The best birthday gifts to get someone, based on their age

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I take finding the right birthday gift very seriously. I like to pick something personal that I know the recipient will absolutely love. But sometimes, I hit a roadblock, whether it's that I have to find a present in a time crunch or get a gift for someone I don’t know super well.

If the 11th hour hustle to find a present has happened (or is happening) to you, lucky for both of us, we rounded up a list of gifts that are perfect for anyone on your list. To be fair, the gifts on this list are all great for anyone, regardless of age and gender. Lots of these are Reviewed's top-tested picks, plus you can get everything on Amazon Prime if you need something to arrive ASAP...we’ve all been there.

For babies: A cuddly stuffed animal for naptime, playtime, and everything in between

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Jellycat makes cute, cuddly, and super-soft stuffed animals. I always give one to my friends’ babies, and I love when they tell me it’s their child’s favorite toy—I've heard my friends say that they’ve had to buy “decoys” for when it has to go in the wash. Everyone has that one favorite childhood stuffed animal that they sometimes carry with them to college dorm rooms and beyond, and this might just be it.
Number of reviews: 254
Average rating: 4.8 stars
Buy Jellycat Bashful Black and Cream Puppy for $22.50 on Amazon

For toddlers: A big-blocks building set for budding architects

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This colorful set of 80 giant blocks is a win-win. Kids will love making super-sized structures, and parents will be happy that their kids are entertained for hours on end! Plus, these won't hurt nearly as much as a Lego if and when you accidentally step on one.
Number of reviews: 5.2k
Average rating: 4.7 stars
Buy Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag for $15 on Amazon

For those in elementary school: A timeless trivia game

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Everyone will love playing Heads Up, a game of reverse Catch Phrase where you have to guess the word on a card while your team gives you clues. This one is perfect for kids who love game night, friendly competition, and laughing a lot.
Number of reviews: 232
Average rating: 4.2 stars
Buy Heads Up for $17.88 on Amazon

For middle schoolers: A colorful camera for capturing picture-perfect moments

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This camera is perfect for taking photos at birthday parties, sleepovers, camp, and soccer games. The photo settings are simple so they’ll get a print-worthy picture to share with friends each time, and the fun colors are cool for the summer. Plus, they're kind of timeless—I’d like one for myself!
Number of reviews: 2k
Average rating: 4.4 stars
Buy Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera for $56 on Amazon

For high schoolers: A sturdy suitcase for all of the adventures on the horizon

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High school students and soon-to-be high school graduates will need a suitcase for going back and forth to college or traveling during summer break. This Travelpro suitcase is our top pick for the best checked luggage. It’s roomy enough for over-packers, rugged enough for making it through cargo dent-free, and it has wheels so they hustle through the airport faster.
Number of reviews: 32
Average rating: 4.3 stars
Buy Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Expandable Spinner Suiter Suitcase for $284 on Amazon

For the college-aged: Noise-cancelling headphones to tune everything (and everyone) out

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Noise-cancelling headphones are perfect for students to listen to music as they study, block out noise during a quick power-nap, or watch movies without driving their roommates crazy. These headphones are our favorite—they're wireless and come with a free app that makes it easier to connect devices and change settings. I’ve had the same headphones since college, and they've been a bag staple for me ever since.
Number of reviews: 4k
Average rating: 4.4 stars
Buy Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones for $329 on Amazon

For those their twenties: A complete cookware set for their first real apartment

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Now that they can’t rely on the campus meal plan, it’s time to start cooking. Set them up for success with the best cookware set we've ever tried—it has two saucepans, two skillets, a sauté pan, a stockpot, and a steamer. (Oh and this set is dishwasher-safe, so cleanup will be simple!)
Number of reviews: 1.7k
Average rating: 4.3 stars
Buy Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set for $197 on Amazon

And for the thirty-somethings: An essential device for weekend movie marathons

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Whether you’re finally over the club scene or not (no judgment), who doesn’t love unwinding with a movie marathon, or watching so many episodes that Netflix asks if you are still watching? (Stop judging us, Netflix, the answer is always a resounding yes!) This Roku set is our favorite streaming device and is also one of my prized possessions because it streams Netflix, Hulu, Sling, and other services from any television.
Number of reviews: 1.5k
Average rating: 4.3 stars
Buy Roku Ultra for $89 on Amazon

For those in their forties: A convenient way to curl up with a good book

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Bookworms like us will love the Kindle Paperwhite because it’s lightweight, the battery lasts for weeks, there is no screen-glare, and you can get new books anywhere you have cell service or WiFi. There's no harsh back-lighting that makes it hard to fall asleep, but you can read in the dark without turning on a bedside lamp. Instead of lugging heavy books on vacation or even to coffee shops around town, enable your pal to carry dozens of books...without actually schlepping them around.
Number of reviews: 1.5k
Average rating: 4.3 stars
Buy Kindle Paperwhite E-reader for $120 on Amazon

And for the fifty-somethings and up: A retro-chic record player for easy-listening

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The Crosley Cruiser is a modern take on the classic record player, perfect for your friends who still have stacks of old records lying around. The Crosley Cruiser is chic, portable, and it has built-in speakers. It is an instant conversation-starter and it’ll be the life of the party.
Number of reviews: 1.1k
Average rating: 3.7 stars
Buy The Crosley Cruiser for $100 on Amazon

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