No matter the occasion, buying gifts can either be incredibly rewarding, incredibly difficult or a little bit of both. 

First off, you’ve got to consider exactly how much you’re going to be spending on the gift receiver. Are they a good friend and deserve something a little luxury, are they family and would love a pricey birthday present or are they a colleague with an occasion that warrants just a few bucks – after all it’s the thought that counts, right? 

Once you’ve danced through the minefield that is the price point, you’ve then got to narrow exactly what it is that you should buy for your lucky sibling/co-worker/best-friend/loose acquaintance – and that’s where most of the problems arise. Do you get something heartfelt, something funny, something that’ll suit their hobby? 

The list of questions is endless, but answering them isn’t all that straightforward. So what should you do? Bright idea alert – you grab them a gift that’s perfect for any birthday or event with or without a mobile bar.


So, without further ado, here are our selection of the very best gifts that you’ll find perfect for just about any occasion. 

1. Custom star map – Twinkle In Time

If you’re looking to give a gift that coincides with a particular date, there’s very little that’ll beat a custom star map from Twinkle In Time

Purchase and you’ll receive a fantastic 18”star map showing the stars exactly as they were in a specific location and specific time. You can choose just about anywhere in the world and any date that may be special to your lucky map-receiver and with so many different choices in terms of style, color, and personalized messages – it’s sure to suit anyone’s home or office. 

Perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations, new jobs and well, just about any other occasion really. The perfect all-rounder.

2. Rainy day fund – Americanflat 

Next up on the list, an aid for something we could all do with a little assistance with – a rainy day fund box to help look after the pennies! 

Any savings jar is a great addition to the home, but with this transparent framed little number from AmericanFlat, it’s something that’s both stylish and practical. 

The perfect gift for those that love to save (and even better for those that are terrible at it), you can’t go wrong.  

3. Stainless steel water bottle – Kool8

If you’ve got someone in mind that always talks about how much they need to stay hydrated, we’ve got the perfect gift to suit any occasion!

A stainless steel water bottle, or more specifically, this one from Kool8, is one of the best investments (or gifts) that anyone can make. Not only will you be able to keep hydrated, but you’ll be able to look great while doing it with a sleek design and 5 fantastic colors to choose from. 

With Kool8, you know that you’re getting a BPA free water bottle from an ethical company with 20% of all profits going to those who need it most – developing water systems and delivering water bottles in underprivileged areas. 

There’s even a tea infuser for keeping those leaves nice and warm for up to 12 hours – perfect for those that love a good brew for a long time!

4. Scratch-off world map poster – Maps International

If you’re buying for someone that loves to travel, one of the very best gifts that you’ll be able to surprise them with, no matter the occasion, is a scratch-off world map poster

What is that I hear you ask – it’s simple. It’s a world map that you can scratch-off depending on which countries you’ve visited – fun right? It’s a great way to keep track of where you’ve been and an even better way to plan out where you’re going to be heading to next – plus it looks great on any wall of any home or office. 

I think I might order one myself you know.

5. Novelty mug

You didn’t think you could make it through a gift inspiration post without coming across the novelty mug idea now did you? 

It’s a self-explanatory gift and maybe the most versatile known to man, the novelty mug knows no bounds. There are literally thousands to choose from, hop on to your favorite online shopping site or visit any gift store and you’ll be overwhelmed with choice. Check out this one highlighted by GiftWits for retired people. Hilarious!!! 

You can’t go wrong – it’s near impossible!

6. Health testing kit –

Next up on the list, a health testing kit from imaware™, and I know it might not be the first thing that you think of when you think “gift for any occasion”, but it’ll definitely be one that’s appreciated – especially if it helps!

The at-home testing kits let those that fancy it test and draw blood droplets from their finger into a microtube – but don’t worry, it’s completely painless. The blood sample is then sent off and you’ll receive results in just a few days, discovering whether or not you’ve got the signs of Celiac disease and/or rheumatoid arthritis. 

You never know, you might just help out a friend, family member or colleague get to the bottom of what’s been troubling them for years. That makes you a hero – so good job, I guess. 

7. Instant digital camera – Polaroid

Last, but by no means least on our list comes the instant digital camera, something that we’re absolutely huge fans of. 

When it comes to instant snappers, you’ll be challenged to pick up any brand better than Polaroid and that’s exactly what we’re suggesting for the big #7. This item was also included on CoolThingsChicago’s best birthday gift ideas guide here, so it’s tried and testing for at least one occasion as a great gift or addition to any care package. 

It’s the perfect way to keep physical copies of the memories from the soon-to-be great day and if you’ve got the gift sorted too – you’ve got two birds with one stone. 

So that’s it – the top 7 gifts that you’ll find perfect for just about any occasion. Whether you’re hitting the spot with a stylish water bottle, a custom star-map, health testing kit, instant camera or anything else in our list – just remember it’s the thought that counts! 

Don’t be afraid to go out there, pair the gifts together with a card and/or note and you’ll be in good books for the foreseeable future. You’re welcome!