The Best Birthday Gifts on Etsy

Shop small and celebrate big with these thoughtful gift ideas from some of our favorite Black-owned Etsy shops.

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July 30, 2020

Gifts aren't required to celebrate loved ones on their birthday, but a thoughtful token never hurts! Shower your friends and family with birthday cheer and support creative entrepreneurs in one fell swoop by shopping our curated list of the best birthday gift ideas on Etsy. Keep scrolling to snag a sleek, stylish or sentimental present to brighten their birthday and bring a smile to their face.

Bestow your bestie with a green thumb for their birthday with this seed-starting container garden kit. The comprehensive kit comes packed with all the makings of a leafy green garden including organic potting soil, seed sachets for kale, lettuce and spinach, three biodegradable pots, a glass spray bottle for misting and a bamboo plant marker trio. Best part? The kit comes equipped with step-by-step care instructions to ensure the leafy greens flourish under your friend’s care.

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Celebrate another trip around the sun with a special, commemorative abstract painting. This striking cerulean painting features sweeping white strokes that bring contrast, movement and joy to the piece. Washington-based artist Dina Dee specializes in abstract work and creates each thoughtful painting by hand. Looking for something similar but in a different hue? Dina has several stunning paintings listed on her Etsy shop and welcomes custom art commissions.

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Elevate your mom’s wrist game with this hand-crafted, hammered brass cuff bracelet. The chic, minimalist design features an asymmetrical silhouette, fashionable matte finish and adjustable sizing for comfortable wear. Mom will love that she can dress the cuff up or down and wear it solo or stacked with her current wrist candy for a cool, collected look.

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Treat the man in your life to spa-worthy self-care with this mahogany and teakwood bath and body gift set. The indulgent pack comes complete with luxurious scented bath oil, body butter and a soy candle. Each product is formulated from all-natural ingredients like coconut butter and apricot oil to leave his skin feeling nourished and pampered after each use.

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Adjustable, custom and wallet-friendly? This hand-stamped cuff bracelet is a no-brainer birthday gift for any fashionista on your list. The dainty design shines solo and plays well with other wrist accessories for a layered, boho look. Each bracelet is made by hand from your choice of brass, aluminum of copper and features stamped lettering for a sentimental, personal touch.

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$58.65 - $75.65

Grab this custom recipe cutting board for the chef or foodie in your life. Each cutting board is handmade from solid beech wood and crowned with a genuine leather cord tie. The Texas-made boards are personalized with a sentimental, laser engraving of your loved one’s all-time favorite family recipe.

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Brighten their birthday with a funny photo or thoughtful note tacked onto this modern, hand-painted clipboard frame. The minimalist color-block board features crisp, white paint and a blonde wood base with a brass clip and your choice of a genuine leather cord for hanging or a wooden peg stand for tabletop display.

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Shop this one-of-a-kind wooden necklace for the one-in-a-million friend on their birthday. The handmade design is equal parts understated and bold with a muted, monochrome color story and oversized beads.

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What better place to store a friendship bracelet than this resin catchall? The innovative design features two cupped hands crafted from hand-poured resin and filled with amethyst crystals and genuine gold leaf for a glamourous touch. No two trinket trays are alike, and each piece is polished off with a hand-applied glaze for long-lasting use and subtle shine.

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Make sure the bookworm in your life never loses their page again with this luxe, leather bookmark. Each bookmark is crafted by hand in England using top-quality full-grain leather, stamped with an inspirational quote and accented by a jute knot tassel.

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A plant parent can never have too many plants or planters for that matter. Add to their ever-growing (get it?) indoor garden collection with this funky, minimalist cork planter. The pared-down design allows their thriving succulents to shine, and the natural cork material works well with most color palettes.

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Your artsy friend will cherish this graphic black-and-white leather wallet. Each piece is made to order from genuine white leather hand-painted with freehand strokes to ensure no two wallets are alike. A brass stud closure provides security on the go, and the roomy interior fits cash, coins and cards aplenty.

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Prepare for deafening squeals of delight when your friend opens this adorable pet portrait. Natasha, owner and artist of On the Edge Creations, works from a photo to create a personalized, true-to-life illustrated portrait of pets and people. Each order includes email correspondence to ensure your piece is perfect, and portraits are offered in three unique sizes to fit your budget and needs.

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Don’t these dangly lavender earrings scream birthday celebration? The mod, geometric pair is crafted from purple polymer clay and features a white squiggle motif for a pop of fun contrast. Snag a pair to celebrate your person, and send along a double-frosted rainbow sprinkle cupcake from a local bakery to round out the gift.

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Bring the heat to the birthday babe’s kitchen with this fiery orange, red and cerulean apron. Each apron is crafted with African-inspired fabric, a convenient contrasting pocket and fully lined with cotton twill for comfort and longevity. The gorgeous design is available in several patterns and made in London by Natalie Manima, homeware designer and shop owner of British-based brand Bespoke Binny.

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$37.68 - $53.83

Perk up their home office with this uplifting and whimsical floral art print. The bright blooms pop against the black background, and the dainty lettering offers a positive message and youthful appeal.

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Splurge on someone special with this dreamy wall mirror. The mirror boasts a unique silhouette enhanced by a stained wood slat detail and a strip of cascading fringe for bohemian flair. Each mirror is made to order and comes with your choice of wood stain and fringe color including black, navy, champagne, ecru and silver. The eclectic mirror is a must-have for your design-obsessed friend and/or yourself. (Go ahead, you earned it!)

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