Presidential birthday gifts from years gone by

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 19: This 06 August file photo shows US President BIll Clinton wearing a Zegna necktie that former White House intern Monica Lewinsky allegedly gave Clinton as a birthday gift in 1996. According to a 19 August report in the New York Times, Lewinsky told the President that because they could not see each other every day, 'when I see you wearing this tie I'll know that I am close to your heart'. (Photo credit should read WILLIAM PHILPOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 6: In this photo released by the Reagan Library 06 February, Former US President Ronald Reagan (L) receives cookies from members of Girl Scout Troop #313 as a gift for his 86th birthday 06 February at Reagan's office in Los Angeles. Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1994, insisted on paying for the cookies knowing the scouts get credit for each box of cookies they sell. (Photo credit should read MIKE GUASTELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1947, a small bowling alley was built in the basement of the White House as a birthday gift for President Truman. It had two lanes, although Truman didn't use it that often.

Here, President Harry S. Truman rolls one down the alley at the formal opening of a White House bowling alley on April 19, 1947. Without using his bowling shoes, the president sent seven of the ten pins rolling. (AP Photo)

President Eisenhower takes a close look at the replica of Bobby Jones's€™ famous putter Calamity Jane,which won many matches for the former golf champion. The putter, made from a clay casting of the original Calamity Jane, was presented to Eisenhower as a birthday gift by the White House Correspondents Association at the annual dinner on Oct. 12, 1959 in Washington. Bobby Jones is at left and in center is Felix Belair, Jr. (AP Photo/ Bob Schutz)
WASHINGTON - JULY 14: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) President Gerald R. Ford opens gifts at his surprise 62nd birthday party orchestrated by First Lady Betty Ford in the second floor family room of the White House Executive Residence on July 14, 1975 in Washington, D.C. Guests in attendence included their son John 'Jack' Ford, comedian Flip Wilson, Representative Elford A. Cederberg and his wife Marguerite 'Peg' Kletchka Cederberg, close friend and military aid, Major Bob Barrett, and others. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
Jim Hearn, a construction worker, presents a metal lunch box to former first lady Nancy Reagan as a birthday gift for former President Reagan, after Mrs. Reagan dedicated the cornerstone for a new pavilion to house the former Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Calif., Friday, Feb. 6, 2004. Friday was President Reagan's 93nd birthday. The lunch box was filled with jelly beans. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
President Eisenhower takes a close look at the replica of Bobby Jones’ famous putter “Calamity Jane” which won many matches for the former golf champion. The putter, made from a clay casting of the original Calamity Jane, was presented to Eisenhower as a birthday gift by the White House Correspondents Association at the annual dinner on Oct. 12, 1959 in Washington. Bobby Jones is at left and in center is Felix Belair, Jr. (AP Photo/ Bob Schutz)
President Harry Truman receives an ornate bronze menorah as a birthday gift from David Ben-Gurion, prime minister of Israel, who called on the chief executive to discuss peace and economic development in the Middle East, May 8, 1951. Ben-Gurion said the menorah was made in 1767. This is the president's 67th birthday. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt finally got his birthday cake in one piece. On the preceding day, the 300-pound pastry was broken in transit to the White House in Washington and went back to the bakery for repairs. The chief executive sits by the mammoth birthday piece on Jan. 25, 1940 in the White House in Washington as William Green, president of the American federation of labor looks on. The cake was presented by the bakery and confectionery workers union in honor of the president's birthday on Jan. 30. (AP Photo)
U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D) of Mass. slices to birthday cake presented to him during Twin City testimonial in his honor celebrating his the birthday which fell on May 29, 1956 in Lincoln Park, Mass. Fall River and Redford wire the host cities. With the senator are from left: Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy and Mayors Francis Lawler, New Bedford and John F. Kane, Fall River. (AP Photo)
Gunji Hosono, board chairman of the Japan Institute of Foreign Affairs, presents a lengthy scroll of President John Kennedy at the White House on Nov. 7, 1961. The scroll, bearing 200 names of Japanese leaders, was designed as a tribute to the President on his 44th birthday, last May 29. (AP Photo/WCA)
US President Barack Obama and his daughters Maila and Sasha (R)disembark from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on January 5, 2014. Obama late Saturday ended his vacation in sunny Hawaii and boarded Air Force One for a flight back home to chilly Washington. Obama left Honolulu's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam just before 9:00 pm (0700 GMT Sunday) with his daughters, who likely have school on Monday, but not Michelle. 'As part of her birthday gift from the president, the First Lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday,' a brief White House statement said. Michelle Obama's birthday is on January 17. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Former President George Bush, center, seated with his wife Barbara Bush, reaches out to talk to cancer patients, Jose Gobellan, left, and Aida Oris after they presented him a gift in honor of his 80th birthday at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Saturday, June 12, 2004, in Houston. Inside the package was a plaque naming the hospital's children's clinic the Robin Bush Child and Adolescent Clinic as a birthday present. Robin Bush died of leukemia in 1953 at the age of 3. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer)
President Bush, right, receives a birthday gift from five-year-old Nikki Thanas, center, as he stops to greet patrons at Lou Mitchell's Restaurant before meeting with local business leaders for breakfast, Friday, July 7, 2006 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Eisenhower faces the life size bronze bust of himself which is a birthday gift from President Adolfo Lopez Mateos of Mexico. The bust, created by the famous Mexican sculptor Escobedo, was presented, Oct. 12, 1959 at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association in Washington. Eisenhower will be on October 14, 1969. (AP Photo)
President Dwight Eisenhower casts an admiring glance at a big square birthday cake, presented to him on Oct. 13, 1959 on the White House lawn, Washington before his takeoff for Abilene, Kansas, where he will celebrate his 69th birthday. Three minature oak trees with real acorns symbolizing three real trees which also were presented to him as a gift of the Republican National, Senatorial and Congressional Committees adorn the cake. (AP Photo/John Rous)
President Bush's dog Barney, left, checks out the newest addition at the White House, Miss Beazley, left, a Scottish terrier, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, on the South Lawn of the White House. The puppy was a birthday gift to the first lady from President Bush. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Mario Huacuja, Mexico City new leather golf bag to President Eisenhower at the annual White House Association dinner, Oct. 12, 1959 in Washington. The bag, a birthday gift from Mexican newsmen accompany Adolfo Lopez Mateos on his American visit, was inscribed with ?We also like.? (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 file photo, pianist Roger Williams, right, and former President Jimmy Carter laugh at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta where Williams was performing. Both Carter and Williams were celebrating their 80th birthdays. Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped Billboard charts with his hit recording of "Autumn Leaves" in the 1950s and played for nine presidents during a long career, has died. He was 87. His former publicist Rob Wilcox says Williams died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Former President Jimmy Carter holds a birthday card given to him by a school child as he walks to the stage for dedication ceremony for the newly resigned Carter Presidential Library Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 in Atlanta. Carter was also celebrating his 85th birthday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill of Massachusetts feeds President Jimmy Carter a bite of birthday cake in Washington on Dec. 9, 1979. The speaker celebrated his 67th birthday with a testimonial dinner and remarks from both Carter and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, M-Mass. (AP Photo)
President Jimmy Carter reaches toward birthday cake presented to him by the United Auto Workers outside Ford Motor Company's Wayne assembly plant, Oct. 2, 1980. Representatives of UAW and Ford look on. Carter stopped at Flint, Michigan next on his way to Niagara Falls, New York. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter tastes icing as he cuts a cake in honor of his 70th birthday during a reception, Saturday, Oct. 1, 1994 at the State Department in Washington. Carter was awarded the 1994 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding earlier in the day during a ceremony at the State Department. (AP Photo/Shayna Brennaan)
President Richard Nixon’s dog King Timahoe takes a sample of the birthday cake presented to the president by the White House staff in a small party, Jan. 9, 1974 at the Western White House in San Clemente. First lady Pat Nixon and daughter Tricia shared in the festivities. (AP Photo)

Finding the perfect birthday gift can be tough -- and when that gift is for the President of the United States? Well, that certainly ups the ante.

In honor of President Obama's 53rd birthday on August 4th, we took a look back at presents that presidents (say that five times fast!) of years gone by received.

Some were edible, like the cookies Ronald Reagan was given from a troop of Girl Scouts in 1996. He insisted on paying in the end, so technically he bought them for himself ... but we'll overlook that detail.

The photo archives show that cake seems to be the most common "gift" given. No matter who the president was, the treats had one thing in common: they were huge.

Check out some vintage shots of presidents about to get a sugar rush:
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Ex-US President Herbert C. Hoover cutting the cake at his 80th birthday celebration. (Photo by Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
David Eisenhower (born Dwight David Eisenhower II) (center) blows out the candles on his birthday cake at a cowboy-themed party in the White House, Washington DC, March 31, 1956. Among the adult guests at the party hosted by his grandparents, US President Dwight Eisenhower (1890 - 1965) (second right, rear) and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower (1915 - 1979) (second left), are the married singing and acting cowboy couple Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, 1911 - 1998) (left) and Dale Evans (born Lucille Wood Smith, 1912 - 2001) (right), David's parents, parents Barbara and John Eisenhower (third left and center, respectively), and his great-grandmother (Mamie's mother), Elivera M. Doud (1878 - 1960) (third right). (Photo by Abbie Rowe/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Politics, Personalities, USA, pic: 1959, Former President Harry S, Truman blows out the candles on his birthday cake to mark his 75th birthday, Harry S,Truman (1884-1972) became the 33rd President of the United States 1945-1953 (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
School children sing happy birthday at an event celebrating former President Ronald Reagan's 92nd birthday, Thursday Feb 6, 2003, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Visitors celebrated America's longest-living former president with birthday cake and were encouraged to sign a giant card. Jelly beans, a Reagan staple, were also handed out. Reagan, in seclusion since disclosing in 1994 that he had Alzheimer's disease, was celebrating his 92nd birthday Thursday at his Bel-Airhome with wife Nancy. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A Birthday cake five feet high, weighing 300 pounds is presented to President Franklin Roosevelt, by William Green center, American Federation of Labor president, in behalf of the Bakery and confectionary workers? international union of America on Jan. 28, 1941. The president turns 59 on January 30. Here he has just sampled a small piece of the cake. Present at the presentation was Andrew W. Mayrup, left, of Chicago, son of an official of the union. (AP Photo)
Chicago, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (L) blows out the candles on his birthday cake beside Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daly during a private dinner party at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant 06 July 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Fort Bragg, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush holds a surprise birthday cake 04 July 2006 two days before his 60th birthday during lunch with the troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
279010 06: (NO NEWSWEEK - NO USNEWS) President Bill Clinton stands behind a cake August 19, 1996 in New York City. The 42nd President of the United States and former governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton celebrates his fiftieth birthday. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison)
HOUSTON, : File photo dated 10 June, 1999 shows former US President George Bush and his wife Barbara standing next to a birthday cake as they celebrate their 75th and 74th birthdays respectively, during a gala event in Houston, Texas. Bush was hospitalized 25 February, 2000 in a Naples, Florida, hospital after feeling light-headed during a conference of bankers. According to the former president's spokesman, Jim McGarth, Bush is being treated for an irregular heart beat. McGarth added that it was 'not a serious condition.' AFP PHOTO FILES-PAUL BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
SIMI VALLEY, CA - FEBRUARY 6: With an assist from his wife Nancy, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan (C) blows out the candles on his cake 06 February 1993 as he celebrates his 82nd birthday. At left is former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The event took place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt (L) cutting birthday cake at Uline's Arena. (Photo by Thomas D. Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
In the White House, US President Lyndon Johnson (1908 - 1973) holds the cake as his daughter Luci Baines Johnson prepares to cut it at her 17th birthday party, Washington DC, July 2, 1964. (Photo by Abbie Rowe/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Roosevelt's cake in 1940 was actually so big, it broke while it was in transit. The 300-lb. behemoth eventually made it to his office, and it looked pretty delicious. President Kennedy had a lot more luck with his cake, though he did have to look up about seven tiers to see the top.

Other gifts got presidents movin' and shakin', like the bowling alley built for Truman in 1947. In 1959, President Eisenhower was presented with a replica of Bobby Jones' famous "Calamity Jane" putter as visions of a golf game no doubt danced in his head.

Some gifts went down in infamy, like the necktie President Clinton wore in 1996. There was nothing wrong with the Zegna accessory ... except that it was reportedly given to Clinton by an intern we'd come to know as Monica Lewinsky.

Here's hoping that President Obama likes his gifts -- whatever they may be.

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