Nowadays, in an age where we’re completely overwhelmed with choices on a daily basis, and everybody seems to have everything, something as simple as deciding on your other half’s birthday gift can feel super pressurised.
Not only do friends and colleagues always ask you what you’re getting for your other half, but strangers are always splashing everything over social media, which makes you feel like you’re in competition with others all the time.
The whole premise of birthday gifts is supposed to be pleasurable whether you’re the giver or receiver. For me, life’s not about presents but, rather, presence. It’s the people in your life who matter, especially if they’re willing to spend so much time and energy buying you the perfect gift.
I’d settle for just having my favourite people around me but, if they’re adamant they want to get me a gift, well – what can I say? I guess I can take it off their hands.
Speaking of, here are 5 of my favourite birthday gift ideas for him or her.
1. A Purse or Wallet
Birthday gift ideas for him or her 101: Nothing beats the smell of fresh leather when you tear open your birthday gift’s wrapping paper. Us girly girls, in particular, love a good purse – especially if it’s by one of our favourite designers.
Wallets are also a handy birthday gift for men as they’re used on a day-to-day basis. Choosing the right wallet for your man can be quite a challenge but Walletisland makes the decision so much easier! They helpfully review men’s wallets and collate the best options on the market to assist you with your purchasing decision.
I’ve used the site before when I’ve been debating on gifts for the men in my life. It actually makes life super easy.
2. Perfume or Aftershave
Ever had someone walk past you who smells so good that you consider leaving your other half for them just to be around that smell? Guilty as charged.
According to science, if we wear a nice scent, it makes us more attractive to the opposite sex.
Perfume or aftershave is one of the top birthday gifts for him or her as it’s a treat for both you and them! Plus, there are some really nice, luxury bottles out there by different designers that would make the perfect present.
3. A Watch
Most people think that you have to break the bank when it comes to buying a watch as one of the best birthday gift ideas for him or her. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth!
You don’t have to go with the designer brands – although, if you’ve got the mullah, then why not? If you’re feeling a bit strapped for cash, simply check out some brands on the high street. River Island does some lovely watches for women, and NEXT is constantly on it when it comes to men’s timepieces.
4. Tickets to an Event
Buying your other half tickets to an event you know that they’ll like is one of my favourite birthday gift ideas for him or her. Not everybody likes material things, therefore buying these types of people a birthday experience can be a great alternative.
Whether it’s taking them to a musical theatre show or to see their favourite band in concert, or even whisking them away on a romantic weekend, it’ll be money well spent for the both of you!
5. A Photobook
Buying your other half a photobook of your time together for their birthday is not only a sentimental present, but it’s thoughtful and it really shows that you care.
Top Birthday Gift Ideas for Him or Her
These are just a few of my personal favourites when it comes to my top birthday gift ideas for him or her, but I’m sure that there are plenty more out there!
Whether you decide to go with one of these or be original, it’s completely up to you. Either way, don’t forget, it’s the thought that counts – and the fact you’re there for your other half on their special day matters more than anything else.
What are your favourite birthday gift ideas for him or her? Let me know in the comments below!