Friends' or family members' birthdays can sneak up quickly and catch you off-guard if you're not careful. It can frequently be tough to find a birthday gift for someone on short-notice and some people are difficult to buy for no matter how much notice you have. Finding the right gift for someone you care about can make their birthday truly special and demonstrate how much you value the relationship with that person.
Movies are something that many people enjoy and the advantage of giving a DVD or a Blu-ray is that you can choose a disc that suits that person's individual tastes. You can get an action film for fans of Indiana Jones or a romantic comedy for those who adore Nora Ephron. The other advantage, if you don't know what the person already has in his collection, is that new movies come out every Tuesday on disc so you can get a new release to lessen the risk of getting a gift he already has.
Music is another example of something that most people love in some way, but there is still a lot of room for personal taste. A Beethoven fan may not enjoy the work of Marilyn Manson. As a result, you could either get a CD or digital download of an album from an artist you know the birthday girl already likes or you can find a band in that genre that she may not have heard of and introduce her to new music she wouldn't have heard otherwise.
The advantage of books is that you can either get them in a genre that the birthday boy appreciates or you can find a book that is tailored towards a specific hobby you know he has. If someone is a big fan of boxing, he would likely be interested in a book about the history or technique of the sport even if he doesn't normally read much. If someone is just learning guitar, you could get him an instructional book for his birthday to help the process. If your friend or family member is a writer, get him a journal so he can write down his own thoughts and feelings. You can also personalize a book by writing something inside the cover.
Tickets both provide you with a gift opportunity for someone's birthday and also gives you a later opportunity to spend quality time with that person at the event you got the tickets for. A fan of any band or musical act is likely to appreciate tickets to see them live. A theater fan would enjoy tickets to the latest touring show that is in town. Game tickets are sure to please any sports fan. Ideally, it helps to know if the person will be free on the day the event is scheduled, but if the tickets are for an event several weeks from now, the recipient will have time to schedule around it as needed.
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