Celebrating someone special on their birthday is plenty of fun. It’s even better when you have the perfect gift for them. Whether they love baking, gardening or relaxing with a book, we have some unique ideas to share. Our list of 40 birthday gift ideas ranges from keepsake boxes and personalized candles to woven baskets and wall art. Look through our list to choose the right one for a parent, friend, sister or coworker.
1. Custom Mug
2. Geometric Clock
Try this beginner’s woodworking project. With a few basic tools and materials, you can construct a geometric clock that looks store-bought—great for a living room, bedroom or office.
3. Monogram Necklace
4. Handcrafted Bookmarks
Whether you’re looking for birthday gifts for him or her, a bookmark can be a simple yet welcomed present. Write an uplifting quote in colored pencil on the bookmark that they can use when reading novels or nonfiction.
5. Personalized Water Bottle
Perfect for someone with an active lifestyle, design a custom water bottle with a photo or inspiring quote. The best part? They’ll use this gift all 365 days of the year.
6. Dyed Woven Baskets
Dip woven baskets into colorful dyes, like pastel blue and pink. The result is a set of beautiful containers for storing items like jewelry, keys and knick-knacks.
7. Glass Coasters
8. Monogram Wall Art
If the birthday person loves nature, this monogram wall art will make a great addition to their home decor. Cut leaves out of paper and arrange them in the shape of their first initial or last name.
9. Keepsake Box
The best birthday gift ideas have a personal touch. Design a keepsake box for storing items like jewelry and watches. This beautiful piece will be a welcomed addition to any bedroom or bathroom.
10. Decorative Cheese Knives
These DIY cheese knives are made with polymer clay. Not only are they stylish and functional, but they’re easy to create in a variety of colors. The birthday guy or gal will love using these for carving and serving assortments of cheese.
11. Canvas Wall Art
Gather favorite photos to provide a meaningful, memorable birthday gift that won’t wear its use out. The possibilities for canvas wall art are endless, from a special family moment to a beautiful natural scene.
12. Tea Box
If the birthday person loves to drink chai or chamomile, consider gifting them a beautiful tea box. Fill the box with tea bags of their favorite varieties—plus new ones to expand their collection—for a gift they’re bound to enjoy.
13. Photo Trivet
Create a piece of home decor that will see plenty of use: a custom trivet. Choose a family portrait or vacation photo to embed into the base of the trivet. Whenever a warm meal or hot kettle is brought to the table, they’ll think of you with love.
14. Homemade Soap
It’s not just about what’s inside—in this case, handmade soap—that can make a person feel special. Create your own stained fabric gift wrap to add that unique touch to your already special homemade gift.
15. Air Plant Terrarium
Terrariums make a peaceful addition to your living room, bedroom or kitchen decor. These tiny works of art can display a variety of air plants, and make great birthday gifts for any time of year.
16. Custom Calendar
Design a gift that will accompany them throughout the year. Gather favorite photos of your loved one to fill the pages of a custom calendar. Each month, they’ll enjoy seeing the photos you selected and the captions you wrote.
17. Custom Birthday Card
Make a birthday card that matches their style, whether that’s a beach-themed design or one that’s all about fashion. Write a heartfelt message inside to celebrate the great year they’ve had.
18. Personalized Beer Mug
Want to get something unique for a 21st birthday? Customize a beer stein with a quote, photo or their name. They’ll surely enjoy this gift for years to come!
19. Cosmetic Bag
Follow a sewing pattern to design a zippered cosmetic bag that can be filled with makeup and toiletries. Choose a fun design like polka dots or flowers for a birthday gift that will see plenty of use.
20. Ceramic Tile
Showcase a single photo or a collage of beautiful moments with a custom ceramic tile. The birthday guy or gal can display it in their kitchen or living room on an easel stand—a classic addition to any space.
21. DIY Striped Mugs
Refresh a set of white mugs with ceramic pens. Create a modern geometric design with stripes in rainbow colors. Ceramic pens are simple to use but can make a big statement on a boring piece.
22. Stemless Wine Glasses
23. Stamped Clay Bowls
Make beautiful stamped bowls out of air dry clay. This is a lovely DIY birthday gift that can be customized by changing up the stamps and inks to create delightful works of art.
24. Tea Towel
25. Bath Salts
Pamper your special someone with relaxing bath salts. Choose a single aroma, like lavender, or a blended variety. These luxurious bath salts will give them the experience of a spa at home.
26. Cotton Tote Bag
27. DIY Velvet Bow Scrunchie
Sew a cute and comfy scrunchie out of velvet and elastic. Add a bow for a stylish touch. Pair this gift with hair products like shampoo or foam curlers for a complete ensemble.
28. Plant Stand
Build a mid-century plant stand out of wooden dowels and glue. Secure a potted plant in the middle, like a succulent or indoor houseplant.
29. DIY Body Scrub
Blend curcumin and coffee together for this luxurious DIY body scrub. It will soften and improve the radiance of their skin, all while being natural and chemical-free.
30. DIY Travel Chess Set
Does the birthday guy or gal love board games? Construct a travel chess set out of wooden cubes and a drawstring bag. They can take this on road trips or for relaxing days in the park.
31. Glitter Photo Frame
Add some extra magic to your favorite photos with glitter frames. Select candids from family hangouts or friend gatherings. The birthday girl or guy can hang these on their fridge or display them on their mantel to enjoy every day.
32. Leather Notebook
It can be hard to find gifts for people who have everything. Consider a leather-bound journal that can be used for everything from jotting down their bucket list to recording favorite memories.
33. Zodiac Wall Art
Looking for unique birthday present ideas? Print zodiac wall art for their home. They can hang it in their bedroom or living room for personalized decor.
34. Chocolate Dipped Cookies
Whip up a batch of sugar cookies and dip them in chocolate for a professional look. Opt for regular or white chocolate, depending on their favorite flavors.
35. Scented Candles
Whether it’s their 50th birthday or their 30th, a candle is a beautiful way to bring joy and comfort to their home. A scented candle, like lavender or vanilla, offers a relaxing aroma.
36. Cactus Mug
Looking for creative gift ideas? Plant a cactus in a mug for home decor with an eclectic vibe. The new plant can rest on a windowsill or end table.
37. Personalized Coffee Stencils
Have a coffee lover in your life? Treat them to a personalized coffee stencil. They can lay it over the top of their coffee, then lightly sieve a design onto it. Best when used with cinnamon, nutmeg or mocha powder.
38. Travel Mask
Looking for birthday gift ideas for someone who loves to travel? An eye mask helps to block out light, which makes a huge difference when they to catch some much-needed rest after jet lag. Sew a custom mask out of cotton and fleece for a cozy accessory that will become a must-pack item.
39. Succulent Decor
Ideal for a plant lover, succulents are easy to care for and add beauty to any space. Arrange succulents in the shape of a heart or star for a more personal touch.
40. Lip Balm Locket
Perhaps your special someone values simple, natural items. Gold locket necklaces are a timeless treasure for such a person. Make the gift even more special by crafting your own lip balm to put in the locket.
When your loved one opens your gift, they’ll appreciate the time and thought you put into it. Choose a custom gift to represent the season, like an outdoor patio pillow or a fleece photo blanket. By making your gift both practical and personal, it’ll be treasured for years to come.