2. A Portable Grill for the Frequent Camper
Camping is a fun experience where you go to relax and be in touch with nature… except not everyone wants to be fully in touch with nature.
Some people may still want to preserve some of the comforts of modern life when they go camping, so if by reading this you already have a name circulating through your mind, here’s a great gift for them: a portable grill or stove.
They can use it to boil water or even cook small meals when they’re out in the woods, and not worry about doing any damage to nature. Campfires can be beautiful, but they can also ruin the ecosystem. This device gives you the best of both worlds.
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3. Archery Sets to Hit the Bullseye
Have a Robin Hood fan in your midst? Then an archery set is a perfect gift for them, or for anyone who’s down for some fun. Now, nobody’s telling you to buy dangerous weapons for your friends or anything. Many archery sets have the appeal of looking and feeling real, but the tips of the arrows are either magnetic (so they stick to the bullseye), or rubber, so nobody will get hurt while the fun’s going on.
The best part is that you have some variety. You can go for a classic wooden set that’s just like in the movies, or opt for a more modern appeal. They even make archery sets for kids, completely safe, and completely fun.
4. A Polaroid Camera for Your Vintage Lover Friend
Some people long for the past, even if they talk about a past they technically weren’t a part of. These days, it seems like there is a resurgence of old objects that are yet again planted into the mainstream. One popular example is that of pick-ups and vinyl, which have seen an increase in sales in recent years.
But how about a polaroid camera? It’s an awesome gift idea both for friends who are this kind of old souls yearning for yesteryear, though pretty much everyone can enjoy taking and printing these pictures almost instantly. If you can’t find a true, vintage one, don’t worry. There are newer versions on the market too.
5. A Winery Tour for, Well, Anyone
Winery tours are fun, especially if you go with a group of friends to walk around the vineyard, learn more about wine production, and put countless bottles to the test.
These tours can be really varied, so you can even find some that include meals, and other treats, like this Melbourne wine tour that also offers a chocolate tasting. The tour also stops by a local brewery to check out some tap beer and cider, so the experience is more complete. Call some of your friends and see if they’re down with this tour – it can even be the birthday party itself.
6. Dog Robot for That Helter-Skelter Friend
Some people just have it in them to take care of others, while others manage to kill a cactus in their home. One nice and somewhat funny birthday present you could get such a friend is a small puppy robot and give them the responsibility of caring for it.
Don’t worry, it won’t cost a fortune. You’re not getting them a super-advanced robot. Just a small puppy that can obey a small number of commands and be controlled via an app. They’re really cute, and they can help your friend figure out if they want to take the next step and get a real puppy. Speaking of pets…
7. A Pet-Friendly Backpack for the Travelling Furry Friend
Unless they have a big dog that can resist taking really long walks, your friend’s pet may not be able to travel along with their human every time. But both the pet and your friend will love these types of backpacks created especially for pet travel. They are perfect for small pups, and even cats!
Most of these have either a plastic window or see-through materials to allow the pet to see the way and have enough air to stay comfortable. It can be used for trips to the park, or even when they need to go to the vet. It can also help your friend stay more active and walk instead of driving their pet to the vet or groomer. It’s one of those gift ideas that both man and man’s best friend will love.
8. A Meet the Meerkats Experience
The Australia Zoo has a lot of fun activities to offer, but their animal encounter variety really takes the top prize. You can pretty much have an up-close and personal meeting with any animal you can imagine, from tiger cubs to koalas, or giant tortoises.
But their Mischievous Meerkats tour is almost guaranteed to make you fall in love with these adorable creatures, so if you have an animal lover who’s birthday is around the corner, this is definitely the type of gift they will enjoy. The zookeepers will be with you every step of the way to answer questions and help you and your friend get closer to the meerkats.
9. A Desktop Arcade Machine for Nostalgic Gamers
Regular-sized arcade games may be a great gift to buy for a retro game lover, but they can be really expensive. Solution? A small, desktop machine that will still give the same experience.
This is one of those birthday presents ideas that are perfect for the entire family to enjoy. They can come in different shapes and sizes and include a variety of games, so if your friend or a family member has one they enjoyed as a child, like Pacman, you can get them one that will bring all those wonderful memories from their childhood back. What’s more, you now have a reason to stop by their house a lot more often and start some good, old fashioned arcade tournaments.
10. A Scratch Map for the Traveller Within
Everyone has that friend who’s always out of the country on some adventure. What could you possibly get them, since they already seem to have such an adventurous life? Well, you can get them a creative way to keep track of all the countries they’ve travelled to, and see which corners of the world remained undiscovered.
Scratch maps look just like regular ones, except underneath lie some tidbits and fun facts about the countries or regions depicted on them. Your friend just has to take a coin and scratch off a place they’ve seen, and relive the awesome memories they created. You should probably get one for yourself too, and adopt this travelling habit.
11. Gin and Tonic Popcorn for Those Special Times
For the gin and tonic aficionados in your life, next to that expensive bottle of gin they’ll surely enjoy, you can add some gin and tonic flavoured popcorn to bring your present to the next level.
Though these treats don’t contain alcohol, they do slightly evoke the taste of this classic drink, while combined with other great flavours. But, it’s its novelty vibe that really sells this product as a unique gift idea.
Or, if your friend doesn’t really like popcorn, would they be interested in some gin and tonic bathing gel? Because, yes, that’s a thing.
12. Mini Ecosystem Fish Tank, Because Honestly, It’s Awesome
Get a little bit of the wonders of nature directly into your friend’s kitchen or living room with a mini-ecosystem fish tank. The fish waste from the tank below fertilised the plants on top, and, in turn, the plants will clean the water to the fish and live in a clean environment.
These tanks allow you to grow a variety of different plants, be they for aesthetic reasons, or even for cooking. For instance, you can grow organic microgreens and sprouts to make homemade salads even healthier. It’s a gift that your friend surely has never received before, and one that will really make a statement with everyone who lays eyes on it.
13. A Cotton Candy Machine to Make Every Day Feel Like a Fair
Cotton candy is made quite easily if you have the right equipment. You don’t have to wait for carnivals or street events anymore. You can just buy a cotton candy machine and enjoy this sugary treat anytime you want.
Buy this for your friend and come prepared with the ingredients. As soon as they will open it, you can bet people will start queueing to get their hands on some of this sugary treat. And who can blame them?