Every year whenever someone asks what do I want for my birthday I usually say maybe an hour of their time and just hang out. If that may be too difficult to arrange or if they want to give me something more then I usually say coffee, candles, chocolate, and/or a blanket (I can never have too many throws and blankets lol).
I don't care, honestly, as long as he/she knows what I like shopping for. I like video games, so if you're going to give me something at least buy a game I'm gonna like. Or give me a gift card at the place where I buy games. Or the value of the MSRP + Tax.