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)
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)
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)
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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)
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)
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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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