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What Do I Want for My Birthday?

Updated on January 28, 2014

Tips for Making a Birthday Wish List

Another year has passed and you’re yet another year older.

Getting older doesn't have to be a bad thing, because luckily people have this really weird habit of wanting to buy stuff for you for your birthday.

Pretty sweet, right? So along with the want to buy you things, comes those questions asking what you want.

So, your Aunt asks you what you want; you were completely caught off guard and and somehow manage to fumble out the words “fuzzy socks and Twizzlers.” You receive a strange look and a hesitant nod of approval, then the the two of you awkwardly part ways.

You ask yourself in your head over and over again “what do I want for my birthday,” wondering if the answer you gave was truly something that would be on your birthday wish list.

"A birthday wish list, that’s it!"

That’s exactly what you should have and having one would have helped you to completely avoid that super awkward situation such as the one above.

So again, ask yourself “what do I want for my birthday?” But this time, have a pen and paper ready, or you’ll be receiving fuzzy socks and Twizzlers from everyone!


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Ideas to Include on Your Birthday Wish List

Some categories to consider when making your list:

  • Edibles you like: Well, you clearly already covered this category by requesting pounds and pounds of Twizzlers from everyone, right? Don’t stop at Twizzlers, though. The candy store is your oyster. Er, Twizzler?
  • Guilty pleasures: No need to go into your secret, guilty pleasures; some of us may not want to know why you wanted those fuzzy socks so badly. They have counseling for that, you know.
  • Luxuries you wouldn't buy for yourself: These are the expensive things that you refuse to buy for yourself, but if you have that extremely generous Aunt who wants to splurge a little, by all means.
  • All things practical: Maybe you have something that you use everyday that is beginning to wear out, or there is just something that you need all together; include such items under this category.
  • Hobby supplies: Whether you want to try a new hobby such as canning, or you have a current hobby and are lacking supplies, it never hurts to ask for these things for your birthday!
  • Clothing at that one store: Everyone has a favorite clothing store to shop at, and many of us are guilty of diving only into the clearance racks. Ask for gift cards, or specify a clothing item that you just can’t live without!
  • Good reads: Magazines and e-books and books, oh my! Whatever your taste, add these to the list. After all, you need something to read while you’re putting away all of those Twizzlers.
  • Furry friends: Not to be confused with fuzzy socks. If you have been wanting a dog or cat, now is your chance to ask! Just make sure you consider your local animal shelter for potential adoptions.


Things to Consider When Making Your Wish List

There are lots of things to consider when making your birthday wish list, besides what gifts you want. Here are a few more wish list tips to help you along:

  • Figure out who you're giving your list to: Some people aren’t as “loaded” as others, for lack of better terminology. Asking your 16 year old little sister, who just starting working, to buy you an iPad might not be a very fair request.
  • Listen to what others ask you: People are going to poke around for hints, so drop a few hints here and there to help them out. If they ask you straight up what you want, hand them your list. Don't worry, they'll appreciate knowing exactly what you want, so they don't get stuck with the "I don't know what to buy" blues!
  • Want something really expensive? A few family members may be willing to go in on a gift together and share the cost. Or, ask for cash to help fund the big tag item so you don’t have to buy it yourself.
  • Include gifts with a variety of price tags: When a friend or family member asks "what do you want for your birthday?", you have no way of knowing how much they're looking to spend on you. So don't side-swipe them with only high-ticket items! It's okay to include a few, as I just mentioned, but make sure there's a variety to fit everyone's budget!

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Know Exactly What You Want For Your Birthday!

Utilizing the above tips, you should never find yourself asking “what do I want for my birthday” as you will already be prepared with your wish list.

You’ll most likely not get everything on your list, and receive some things that we not even on there, but that’s okay, too! It’ll save some things for other occasions such as Christmas.

So, when you are faced with the question ‘what do you want for your birthday?’ you’ll have a better response, and a less awkward conversation.


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