Discover the best birthday presents with our ultimate edit…
Of course, it’s the thought that counts. But when you find the perfect birthday present – that you just know they’ll adore – there’s no better feeling. The exciting anticipation of watching them open it combined with the knowing feeling of ‘I’ve nailed this’ is what makes gift giving so special.
Unsure on where to start the search? You’re in the right place. Whether they’re turning 18, 30 or 60 – we’ve got something special to commemorate every major milestone.
From personalised presents that will be treasured to practical gifts that will get used in a heartbeat, take inspiration from our round-up of birthday gifts below. Brownie points incoming…
Best birthday gifts for an 18th birthday
Turning 18 is a huge moment that deserves to be celebrated. They’re officially an adult and will likely want a gift that reflects this. Perhaps a special piece of jewellery? Or maybe a personalised gin glass? Here are our top picks to see them through their late teens to their late twenties and beyond.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera
• Built-in selfie lens and selfie mirror
• Credit card-sized prints perfect for sharing
They’ll want to remember their 18th birthday, which is why this Instax Mini 11 camera is the perfect present to capture their special day (and the many more to come) with instant credit card-sized printouts.
MAC Matte Lipstick
• Matte finish
• 30+ shades
Treat them to this matte lipstick, designed to stay put all day and night – perfect for those having big 18th birthday parties and need a lippy with staying power. Velvet Teddy (a soft taupe) is a great choice for every day, while Russian Red makes a bold statement.
Treat Republic Personalised Crystal Gin Goblet
• Personalise with a name up to 12 characters long
• Crystal gin goblet
A guaranteed way to put a smile on their face? Their very own gin goblet. This one from Treat Republic, can be personalised to spell out their name across the glass for an extra-special touch. Whether for gin or something else you can be sure it’ll be put to good use.
Treat Republic Personalised Men's Dual Leather Woven Bracelet
• Size: w21cm x h1.2cm
• Personalise with up to three initials and a message up to 15 characters long
• Made from leather
Searching for the perfect gift idea for him? Consider this stylish bracelet from Treat Republic, crafted from hard-wearing woven leather with a distinctive clasp. A thoughtful present, it can also be personalised with initials and a short message.
Best birthday gifts for a 30th birthday
Know someone who is approaching the big 3-0? Whether it’s a friend or family member, consider spoiling them with an extra-special gift to mark the occasion. From a new signature scent to a high-tech tool, take your pick from this edit:
Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette
• 18 different shades
• Highly pigmented formulas
• Four different finishes
For the one who loves to get glammed up, kit them out with this mega eyeshadow palette, housing 18 different shades spanning matte, glitter, pearl and reflective finishes. From dusty copper to golden taupe, it’ll be a smash hit for 30th birthday celebrations.
Philips OneBlade Face + Body QP2620/25
• Includes two blades, one for the face and one for the body
• Can be used wet or dry
• Three stubble combs included
On the hunt for a practical 30th birthday present for him? Pull out all the stops with this top-rated Philips device that can trim, edge and shave any length of hair with three stubble combs included (1mm, 3mm or 5mm). It can tackle body hair, too.
Best birthday gifts for a 40th birthday
If you’re after a gift idea for a 40th birthday, turn your attention to these wonders. From pampering presents to sentimental gifts that spark a smile – you can’t go wrong with one of these ideas.
Boots Extracts Body Butter Gift Set
• Contains four body butters
Beauty products are always a good gift idea, and this Boots Extracts Body Butter Gift Set is no exception. With four different scented blends (mango, shea, coconut and vanilla), these nourishing creams are a treat for the senses, as well as the skin.
Cewe Personalised Photo Coasters
• Choose a set of six or 10 coasters
• Can be personalised with photos
Coasters are a great gift idea for a 40th birthday present – especially these coasters by Cewe that can be personalised to capture special memories. Choose a set of six or 10 and give yourself some time to find the perfect picture for each coaster.
No7 Silver Illuminated Makeup Mirror
• 360° lighting
• Dimmer switch
• Two-year guarantee
A great birthday gift for any age, this No7 Silver Illuminated Makeup Mirror boasts a normal mirror on one side and a 5x magnification mirror on the other. Both sides are surrounded with lighting for effortless make-up application and easy grooming.
Best birthday gifts for a 50th birthday
Make their 50th birthday even more memorable with a heartfelt gift that will bring them lots of joy. Our top tip? Go down the personalised present path for a truly thoughtful keepsake. Or consider a gift that taps into their likes and interests.
Treat Republic Personalised Watch & Cufflinks Box
• Made from mock croc black PU leather
• Personalise with up to 20 characters
If he’s into his accessories (namely cufflinks and watches), then he’ll love this mock croc box featuring compartments for up to six watches and 12 pairs of cufflinks. To elevate it to a prized possession, personalise the silver plaque on top with a short message.
Sanctuary Spa Uplifting Moments Gift Set
• Plastic-free packaging
• Includes five products
As the name suggests, this gift will lift spirits in an instant. With five pampering products (including a body wash, body scrub, body butter, body lotion and a body puff), it comes with everything needed to indulge in some at-home spa time.
Dior Sauvage After-Shave Balm
• Size: 100ml
• Contains moisturising ingredients
Feeling generous? Spoil him with Dior After-Shave Balm, brimming with natural ingredients, such as cactus extract to help moisturise and soothe skin post-shave. Infused with the classic Sauvage fragrance, it leaves a subtle scent, too.
Best birthday gifts for a 60th birthday
A 60th birthday is a milestone occasion that warrants a special present. While the traditional 60th birthday gift is diamond, there are countless other options that are just as thoughtful and won’t break the bank. Perhaps an experience or a physical present – something they can enjoy for years to come.
Rituals Eau de Parfum Roi d'Orient
• Size: 60ml
• Amber and musk scent
If he’s big on loud, bold scents, gift him Rituals Eau de Parfum Roi d’Orient. Combining smoky amber with rich musk and white pepper, this fragrance demands to be noticed. It’s warm, rich and seriously moreish, conjuring the scent of a smouldering bonfire at night.
Lancôme Soothing Hydration and Strength Skincare Program
• Includes four products
• Helps to hydrate and soothe skin
A good skincare regime should be a priority at every age. Introduce them to Lancôme’s skincare essentials that promise to hydrate and soothe skin with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients. Included is Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream, Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Night Cream, Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate and Lancôme Advanced Génefique Yeux Youth Activating & Light Infusing Eye Cream. Find more advice in our guide to the best skincare to use in your 60s.
Best birthday gifts for a 70th birthday
Looking for the perfect gift for someone to enjoy in their 70s? You can’t go wrong with an iconic perfume, something that appeals to their hobbies or a memento that reminds them of a special memory. The options are limitless.
Home Collection 5x7” Gold Frame
• Easel-style photo frame
• Gold electroplated finish holds 5x7” photo
Beautifully accent a special memory you’ve shared in this gilded photo frame. Elegant and subtly striking, its sleek lines are perfectly suited for any decor and the frame is certain to put a smile on their face.
Sanctuary Spa Special Occasion Hamper Gift Set
• Six-piece set
• Plastic-free packaging
• Packaging 100% recyclable
Give the gift of an at-home spa with this six-piece luxury bath and body set. Inside its hamper, they’ll find a handbag-friendly hand cream, body wash, body scrub, body butter, bath float and heel balm. It’ll take pride of place on their bathroom shelf.
Estée Lauder Beautiful Eau de Parfum
• Size: 30ml
This fragrance is a classic thanks to its blend of enveloping florals. With top notes of rose, mandarin, lily, tuberose and marigold, a heart of orange flower, muguet, jasmine and ylang-ylang, and a base of sandalwood, vetiver and amber, it’s certain to reinvigorate senses with every spritz.
Treat Republic Personalised Leather Gardening Gloves in Brown
• Made of leather and suede
• Personalise with initials up to 10 characters
Are they a fan of gardening? Then treat them to this pair of luxury gardening gloves made of soft leather and with a suede cuff. What’s more, you can personalise them by getting the lucky recipients' initials inscribed. The perfect balance of comfort and customisation for the green fingered.