Birthday Gift Ideas

Sure, you can pick something cool off of the shelf and call it a day, but the best birthday gift ideas come when you zero in on a topic the person of honor is passionate about. From there, you can find something truly unique that they’re guaranteed to go crazy for. This works for anyone you’re shopping for—a man, a woman, or even a child. The reader will gladly light that literary-inspired candle the next time she curls up with a novel. And the kid who can’t put down his phone? Well, he just may put it down to play with the retro-inspired viewfinder that features his very own photos. And, because you’re bound to have a question or two about the etiquette that surrounds gift giving, we’ve enlisted our Modern Manners columnist, Catherine Newman, to answer your most pressing questions about giving and receiving presents, as well as thank-you notes.

Unique Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List

Forget the typical cookie-cutter gifts—try these special, hand-picked items instead. Find more great gifts for everyone on your list here.

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Before you return to Stars Hollow on November 25, stock up on these shirts, prints, mugs, and more—all made for Gilmore Girls devotees. Oy with the merch already!

24 Personalized Gift Ideas

This season, give the people on your list presents that have their names written all over them. (Literally.) See more great gifts for everyone on your list. 

22 Affordable Gifts for Readers

These novel products will delight all of the book-lovers and avid readers in your life. See more unique gifts for the book lovers on your list.

7 Unique Gifts for Coffee Lovers

If caffeine is a must, consider these gifts high on her wish list.

10 Totally Awesome Gifts for The Instagram Obsessed

For the friend who’s more concerned with how many likes her latest post got than, well, pretty much anything else, these gifts will showcase what a loyal follower you really are.

14 Top Shelf Beer Gifts 

Know someone who can’t get enough craft beer? No matter what holiday you’re celebrating (Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary, or even just because), these premium picks are just right for any beer lover on your list. 

10 Personalized Gifts for Him

Engraved with his name, initials, or an important date, these gifts show that you went above and beyond to find something just for him.

6 Number Gifts For the Math Nerd in Your Life

These are for that friend who likes pi more than pie.