December 4, 2019

15 Useful Birthday Gift Ideas for an Adult

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The problem with gifting is that there are just too many concerns, such as “Will the recipient like the gift?”, “am I the only one who thinks the gift is good?”, “will he/she ever find use for it?”, “what birthday gift ideas would work?”

When it comes to door gifts, the trouble is amplified because instead of shopping for one person, you are now selecting something that will be issued to every single person at your birthday party!

Well, fret not, because door gifts do not have to be boring and can work within your budget still! You can easily find a gift that can please most, if not all of your guests.

But before we start, we will need to know what kind of door gifts we’re trying to avoid. The top buzz-killer in the history of door gifts is predictability. These include; towels, pens, mugs, bookmarks, calendars, and even soft toys.

The last fate any door gift should suffer is the one being left on the dining table after the birthday party. The second-last fate? Being covered in dust atop the shelf, till its disposal during spring-cleaning. After all, what good is a gift if it does not generate buzz or excitement, and put a smile on the recipient’s face?

In selecting a door gift, you can’t go wrong with sticking to the magic word; functionality. If your door gift has the ability to make your guests say “I’ll surely have use for this”, then the chances are that you’ve already won them over.

So without further to do, here are 15 useful door gift ideas for an adult birthday party.

1) Thumb Drive

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A must-have at work, the practicality scale of a thumb drive would probably be a 10 out of 10; especially if you have a big budget to spend on gifts.

The memory stick does not need to have a capacity of more than 1 GB for this birthday gift idea to work, we’re sure nobody would say no to extra memory space.

2) Business Card Cases

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These are one of the more underrated birthday gift ideas.

Have you ever been in a situation where someone reaches into his pockets, opens his wallet in front of you, and still can’t find that one last elusive name card?

Most of us have, so let’s save others that embarrassment.

3) Wine Opener/Bottle Stopper

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Household items can sometimes make lovely presents that can be shared among your guests’ families.

Some may argue that homeware as gifts may look cheap. Well, in that case, we recommend a sleek wine opener or bottle stopper; it’ll come in handy for one of that Chardonnay at home.

4) Travel Adaptor

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Usually one of the last things that are remembered to be packed into the luggage, a universal travel adaptor makes a well-thought door gift that your guests will be able to use on their trips!

5) Luggage Tag

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Whether plain or with design, luggage tags can be very well raved door gifts.

Working with a tight budget does not mean you can’t get your guests door gifts that are equally delightful.

Apart from that, a luggage tag is also fuss-free and certainly more usable than say; a pen.

6) Candy

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Inside every adult lives an inner child, and what is that one thing that no kid (and sometimes adults) can never turn down? Candy.

A small glass jar of candy on each guest’s seat will surely be something that could do the trick!

7) Letter Opener

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You’d be surprised to know that even up to now, there are still people who can’t get it right when opening envelopes cleanly. This is where a letter opener will come in handy.

Even for the majority of us who have mastered the art of opening letters, this birthday gift idea is one of those tools that you’d never imagine you wanted.

8) Coasters

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This is another low-cost birthday door gift idea that doesn’t make it any less functional.

Why? Because it seems that even though countless droplets of condensation on the keyboard, people still do not realize that they really need a coaster on their desks.

9) Money Clip/Hangbag Hook

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If you want to get your guests a door gift that can be used on-the-go wherever they are, we suggest; a money clip for the gentlemen’s wallets, and a handbag hook for the ladies’ satchels.

Besides, having a gift for each gender is a thoughtful and personalized gesture that your guests will appreciate.

Definitely one of the coolest and more useful birthday door gift ideas.

10) Novelty Door Gift Ideas

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Let’s say hypothetically; you’ve exhausted all your birthday door gift ideas, have a big budget to splurge, yet can’t find anything that is original and creative.

If that’s the case, we strongly urge you to pick novelty gifts. The possibilities for this category are endless and they do not have to cost a lot.

Think cutlery sets, cutesy key rings, or even kitschy door signs. You may even want to issue these gifts at random so that your guests can perform their own barter trade; that’s bound to be loads of fun!

11) Nano Privacy Webcam Cover

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Have you ever been stuck in an awkward position when you forget to turn off your webcam during meetings? Now you don't have to worry anymore with the Nano Privacy Webcam Cover on your laptop. This is one of the greatest birthday door gift ideas especially for office workers to secure your privacy.

Just slide the cover to open or close it. It's ultra slim, and has a relatively large area for your logo branding! It is also suitable to be pasted onto all kind of devices such as laptop, phone, ipad etc.

12) Phone-Sized Foldable Flat Umbrella

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I'm sure many of you are lazy to bring your umbrella out since it's big and heavy.

But with this phone-sized foldable flat umbrella, you will have no excuses anymore to not bring your umbrella out!

Although this door gift is quite pricey but it is super practical and you should consider adding it in your list. Whether rain or shine, you'll definitely need it! It is the ideal umbrella to bring along daily - lightweight and compact.

13) Laptop Stand

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A laptop stand is another essential item that many of us would want as a birthday door gift. If you have a big budget, you may want to consider getting this for your guests, and trust me they would love it!

Perfect for mobile working. Equipped with elevation adjustments make it easier to find your ideal height and posture. The flexibility will definitely help to prevent neck and shoulder pain while looking at the screen.

14) Hand Sanitizer

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Who says hygiene is not important? Especially during this pandemic, you will be more cautious about hygiene and will have to keep your hands clean and free from bacteria anywhere you go.

Also, it will be too much of a hassle to find a sink at some coffee shops just to wash your hands before you eat, so this door gift will come in handy.

15) Portable Stainless Steel Straw Kit

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The government has been encouraging the use of reusable straws in restaurants, cafes, and even bubble tea shops to save the earth. We bet this door gift will help in protecting the environment as well as reminding people to practice good drinking habits.

So be hygienic and safe!

Made from Stainless Steel: It is heat resistant and safe for you to drink hot beverage.

Let's go green and get this for your guests now!

Bonus: Gentle Reminders & Tips

a. Delivery:

When ordering your door gifts, always consider the printing and shipping time. Nothing is more dampening than a delayed delivery one day after the party is over!

b. Recipient:

Just as you need to know your best friend well enough to get him/her a present, keep the recipients of these gifts in mind. Given their profile, will your door gift be of good use to them?

c. Contingency:

When selecting your door gifts, always have backup options so that if the former run out of stock, you need not restart your entire gift hunt!

d. Be Creative:

Like a mysterious gift in a Christmas stocking, keeping what the door gift is from your guests, is a sure way of building up hype and excitement prior to the birthday party! If you have considerable time and money to work with, you may even want to give your guests a choice between two options.

Eventually, the whole point of door gift ideas is that it’s supposed to be fun and expressive; so do not be afraid to steer away from convention, mix things up a little, and enjoy it!

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