Birthday gifts for friends tend to be some of the most fun to give, you (hopefully, at the very least) know their interests, which shrinks the pool significantly. That said, it can still be a challenge to find something that they don’t already own.
Perhaps your friend loves gardening, but they already have the watering can and shears — what then? Or maybe they’ve gotten into virtual workouts and already have all of the necessary dumbbells and mats — how to find something delightfully unexpected?
To help you find the ideal birthday gift for your friend, we’ve rounded up some favorite products we’ve written about, and have also surfaced some new ones — read on for worthy presents for pals of all kinds, from the one who just got into gardening, to the one who finds cleaning “meditative.”
What Are Those Not-so-common Birthday Gifts?
If your friend has whole-heartedly embraced the slides movement, you can’t go wrong by giving a pair of the most classic lace-free shoes of all time: Birkenstock Boston clogs. This is for those friends who’ve sworn off laced shoes, give their feet a complete makeover.
Your friend might be spending a bit more time at their desk at home these days, which means it might be time to upgrade the desk lamp they’ve had since college. Gift them this one simple yet stylish one, the clamp spotlight that will illuminate their desk.
Most people could use some extra sleep these days, and if your friend has been tossing and turning, they’ll appreciate this blackout sleep eye mask, which will keep them asleep till Saturday noon.
Remember these IQ test games you used to see at diners every once in a while? We picked one up recently, and it is one of the favorite weekend games that our friends and their kids pick up and play with.
We are always on the hunt for unusual gifts to bring to friends we visit over the summer, and we’re going to stock up on this.
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