Birthday Gifts You Can Give When You’re Flat Broke

Ever felt like the worst friend ever because you couldn’t afford to buy something for someone’s birthday?

I’ve been there.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of gifts you can give your friends even if you’re completely broke.



We’ll start with something simple. Coupons are always a great idea! Make different ones with experiences that don’t cost money (or something that you can save up for and do at a later date). Think up things that you guys are always wanting to do together but just aren’t making the time. Putting it in a coupon will force you to do it eventually!


2. Wash Their Car

Think up services that you can do for them like cleaning their house, washing their car, walking their dog, babysitting/house-sitting/pet-sitting for free, or even just giving them a ride somewhere without asking for gas money. Sometimes it’s the smallest gesture that makes the biggest impact.


3. Crafts or Handmade Gifts

Make something for them by hand – the materials might cost money, but it doesn’t have to be much. Or you could raid your house for alternatives that might work (or raid your parents’ house. You know they have tons of junk stored up that they’ll NEVER use). As a parent, one of my favorite things to receive is a hand-drawn picture from my son or something that he colored at Grandma’s house. It might seem tacky, but you never know how much someone will treasure the gift you took the time and effort to make yourself.


4. Baked Goods

Everyone loves cookies!! Why not bake your friend some yummy goodies?? I’m definitely not the crafty-type. You should see my gingerbread houses (yikes). But something I can do is bake! I make killer snickerdoodle cookies, if I do say so myself. Everyone likes receiving delicious treats, especially when they’re baked with love and displayed on a pretty plate with a bow wrapped around them. Okay, maybe skip the bow. Unless you like bows. Then who am I to stop you.


5. Movie Night!

No one said seeing a movie had to cost money. Treat your friend to a birthday movie night at home! If you have Netflix or some other streaming service, take advantage of it! Make some yummy treats like cookies or popcorn, and just enjoy spending time together. No amount of money can buy an experience like that.


6. Teach Them Something

No one knows everything (and if they say they do, they’re lying). Give your friend the gift of knowledge and offer to tutor them for free, or maybe train them in a new skill that you have but they don’t. You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills…


7. Free Labor

Yes, I’m telling you to offer yourself up for some free labor. Deal with it. If your friend has a big move coming up or a project that they’ve been putting off because they don’t have the manpower, your simple gift of just being available could make all the difference. Gift them your strength and time to help them bust out that work! Isn’t that what friends are for?


8. Make a Video

Record a funny or meaningful video for them. Talk about all the amazing memories you have together, laugh about some inside jokes, or wish them something wonderful for their future. You can post it on social media or just send it to them privately. Whatever way you share it, it’s sure to mean a lot to them.


9. Did Someone Say Music??

Aw, yeah! Creating a playlist of songs that remind you of someone is for sure the best gift ever. You can create it on YouTube, or use a music-streaming app like Spotify. Show your friend how much you appreciate their individuality with a unique playlist made just for them. It’s the 21st-century version of a mix-tape! 


10. Write a Letter

People don’t send actual letters anymore, and it’s really kind of sad. If you’re not a fan of being in front of the camera, opt for a handwritten letter, poem, story, or song instead! Something that comes from the heart always means more. If you can draw, create a comic book with your friend as the main character and illustrate all the silly adventures the two of you go on together. Step it up a bit with a pretty font (or calligraphy, if you’re that cool) and find a cheap frame to put it in. However you express yourself, it will be a gift that your friend will remember forever.


11. Get Some Birthday Freebies

Personally, this is my favorite option. Why not sign them up for a bunch of birthday freebies and take them out to celebrate?? Now, this may cost you a bit, but it’s definitely something that will make them feel appreciated! No one has to know they’re getting their meal for free anyway. Using our Free Birthday Fun app will make all that planning easy-peasy so there’s no stress involved! You could even make it a whole day by doing a birthday scavenger hunt! Let your creativity run wild this year. After all, next year, they may do the same for you.

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Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Bored with your birthday? Let’s spice it up!

Scavenger hunts aren’t just for kids. This year, remember the excitement and fun that birthdays used to bring with this fantastically fun Birthday Scavenger Hunt! Pick a bunch of places where you can get birthday freebies and take pictures at all the different locations.

Spread the fun around by tagging your pictures with #FBFScavengerHunt so we can see all the silly things you do to celebrate your special day. 

Make this even more exciting by creating teams and assigning points to each part! 50 extra points to the team who goes to entirely unique locations!


Now go make your birthday the best you’ve ever had!

Pro Tip: Use the Agenda feature in our app, available for Android and Apple, to plan out all the places you’re going to hit!

10 Confucius Quotes That Will Change The Way You Birthday

Confucius was a man of great wisdom. His words have been passed down for centuries and still carry the impact they always have. We’re hoping that these 10 Confucius quotes will give you inspiration and desire to live your life to the fullest. Even if it isn’t your birthday.

#birthdaybetter, ya’ll. 




The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. – Confucius 


The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. – Confucius 


It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius 


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius 


Study the past, if you would divine the future. – Confucius 


They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. – Confucius 


Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. – Confucius 


If we don’t know life, how can we know death? – Confucius 


He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions. – Confucius 


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius 

21 of the Best Birthday Gifts for Millennials

Ah, Millennials. That strange generation that contains so many different types and you never really know what to make of them. Do they fit a stereotype? Do they care about your opinion? Do they know how to act like an adult and actually call the doctor themselves when they need to? The jury’s still out on that last one.

If you’re as confused about Millennials as we are, guess what! We’ve gone through the struggle of finding some perfect Millenial-loving gifts that will help you make their birthday special, even if they don’t know how they want to celebrate it yet. 🤷‍♂️


Portable Charger –

You know Millennials never go anywhere without their phones. That’s why this portable charger will make their life complete. Give them the ability to go as long as they want without having to worry about finding an outlet or bringing their charge cord with them. Cuz we all know how much of a hassle it is trying to find an outlet somewhere. 


Solar charger –

We just talked about the amazing convenience of a portable charger, but this one takes it to the next level. Not only will it give your millennial the ability to charge their phone any time, but now they can charge their phone anyWHERE! What??? Harnessing the power of the sun to work for you? That’s what progress is all about, man.


Pocket Blanket – 

Ever had those moments where you’re headed to the park or the beach and realize you forgot an extra blanket? Now you have to put your towel in the sand to sit or deal with grass stains on your pants! Luckily, this pocket blanket saves your sandy, grass-stained butts. Keep it in the trunk of your car, or throw it into your picnic basket before you leave. It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever.


Hoodie Travel Pillow –

Perfect for the introvert in all of us. No longer will you have to ride public transportation and risk actually having to talk to people. Pop up the hoodie on this pillow and take a snooze. Or just put your earbuds in and pretend to sleep. Either way, say “So Long” to social interaction!


Squeeze-A-Bean – 

Move along, fidget spinners. There’s a new toy in town. Millennials will love this Squeeze-A-Bean, both for its stress-relieving benefits and also cuz it’s just so gosh darn cute! I mean, come on. Look at that face!!!


What Do You Meme? –

This game is basically Cards Against Humanity, but with memes. So, why wouldn’t you buy it? #memelife


Exploding Kittens – 

I love this game because it’s perfect for anyone who likes kittens! And explosions. And funny cartoon drawings. And kittens. Did I mention there were kittens on it? Cuz there are.


Sanitizing Phone Charger –

Okay, okay, I know. This is the third charger on the list, but I couldn’t help myself. Did you know that there are more germs on your cell phone than on a toilet seat?? Okay, that may or may not be true. But still! You’re putting that up to your face! Gross. Good thing there’s a way to sanitize your phone AND charge it! I basically just saved your life. You’re welcome.


Cold Brew Coffee Maker –

Every millennial knows how awesome cold brew is. And expensive. Save your morning dollars and make your cold brew at home! I promise it’s just as delicious. Maybe even more so. Because saving money makes everything better.


Inside Out Umbrella –

Don’t worry about getting everything all wet when you close this umbrella. It closes inside out, trapping all that rainwater and keeping it from getting on your clothes or your car or your floor…you get the idea.


Fruit-Infusing Water Bottle –

The word is out: Millennials think drinking water is boring! Help them with their healthy lifestyle by giving them this fruit-infusing water bottle! It’ll give their water an extra burst of flavor without any added sugars or processed chemicals.


Taco Holders –

Pretty sure this one is self-explanatory. I mean, millennials and tacos. Enough said.


Breakfast Burrito Maker –

Saving time and money! What millennial doesn’t love that? Have breakfast on the go whenever you want with very little need for planning ahead or even cooking. This kitchen gadget is a must-have for anyone who works. Or eats. Or likes burritos. And breakfast. Basically, it’s the best invention ever.


Hair Straightener Brush –

Getting ready in the morning can feel so rushed and crazy. This hair straightening brush makes prep time a breeze! Especially if you have crazy hair that has a mind of its own and attempts to look different every day. Tame those locks without the added hassle of actually straightening it. It’s brilliant!


Masher –

Guacamole, anyone? This handy masher lets you throw some together whenever you want! Surprise guests coming over? Guacamole! Family dinner? Guacamole! Girls’ night out? GUACAMOLE!!!!!

Oh, and mashed potatoes, if you want. (But, I mean, come one. Who would pick mashed potatoes over guacamole??)


Freedom Planner –

Millennials are always re-evaluating their lives and looking for excuses to buy a new journal or planner. This Freedom Planner will make their little 30-something hearts soar! It has everything they could want, from monthly, weekly, and daily view calendars to worksheets for prioritizing goals. Help them live their best lives with the “best daily calendar for happiness, productivity, and abundance”!


FreshWorks Food Storage –

Doesn’t it seem like produce goes bad faster when you’re the one paying for it? Save your millennial some green (pun intended) and help their veggies last a little bit longer. I promise, they’ll be more grateful than you know.


Magnetic Earbud Organizer – 

It’s kind of a fact of life that earbuds get themselves tangled up no matter how you try to organize them. This magnetic earbud organizer goes against the laws of nature and keeps those little suckers wound up tight so they can’t twist around themselves creating a knot only a sailor could untie. 


Instant Couch (Inflatable lounger) –

I have two words for you: Nap time! No longer does rough terrain, water, or the dirty ground have to get in the way of your comfort. Just blow up your instant couch and have all the comforts of home, no matter where you are!


Avocado Saver – 

Avocado. The beautiful, fatty fruit that isn’t really a fruit. Everybody loves it. Unless you don’t. Then you can just move along. If you’re not a crazy person, then take a gander at this lovely little invention. It keeps your avocado from going bad before you get a chance to use the other half! That’s how you live the millennial dream, my friend.


Charcoal-Infused Toothbrushes –

Charcoal toothpaste is all the rage right now. A fabulous way to whiten your teeth while also looking like you just drank a mouthful of tar. Delectable. Instead of making a mess with a tub of charcoal powder, get these charcoal-infused toothbrushes! You’ll get the same whitening aspect without the mess!


Whatever stage the millennial in your life is at, they’re sure to love these gifts! If they’re super picky, and you don’t think they’ll be a fan of these gadgets, just get them the Free Birthday Fun app available on Apple and Android! It’s full of things to do for free on your birthday, and you’re guaranteed to win the day!

How to Birthday with that Person Who Hates to Party

We all know that one person who claims to hate his birthday.
You never know what to buy him because he never gives you any ideas. You ask him what he wants to do, and he just gives you that sad little shrug. He complains all the time about no one making his birthday special, and yet when you talk to him about it, you don’t get any response. Well, let me give you some awesome ideas on how to celebrate that person (and, yes, you should celebrate them) in a way he’ll remember and help him fight those birthday blues.
Step 1: Download the marvelous, incredible, fantastic, stupendous, amazing Free Birthday Fun app. (Did I mention it was super cool??)
This app is chock-full of birthday deals, even if the birthday isn’t yours.
Step 2: Look for the deals in your local area.
The dedicated researchers and developers here at Free Birthday Fun are constantly working to find the newest and funnest (yes, that’s a word – I officially created it) birthday deals around. They have scoured the nation from the comfort of their desk chairs to see what places are offering what deals and how you can get them. All you have to do is put in your location and the type of deal you want and the app will do the rest.
Step 3: Pick the deal that sounds like the most fun!
Is your birthday boy or girl a breakfast person? A lunch person? A pastry or cookie person? Are they even into food at all? If they’re not, we’ve got tons of other deals that aren’t food-related too. You can find a gift for them or send them on a shopping spree to pick out their own. You can even take them on a crazy cool adventure involving their favorite hangout spots. Dave & Buster’s, anyone?
Step 4: Kidnap that Grumpy Gus and go celebrate!
Okay, maybe don’t kidnap them. At least call and give them some advance notice so they can, I don’t know, put on pants or something.   Birthdays don’t have to be a drag, and we can prove it. Let the Free Birthday Fun app help you turn your friend’s otherwise rotten birthday into a truly incredible experience.