s the birthday cake. Nothing is better than that first bite into a colorful, rich slice of birthday cake, just asking to get devoured! 

Enchant your loved one with a stunning cake customized with their name or photos (or both!) delightfully created on it. Get wild with their favorite colors and silly photos to make this cake something truly special and unforgettable. Either you can make the cake yourself or have it professionally done at a local bakery near you. 

The skies the limit with what you can put on a cake, so don’t be shy and get creative! 

A Movie Night Basket

For the friend that likes to Netflix and Chill, consider gifting them a movie night basket! With most theaters closed at the moment due to the pandemic sweeping over the nation, creating a movie night basket with the basics is sure to be a hit. Throw in an Amazon Prime Video gift card, popcorn, candy, soda pop, cozy slippers, and more for a cute movie night that they are sure to appreciate. If you can't find a basket, throw it all in a cute tote, and they're good to go. 

52 Things I Love About You Cards 

Have an old deck of cards lying around? Transform them into a creative and thoughtful gift for your loved one. Replace the face of each card with different things you love about your friend or family member, reminding them how much they mean to you. 

Favorite Homemade Treat 

Chocolate cake, rice crispy treats, and brownies, oh my! Who doesn’t want their favorite treat on their birthday? Set aside some time and whip up your loved ones’ favorite sweet treats. For an extra layer of pizazz, consider stacking the treats on a pretty dessert that your loved one can reuse in the future. 

Spa in a Jar 

So you might not be able to afford an expensive spa day, but a jar full of colorful nail polish, soothing face masks, moisturizer, nail files, and a face towel is the perfect way to pamper any of your friends or family members. Similar to the movie night basket idea, but spa-related and, well, in a jar -- this unique gift set is sure to be a hit!

Laundry/Dishwasher Pack 

Okay, we know what you’re thinking: A laundry pack? How boring! But honestly, sometimes practical gifts hit home more than we appreciate. A little basket with oh-so-good smelling laundry detergent, dish soap, dish towels, bleach, and some dryer sheets will make any clean freak’s heart melt, guaranteed. 

House Plants 

Give your loved one the gift of life with - drum roll, please - a baby plant! House plants, whether they’re real or faux, are always the best kind of home decor to receive. Here are some of the best plants for gifting:

“Open When... ” Envelopes 

This is an especially great gift for someone about to go on a trip or for a long-distance relationship. This takes a little bit of time to put together, but the end result is an incredibly thoughtful and unique gift. Write a series of letters with personalized stationery and enclose them in different envelopes, and pop them all in a cute gift box. 

On each one of the envelopes, write a little phrase such as “open when you miss me” or “open when you’re feeling blue.” In each envelope, include a sweet letter that fits the theme. 

Best Friend Mugs 

Instead of making a friendship bracelet (although that’s a sweet idea, too!), make your bestie a friendship mug (or wine glass) for their special day. You could get two plain white ceramic mugs and paint half of a heart on each mug, so when they’re put next to each other, it makes one big heart. (cute, right?) In the extra white space, you can paint different inside jokes or mention memories that you’ve had together. Get creative -- the mug is your canvas!


If you ask us, nothing is more relaxing than kicking your feet up in a comfy-cozy hammock and watching the clouds pass by. Give your friend or family member the gift of ultimate relaxation this year by presenting them with a good-quality hammock. Just don’t forget to also include SwingTie to ensure their hammock is hung properly and safely from a strong tree to prevent any unintended injuries. 

Family Yearbook 

Looking for an incredible gift that tugs at the heartstrings? Make a retro family yearbook that showcases the funny moments and wins that were the highlights for your family over the course of the year. But be prepared because everyone from your grandma to your younger cousin is going to want a copy!

Online Class 

Does your loved one like photography? Or maybe they’ve always wanted to try their hand at woodworking. Cooking? Sewing? Whatever the skillset, there’s a class for it! Find one online, so they can do it from the comfort of their very own home (plus, it's great as a last-minute gift).  

Face Masks 

No, we’re not talking about the skincare kind of face masks, but the kind used to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Everyone needs them, and they are sure to be put to good use! Whether you sew them or order a few with a cool design, this will be a good gift for the birthday girl or guy. Opt for a wacky, weird pattern to up the fun factor. 

DIY Lavender Soap 

Make your pals birthday extra special with a thoughtful homemade bar of high-quality lavender soap that you make just for them! Follow these simple steps below:

  1. Fill a small saucepan about half-full with good ol’ H2O and place a large metal bowl over the top of it. Turn to medium heat and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Slice your soap into smaller chunks and place them into the bowl. 
  3. Allow the soap to slowly -- not quickly -- melt into a liquid state. 
  4. Remove it from the heat and add your lavender oil. If you want to add a dash of color, you may add that as well at this point. 
  5. Stir and pour into the mold. 
  6. Allow the soap mold to sit for about an hour to harden. 
  7. Remove from the mold, and voila, you just made lavender soap!

Tree Swing 

Have you seen those pictures all over social media of people having the time of their lives on tree swings, made specifically for adults? Gone are the days when swings were meant solely for the kiddos -- today, luxurious swings for adults are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. 

Swinging brings on some real nostalgic vibes and is as relaxing as it is fun. Give your loved one a great-quality tree swing for their birthday, and we can almost guarantee they’ll be over the moon with excitement. Just don’t forget to also include SwingTie so they can properly and safely install the swing for hours of fun. 

A Final Word 

Whoever it is you’re buying a gift for, whether that is your mom, dad, sister, brother, bestie, partner, etc., always remember to make sure it comes from the heart. A gag gift or a funky gadget can be fun, but you should always follow it up with a legit present that you know they'll love. Buying the best gifts can sometimes be a challenge, but at the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts. 

Whether you give your loved one the bestseller SwingTie to relax on a hammock or make them their very own movie night basket, you are sure to make their special day with one of these awesome 15 unique gift ideas listed above, guaranteed!






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