Happy Birthday! - yawn. Did you just buy a boring gift? "I really loved that bottle of wine you bought me 13 years ago, I kept the cork and gift bag as it’s so special" - said nobody ever. Who's going to remember that? It needs to be special goddam it! Why waste time on the mundane? Stay at home and send a text, - don’t worry they won’t invite you next year.
Be a good giver and make it memorable, thoughtful and fun -it is a celebration after all you muppet.