Buying birthday gifts is a whole lot more challenging today than it was in years past. There are more options than ever these days, particularly for electronic and leisure products.
So how can you know what people would actually want (and use) these days? And what are some useful birthday gifts that you can comfortably afford without a limitless pocketbook?
If you need some pointers, we’ve picked out a range of must-have and splurge-worthy birthday gift ideas to accommodate tight and more flexible budgets.
Included in this list are some favorites that our customers have bid on and won at a bargain price as well as our top birthday present ideas from third-party retailers and online stores.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the top twenty-five birthday gift ideas that you can’t go wrong with, no matter your budget.
Waterproof Action Camera
One of the best gifts for college students, travelers and, frankly, any thrill-seeker is a waterproof, ultra action camera.
Audio-enabled, wanderlust-ready cameras allow you to capture images and record video footage of off-road bike trips, underwater dives or any of life’s great adventures.
The Schultz Titan 4k Waterproof Action Camera, for example, records in 4K Ultra HD with maximum picture and video resolution.
This all-in-one camera deal includes waterproof housing; a variety of adapter, pole and bike mounts; secure bandages; WiFi connectivity; and a replaceable battery to prepare you for any climate, terrain or activity!
With all of its accessories and adhesives, this “ride or die” camera makes for an unforgettable yet relatively inexpensive birthday gift idea that can go wherever the trail may lead.
Inflatable Camping Chair for Two
If you’re looking for fun yet cheap birthday gifts, look no further than an inflatable, two-person camping chair.
This Fatboy Lamzac Inflatable Camping Chair, for example, is great for taking on an outdoor adventure. It’s dirt and moisture repellent and comes with a convenient carrying bag for easy transport.
Electric Wine Opener
An electric opener is any wine lover’s dream gift.
No longer will your gift recipient have to struggle to get the cork out. Enjoying an evening glass of wine is easier than ever with some corkscrew automation.
This Berghoff Geminis Electric Wine Opener is a no-brainer to operate. These also have a cool and sleek profile, making them the fun yet cheap birthday gifts for women and men of any age (above the legal limit, of course).
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any guy or gal who wouldn’t want a portable charger in today’s digital age.
Mobile tablet and smartphone chargers are especially great birthday gift ideas for trailblazers and busy bees who are always on the go and in need of a charge.
This Tablet and Smartphone Portable Charger is a great snag with its dual-port design that allows you to charge two devices at once.
Handmade Duffel Bag
Duffel bags and totes, especially those that are handmade, are fantastic birthday present ideas for teen girls and young adults. With their generous storage capabilities, they are perfect for overnighters and short trips.
This Handmade Duffel Bag from The Barrel Shack is nice and roomy with a unique design and ample storage space. And with a combination of fabric and leather, it provides a perfect mix of old-world elegance and modern-day tote style.
Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
It’s much more convenient to be hands-free than “plugged in” on a call or while listening to music.
With bluetooth headphones, you can take the jam along with you just about anywhere you go — whether it’s around town, at the pool or golf course, or throughout the house.
These Schultz Q-Tech Wireless Bluetooth Earphones feature complete remote control, up to 8 hours of audio and call time, ambient noise reduction, and different sized earbuds for endless flexibility.
Providing the ultimate audio experience, this package earphone deal is one of favorite, relatively cheap birthday gift ideas that you can’t go wrong with.
Sometimes the couch side and end table just doesn’t cut it. Especially if there are animals running around, or if you like to lay back on an incline. A couch caddy helps you truly relax without worrying about spilling, making it a fantastic birthday present idea for anyone on your list.
This Couch and Recliner Drink Caddy securely holds coffee cups, wine glasses, and more right next to you while you’re relaxing on the couch, chair or bed. What an ingenious birthday present, right?
Dual Function Pressure Cooker
Pressure cookers continue to rise in popularity with their ability to whip up healthy and flavorful meals in record time. And with their endless application potential, these next-generation cooking equipment are guaranteed to make sure-fire excellent birthday gifts for men and women of all ages.
This true-and-tried Chef’s Design Dual Function Pressure Cooker is a budget-friendly option that you can bid on to lower the cost even further. Plus, it comes with a tempered glass covered that converts into a traditional sauce pan.
We all love a good watch, especially one that’s high-quality and stylish. Leather watches with rich and true color make for thoughtful yet affordable birthday gift ideas for professionals and fashionistas alike.
The Sophie & Freda Sonoma with Swarovski Crystals watch is an eye-catcher with it’s beautiful teal color, leather crocodile-embossed strap, and polished alloy case. It’s also water-resistant and comes with a 10-year warranty making it another excellent birthday gift deal.
Stylish Backpack for Everyday Use
Many teens and young adults love a go-to backpack for the daily commute and when on the move. Backpacks are also perfect for new parents who need to lug around wipes, toys, and diapers.
This rustic, country-style Bruce Backpack from The Barrel Shack is ultra-stylish and makes carrying your belongings hassle-free. It includes pockets and interior storage compartments for maximum organization.
Computerized Embroidery Machine
Are you hunting for gift ideas for girls or guys with imaginative minds? Have you ever heard of a computerized sewing and embroidery machine? These revolutionary embroidery machines bring creative visions to life.
This new-wave Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine with Color LCD Display creates embroideries and quilts in full color with more design, more fonts, and features than ever before. Is it fair to say this is one birthday gift idea that you hadn’t thought of yet?
Weather-Resistant Down Jacket
Down jackets that can provide the weather resistance of a raincoat and the warmth of a puffer jacket without all the bulk make for extremely useful birthday gifts.
They can last through a lifetime of travel and adventure.
This Adamant Artix Water-Resistant Reversible Down Jacket, for example, provides a fantastic way to stay snug and warm while weathering any storm.
The two-way hooded parka also comes with two side-entry pockets and a storage bag,
Bluetooth Headphones + Gaming Console
Is your birthday gift for a teen boy or a millennial who just loves playing video games? If you’re nodding your head yes, then we’re sure they’d like a set of bluetooth headphones and gaming console to totally immerse themselves in a gaming session or some tunes.
These Schultz Q-Tech Bluetooth Headphones + Xbox One Gaming Console features noise cancellation technology and plush cushioning. The package also comes with a carrying case, charging cable and an aux if they prefer to plug in and not go wireless.
Portable stoves with electric currents are great for tight spaces, camping trips and any pop-up situation.
BergHOFF TFK Tronic Induction Stove heats up quickly, has a temperature lock and automatic shutoff, as well as an extra large surface for large pots and metals. Plus, it has an automatic shut off in case you forget to turn the burner off.
The winner of the last auction won this baby for just $80 bucks — a great deal on a gift that keeps on giving.
Now for the ultimate gift: the Apple Watch Series 5 GPS. On our site, you can bid on it to walk away with a bargain price.
With the Apple Watch, you don’t have to haul around your cell phone all the time. The watch can do everything an Apple phone can do: connect with people and info, navigate around town, track activity, listen to tunes and more.
Plus they’re water and dust resistant and bluetooth-enabled, making them one of the best birthday presents for girls and guys.
Climate-Ready Sleeping Bag
Super comfy, heavy-duty sleeping bags are exceptionally useful birthday gifts for men or women with adventurous spirits.
This Stormpulse dual-layer, climate-ready sleeping bag includes heat-trapping capability and an adjustable drawstring hoodie that keeps your head and face warm during cold, brisky nights.
Healthy Food Fryer
Is your gift recipient a foodie? Does he or she like cooking up yummy (and healthy) delicacies? Then you may consider a handy air fryer.
FitFry Air Fryer makes crispy yet healthy meals more quickly than an oven or deep fryer. With its cutting-edge rapid convection technology, you can enjoy crispy, crunchy foods that are moist, tender and oil-free.
Everything from fries, onion rings, and springs rolls to meat, muffins, and stuffed veggies is possible with this pioneering cookware. That’s what makes it one of our favorite birthday gift ideas on the list!
If he or she is an outdoorsy type, a camping tent that can fit a dozen people makes for a one-of-a-kind, off-the-grid living experience.
This Ozark Trail Hazel Creek 12-Person Cabin Tent features two closets, hanging and corner organizers, mesh and tablet pockets, dividers, a movie screen, LED lights, an E-port and more for a truly portable “staycation” camping trip.
It’d be challenging to find another all-in-one cabin tent at a bargain price. A great birthday present idea if your budget allows!
Tiered Wrap Ring
If you’re searching for birthday gifts for women, you can’t go wrong with hand jewelry. An elegant and bold ring, for example, is an unforgettable present that even the pickiest of gals would love and use for a lifetime.
The timeless Emrys 18K Rose-Gold Plated Tiered Wrap Ring, for example, is exquisitely crafted with interwoven tiers of sparkling cubic zirconia and rose-gold banding for a bold yet elegant look.
Getting it as a birthday gift is a great way to show how much a loved one or friend means to you.
Who doesn’t like a good massage? A heated shoulder massager is an especially thoughtful birthday present idea for anyone struggling with pain management.
Schultz Zycrapulse Shoulder Massager is like a professional massage session that you can get at home or on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Its specialized, deep-kneading massage head is strategically designed to provide deep relief on hard-to-reach muscles around the neck and shoulders. It also comes with built-in padded armrests and an optional heat function that promotes circulation, relaxation and rejuvenation.
iPhone Wallet Case
With room for a few cards and a bit of cash, iPhone wallet cases are great for active folks who don’t want to carry a bag on their daily workout.
You can throw your ID, bank card and/or membership card in it and head to the gym. Or you can use it to take the essentials and just-in-case items with you on a stroll through town, day hike, or whatever the day has in store.
iPhone case money holders also make extremely good birthday presents for teens and college students who don’t need a big wallet or don’t want to lug around a bulky bag.
This iPhone X/XS Wallet Case, for example, fits cash and three cards. It also has a little slit in the back that you can use as a kickstand for watching videos.
While more expensive than some of the other present ideas on this list, a high-quality generator can power all temporary and off-the-grid needs to bring peace of mind to anyone who owns one.
A best-in-class portable generator, the Sportsman Gasoline 4000w can power up an RV and provide reliable power during emergencies and recreational activities.
Waterproof Go-to Sneakers
We all need a good pair of sneakers for travel and everyday wear. Waterproof ones are even better for those out-of-the-blue situations.
These Waterproof Allbirds are weather and odor repellent and have insoles with merino wool fabric so they feel like a slipper. Plus, *if* they get a bit dirty or muddy, they’re washable so you can throw them right in the washing machine.
Knife Set with Sharpening Whetstone
Last but certainly not least, knife sets are truly memorable and incredibly useful birthday gifts. We all need good cutting knives for the kitchen, and when you have a top-of-the-line set, you’re good for a lifetime.
The Kamikoto — Kanpeki Knife Set + Santoku Knife and Sharpening Whetstone is a great deal if you’re looking for the best-of-the-best birthday gift to give to a loved one. In fact, if you know anything about knives, then you know this is actually quite a bargain.
The set includes a 7-inch vegetable knife, 8.5-inch slicing knife, and 5-inch utility knife (all with handcrafted Honshu steel blades) as well as a 7-inch Santoku Genten with a Kata-ha blade.
The knives are balanced and sharp with great handle quality. Plus, the set comes with a lifetime guarantee and wood box for safe storage.
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