Just 33 Great Gifts To Buy Your Friends With Summer Birthdays

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Sunglasses with built-in Bose speakers, a must-have for any summer baby who prefers to spend their birthday at the beach.


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Promising review: “Great sound and you can still hear what’s going on around you. The lenses are good and since they are interchangeable, I think you could get prescription lenses made. I ordered a second set of lenses polarized for boating. Easy setup and works flawlessly so far.” —Southshore Guy

Check out our full review of the Bose audio sunglasses!

Get it from Amazon for $199+ (available in six styles).


Forever 21

Promising review: “This bag was a bit of a splurge for me with it being almost $30 but is super cute! Perfect for a little picnic or the beach.” —Shelby L.

Get it from Forever 21 for $27.90.


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My sister got one of these a few Christmases again and, not only did we have a blast inflating it, but she always swears by how comfortable it is! At the time she was living in Myrtle Beach and she loved that this lounger was easy to set up on a whim.

Read our review of this inflatable air lounger (#1 on the list).

Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in four colors).


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Promising review: “FABULOUS BUY! Great quality, and you can HIDE YOUR UNHEALTHY OBSESSION with JEFF GOLDBLUM in plain sight from those poor suckers seated on your living room couch! They have no idea that they’re sitting on the face of my beloved and the moment that I usher them out the front door, I will caress my beloved pillow, reveal the rugged face of my boyfriend, Jeff, and cuddle and snuggle with him for days on end. I’ve already called out of work a handful of times so I could get some Jeff pillow canoodling in. Seriously, this is a HILARIOUS buy/gift. When the face is hidden, it’s a very modern, snazzy-looking pillow. It’s also a REALLY satisfying feeling to flip the sequins to hide/reveal the photo.” —Laura

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 20 styles).

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A card game themed around the iconic Real Housewives franchise your Bravo-obsessed buddy will be begging you to play with them for the rest of the summer.


Who’s That Housewife

A fellow Bravo-lover reached out to me and said “YOU NEED TO GET THIS GAME” and now I see why! It’s essentially “Guess Who” but for anyone who knows their Housewives by heart. I can see them curling up with this with the air conditioning turned up on a hot summer night while the last season of Real Housewives of New York runs in the background. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to spend a birthday!

Get it from Who’s That Housewife for $55.

6.

A set of motivational pens that’ll make them smile when they reach for one at the start of their work day. Let’s face it — it’s hard to stay motivated during the summer!


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Promising review: “These pens were given as a graduation gift to a very special person. The reaction was great! She loves the pens and will use them as she goes on to college.” —Carol

Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two styles).

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Or a portable blender for your pal who prefers to start their day off right with a homemade green juice.


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This baby is charged with a USB cable and comes with an ice cube tray and a funnel!

Promising review: “This is so convenient. I bought this because I don’t like using a big blender and cleaning it every day. With this blender I just need to put in the ingredients and press the button. Plus the USB charging is great. I can charge it anytime and the charge lasts for a long time. I just charge it once a week at night and I am set. It makes great smoothies. The blade works great and really blends. Plus the color is really nice too. I can put the bottle in my purse, its is light and the lid doesnt leak. Five Stars.” —Ainee A.

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in five colors).

8.

A wristlet starring a sequin palm tree in case your friend’s style is more beach bum than flower child.


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Get it from Walmart for $6.97.

9.

A One Line A Day journal your BFF will love because they can chronicle their life without feeling pressured to spend an hour writing each night.


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I got this as a gift recently and I’m obsessed. I’ve always loved journaling, but recently life has gotten in the way and I wasn’t able to find the time to write. The One Line A Day journal solved that problem! It takes less than a minute to gather my thoughts and put pen to paper — and I still feel like I accomplished something! Your pal will, too.

Promising review: “This is a FANTASTIC journal centered on a FANTASTIC concept! I’m a hardcore journaler, keeping a detailed daily diary for many years now. And this journal fits right in. If I don’t get to my primary journal for a day or two, this book reminds me of what I did on what day, etc. It’s just a great little log. It’s also great fun! I just finished my first volume of this book, and it was SO FUN to see what happened on each day from the previous years. ” —Sarah L. Carnes

Get it from Amazon for $10.17.

10.

A 24K gold eye treatment to make your friend feel fancier and more relaxed than ever. It’s designed to hydrate skin and increase blood circulation — perfect after being out in the burning sun.


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The under-eye mask is also said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark cycles, and puffiness around eyes. It’s a must-have for a spa night at home with your girls — everyone will love the fabulous feeling these golden masks provide.

Promising review: “First, my husband made fun of me for wearing the mask while I was doing bedtime routine with my baby, but after I removed them he was like, ‘Wow, you look younger.’ You can definitely see an immediate effect, I still have to experience the long term effects, but either way it totally worth it to try and it costs next to nothing comparing to brand-named similar products.” —seattle745

Get it from Amazon for $20.97 (one set includes 15 pairs).

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A chic handbag with a heartwarming backstory that’ll show your pal you really put thought into their birthday gift this year.


R. Riveter

While this may look like a typical handbag, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. R. Riveter creates jobs for military spouses across the entire U.S. who often struggle to find work due to their transient lifestyle. In fact, 33% of every dollar earned on one of their products goes right back into the hands of a military spouse. This purchase seems like a no-brainer. Oh, and the quality of the bags themselves is FANTASTIC. Win-win!

Promising review: “My husband got me the Otto Signature Black and Brown bag for my 40th birthday. I have received so many compliments on it! It is functional and stylish. It keeps me hands free to carry everything else. It also is great when traveling, perfect size and it holds a lot!” —Kimberly b.

Get it from R. Riveter for $240.

12.

A floating beer pong table, so your friend will never have to choose between swimming or playing drinking games again (especially on their day of birth).


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Promising review: “We live on a large creek, and decided to purchase this for our 4th of July party. This is a great purchase for anyone considering it, and our crowd stayed entertained for hours! The size and quality of the table is great, and it has extra cup holders on the sides for extra drinks. This also has hooks on the outer edge so you can attach rope to keep it in place!” —Leah T.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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Or an avocado pool float to give your squad’s overpriced brunch birthday plans a run for its money — AND the pit doubles as a beach ball!


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Promising review: “I absolutely love my avocado float! I was worried the quality wouldn’t be that great but once I received and inflated it I was shocked at how awesome it is! Very thick material and exactly what is advertised. Coincidentally the first time I got to use it was Cinco de Mayo and everyone commented about how awesome it was. Perfect size and the main piece was fairly easy to inflate. The seed or ball float was a little more difficult to inflate because of how small the nozzle was but that was fine. I loved this so much, I plan to order more from this company in the near future!” —Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

14.

A seashell anklet, an excellent gift for your friend who has both a summer birthday and an obsession with The Little Mermaid.


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Get it from Alex and Ani for $38.

15.

Waterproof playing cards, so you and your squad can get a fierce game of poker going (just maybe don’t strip unless you’re spending the day at a nude beach).


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Promising review: “These playing cards are a HIT. I take them out with me for social events and when visiting people, even to the beach. We just play and play. So you can get them wet and they won’t soggy up and tear it just become a little hard to shuffle. It is so cool that they look like you can see right straight through them but you can’t.” —Tabitha

Get them from Amazon for $5.97.

16.

A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite that’ll let your bookworm buddy getting lost in a steamy romance novel without the entire beach noticing.


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My coworker Abby Kass has this Kindle and loves it. Here’s what she had to say about it: “I’ve been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it’s lighter, has more storage, and the battery last for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn’t have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book.”

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

17.

A personalized hair clip, so your friend can create a trendy, bedazzled look even when they’re running late and only have time to run a brush through their wild mane.


BaubleBar

You can customize this clip with up to seven characters (including the hashtag symbol!).

Get it from BaubleBar for $35 (available in gold or silver).


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I got this suit for my birthday and was pleasantly surprised by how secure I feel wearing it. The pom-poms are a delightful touch, but its coverage and support is where this product really shines.

Promising review: “I cannot say enough good things about this swimsuit! I have a 40D chest. I ordered the size 16 and it fits like a dream! The top surprisingly provides good support and the bottoms look super flattering on any figure. It is a comfortable suit and does NOT make you feel like you’re in a casing or tight fitting garment. I will be ordering at least two more colors!!!” —Joshua Bergerson

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes 4–16 and 14 styles).

19.

The Secret Language of Birthdays book, a must-have for your astrology-obsessed bestie who would love nothing more than to dissect you (and all your other friends) using this gift.


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If any of MY friends are reading this — can someone note to buy this for me next year? Kthanks.

Promising review: “First, I am not really a follower of astrology. I’ve had my chart done for fun, and look at the newspaper’s daily horoscope maybe 6 times a year. Having said that, this book is SPOOKILY ACCURATE. I’ve purchased this for most of my family members who are like me — we know our signs and a few attributes, that’s it. They all love it and it becomes fun reading at gatherings of friends and family. If you or someone you know has a casual acquaintance with astrology it’s fun. If y’all are into it, it will blow your minds.” —PCD

Get it from Amazon for $22.52.

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A customized Starbucks cup that’ll pay tribute to your buddy’s love of Disney and caffeine. Name a better gift… I’ll wait.


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Anyone who frequents the Disney Parks is familiar with the many Starbucks located around the property. The cups they use there are super cute and you can often have your name written (correctly!) with a Mickey or Minnie next to it. Carry that kind of magic around with you no matter where you are by purchasing this spectacular tumbler! You can even request a character of your choice to make it extra special.

Get it from TheLoveofPixieDust on Etsy for $18+ (available in three styles, two materials, and with or without personalization).

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And colorful reusable metal straws, so they can sip guilt-free on their favorite beverage without fear of harming the planet.


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Promising review: “I use straws for almost all my drinks. I’m always trying to be more ecologically aware and so I’d decided to invest in reusable plastic straws and when I did my search these showed up and I thought they looked really cool …and why not metal? I’m still getting used to the feel of metal in my mouth as opposed to plastic but I really like them and feel they’re a good investment in trying to leave as small a footprint as I can on the planet :-)” —Cat D.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sets of four, six, or eight, and six styles).

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Or a mini waving inflatable tube man that’ll make them want to throw their hands up in the air and yell “WOOHOO!” Your buddy is gonna LOVE it!


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Promising review: “I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9 volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness.” —Robert Wurstner

Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

23.

Deathly Hallow slides from Vans any Potterhead would appreciate receiving for their birthday. You’ll find them shouting “accio shoes!” before leaving the house from this day forward.


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Get them from Vans for $45 (available in men’s sizes 7–13 and women’s sizes 10.5–14.5).

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A portable Yeti cooler that can hold up to six cans plus ice, perfect for your pal who loves to pack up the car and go on summer road trips.


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Promising review: “I bought this cooler for a birthday present, and my friend loves it. She took it for a five hour car ride to visit her son in college on the other side of the state. She said that it worked great, keeping the seafood she’d brought as cold as if it had been in a refrigerator. ” —Robin Landry

Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in eight styles).

25.

Spikeball, an easy-to-transport game that is kinda like volleyball and will have your athletic friend grinning from ear-to-ear.


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My friends are OBSESSED with Spikeball. While I’m not super coordinated and prefer to be a cheerleader (I’m accident-prone, OK!), this game is one of the most fun beach activities I’ve seen in a minute. It has been described as if volleyball and foursquare had a baby, and can be played in a variety of ways.

Promising review: “This is a great beach game. Its simplicity as a spin on volleyball will have you and your friends the envy of the beach. On multiple occasions I was asked where I bought this game. Great fun, and a great product. Assembly was simple enough. It’s just plastic clips and then finding a way to get the net tight enough onto the hoop. You might think it isn’t springy enough but it will be. Remember… This isn’t a trampoline!” —Btschultz

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

26.

A Lion King mini backpack they can use to smuggle snacks into the movie theater while going to see Beyoncé voice Nala.


BoxLunch

*Listens to “Hakuna Matata” on repeat forever*

Get it from BoxLunch for $64.90.

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Or an oversized bag with a fun print on it your pal can tote to the beach during the summer and use for the gym in the winter.


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Promising review: “This bag is so pretty and well made! I got it as a gym/pool bag but it will probably use it for plenty more reasons. It has two small open pockets, and a large zippered one inside the main compartment which is also zippered, and then two bottle pockets and another large zippered one on the outside. This bag is practical and beautiful!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 17 styles).

28.

Stylish sunglasses they’ll love so much they’ll consider wearing them even on cloudy days.


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Promising review: “These sunglasses are well made. I was surprised at how nice they are when i received them. You definitely get more bang for your buck here. The glasses are affordable, high quality and very fashionable. Definitely recommended!” —Nash

Get them from Walmart for $42.46 (available in four styles).

29.

An inflatable foot spa that’ll leave your friend feeling SO pampered without having to leave the house — talk about a REAL gift.


Firebox

This is the perfect present for anyone who is constantly on their feet or simply suffers from irritations all summer long thanks to their cute-but-painful sandals. The set also comes with essential oil and a pedicure set.

Get it from Firebox for $20.99.

30.

A Queen Elizabeth II Funko Pop, in case your friend is truly convinced they were separated at birth from Will and Harry and want to pay tribute to Gam-Gam.


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Promising review: “Over the years I’ve kept an eye on Funko Pop to see if they’d come out with a collectable I’d like. When finding out that they were going to do a Queen Elizabeth II that came with a Corgi figure as well, I almost fainted! Such a nice added touch to include one of the Queen’s Corgis! The feather on her hat is also a nice attention to detail and makes this figurine stand out.” —lovescorgis

Get it from Amazon for $7.88.

31.

A tropical set of pins that’ll bring warmth to your friend’s wardrobe and remind them of their birthday month even in the midst of winter.


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Promising review: “Bought this set of six pins as a gift for my daughter, she is a collector of pins and is always on the lookout for fun new ones. She absolutely loves them!! They are sooooo cute and colorful! Perfect size for backpacks or purses. Great quality too, a good weighted pin not a flimsy little plastic piece or plastic but thicker enamel type lacquer color over metal with secure back closure piece.” —Julie Richardson Small

Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.89 (available in 12 styles).

32.

An underwater camera so your friend can document every moment of their extravagant summer birthday celebration.


Forever 21

Get it from Forever 21 for $17.90.

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And a splurge-worthy Mickey watch that’s so beautiful it may just bring your BFF to actual tears.


shopDisney

I admittedly have this watch and MAY have actually cried upon opening it. It is the epitome of Disney magic — not exaggerating. It converts any source of light (artificial and natural) into energy, so you pretty much NEVER have to worry about the battery dying. See what I mean… magic.

Get it from shopDisney for $475.

The face of someone who knows they just bought the PERFECT birthday gift:


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