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Happy Birthday, January Kids!

Our curated guide to January birthdays, from party planning to gifts — and all the cakey flakey milk-shaky details in between.

Megan Baldwin and Sarah Burns

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While January birthdays are arguably a little easier on the celebratory muscles than December birthdays, New Year’s babies still have to contend with holiday present hangovers, cold weather, and parental resolutions to eat less cake. But on the bright side, January brings fresh energy and some serious star muscle: Joan of Arc, David Bowie, Oprah, Elvis, Dolly Parton, and Martin Luther King Jr. were all born this month. More than that, they’re the only babies who make headlines for being born first and are always one of the oldest kids in class. We see that height advantage!

So if all that and the fact that your kid has a birthday coming up sounds like a reason to celebrate, read on for our gift list, cake making (and decorating) guide, party ideas, and celebration tips for an epic January birthday.

Let Them Eat Snowflake Cake

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Check out our guide to the ultimate January birthday cakes, each a personalized masterpiece that would make Sylvia Weinstock proud.

10 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your January Kid

Discover why January kids are more likely to become doctors or Dolly Parton, so practically superheroes.

Birthday Presents for January Kids That Definitely Aren’t Holiday Leftovers

From CAMP Bunk Buddies to Bowie-worthy microphones, these gifts for January birthday kids will play on all year. 

12 Cool Theme Ideas For A January Birthday Party

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It's not just the new year — it's YOUR new year! So kick off another trip around the sun with the Best. Birthday. Ever.

Turn Up Our January Birthday Kid Playlist

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Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, and Lin Manuel Miranda all have January birthdays, so prepare to have a blast with our latest kid-friendly playlist.

The Best Birthday Treats That Aren't Cake

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Blow out your birthday candles over delicious birthday donuts, whoopie pies, or a giant cookie!

15 Tips and Ideas for Throwing Your Best Sleepover Party Ever

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Here's how to plan the world's best slumber party, from advance pillow prep to pancake overload.

Ideas for a a Galactically Cool Space-Themed Birthday Party

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Dream of intergalactic adventures? A space-themed birthday party brings together two of the very best things in the universe: Birthday presents, and outer space. Get ready to blast off!

Extra-Cheerful Ideas for a Super-Happy Birthday Party

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Add an extra bit of happiness to your birthday party with these mega-happy, super-cheery, over-the-top-fun birthday party ideas. These cheerful themes, decorations, and activity ideas will keep birthday spirits sky-high!

Host Your Birthday Celebration with CAMP!

Not to brag, but here at CAMP we're pretty good at having fun. Find out about how to host a celebration at your favorite local CAMP store!

Originally published January 2021, updated January 2022.