I think I've put my finger on what I consider to be the best birthday gifts to receive. The best gifts have 2 key components. They are functional & thoughtful. They are not just taking up space or collecting dust, and the gift-giver put some thought and/or elbow grease into the gift.
These towels from Trevor's grandma are a perfect example. They are useful (although I plan to frame them) and handmade with such adorable pictures and sayings. I adore the sweet simplicity of them.