The 15 Best Birthday Gifts of 2021

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No matter who you’re celebrating, the right birthday gift says “I love you” and “I appreciate you.” But shopping for the perfect present is no easy feat—especially if it seems like the recipient already has just about everything they could ever want. If you’re on the hunt, let us help. These great gifts are sure to please a wide range of individuals, from kids to adults.

Here, the best birthday gifts to show how much you love them.

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Help someone create fun cocktails with this kit that contains spices and dehydrated fruit they can add to their favorite spirit.
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This cozy robe will make anyone feel like they are at a 5-star hotel, even if they are just relaxing at home.
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The book lovers in your life will enjoy being able to choose a new read from one of five curated books each month.
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Everyone loves a treat on their big day, so send these special birthday sweets, including birthday truffles, cookies, and pie.
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Have a toast to a friend’s birthday by sending them a bottle of red wine along with some chocolate treats.
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Anyone who shares a home or office space will enjoy these wireless, high-quality headphones that offer 40 hours per charge.
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This versatile speaker is powerful and can be paired with a TV or used with a number of popular streaming services.
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This gift allows someone to capture the moment, and then easily print, embellish, and display their photos.
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There are several ways to play this lawn game, making it a family-friendly activity for the beach, camping trips, or at home.
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This necklace can be personalized with a combination of birthstones and initials and comes in three different finishes and lengths.
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Jess and John Feller Infuse and Pour Alcohol Kit

Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

For the spirits lover, a fun and interactive kit that will take their happy hour to new heights. The Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit contains spices and dehydrated fruit picked straight from a farm to yield the freshest, most unique batch of cocktails possible.

Options include navel gazer spiced orange, blue Sunday blueberry lavender, parrot head strawberry jalapeno, and island time spicy pineapple. All they’ll have to do is mix in their favorite spirit—bourbon, tequila, rum, or vodka—then let the magic work for about a week.

Parachute Classic Bathrobe

Parachute Classic Bathrobe

This is a great option, whether you’re shopping for a man or a woman—who doesn’t love to feel warm and cozy? This plush, cloud-like robe looks like it’s straight from a five-star hotel, plus has all the features you’d hope for: deep pockets, a warm shawl collar, and a snug waist tie. As a bonus, it’s available in four soft hues to suit their preferences.

Book of the Month Club Book of the Month

Book of the Month Club

Any lit lover will swoon at the thought of receiving a new and engaging read each and every month. Here’s how it works: The club sends a list of five great books and the recipient gets to choose one (or more). It’s a great way to try new genres or dig into some perennial favorites without the pressure of browsing lists and making selections yourself.

Milk Bar Bakery Gift Box

Milkbar Gift Box

Who needs a birthday cake when you can have a sampling of some of the most delicious treats the world has to offer. Yes, that’s a mighty claim, but one taste of the cookies and truffles from New York City’s famed Milk Bar, and they’ll agree—owner Christina Tosi knows how to make magic in the kitchen.

This set comes packed with a handful of bestsellers: birthday truffles and chocolate birthday truffles (how appropriate!), a slice of Milk Bar pie, and six assorted cookies.

Harry & David Birthday Red Wine Box

Red Wine Gift Box

If you can’t take your BFF out for a birthday cocktail, consider sending happy hour to them. This box, which includes a bottle of red packaged in a special linen birthday bag, as well as truffles and milk chocolate-covered cherries, makes it extra-special. 

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Beats Solo3

If there’s any tech accessory just about everyone needs, it’s a solid pair of headphones to drown out the ambient noise of the neighborhood, household sounds, and office noise. This wireless option is a worthy choice for the job, as they provide quality, well-rounded sound for up to 40 hours per charge. Plus, who could resist the gorgeous rose gold hue?

For families or tech lovers, consider a small speaker that easily fills any room with rich, powerful sound streamed from any number of popular services, like Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Prime Music Unlimited, and more.

For maximum versatility, it can also be paired with your TV—a much appreciated upgrade to any binge session. Additionally, it can be paired with Alexa-enabled devices, so you don’t even need a remote—simply use voice control to tweak the sound to your liking.

Kodak Zink Smile Instant Print Digital Camera

Kodak Smile Instant Camera

Sure, their smartphone probably takes some pretty great pictures, but here’s something it can’t do: print those awesome snapshots in a flash. This slim camera does just that, so you can focus, snap, and print all within a matter of a minute. For an extra element of fun, you can even embellish photos with borders, stickers, and filters, then print them on sticky back paper for easy display.



If you know someone who loves classic lawn games, like cornhole or spike ball, this makes a great addition to their collection of fun outdoor activities. In the game, which has been billed as the next generation cornhole, players attempt to toss their bean bag into the other player’s bucket, scoring points dependent on what tier the bag lands in.

MignonandMignon Personalized Birthstone Necklace

Birthstone Necklace

An especially great gift for mothers, this pretty family tree necklace can be personalized with any combination of loved ones' birthstones and initials. To make it perfect for them, simply choose from three finishes—rose gold-plated, gold-plated, or silver-plated—add up to four personalized gems and leaves, then choose from three lengths.

Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class


This special MasterClass by Michelin-star chef Thomas Kellar will appeal to both novice and avid cooks alike. Through each lesson, they’ll learn important fundamental cooking techniques—how to perfectly poach an egg or how to make pasta by hand—plus learn all about the most essential cookware every kitchen should have. 

Uncommon Goods Birthday Cake in a Mug

Birthday Cake in a Mug

You may not be able to bake your bestie a cake, but you can ensure they get their fill with this clever kit. Though the onice of baking is technically on them, it couldn’t be simpler. The sweet kit includes a ceramic mug, chocolate cake mix, multi-colored sprinkles, and a candle. All they have to do to make their special cake? Pour all of the baking ingredients into the mug and microwave for about a minute.

Singing Machine Bluetooth Karaoke System with LED Disco Lights

kid's karoake

For a fun at-home activity both kids and adults will love, give this karaoke machine. It’s affordable and simple to operate, but doesn’t lack functionality. It’s compatible with Bluetooth for wireless streaming from Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Youtube, and other music services, as well as CDs. What’s more, it has two microphone jacks and 50 multicolored lights, so they can easily host a little friendly singing competition. (The second microphone is sold separately.)

Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Birthday Book


If you’re looking for a clever way to celebrate a milestone birthday, consider this unique personalized book of New York Times front pages from each year since their birth. For an extra-special touch, the awesome coffee table tome is personalized with their name and birth date and preserved in an attractive library-style binding.

VITRUVI Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser

Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser VITRUVI

Is there any better gift than the gift of calm? A sleek essential oil diffuser not only looks great on their countertop or shelf, but it will also infuse their home with any number of delicious scents that can help them relax or just create a cozy home atmosphere.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years, including The Spruce's lists of best gifts for the whole family, best virtual gifts, and best Christmas gifts for your best friend.

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