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The very (happy) birthday gift guide for all

No matter who you're shopping for — the impossible-to-buy-for person, the home cook or the hair care enthusiast — these birthday gift ideas are sure to make them smile.
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Whether the person you're buying for loves decor, tech gadgets or skin care products, we've got you covered with our comprehensive birthday gift guide.

Nailing the perfect gift is all about the balance between want and need, a tangible way to express how well you know someone and think about them. (No pressure, right?)

When weighing the options, it’s best to consider a few things: what do they enjoy on a day-to-day basis? What would they use but never buy for themselves? How will it fit into their life?

We broke down the options by type of person and ideas that fit their personality.

FOR THE #BOOKTOK FOLLOWER

Everyone knows about Oprah’s Book Club and Reese Witherspoon’s picks (which become bestsellers with their stamp of approval).

But did you know there’s a corner of TikTok that's all about exploring the printed word?

#BookTok is an influential sub-genre on the popular social media app where authors and readers can connect, share opinions, discuss fan theories, and post reaction videos. The robust discussions go beyond new releases and can reinvigorate the popularity of a book that was published years ago, like the inventive and magical novel The Song of Achilles (2011). Per the chatter on #BookTok, it’s seen a surge in sales (author Madeline Miller released a second book set in the world of Grecian gods, Circe, in 2018). The pair would make for an excellent gift set.

Who it's ideal for: Readers of historical fiction and bestselling novels.

Why we're endorsing it: Song of Achilles and Circe are both inventive and critically acclaimed novels.

Where it could use improvements: Books need to be bought separately.

Size/weight/dimensions: Paperback.

 

FOR THE PERSON WHO’S ALWAYS HUNGRY

The way to a serious eater’s heart is really through their stomach. Tap into the smash burger trend with a cast iron press, inspire them with I Am A Filipino: And This Is How We Cook (a highly praised, James Beard-nominated cookbook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad), or a make their morning with a Hamilton Beach egg sandwich maker (which seems like a novelty, but churns out picture-perfect, homemade McMuffins).

Who it's ideal for: Smash burger experimenters.

Why we're endorsing it: Cast iron is a necessary tool for this particular food, but can also be used for bacon, steaks and sandwiches.

Where it could use improvements: Be sure to preheat it and use heat-resistant gloves.

Size/weight/dimensions: Around five pounds.

Who it's ideal for: Anyone wanting to cook Filipino food at home.

Why we're endorsing it: Delicious cuisine written by two accomplished chefs.

Where it could use improvements: There are so many recipes, it’s hard to decide where to start.

Size/weight/dimensions: Hardcover.

 

 

Who it's ideal for: Gadget-loving cooks, breakfast fans.

Why we're endorsing it: It makes perfect egg sandwiches with a timer and it’s surprisingly handy.

Where it could use improvements: Takes a few tries to master.

Size/weight/dimensions: ‎17.78 x 17.78 x 22.33 cm. Fits one English muffin/egg combo at a time. 

FOR THE PERSON SUPER INTO HOME DECOR

If “you should remove this wall to open up the kitchen” and “feature wall” are their favourite talking points, there are many standout home decor options, like the HGTV-approved Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines brushstroke rug or an on-trend neon lightning bolt sign.

Who it's ideal for: Fans of Joanna Gaines’s country-chic decor.

Why we're endorsing it: The right rug can anchor a room.

Where it could use improvements: Limited options available in Canada.

Size/weight/dimensions: 2’3”x3’9” (multiple size options).

Who it's ideal for: The person who loves to Instagram their furniture.

Why we're endorsing it: On-trend, rechargeable (battery or USB) and fun.

Where it could use improvements: The irreverent style may not suit everyone.

Size/weight/dimensions: 33.99 x 12.95 x 2.01 cm.

FOR THE PERSON WHO CARES ABOUT THEIR HAIR

Luxury shampoo is definitely a splurge, but that’s what makes it such an ideal gift. It’s a little impractical, but also special. 

Oribe is like the Louis Vuitton of shampoo and this sleek bottle of Shine & Brilliance would definitely be a surprise to open (especially with the complementary conditioner).

Who it's ideal for: Someone who appreciates a little bit of opulence.

Why we're endorsing it: It’s a personal and thoughtful gift for the right person.

Where it could use improvements: High price point.

Size/weight/dimensions: 8.5oz/unit.

FOR THE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO CHILL

Unwinding is an individual experience, but there are some tried-and-true relaxation techniques, like a bath and a hot cup of tea. Tie those experiences together with a package of Goop “The Martini” bath soak made from Himalayan pink salt, chia seed oil and frankincense, organic “Snore and Peace” lavender, lemon and chamomile tea and a waterproof bamboo bath caddy that can hold a mug (or glass of wine), book and candle for a committed round of self-care.

Who it's ideal for: Goop fans who love a good soak.

Why we're endorsing it: Top-level ingredients and nice scent.

Where it could use improvements: User reviews are mixed; some love the scent, others say it leaves a ring around the tub.

Size/weight/dimensions: 24oz.

Who it's ideal for: Tea drinkers who are open to a new brand. 

Why we're endorsing it: Cute name, triple relaxation blend.

Where it could use improvements: Manufactured outside of Canada, in the U.K.

Size/weight/dimensions: 20 bags.

Who it's ideal for: People committed to lounging in the bath.

Why we're endorsing it: Waterproof, has an extension to fit different sized tubs.

Where it could use improvements: Will need to be stored when not in use.

Size/weight/dimensions: Up to 40 inches.

FOR THE BEYHIVE MEMBER (AND ATHLEISURE FAN)

Beyoncé’s Ivy Park x Adidas collaboration is on its fourth drop, a rodeo-themed collection celebrating her Texas roots. Typically, the products sell out instantly but there are a few all-gender, size-inclusive pieces still available, like this three-stripe blue-on-blue hoodie.

Who it's ideal for: Athleisure wearers, Adidas and Beyoncé fans.

Why we're endorsing it: Quality and bright colour.

Where it could use improvements: Sizing for all-gender is based on men’s, so read the fit notes.

Size/weight/dimensions: 3XS-3XL.

FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING

No one is harder to buy for than the person who doesn’t want a gift (like parents and grandparents), so this is when some creative thinking really comes into play. One way to approach it is by opting for something they can use a lot but wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. 

Bedding is practical option because pillows should be replaced every year. This Therapedic Cooling Gel & Memory Foam Pillow will definitely make it into rotation (and it’s great for sleepers who run hot). Add on a weighted lap blanket (the heavy feeling helps ease tension) and nap time is covered.

Who it's ideal for: The impossible-to-buy-for person.

Why we're endorsing it: Pillows should be refreshed every year.

Where it could use improvements: Firmness is a personal preference.

Size/weight/dimensions: 24" L x 16" W x 5.75" H.

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who likes sleeping or relaxing.

Why we're endorsing it: Weighted blankets can help with sleep restlessness.

Where it could use improvements: Design is simple (borderline plain).

Size/weight/dimensions: 25" W x 16" L.