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★ Birthday GIFT IDEAS List for Men & Women | Best Online Gadget Shops ★

Updated on February 18, 2016
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Creative Present Ideas for Every Occasion!

Every year I leave gift-buying to the last minute, then I panic and buy some generic present from the high street - but it's time to change my ways! I have put together this page to help inspire you to think of new ideas than the usual socks, ties and bath stuff, so I hope you find it useful.

Below you will find a selection of gift finders, a list of present ideas for men and for women, and the best places to buy the latest gadgets and gifts online, so that we can all be prepared when special occasions creep up on us. I've also included links to tutorials for thoughtful DIY kit ideas such as a cool shoe shine kit.

There is plenty of inspiration here for any occasion - from romantic gifts for you wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend on Valentine's day, to unusual birthday presents for family, and funny Christmas surprises for your friends!

The gift ideas provided span many different tastes and prices, so I hope you find this ultimate gift guide very helpful for upcoming celebrations :)

Chocolate Box

Chocolates are a classic gift, and always appreciated by any chocoholic like me! Another idea I've always liked is collecting a box full of retro sweets from the recipient's childhood.
Chocolates are a classic gift, and always appreciated by any chocoholic like me! Another idea I've always liked is collecting a box full of retro sweets from the recipient's childhood. | Source

Top-Rated Gifts from Amazon - All At Least Rated 4.5 Stars

Here is a varied selection of product ideas that have great reviews from satisfied customers:

Wabash Valley Farms Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper - Includes Theater Popcorn Gift Set
Wabash Valley Farms Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper - Includes Theater Popcorn Gift Set

Not only for popcorn fanatics, this popcorn popper gift set is bound to be happily received by a wide variety of recipients including families and young couples. Included in the set is not only the classic aluminium popper but also recipes, a 25-year warranty, 4 packs of corn and flavorings, and even gift packaging.

The resulting popcorn tastes great too by all accounts, and the popper is easy to clean and store.

 
One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

I've bought this one for myself because I find it difficult to keep up with a proper diary, and this journal only requires one line a day which even I can manage!

An excellent and affordable gift idea for all ages.

 

Gift Ideas for Men and Boys

- Magazine subscription.

- Food e.g. biscuits, cake, truffles, cupcakes, peanut brittle etc.

- Tickets for a concert, sports event or day out.

- Cufflinks, watch or other jewellery.

- Necktie.

- A briefcase, satchel, or bag (perhaps to fit his laptop/camera/iPad).

- Wallet.

- Sporting/gym equipment.

- Voucher.

- Games console/game/phone/other electronic gadget.

- Remote control helicopter/boat/car.

- T-shirt/other clothes.

- Belt/belt buckle.

- Shoes/slippers/sandals/wellies.

- Toiletries such as aftershave/body spray/soap/moisturiser/razor/scent.

- Lottery tickets.

- Signed IOU note - with a promise of beer/lunch payed for by you, or a car wash carried out by you, to 'cash in ' when required.

- Kitchen gadget like coffee machine/bread maker/ice cream maker/smoothie maker.

- Desktop/office/computer accessories, gadgets or games.

- Something related to the recipients hobbies or interests e.g. gloves for gardening, stick for hikers, specialised water bottle for cyclists, tripod or photo album for photograph enthusiasts, tripod chair for a fisherman etc.

- Outdoor game set such as croquet.

- Alcohol and/or glassware such as wine glasses and Champagne flutes.

- Food and drink hamper.

- Board game.

- Home decorations such as a wall poster.

- Keyring.

- Merchandise for their favourite film or band.

- A collection of iconic objects from the decade of their childhood. For me personally, examples would be yo-yos, Pogs, party string, Spice Girl merchandise and CDs, party bags, cyberpets, Furbys, scrunchies, faux tattoos etc.

- Socks/underwear.

- Hair products.

- Sunglasses.

- CDs/film DVDs/TV series on DVD.

- Book.

- Mug/tankard/flask.

- Piece of artwork.

- Speakers.

- Mousepad.

- DIY Tools.

- Car accessories, such as driving gloves, stickers, hanging dice, seat cover etc.

- Scarf/gloves/hat.

- Could do a fun 'survival' kit - such as for a student (with a can of Baked Beans, a cookbook, a sewing/darning kit, a corkscrew and a bottle opener etc), or for single life, or for married life, or for camping/caravanning - whichever is appropriate to the recipient.

- Wood whittling kit.

- USB stick/holder/keyring.

- Journal/sketchbook/organiser.

- Nice fountain pen.

- Alarm clock/wall clock.

- Corkscrew/bottle opener.

- Salt and pepper shakers.

- Calendar (paper, mechanical, perpetual or electronic)

- Letter opener.

- Wax and wax seal with custom monogram of initials,

- Waste paper basket.

- Punchbag/stressbuster.

- Doorstop/funny doormat

- BBQ apron and accessories.

- Swiss army knife.

- Spy gadgets.

- Headphones.

- Cocktail shakers and recipe book.

- Puzzles.

- Wine rack.

- Car wash, travel or shoe shine kit, assembled by you.

- Bookmark.

- Workshop apron or tool belt.

- Bird house.

- Framed family tree.

- Bookends.

- Beanbag.

- Car decoration like dice, or why not make one like these Rubik's Cubes.

- Belt/tie rack.

- Unusual or luxury food/drink.

- Poker/backgammon set

- Suitcase/large weekend or sports bag.

- iTunes gift voucher

- Nostalgic toys or sweets from their youth, or a fun kid's toy like a Nerf or water gun.

- A cookbook for the keen cook - whether it's how to cook meat, how to BBQ or how to do fine dining

Men's Watch

Watches are a classic gift for the special man in your life.
Watches are a classic gift for the special man in your life. | Source

Smart Journals

Diaries, journals and hand-bound books are an excellent gift for people who enjoy writing, keeping recipes or sketching.
Diaries, journals and hand-bound books are an excellent gift for people who enjoy writing, keeping recipes or sketching. | Source
Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Various Card Designs)
Amazon.com Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Various Card Designs)

For friends and family members who are hard to buy for, you can't really go wrong with an Amazon voucher...after all, Amazon sells everything!

The gift cards even come in a luxury gift box and are available in many values between $50 and $500.

 

Special Jewelry

For special birthdays or events, luxury jewelry is a popular idea. Just make sure you either know their style or you go for something subtle and timeless.
For special birthdays or events, luxury jewelry is a popular idea. Just make sure you either know their style or you go for something subtle and timeless. | Source

Beautiful Jewelry & Fountain Pens

Simple, subtle and nice quality jewelry is a great choice for women as well as men, and a good fountain pen is excellent for people of all ages and will last many years.

Handmade Pen Set

These beautiful pens are hand turned in wood, and I think anyone would appreciate the craftmanship and practicality of a pen gift set.

If you can't seem to find a unique or interesting enough gift, check out places like Etsy.com for an amazing selection of handmade products.

Photo by Different Seasons Jewelry.

Pen and pencil set made by Peter and Jane Cucchiara.

Photo Album

A quality photo album is a particularly good present for people who have just become parents, or if you are buying a gift for a wedding or big event. If the recipient is a close friend or family member. You could put in your favorite photos of them.
A quality photo album is a particularly good present for people who have just become parents, or if you are buying a gift for a wedding or big event. If the recipient is a close friend or family member. You could put in your favorite photos of them. | Source

Gift Ideas for Women and Girls

- Magazine subscription

- Food e.g. chocolates, biscuits, cake, truffles, cupcakes - perhaps you could make them yourself.

- Flowers

- Photo frame/album - perhaps with a photo included.

- Lottery tickets.

- Voucher.

- Craft kit or a gift you can assemble yourself (for creative types).

- Pampering products like body scrub, luxury soaps, pedicure kit, face masks, foot spa etc.

- Signed IOU note - with a promise of something like a restaurant meal payed for by you, or a treat like a free massage or - shopping spree to 'cash in' when required.

- Candles.

- Books.

- Lamp/lampshade/fairy lights.

- Socks/underwear.

- Mirror.

- Bag/handbag/purse.

- Make-up/brushes/eyelash curlers etc.

- Hair straighteners/curlers/accessories/care products.

- Perfume.

- Bath and beauty products such as bubble bath, body lotions and soap.

- Something related to the recipients hobbies or interests e.g. designer trowel for gardening, gloves for skiiers, art supplies for budding artists, tripod or photo album for photograph enthusiasts etc.

- Sewing kit.

- Pretty ceramic items like plates/mugs/teapot/teacups and saucers.

- Tickets for a concert, sports event or day out.

- Cuddly toy/plushie.

- Spice rack.

- Memo board.

- Key hooks/coat rack/umbrella holder.

- Journal or diary and a nice pen.

- Pillows/cushions.

- Throw for the sofa, or a quilt/blanket.

- Vase/flowerpots.

- Jewelry - ring/necklace/earrings/bracelet/bangles/anklet.

- Nail polish/nail art/manicure kit.

- Clock - wall or alarm clock.

- Handmade collage of photos of friends and family.

- Waste paper basket.

- Stationery.

- Floor rug/mat.

- Wind chimes.

- Cocktail shakers and recipe book.

- Umbrella.

- Jewellery box.

- Pre-paid beauty treatment/day out/adventure day/spa day.

- Piggy bank.

- Sporting/hobby/gym equipment.

- Electronic product/gadget.

- Clothes such as a t-shirt, dress, skirt, tights etc.

- Shoes/slippers/wellies/sandals.

- Kitchen gadget like coffee machine/bread maker/fondue set/smoothie maker.

- Outdoor fun products such as croquet, water pistols or a skittles kit.

- Alcohol and/or glassware such as wine glasses and Champagne flutes.

- Food and drink hamper.

- Board game.

- Home decorations such as candlesticks, framed art or CD rack.

- Merchandise for their favourite film or band.

- Nostalgic objects from their childhood. For me personally, examples would be yo-yos, Pogs, party string, Spice Girl merchandise and CDs, party bags, cyberpets, Furbys, scrunchies, faux tattoos etc.

- Sunglasses.

- CDs/film DVDs/boxset of DVDs

- Car decorations such as fluffy steering wheel cover, hanging dice etc.

- Scarf/hat/gloves

- Could do a fun 'survival' kit - such as for a student (with a can of Baked Beans, a cookbook, a sewing/darning kit, a corkscrew and a bottle opener etc), or for single life, or for married life, or for camping/caravanning - whichever is appropriate to the recipient.

- Calendar (paper, mechanical or electronic)

- Framed family tree.

- Beanbag.

- Bookends.

Go All-Out On The Wrapping

Gift wrap takes any gift and makes it extra special.
Gift wrap takes any gift and makes it extra special. | Source

Homemade Birthday Cake

Making a cake for a present is heartfelt and always appreciated (unless someone is on a diet!).
Making a cake for a present is heartfelt and always appreciated (unless someone is on a diet!). | Source

DIY Food Hamper

Putting together your own labelled food (either bought, homemade or both) hamper is a brilliant gift idea, especially for Christmas time.
Putting together your own labelled food (either bought, homemade or both) hamper is a brilliant gift idea, especially for Christmas time. | Source

Fabric Calendar Hanging

I love this calendar! A 2014 calendar is a perfect gift idea for late-on in the year, however perpetual calendars are the best option at most times because they are suitable for use in any given year.
I love this calendar! A 2014 calendar is a perfect gift idea for late-on in the year, however perpetual calendars are the best option at most times because they are suitable for use in any given year. | Source

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      beautysecretsnow 4 years ago

      Really great ideas - thank you

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      prejithp 5 years ago

      i like the key

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      terrywoodhouse lm 5 years ago

      Some good ideas - I like the roadkill

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      Todayhaspower LM 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Very nice lens. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I write a blog about gift ideas and I think that what you have put together are great ideas

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      PattiHale 6 years ago

      Thanks for this! Very good lens!

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      hitu007 6 years ago

      soft toys are again the great gift idea for women and girls. Unlike flowers they never become old and they helps you to make your memory live.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Nice ideas for gifts and great for a lens.

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      akrause2112 6 years ago

      I love these unique gift ideas!! This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful gift items! The items featured on this lens are very unique. Should have seen this lens earlier.

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      brittanyshaf 7 years ago

      man this is great! there are a ton of ideas on here. definitely adding this to my Christmas gifts lensography. great job!

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      moonlitta 7 years ago

      The most CREATIVE gift guide around! Nothing repeating the "most-looked-up lately" as far as I could see. Thanks for the wonderful ideas

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, these are really cool gift ideas.

      I agree with zapider, the wall art is the coolest...

      Here is some more gift ideas: http://gifts.herobo.com/

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      Gail47 7 years ago

      Very comprehensive list and some cool alternatives I would never have thought about. Sending angel dust your way!

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      zapider 7 years ago

      portable wall art is the coolest ....

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      WOW - I will never be stuck for a present for my hubby or brother now, bookmarked for my return! Lisa