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Birthday Gifts

Need a birthday gift idea?

Birthday gifts can be just as much fun for the person giving them as they are for the person receiving them. That's why putting in a little extra effort when selecting a present can really go a long way.

Start by thinking about what makes the person unique and what is of special interest to him or her. You want to give a gift that the person will not only appreciate but also use, but one that will also come as a surprise. Another way to generate birthday gift ideas is to think about presents that express your feelings for the birthday person. This tends to lead to more sentimental than practical gifts, but may also help you come up with one of the most memorable birthday presents the person has ever received.

Popular Birthday Gift Ideas

In other cases, you may just need to come up with a birthday gift idea on the run. If you're pitching in to get a coworker a present or chipping in for a gift for a casual acquaintance, two popular options include gift cards and birthday gift baskets.

Gift cards are popular because they essentially allow the recipient to choose his or her actual present, taking the guesswork out of giving a gift for someone you don't know that well. They're also excellent presents for teens, who are notoriously difficult to shop for as their tastes and interests tend to shift and change frequently. Birthday flowers are another popular way to let someone know you care, and they are always an appreciated gesture.

Birthday Gift Registries

If there is a birthday party planned, one simple way to make sure that no two people give the same gift is to set up a gift registry. Let the person organizing the party know what you're planning to give the birthday celebrant so that he or she can keep tabs on who is giving what and you can avoid doubling up.

The amount of money you spend on the birthday gift isn't the important thing -- the old adage that "it's the thought that counts" is apt and true. Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that cost the least and come from the heart.

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