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Here’s a unique list of cool birthday presents that people will actually want! Buy them something they won’t throw on a forgotten pile (for once).

Have you been to a birthday party where the child unwraps a gift, glances at it for a second, tosses it aside, and runs back to the pile for the next gift as fast as they can?  (Yep, sometimes it’s your own kid acting this way.  I get it.)

Kids are living in a world of instant gratification and more than enough stuff.  But that’s a whole different blog post about the sense of entitlement.

If you’re looking for a gift idea that will make the birthday boy or girl stop for a moment, these cool birthday presents are just what the doctor ordered!

By the way, most of these ideas are good for kids of any age!  

Cool Birthday Presents That Will Totally Be Loved

 These cool birthday presents are an awesome way to give something they'll actually want to get. Plus you can get some free stock!!

Hey, if you’re stuck at home for your birthday, no need to feel blue.  Check out all these ways to have fun on your birthday at home.

Scratch Off Poster

One look at Facebook will tell you that people are proud of their collection of accomplishments.

Like the number of states they’ve been to.

Or the books they’ve read or video games they’ve played.

Celebrate it with one of these super cool scratch off posters!


Gift card for a massage.  90% of all women need this, I promise.


Yes, clothes is supposed to be the boring gift, but hear me out.  You can turn this into a very cool birthday present by choosing carefully.

Older kids love getting name brand clothes, but maybe Mama isn’t willing to spring $30 for a t-shirt.  Imagine how excited they’ll be to get the clothing they’ve been wanting since back to school shopping season!

Adults might love a themed t-shirt about their profession or hobbies.

(Those kind of shirts on Amazon are pretty iffy, unfortunately.  Most of them have really bad reviews.  Try Etsy for better options…and feel good about supporting a small business!)

Comfy slippers are a luxury that most moms would love to have!

Little ones love to dress up.  My boys used to live in their superhero cap and masks.  (By the way, these capes on Etsy are absolutely adorable at a budget friendly price.)

Superhero mask and cape


How about a set of tickets for an upcoming game, event, or movie?

Take the birthday guy or gal out for some fun one on one time.

No time?  That’s ok.  

Most parents would rather take their kids to use tickets than add more “stuff” to the house.

For older giftees, see if there are interesting conventions coming to town.  Remember that you can often find discounted tickets at grocery stores and credit unions.

Groupon has discounts on local events all the time.  Be sure to look there first.


Most people have something they’d like to save up their money to buy.  Help them get there a little faster!

Make giving cash even more fun by rolling it into balloons and then blowing them up (so they pop each balloon to get another dollar).

You could also fold money into fun shapes.  Use it to bookmark pages in a book or stick it in a boring looking package for added suspense.

Outside Toys or Equipment

Upgrade their sporting equipment.  Get them accessories for their bike or an iTunes card so they can listen to music while they run.

Our whole family loves these slingshot rockets.  (Great gift for any age!)


Pop Tarts are a special treat around here, so my kids really love having a whole box to themselves.  Smiley face cookies from a local bakery are another delicious treat.

Personally, a box of donuts is just about the perfect gift for any occasion.  😉

Create a basket of treats from their hometown!  (Beware any food allergies or intolerances!)


If you’re at all interested in saving or investing money, you’ve probably thought about giving the gift of stock.

Then you looked up the price and quickly changed your mind.  (Your budget was probably eaten up by the fees alone!)

Well you aren’t the only one who’s ever thought this way.  That’s why the smarties at Stockpile decided to make this gift affordable.

You might not be able to give your techy buddy stock in Apple…but you can give him part of a stock.  Or your niece who lives in a princess dress can own part of a Disney stock.

It’s affordable for you and interesting to them.

Here’s how it works:

Stockpile Information

How much fun would it be to buy stock in Campbell (who makes Goldfish crackers) for a child, and wrap a bag of Goldfish to help them understand the gift?

Then, whenever someone pulls out a bag of Goldfish, the kid will remember (and will probably loudly tell everyone that they own part of Goldfish!).

You can use any amount from $1 to $2000!  That makes this gift perfect for nearly any occasion!

This is a cool birthday present for people of any age.  Remember this when you’re trying to buy for the person who has everything.

These are some cool birthday presents that will give your loved one a happy day!

Plus, not one thing on this list will suddenly turn itself on in the middle of the night and creep you out. So who cares if batteries are included?

Next up, check out the fun things to do on your birthdays (many of them are free!).

15 Cheap or Free Things to do for a Birthday

What’s the coolest birthday present you’ve ever received?

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