Gifts that bring simple happiness or have practical usefulness are likely among the things you want for your birthday. Your personality and the things that are going on in your life at the time of your birthday also have a hand in determining the type of presents you want.
A certain appliance that makes everyday life easier can make a nice birthday present. So can a day spent with preferred music or watching a favorite television show, as these activities acknowledge your taste and bring up fond memories. On the other hand, money or a gift card allow flexibility and space for your own choice of activity or item.
Many people like surprises. If you have trusted or close friends, tell them to use their judgement of what you might like. This is a way to give yourself the gift of spontaneity.