These 17 Gifts Make Birthdays So Much Happier

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September 09, 2021

One of the things we love most about birthdays — apart from all the attention and pampering they bring along with them — is that they're a year-round thing. In fact, chances are that between your significant other, kids, friends, co-workers and other family members, you probably celebrate one or more birthdays every month. Though shopping for the perfect gift can be a really fun experience, with that many birthdays on your calendar, it can become difficult to find a personalized item for each and every person. Thankfully, food-related gifts are always a great idea and there's a plethora of goodie-filled baskets, boxes and buckets available for nationwide shipping online. Here are some of our favorite birthday finds.

Blake Lively, Oprah Winfrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are just some of the celebrities who count themselves as fans of Sprinkles' cupcakes. And for good reason too! The brand has gained a cult-like following thanks to their mouthwatering frosting-covered treats. Give the birthday person in your life the celebrity treatment by sending one of these Birthday Boxes to their door. Each one contains one-dozen of the bakery's signature flavors including Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Red Velvet, and of course, Sprinkles! It also comes with a pack of glittery candles, which can be inserted into each of the cupcakes for wish-making galore. For even more fun, add a box of Sprinkles' new chocolate bars to your order — something tells us they'll last a bit longer than the cupcakes do...

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This celebratory bucket from Harry & David comes with all the fixings for your special someone's birthday dinner and dessert. It's loaded with some of the brand's beloved products like Moose Munch popcorn, plus other festive add-ins like confetti cookies, a frosted birthday cake, dry salami, an assortment of cheeses and crackers and a bottle of fine red wine. Now all you need to do is come up with the words for that special birthday toast.

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If you have a person in your life who loves eating ice cream year-round (and if we're being honest, we all have at least one), this yummy birthday collection from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is sure to put a big smile on their face. Each gift comes with five pints in the flavors of your choosing, plus a set of beeswax candles and two packs of vibrant sprinkles to help them create the sundae of their dreams. It's literally the "cherry-on-top" of birthday gifts.

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Thought not as rock-solid as diamonds, these stunning candy crystals from Misaky are just as mesmerizing. Each one is made to look like real life gems and are made from a refreshing and flavorful combination of seaweed, fruits and flowers to give your bestie a memorable birthday treasure that just so happens to also be vegan and gluten-free!

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This whimsical offering from Cheryl's Cookies perfectly lives up to its adorable name and makes a great buy for virtual birthday parties big and small. Under the colorful lid, your birthday celebrant will find 20 individually-wrapped goodies including Cheryl's signature buttercream-frosted cookies, star-shaped sour gummy candies, pretzel clusters, a mini confetti birthday cake and a pack of candles.

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Your brunch buddy will love receiving this deluxe gift set from Wolferman's Bakery in the mail. It comes with nearly everything they'll need to enjoy a spread of restaurant-quality Eggs Benedict at home, including ultra-thick English muffins, sliced Canadian bacon and a box of Hollandaise sauce mix. A tray of ooey gooey maple-glazed sweet rolls and a bag of freshly ground coffee are also included, though they can make themselves a batch of mimosas to enjoy along with it too.

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Forget the basic paper birthday card; this ultra-sweet bundle from Sugarfina is the only thing your special someone will want to rip open on their b-day. We can't decide if our favorite part is the bento box sampler filled with Birthday Cake Caramels, Heavenly Sours and gummy Ice Cream Cones, the candy cube filled with Birthday Cake-flavored cookie bites or the greeting card that comes equipped with a pink, sprinkled-studded chocolate bar inside it.

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These picturesque cinnamon-dusted madeleine cookies have a secret — they're made from buttery cornbread batter! Each box comes with 12 super soft cookies, so whoever receives them can enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert on their b-day.

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This elegant gift set from Hickory Farms comes with everything your birthday individual needs to make an Instagram-worthy charcuterie board, including hard turkey and beef sausages, wedges of Cheddar, Gouda and Swiss cheese, jars of hot- and honey-pineapple mustard and an assortment of nut mixes. Seriously, the only thing they'll need is the charcuterie board!

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This birthday gift box from Sift Dessert Bar is pretty legendary. Flip open the lid and you'll see exactly why. Nestled inside, your bestie will find a giant (yes, giant) slab of vanilla confetti cake that's made up of delicious layers of raspberry jam, vanilla mousse and vanilla buttercream frosting, plus an adorable glitter crown, party blower, candle and a mini rainbow-shaped pinata. It's so cute, we honestly won't judge if you ordered a second one as a "just because" gift for yourself.

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It's a universally accepted rule that you should get the day off from cooking on your birthday — just ask anyone! This goodie-stuffed care package from Spoonful of Comfort makes that a reality for whoever receives it. Inside, they'll find a 64 oz. glass jar filled with soup, cookies, dinner rolls, a sparkly ladle and colorful confetti. Best part of all — the flavor choice of the soup and cookies is completely up to you, though classic Chicken Noodle and decadent Triple Chocolate Chunk get our vote.

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You can never go wrong with giving a box of Milk Bar's signature cakey truffles as a gift. This yummy assortment comes with two packs each of the brand's fan-favorite birthday cake and chocolate birthday cake varieties, plus their limited-edition strawberry shortcake flavor. It's the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth or those who want to keep enjoying the sugary taste of b-day cake well past their actual b-day.

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New Yorkers know that there's nothing quite like a pastrami or corned beef sandwich from Katz's Deli. Thankfully, this one-of-a-kind Birthday Box comes with everything your special someone needs to make the eatery's two best-sellers, no matter where they live! Inside, they'll find a pound (!!!) of Katz's legendary pastrami, house-cured corned beef and Swiss cheese, plus a loaf of sliced rye bread, a jar each of crunchy full-sour and half-sour pickles, mustard, Russian dressing and sauerkraut. The box also contains a package of Katz's mini black and white cookies, because no birthday is complete without a little something sweet to finish it off.

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This whimsical layer cake from Bake Me A Wish is literally sunshine in a box. Whoever you send it to will think so too — even if they're celebrating a winter birthday! It's made up of alternating layers of fruity-flavored sponge and white frosting to give you a unique take on the traditional confetti cake. For even more sweetness, add a box of assorted cookies, brownies or cheesecake slices to your order.

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Stuffed animals are always appreciated at any age — especially ones from Build-A-Bear Workshop! In addition to this adorable teddy bear, this edible bouquet comes with eight hand-decorated cookies in an array of fun birthday-themed shapes, like balloons and candles. Add a personalized message and you’re good to go!

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Champagne and Birthday Cake are a combo we can definitely get behind, and something tells us your birthday buddy will feel the same exact way. Luckily for them, those are the exact flavors they'll find in this mesmerizing Celebration Box from Dana's Bakery. The macarons can totally be eaten along with a glass of milk, though an actual glass of bubbly also sounds like a fantastic idea.

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Though we're usually the first ones to advise against playing with your food, this treat-filled jumbo chocolate cupcake from Dylan's was made to be broken into — literally! All your bestie needs to do is use the included mallet and get smashing. It has all the charm of a classic pinata, but the treats inside are so. much. better!

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