A birthday is a special day. It is a chance for family and friends to make them feel special and show your appreciation to have them in your lives, and it is a chance for them to celebrate another year. It is traditional to give a gift to a person on their birthday but some people are easier to buy for than others. Ideally, you want the gift to have some meaning, perhaps be something personal, or at least be something you know they will use or like. For example, for a gardener, a galvanised watering can could be a good gift. If you are looking to give something to someone you do not know as well then hampers, flowers, even gift certificates tend to be appreciated. Here is a closer look at what some of the popular trends in gifts are.

1) Peronalized gifts

You can personalise almost anything nowadays. If the place you choose to buy a quality waxed canvas toiletry bag from does not offer personalisation you can buy it and take it somewhere to have it done. Mugs, t-shirts, keyrings, handkerchiefs, pens and so on are popular options to have their name placed on them.

2) Fun gift baskets assembled yourself

There are a lot of places that do fun gift baskets and hampers, but if you have the time putting one together yourself adds some love and you can make sure everything is suitable. Make a movie basket with popcorn, crisps, chocolate and a movie, or a BBQ basket with sauces, spices, rubs, tongs and beer!

3) Subscriptions to magazines or gift clubs

There are a lot of subscriptions you could sign them up for. Magazines in an area of interest they have, or you could sign them up for a gift a month thing. Get wine, beer, cheese, chocolates once a month for a year. Yes please!

4) Gadgets and tools

A lot of people love the latest gadgets and tools so maybe that is something you could look into. Fancy thermometers for cooking, an electronic rangefinder for a golfer, a wrist watch for a diver. Some are more fun than anything but there are a lot of gadgets at a range of costs, you do not have to spend a fortune on them.

5) The gift of time

If you do not want to get them another thing, or they have indicated they have enough things, how about the gift of time. Tell them you will cut their lawn for the next 3 months, or clean their pool, or handle the paint job they were planning in the front room. You can take a job away from them, one they do not enjoy doing, and allow them to have that time to spend any way they want!

6) Something connected to a hobby they have

A lot of people have a hobby or two so if you know them well enough you can buy something connected to that. A golfer might like their golfing fees paid for, for the year. A gardener might like a new tool like a galvanised watering can, a reader might like the new book from their favourite author.