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Creative Birthday Gift Ideas
It’s hard to tell which creeps up on you faster, your own birthday or someone else’s. It seems that just when you think you’re in the clear – the holidays are over, wedding season has passed, etc. – you flip your calendar to see that, dagnabit, you know three people who were born in the upcoming month. You could have sworn that their birthdays weren’t until February and then you realize, oh it is February.
It’s not that you don’t want to get them a birthday gift, it’s that aside from having no idea how their birthday month came up so quickly, you have no idea what to actually get them. So you start racking your brain for ideas for really cool birthday gifts. You think and you think and you think until you can practically hear the Jeopardy theme in your head warning you that time is running out and you need to come up with an answer.
Fortunately, unlike with Jeopardy, your gift does not have to be given in the form of a question. Furthermore, coming up with a creative birthday gift doesn’t have to be stressful. Here is a list of some creative birthday gift ideas that are perfect for a variety of recipients and a variety of budgets. (If you're looking for some creative ways to celebrate your birthday, click here.)
Personalized deck of playing cards
Got a great picture of one of your friends making a “poker face?” Why not create a whole poker card deck with it – www.yourplayingcards.com is just one of the sites where you can customize a deck using one of your own pictures.
Monthly gift club
Is there some particular food, beverage, etc. that your friend absolutely loves? It’s likely there might just be a monthly gift club for it. Check out www.club-offers.com for a list of everything from the Fragrance of the Month Club to the Beef Jerky of the Month Club.
Homemade 12-month calendar
If your friend’s birthday is toward the end or beginning of the year, why not create a calendar using pictures that chronicle your time together. You don’t even need a sophisticated graphics program to do this. Microsoft Word has a number of 12-month calendar templates you can use and customize yourself.
25 days of gifts
Or 26, 27, 30, 32, or whatever their age happens to be. Mail a gift to your friend once a day for however many years old they are. So if they’re turning 25, mail a gift once a day for 25 days. Not all gifts have to be big and they don’t all have to be different ($1 lottery tickets are a great, inexpensive gift that could turn into a big win). Also, don’t worry about making sure a gift arrives each and every day – you can’t control how quickly or slowly the mail is delivered. The point is to give them an extended celebration of their birthday, not to mention something other than bills and catalogs to look forward to in the mail.
Maybe your friend is one of those people who “has everything” or simply doesn’t like material gifts. Why not get them a lesson in pizza making or NASCAR driving, or a snorkeling trip or luxury dinner cruise – www.xperiencedays.com is a great website where you can purchase any number of activities in any number of states.
Even the friend who “has everything” could probably use a little more time. How can you give it to them? You can’t bottle it up, but you can give some of it back to them by cooking a week’s worth of their favorite dinner foods that they can quickly heat and enjoy or possibly even freeze for future use.
Customized bumper stickers
Does your friend have a classic catch-phrase they’re always repeating? Why not put it on a bumper sticker for them. You can create your own design at www.makestickers.com.
Is there a particular celebrity your friend just can’t get enough of? Give them a chance to snuggle up with their crush every night by having their image printed on a pillowcase – www.cafepress.com is one site where you can do this (it actually offers a wide variety of customizable products).
Yes these really do exist and if your friend wouldn’t mind a birthday greeting from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, or even a pink gorilla, this might just be a hilarious way to kick start their birthday celebration. One site that offers these services is americansingingtelegrams.com.
Have you ever received a really creative birthday gift? What was it and who gave it to you?