Gifts That Start With B: Bountiful Ideas Friends Will Love

Hello! I’m delighted to help brainstorm ideas for gifts starting with the letter B. Often, the mission to find gifts starting with B arises out of a gift exchange. This challenge can add a little fun to the holiday atmosphere.

If you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas, take a look at my list of gifts that start with B. You’re sure to find something that your giftee will like, or at least get a good laugh out of!

For all of my A-Z gift ideas, visit the alphabet gift exchanges page.

Gift basket filled with presents beginning with letter B

How about a letter B themed basket? Tuck in both practical, thoughtful, and tasty gifts:

Gifts for adults that start with B

Not kidding, the letter B gift list was a fun one to explore! Open your mind to the possibilities of these letter B-themed gifts.

Apartment balcony living

Do you have friends or family that live in an apartment with a balcony? Finding accessories for apartment balconies is a real thing for this micro culture. Consider all of the neat things an apartment dweller needs for their balcony:

Three women enjoying lunch on an apartment balcony on a beautiful sunny day.
Friends enjoying lunch on an apartment balcony on a beautiful sunny day.

Help your giftee get the most out of their apartment balcony with a great apartment balcony accessory!

Bamboo mattress topper

I have the bamboo sheets and LOVE them. They ooze with quality. I used to get the Egyptian cotton bed sheets, and then there were supply issues within the country of Egypt. We all know that bamboo is practically a weed, so why not make the best of it and grow bamboo products!

Bamboo tops the list for sustainable products. Speaking of “tops”, today we are talking about bamboo mattress toppers.

Is a bamboo mattress topper safe?

Yes, a bamboo mattress topper is generally safe to use. Bamboo is a natural and sustainable material that is often used in bedding products because of its many benefits, including its softness, breathability, and hypoallergenic properties.

However, it’s important to note that not all bamboo mattress toppers are created equal. Some manufacturers may use harsh chemicals or additives in the manufacturing process, which can potentially be harmful to your health. It’s important to choose a high-quality bamboo mattress topper that is made from natural and organic materials, and that is free from harmful chemicals or additives.

Are bamboo mattress toppers hot to sleep on?

No, bamboo mattress toppers are not generally hot to sleep on. In fact, one of the benefits of bamboo is that it is a breathable material that can help regulate body temperature and keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Bamboo is a natural and sustainable material that is often used in bedding products because of its many benefits, including its softness, breathability, and moisture-wicking properties. Bamboo fibers are naturally porous, allowing air to circulate more freely and preventing heat and moisture buildup.

Additionally, many bamboo mattress toppers are designed with cooling features, such as gel-infused foam or breathable mesh covers, which can further enhance their cooling properties and help regulate body temperature.

What are the benefits of a bamboo mattress topper?

A bamboo mattress topper is a type of bedding accessory that is designed to be placed on top of a mattress to provide additional comfort and support. Here are some of the benefits of using a bamboo mattress topper:

  1. Comfort: Bamboo mattress toppers are soft and comfortable, providing an extra layer of cushioning for a more comfortable sleep experience.
  2. Temperature regulation: Bamboo is a breathable material that can help regulate body temperature and keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  3. Hypoallergenic: Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, mold, and other allergens, making it a good choice for people with allergies or respiratory issues.
  4. Moisture-wicking: Bamboo is also moisture-wicking, meaning it can absorb moisture and sweat from the body, helping to keep you dry and comfortable while you sleep.
  5. Eco-friendly: Bamboo is a sustainable and environmentally friendly material, making it a good choice for people who are conscious about their impact on the environment.
  6. Durability: Bamboo is a strong and durable material that can withstand regular use and washing, making it a good investment for long-term use.

Overall, a bamboo mattress topper can provide several benefits for a comfortable and restful sleep experience, while also being a sustainable and eco-friendly choice.

Caucasion man and woman exchanging gift bags.
B is for beautiful – gifts that start with the letter B!

Barefoot sandals

Barefoot sandals are not just for beach weddings. There is a whole movement surrounding minimalist sandals that are a more natural way to “gear” your feet.

One may wonder what a barefoot sandal looks like, considering that all sandals are to be worn “barefoot.”

The benefits of minimalist sandals:

  • lightweight (important when hiking and carrying other gear)
  • Reduces foot pain when running
  • Strengthens the arch
  • Encourages a more natural way of running

Deliberate Life Designs, handcrafted minimalist sandals.

Other barefoot sandal companies are particularly in tune with recycling and healthy materials. All of them will tout this.

Here are some well-known minimalist barefoot companies that have devoted fans:hiking

Two pairs of dirty feet after removing sandals.
Barefoot hiking sandals and running sandals are popular for those who prefer a minimalist, sandal that promotes natural foot tendancies.

primitive, minimalist, beach wedding, grounding. barefoot running sandals, barefoot hiking sandals.

Here are some sources for adult barefoot sandals:

Barefoot sandals for kids and toddlers

Yes, there are barefoot sandals for kids. Despite safety concerns, there are reasons that parents seek out minimalist sandals for kids.

  1. Kids want to copy their parents
  2. Barefoot sandals are for a beach wedding
  3. Barefoot sandals are for an outfit for pictures
  4. Barefoot sandals provide fancy shoes for a baby
    (when it’s difficult to find foot wear for baby feet)

Bonsai trees kit

Could this be the gift you’ve alway,s wanted? Maybe now is the time to get into the fascinating hobby, or get a friend into the hobby of bonsai trees. Fair warning though, most bonsai trees are poisonous to cats, according to Plantly.

A bonsai tree kit is a nice all-in-one package to get a bonsai newbie started. There are also other bonsai-related gifts to purchase for a friend or family member. Go for a bonsai tool set, bonsai wire, bonsai pots, bonsai soil, even live bonsai trees.

According to Flower Aura, bonsai trees have many benefits. They purify the air, lower stress, helps the owner to develop patience, and is a great creative outlet. These are just a handful of benefits.

Bonsai trees make me think of characters with anger management problems in movies. There always seems to be a scene with a villian gently pruning their bonsai tree, LOL! There really is something to the calming hobby of bonsai tree management, as in this Youtube video, “American turn to Bonsai Trees to relieve stress”.

Closeup of man pruning a bonsai tree.
Pruning and maintaining a bonsai tree relieves stress.

Bronner’s – World’s Largest Christmas Store

What? You’ve never heard of Bronner’s? I would not have a clear conscience unless I mentioned them. According to the Frankenmuth website, the Michigan town where Bronner’s is located, it is the world’s largest Christmas store, with over 50,000 items open 361 days a year.

Bronner’s specializes in personalized Christmas ornaments for every hobby, interest, and life event. This Christmas ornament store is also popular for its offering of Bronner’s Christmas Stockings, Bronner’s Christmas Trees, and Bronner’s Christmas Village.

A visit to Bronner’s is absolutely an experience gift that can happen at any time of year!

As far as I can tell, Bronner’s Christmas Catalogue is in no way affiliated with Dr. Bronner’s soap products.

And by the way, there is a real person writing this article – I even have my Bronner’s catalogue in front of me now (which inspired the mention of them). I don’t get any kickback from mentioning Bronner’s, I just want my website to be known for excellent resources. Be sure to tell your friends about the GGS website (Gift Giving Sucks), or click on my About page, to read about my mom profile.

Novelty bundt cake pans

I am a sucker for cute cake pans. If you’re thinking “basic bundt cake pan” – think again. The choices for novelty bundt cake pans are unbelievable.

First of all, there are 3d designs to take any basic bundt cake recipe and elevate it to a gorgeous presentation of a food table: flowers, forest bundt cake, even buildings.

Don’t forget silicone bundt cake pans that make it easier to release the baked bundt cake. Fun fact: there are even disposable bundt cake pans!

Mini bundt cakes can be transformed to match any occasion: baby shower, wedding shower, football and sports-themed mini bundt cakes, Halloween mini bundt cakes. Just stick in the same cupcake topper decoration, or add a favorite filling, and you’re a party rockstar!

Nordic Ware is the king of baking dishware, you want your bundt cakes to cook perfectly and not get stuck in the pan, get their line of bundt cake pans. Wilton is another well-known company that provides baking dishware.

Nordic wear has come up with unique bundt cake pan products such as mini-bundt cake pans, quartet bundt cake pans, and a bundtlett pan.

Nothing Bundt Cakes is a franchise company that has perfected the gifting of bundt cakes. They offer such bundt cake goodness as Bundt Cake Towers and bundlettes, and Bundtinis®

Bundtinis® are cup-cake size bundt cakes (smart marketing, right?). Bundlet Towers are also a popular creation by bakers. It consists of individually packaged bundlets stacked and then wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow – presentation is everything!

Vintage and collectible bundt cake pans

These bundt pans aren’t cheap! Looking for the world’s most expensive bundt cake pan? That winner might just go to Blue Rose Polish Pottery Teresa Ring Cake Pan for just under $300.

Did you know that collectible bundt cake pans are a thing? Of course, unusual bundt cake pans “take the cake” but cast vintage cast iron bundt cake pans can go for almost $500!

Vintage copper bundt cake pans are also a favorite, seeing prices hovering around $225.

Bundt cake cookbook

If you’re still thinking that bundt cake pans are limiting, pick up these helpful bundt cake books. Bundt cakes are so versatile for any occasion. For example, fruit can be added or make an assortment of different flavors for a special event. If your giftee already has a bundt cake pan, gift them the bundt cake cook book!

Funny Gifts That Start With B

I always leave a little room for the funny gifts. Heck, your alphabet gift exchange may even dictate that you come bearing a humourous gift.

Fun BandAids

Forget boring adult bandages, gift fun bandaids. We all know that BandAids is a brand name, but kudos to them, it’s now the common name for “adhesive bandages”.

There are a surprising number of themes available for fun bandaids: political, gummy bears, Jesus bandaids, favorites foods, golf, Big Foot, Sloth Nurse, Star Wars… everything.

Silly Bandz

Remember this trend? Silly Bandz took the world by storm in 2010. The Youtube video below talks about the scandal of Silly Bandz (good old clickbait) but it really covers the history of Silly Bandz.

I thought they were overpriced then, just like they are now. I can’t even believe that “rare Silly Bandz” are a search term (and by the way, “pheonix” is the rarest)! According to Medium, the Silly Bandz craze faded out when schools banded kids from bringing the distraction into classrooms. Without the peer pressure to promote the fad, interest waned.

You can still buy Silly Bandz on Amazon, but your Silly Bandz collection in your closet can probably bring up a good laugh for a gift exchanges for gifts that start with B!

Funny butter dish

Everyone needs a butter dish, right? A butter keeper is a universal dish that almost everyone has in their homes. People like to have fun with them, add a little novelty to the kitchen table.

There are so many funny butter dish themes to choose from.

Bug zappers

Bug zappers. aka electric fly swatters. are a favorite gift to give. Seems there is no end to the fascination of swatting flies that makes it more fun than the humble fly swatter. Or buy an outdoor bug zapper in stand alone form; it does the zapping for you, so you can entertain your guests and enjoy your party.

I was “shocked” (hee hee, pun intended there) to see an electric fly swatter parked on my burly neigbor’s front porch. Turns out that this outdoor enthusiast hates flies and seems to think that an electric fly swatter is the perfect solution.

Like all good electronics these days, bug zappers are available in rechargeable electric fly swatter racket form. The two-pack electronic fly swatters have me a bit suspicious that bug whopping as a sport is involved 🙂

Funny blankets

It is humourous in itself the selection of funny blankets on the market. Choose from pizza, saltine crackers, a close-up of Nicohlas Cage’s face If you want to give a funny gift, but can’t think of anything else, check these out!

Gifts that start with B for her

The truth? I’m going to stay away from bags, bracelets, bathrobes, blankets and beauty suppllies. You came here looking for different ideas, right?

Mini backpacks for women

Mini backpacks are stylish and perfect for small hauls. Check out all the favorite women’s brands such as Coach mini backpacks, Adidas mini backpacks, Louis Vuitton mini backpacks, Loungefly mini backpacks, and Kate Spade mini backpacks.

Young woman with hat and glasses pointing to mini backpack.
Mini backpacks are fun, fashionable, ,and practical!

Beachy ankle bracelet

Is your female friend fond of jewelry for the ankles? Ankle bracelets are unique, but there are many women who only wear them for summery events, or dressing up for a tropical vacation. So enters beachy ankle bracelets.

Beachy ankle bracelets have beach themes. Materials will consist of jute and natural fiber cord. Look for beach and ocean-themed trinkets and charms, such as starfish and dolphins.

Custom body pillow

For the times you just don’t know what to get your female friend, wife, girlfriend, sister – that is the time for a custom body pillow. The subject of a custom body pillow can be anything, a cat, pictures of something the giftee collects, anime, a picture of yourself.

Making it funny, or make it sweet by adding custom words. See how the folks in the video had fun unwrapping their holiday custom body pillow gifts!

Bouquet of flowers

Bouquet of flowers. Nice move, guys! A classic gift for any girlfriend, a bouquet of flowers is a simple yet thoughtful way to show your love. Consider her favorite flowers or colors to make it extra special.


Bioloage luxury hair care

Next, I’m moving on to Biolage shampoo and conditioner. Yes, I know that was pretty specific. Biolage is a reputable brand, and has good memories for me. My mom wasn’t a very practical gift giver, buy I always appreciated this luxury hair care product she gave me at Christmas. If Biolage isn’t your thing, there are other luxury shampoo and conditioner products out there – pick one!

Gifts that start with B for Him

If you’re looking for gifts that start with B for him, you have plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re shopping for your boyfriend, husband, dad, or brother, there’s a gift out there that’s sure to put a smile on his face.

Wooden beard comb

Treat your bearded friend or loved one to beard grooming accessories. Wooden beard combs are a luxurious gift for bearded fellas. Beautiful combs are handmade from woods such as walnut and sandalwood.

Combing your beard hair with a wooden beard comb means antistatic and no-snag performance. Many of the designs appeal to men: rugged and wild. Some wooden beard combs can be personalized with engraving. The bottom line, save the environment and buy a wooden beard comb!

Beard accessories: beard balm vs beard butter

Beard balm and beard butter are both grooming products designed to help keep your beard healthy, soft, and manageable. However, they have some differences in their composition and usage.

Beard balm is a styling product that typically contains a blend of natural oils, beeswax, and butter. It is used to tame flyaways, shape your beard, and provide a light hold. The beeswax in the balm helps to keep your beard in place, while the natural oils and butter nourish and moisturize your beard. Beard balm is especially useful for keeping longer beards in shape and preventing split ends.

Man combing beard with wooden beard comb.
Wooden beard combs are great gifts for men with beards. Also consider beard grooming accessories like beard balm or beard butter.

On the other hand, beard butter is a leave-in conditioner that is typically made from a blend of natural oils and butter. It is designed to deeply moisturize your beard and skin, making it softer, smoother, and more manageable. Beard butter is especially useful for those with dry or coarse beards, as it provides long-lasting hydration and conditioning.

In summary, beard balm is used for styling and light hold, while beard butter is used for deep conditioning and hydration. Both products can be used together for optimal beard care, depending on your needs and preferences.

Men’s belts

I remember the time my boys needed belts. I had never given much thought to outfitting them with proper attire. As young man, I see how important it is to get the right foundational basics that lasts for years.

Despite the ups and downs of the fashion world, belts do have a longer staying power. Many men even brag of lifetime belts. Achieving that requires purchasing high quality belts.

Close up of man wearing white shirt and blue jeans with belt; inset features another belt style.
It’s wise to have a good quality belt for everyday, and one form more formal attire.

I’m pleased to provide links to recommended belts that can last for decades:

Bucket Boss Tool Bag

Best invention ever! Bucket Boss is a canvas tool organizer that fits over any 5 gallon bucket. The tool organizer encircles the bucket with canvas pouches, a convenient spot to hold tools for projects.

The Bucket Boss makes a great gift for any carpenter, electrician, or contractor. It’s so convenient that nonprofessionals want them, too!

Due to the Bucket Boss popularity, they have come out with other products. The Bucket Boss Gatemouth Tool Bag gives an option to Bucket Boss fans to have a canvas tool bag. Or opt for the Bucket Boss Gatemouth Tool Tote for another open bag solution.

All Bucket Boss products come in the usual goldish canvas, but also can be purchased in Mossy Oak Camo. The Bucket Boss Garden Bucket comes in a grayish color – I’m getting giddy now, something for everyone!

Men’s business casual jeans

Business casual jeans make a smart practical gift for men. The trick is finding classic jeans that work in the workplace.

Business casual is a dress code that is less formal than traditional business attire but still professional-looking. It typically means dressing in a way that is neat, clean, and conservative, but not overly formal. For men, business casual attire may include a dress shirt, slacks or khakis, dress shoes, and a belt. A tie is usually optional. For women, business casual attire may include a blouse or sweater, dress pants or a skirt, and closed-toe shoes. It’s important to note that dress codes can vary by company and industry, so it’s always a good idea to check with your employer or colleagues for specific guidelines.

Jeans for men can be paired up with a suit and tie or nice button shirt with collar to achieve the “business casual look”

Family Britches offers that you want your clothes to be comfortable, but still have “professional lines.” They give this solid advice for picking out business casual jeans: no holes, patches, or “distressing”; jeans should be solid color without too much acid wash.

In addition, they suggest going with a dark pair of jeans and pairing it with a neutral or dark blazer. I will also suggest to avoid “relaxed fit” and baggy jeans. Aim for jeans with a more fitted look.

Todd Shelton, a men’s clothing brand based in New Jersey, provides visual images of what makes a good jean choice for the office. In addition to the latter advice, they said back pocket designs should be minimal and not distracting with low-contrast stitching.

Unlike fashion jeans that are designed to draw attention, business jeans should not draw any unnecessary attention.

The gift wrap-up

That’s it! A BOUNTIFUL list of gifts that start with the letter B. Don’t forget to check out the complete A-Z gift ideas on the alphabet gift exchanges page.

Renee Cavvy
Renee Cavvy

Renee pulls no punches when it comes to challenging the social norms of gift giving. Her mission: putting an end to meaningless gifts and cutting through the fluff. This midwest mom offers novel and creative ideas to do gift giving better!