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5 Last Minute Birthday Gifts for Friends and Family

Friends and family are important. You probably wanna give them some extra love around their birthdays, but it can be hard to come up with that perfect gift idea. Gift giving can be expensive, and you might not have the means to run out and get something that’s really meaningful. Most of the time, simple gifts that come from the heart are the absolute best! If you’re struggling to find something for your loved ones’ special days, here are some easy (and maybe even last minute) ideas. 


Get crafty!

If you’re artistic, put that talent and skill to use! The opportunities are really endless with this one. Paint them some cool wall art, embroider a pair of jeans or a cute tote, or add some fun touches to a simple mug. Putting your time into making something unique to one person is such a special gift, and they’re sure to love it!

Check out the garden section

Who doesn’t want some extra life in their room? Pick up a cute plant from a local store and put it in a nice vase or pot for a little extra pizazz. Plants are great for decoration and some can even make the air quality in your space better! 

Pack a picnic

A picnic doesn’t have to be a romantic event. Gather your close friends and you can all pitch in to getting their favorite snacks (bonus points if you’re planning on a charcuterie situation). Grab a couple of big grocery bags, a nice blanket, and head to a nearby park or beach to enjoy eachothers company! Spending a nice day outside with people you love and eating good food is a great way to show someone you care. 

Bake their favorite treats!

If your friend or family member has a sweet tooth, this is a great way to go. You don’t have to make them a standard birthday cake or cupcakes. Get creative with it and have some fun! Try to recreate the macarons from their favorite bakeshop or try your hand at making a vegan dessert. You can’t beat something that is quite literally made with love. 

A year of something they're crazy about

Subscription boxes are always a fun option, and there are plenty out there that won’t break the bank. Whether your friend or family member loves makeup, skincare or cooking, there’s sure to be something out there that’s perfect.

No matter what you decide to get your friends or family members for their birthdays, they’re sure to love it simply because you put thought into it. It’s great to get gifts, but it feels even better to give something you put some time into. Happy gifting!

Micaela is a senior journalism major with a minor in civic engagement. She's known for her love of coffee and being funny online.
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