Birthdays are kind of like Christmas where all of a sudden they creep up on you and the next thing you know, you’re running around trying to find the perfect card and a unique gift. The trending stress-free hack for Christmas is to buy gifts in advance, so why not plan ahead of time for someone’s birthday?
I know we’re already halfway through January so I apologize in advance to any of the January babies that feel left out. However, my birthday is the 18th and instead of receiving a gift, I’d like to give you the gift of anticipation so that you can avoid procrastination. I love taking the time to find the most interesting and perfect gift for the friend, family or loved one who’s special day is coming up.
So grab your favorite drink, let’s cheers to my 29th and enjoy these uncommon birthday gifts I found for you!
Boujie Boozy Gifts
Boozy gifts are timeless. I love gifting unique wine glasses, cocktail accessories or even a nice bottle to friends and family. I don’t drink much, but I enjoy sharing moments and creating memories with friends and family over a nice bottle of wine or an interesting cocktail or two. I have a few boujie boozy items to share with you that are great birthday gifts that, in turn, will create more memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s a hard time for your boujie boozy friends to get out to their usual brunch locations right now. Why not bring brunch to their home! These Bloody Mary Cocktail Branches are a fun and different way to decorate your bloody mary. With the different branches, you avoid having to shove all your fixins on one skewer and it encourages you to “branch” out with your accessories! Support the local creator & business owner from New York at Uncommon Goods
I’ve actually gifted these Whiskey Stones to my step-dad a few years back and he still uses them today! If you know someone who drinks their whiskey, scotch or brandy neat these are an amazing gift to chill the cocktail without watering it down. And they actually stay colder than ice! Milled in Vermont, find these at Uncommon Goods
As a fellow wine drinker myself, I’m all about owning my bouj (Bouj: shortened nickname for boujie. Pronunciation – boujie without the ie.). If you have a wine lover in your life this Stemless Aerating Wine Glass is the perfect lazy hack that they’re bound to love!
I have an aerator spout, decanter and a shower funnel with a filter so take it from someone who loves wine, this is a great gift. You can also use it for whiskey! Just put your ice cube, or whiskey stones, in the decanter piece and pour over for a perfectly chilled glass! Support the local creator & business owner from California at Uncommon Goods
Boxed wine is fantastic. It’s travel friendly, packed with flavor and usually you get a great deal with it pricing about $20 for 4 bottles worth.
However, sitting next to fancy bottles with pretty labels on your bar cart, it’s usually the odd ball out. This handmade Wooden Wine Dispenser takes things to a whole new level of boujie. Bring sophistication to your boxed wine by dressing it up! Support the local creator & business owner from Tennessee at Uncommon Goods
*Backordered but expected to ship by 2/15/2021. Perfect for March babies and later!
Creative Kit Gifts
Kit gifts make for super fun and exciting birthday presents! I’ve gifted a wine kit before to my partner and not only did she love it but it was fun for the both of us! If you’re looking for a gift that stands out then check out these kit gift recommendations!
This goes along with the boujie boozy gifts but it’s also a make-it-yourself kit so we’ll talk about this one first before introducing the others! Along with wine, I also like a good gin and how awesome would it be to receive this Homemade Gin Kit as a birthday present. Don’t forget to pick up their favorite vodka as well! Alcohol is not included. And if they love it, there’s also an option for refills! Support the local creator & business owner from Tennessee at Uncommon Goods.
2 glass bottles
Alcohol not included
*Backordered but expected to ship by 2/12/2021. Perfect for March babies and later!
Vegan products are all the rage right now. Many people are doing Veganuary for a healthier eating lifestyle but veganism has been around longer than you think. Vegan cheeses started to make their debut in the late 1800s! Crazy right? If you have a friend that is vegan or looking to try more vegan products than this Vegan Cheesemaking Kit would be a funky, fun birthday gift! Made in New Zealand, find this kit at Uncommon Goods.
Organic tapioca starch
No-knead sourdough bread took off in the 90s and resurges every once in a while on Pinterest amongst the baking community. Making your own starter can be time-consuming and needs to be nurtured almost daily. This Homemade Sourdough Bread Kit is perfect for the bread lover with a birthday coming up that wants to practice making their own homemade bread.
And it’s ready to serve within 15 minutes! This will be great practice for if they ever decide to make their own starter from scratch. This kit also comes with a Danish dough whisk which is MY FAVORITE for baking. You can check out my whisk post here to learn more about it! Made in New Zealand, find this kit at Uncommon Goods.
Instant sourdough culture (3 packets)
Artisan salt (16 oz)
For the birthday baby that’s sticking to safety and missing their favorite dumpling joint, you can now bring homemade dumplings straight to their house! And I’m not talking about take out. This Chinese Soup Dumpling Kit is bound to bring joy to someone’s special day. As an adventurous eater, I’ve always wanted to learn to make dumplings, so if you know of an adventurous eater yourself, be sure to get this in plenty of time for their birthday! Made in China and assembled in California, find this kit at Uncommon Goods.
5-piece bamboo steamer
Parchment paper rounds
Dumpling dough roller
Filling wooden spatula
Agar agar powder
Instructions and recipes
Bubble tea is controversial for those who are sensitive to textures, but we all have that one friend who loves their bubble tea and the aesthetic that comes with it. Now you can give them the gift of their favorite tea with this Bubble Tea Kit that they can make from home! It’s super easy to use, just add milk and enjoy! Support the local creator & business owner from Georgia at Uncommon Goods.
1.9 oz. royal milk loose leaf tea
2 oz. rooibos chai loose leaf tea
10.5 oz. boba tapioca pearls
2 reusable stainless steel straws
*Backordered but expected to ship by 2/12/2021. Perfect for March babies and later!
This next gift idea isn’t necessarily a kit but sort of, just hear me out! It’s cold outside in most places right now and herbal tea drinkers are living their best life. This Tea Drop Sampler will warm someone’s heart and warm up their birthday! With 25 tea drops and a cute reusable box, this birthday gift will last awhile. No steeper or other tea tools needed, they dissolve in hot water without the fuss of loose leaves! Support the local creator & business owner from California at Uncommon Goods.
Teas included in set of 25:
5 Citrus Ginger
5 Blueberry Acai
5 Matcha Green Tea
5 Rose Earl Grey
5 Sweet Peppermint
Kitchen Tools for the Kitchen Fools
For the home cook, there’s nothing like getting a really unique gift for the kitchen. I got a set of Japanese knives, new stainless measuring spoons and a pair of herb cutters for Christmas and I NERDED. OUT. Here’s a few recommendations that make amazingly uncommon birthday gifts for your home cook. Enjoy!
You can’t celebrate a birthday without confetti. Luckily, I found this Confetti Chopping Block that’s perfect for the occasion and it’s easier to clean up! This cutting board is professional grade and made from recycled scraps of solid color cutting boards. This is bound to brighten up anyone’s day every time they reach for it when it’s time to cook! Find this board at Uncommon Goods.
Some people can get away with one utensil holder, but if you’re like me, you have two plus a drawer full because you just can’t get enough of your utensils. I mean, to be fair, they’re all important for their own unique uses. If you know someone that loves their utensils then check out this handmade Three Pocket Utensil Caddy. Use it for cooking utensils or you can use it as a caddy to hold eating utensils, seasonings and napkins for the dinner table! Support the local creator & business owner from Texas at Uncommon Goods.
Lots of people this year haven’t been able to travel home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give a piece of home to them from afar. A good spoon rest is important to have nearby for the avid home cook and this State Spoon Rest is beautifully handcrafted with geographic design. The artist has hand-sculpted these for 10 of the states and on the back it’s stamped with the states name and an intricate print of the state’s leaf. Support the local creator & business owner from Minnesota at Uncommon Goods.
Along with supporting local business owners, it’s also important to support our farmer’s markets when we can. Farm fresh berries just can’t be beat, but they also need to be cleaned before eaten. Berry lovers, meet the Berry Buddy. This handmade stoneware strainer not only cleans but also doubles as a serving bowl. If you know of a berry fanatic than this is the birthday gift for them! Support the local creator & business owner from Pennsylvania at Uncommon Goods.
Another nifty and thoughtful gift for your vegetarian or vegan friend is this Tofu Press! Trying to drain the water out of a block of tofu can flat out be a pain in the butt. It takes way too many paper towels and at least an hour of your time. On top of that, just to get the water out, I usually have to wrap it in paper towels, place my cast iron skillet on top of it and place a few cans of beans on top of that. But ultimately, I love tofu.
However, this tofu press is a game changer. Just set the tofu in the press and the press on a plate, in a bowl or in the sink. The press is 4.5lb of weight on the block of tofu and drains out excess water for crispy tofu perfection! Support the local creator & business owner from New York at Uncommon Goods.
Spread the Birthday Love
2020 was freaking hard and everyone needs a little love on their birthday in 2021. Plus, it’s great that we can support local creators and small businesses through Uncommon Goods. Even if it’s not local to your backyard, it’s nice to support someone from miles away during these times.
If you have any questions about these items please leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoy learning about the products we recommend! These products were independently selected by Haley’s Kitchen. Just so you know, as an Uncommon Goods affiliate, Haley’s Kitchen earns from qualifying purchases. Oh, and items are in stock as of time of publication unless noted otherwise!
Remember to be brave in trying new things and always cook with a dash of love!
Until next time,
Haley | Creator of Haley’s Kitchen