Do you buy birthday gifts for your girlfriends or sisters? Here are 12 really fantastic birthday gifts for girlfriends, sisters, or sisters-in-law that are more fun than just a gift card but don’t break the bank.
Need a birthday gift for a girlfriend or sister?
Since I live far away from all my sisters and many of my friends, and can’t take them out to lunch on their birthday, I love sending a little something in the mail to help them feel loved.
Here are 12 great ideas that are thoughtful, fun, and a little more fun than just a gift card. Plus, they work for basically any girl (even the girl who has everything) and they aren’t outrageously expensive! There’s something here for everyone.
12 birthday gifts for girlfriends or sisters
The NECKLET is one of the most clever inventions EVER. It’s a magnetic clasp for your jewelry so you can easily put a necklace on and take it off. But also you can purchase it with up to 3 clasps, so you can wear layered necklaces without any tangling. Seriously, I was skeptical, but I promise you it lives up to ever expectation. My mom bought one for my Grandmother for Mother’s Day, and she was thrilled to be able to easily wear her little delicate necklaces again. An awesome gift for women of all ages.
Not every girl is a ring kind of girl, but if your girlfriend or sister likes jewelry, a beautiful everyday ring is a great gift. A STACK LIKE THESE, or THESE or a larger STATEMENT RING LIKE THIS is a great gift idea.
3. Flekk cosmetics palette
This is one of my favorite gifts for friends. Everyone loves a good eyeshadow palette that they can use everyday, and this one is basically a paint by number so even the most inept makeup users can use it. ! I have several of their palettes and their FLAWLESS palette is by far my most used. It’s neutral, but makes my eyes really pop.
I used to feel like a candle was a cop-out kind of gift, but the older I get the more I appreciate a really fantastic candle. Choose one from a nice store, and get a decent size that will last for a long time. Two of my favorites are the VOLCANO CANDLE from Anthropologie, and I just recently heard about a brand called HOMESICK, and you can purchase candles that smell like certain cities or states or other nostalgic places like “Grandma’s House,” “Books,” or “The Pumpkin Patch.” So clever!
5. Fresh flowers
For the girl who has everything, a bouquet of fresh flowers is always a good idea. She’ll love having them on her counter or bedstead for a week or so. There are lots of places that deliver flowers, but my favorite currently is FARM GIRL FLOWERS. They make the most stunning bouquets.
6. Food that delivers
Another no fail is treats delivered straight to her door. There are tons of cookie shops that deliver across the country, like CHIP COOKIES but also with Uber Eats you could just order her lunch from Chick Fil A and have it show up at her doorstep.
7. Favorite drink cup
There are so many fantastic drink cups out there, and it seems like everyone’s searching for the best one to keep their drinks super cold, fits in their drink holder, and has a great straw. The Buy Guide raves about THIS INSULATED CUP, but if you’re looking for something a little smaller and super pretty, THIS CUP is my favorite.
8. Bright Boxes
Little $5, $10, and $15 boxes that you can order and they’re shipped right to your friend (those prices are the prices shipped). The best way to send an inexpensive bit of love. They have cute cards, little candies or hair accessories, and other fun gifts, and even themed boxes! Use code MERRICK2020 for $3 off an add-on!
9. Personalized sweatshirts
I love personalized sweatshirts, and these BLONDE, BRUNETTE, and REDHEAD sweatshirts are so fun. I bought a BLONDE one for my best friend a few years ago and bought myself the BRUNETTE one. They’re fun to wear when you’re together!
10. Favorite lip gloss.
Every girl loves a really good lip gloss. My favorite that I wear everyday is this Laniege sleep mask. It lasts for AGES, smells amazing, and makes your lips so soft and shiny. It’s a perfect option for a girl who doesn’t wear lipstick, or if you don’t know which color will look best on your friend’s skin tone.
11. Personalized jewelry
I think ever girl loves something personalized. This little delicate initial necklace is only $21 and would make a gorgeous piece for any girl to wear.
12. Loopy phone case
If you haven’t tried this phone case, you seriously must. It has a rubber loop on the back that makes it really easy to hold on to your phone and never drop it. You can adjust the loop to be bigger or smaller depending on your preference, and they come in tons of fun prints, like floral, leopard, gingham, and so many more. Use code ART10 to get 10% off!
Do you have other great ideas? Leave a comment below or over on my Instagram!