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20 Birthday Gifts for Friends You Haven’t Thought of Yet

If presents are their love language, this list of birthday gifts for friends shows them how much you care. We found finds for grill masters, coffee aficionados and beyond.

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There’s nothing quite like finding just the right birthday gifts for friends. Whether you’re shopping for birthday gifts for him or birthday gifts for her, taking time to pick out something that fits their taste is always worth it. We found the best finds for everyone in the friend group, no matter their passions and personalities.

In case you’re going the extra mile and leading the charge on a birthday party, surprise guests with these fun party favors for adults and birthday decorations. It’ll be a celebration that’s remembered after the Instagram Stories have long expired!

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For the Foodie: DIY Pasta Kit

Who says it’s not appropriate to play with your food? This DIY pasta kit lets your favorite food lover embrace their inner child while making their own pasta and dyeing it fun colors. The dyes are plant- and vegetable-based for fuss-free fun. Complete their pasta dinner with a birthday cake delivery, because sometimes the best birthday gifts for friends are food gifts.

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For the Work From Home Bestie: Back Massager

Every birthday guy or gal could use some “me time.” This neck and back massager (it also rubs feet!) instantly turns their house into a massage parlor. Goodbye, stress. Hello, chill.

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For the Game Night Fanatic: Anomia Card Game

If your friend is always hosting game night, Anomia is a fun, fast-paced addition to their arsenal. With 92 different categories, it was design to play with everyone, from teens to old friends. Plus, it can easily be taken on the go.

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For the Kissy Face Devotee: Averr Aglow Lip Kit

Birthday gifts for friends who are always on the hunt for the next best beauty finds? Check! Ideal for beauty queens or the birthday girl who loves self-care, this Perfect Pout Lip Kit from Averr Aglow is moisturizing and softening. It consists of a lip balm, lip mask and lip polish that are made with natural ingredients for a healthy smile.

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For the Trend-Setter: FabFitFun Subscription

A gift of the month club is truly the gift that keeps on giving. This FabFitFun subscription box sends new items to their door every season, so they can try the latest products and discover new favorites. It’s a real treat for any birthday gal who always has their finger on the pulse of fashion, beauty, home or lifestyle trends. Gift one month or four—the choice is yours.

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For the Sports Fan: Ballparks Coffee Table Book

This leather-bound book ushers sports fans through baseball history. Photos and stories give inside glimpses into baseball stadiums throughout the U.S., examining their past, present and what’s to come. It’s a fun coffee book they’ll actually want to flip through time and time again.

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For the Grill Master: Gourmet Spice Pack

This 12-pack of spices lets your favorite griller take their creations to a new level. They’ll season their meats and veggies of choice with spices ranging from chili lime to hickory molasses to chipotle spicy. File it under the best grilling gifts for birthdays and beyond.

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For the Gourmet Baker: Chef’s Apron

You are what you wear, and this classic chef’s apron flaunts their pro baker status. Made from recycled hemp and cotton, it’s the highest quality apron they can own. They’ll don it while creating mouth-watering masterpieces, like cinnamon rolls.

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For the Coffee Lover: OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker

If they’re powered by caffeine, treat them to iced coffee on demand with this cold brew coffee maker from OXO (spoiler: it also makes hot coffee). It’s small enough to stash on countertops and in the fridge. Brewing starts automatically, so their coffee is ready when they are. You can’t go wrong with these coffee gifts, either.

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For the Writer: Papier Customized Notebook

Whether they’re scribbling down novel ideas or keep a gratitude journal, they need a beautiful Papier color-block notebook customized with their name on the cover. This notebook is available in a variety of different colors and paper styles to best suit the writer.

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For the Music Lover: Bluetooth Speaker

The beat never has to stop with this portable bluetooth speaker from Ultimate Ears. It has an outdoor boost feature and is rugged enough to handle being tossed in a bag. Psst, it’s waterproof, too! With 13 hours of battery life and impeccable sound quality, it’ll make your friend feel like they’re always experiencing a personal concert.

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For the Hiker: National Park Candles

Help bring the scent of the great outdoors to their home with a national park candle. The soy wax candles feature a wide range of scents and destinations, including lavender sage for Zion National State Park and warming cedarwood and amber for Yosemite National State Park.

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For the Health Food Lover: Blue Zone Kitchen Cookbook

The Blue Zones Kitchen cookbook compiles recipes from “blue zones,” aka the areas where people live the longest and are the healthiest, around the world. Each recipe is packed with nutrition for your friend who never buys anything processed. Home cooks of all skill levels can join in on the healthy eating fun!

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For the Wine Aficionado: Firstleaf Subscription

Who wouldn’t want to be signed up for a wine club as a birthday gift? Firstleaf curates award-winning wines from around the world customized to the taster’s specific preferences. Giftees receive six bottles a month based on their tastes, and they can chat with the wine concierge team for personalized suggestions. They may even discover their new favorite vino!

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For the Homebody: Cozy Gift Box

Treat them to the coziest night in with this gift box. Inspired by the concept of hygge, which is all about comfort and contentment, this care package includes a variety of soothing surprises, like a throw blanket, sea salt caramels, fluffy socks, a candle and dried flower bouquet.

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For the One with a Sweet Tooth: Levain Bakery Cookie Assortment

Gooey, giant and Instagram-famous, Levain Bakery cookies have a well-deserved cult following. But your friend doesn’t need to live in New York to get their chocolate fix. After all, nothing says “happy birthday” quite like gourmet treats delivered to their door. Trust us, they’ll be talking about these cookies weeks after their birthday.

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For the Pet Parent: Pet Portrait

Capture the love for your favorite cat dads and dog moms with this custom family pet portrait. The artist beautifully brings together the whole gang, including the furry friends.

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For the Bartender: Gin Making Kit

They’re always mixing up creative drinks when you visit, and their bar cart is serious business, not just decor. This gin-making kit lets them create their own gin with 10 different botanicals, so they can get even more inventive with their mixology game. Here’s even more birthday gifts for friends with a bartending itch.

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For the Yogi: Aromatic Diffuser

This aromatic diffuser helps them stay zen as they master their scorpion or drop into shavasana. The ceramic diffuser has a 100-milliliter water tank and nine soothing colors to set the relaxing mood. Bonus: It doubles as a home decor piece.

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For the Tech Lover: Google Nest Mini

We can’t think of a tech gift better than a personal assistant. Treat your friend to hands-free help with the Google Nest Mini, which can adjust their lights, temperature and TV, and play music and check their schedule. Talk about one of the best birthday gifts for friends!

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Kim Bussing
Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.