People ALWAYS say that and NEVER mean it. Even if it's just a hug or a batch of chocolate chip cookies, a present makes anyone feel special. You could always make up an imaginary friend that has a birthday coming up as well (or a friend who needs advice on a gift for her friend) and trick him into telling you what he thinks is the perfect gift for a guy.
Hey im a guy an when i say i dont want nothing for my bday i mean it i dont want nothing. Even christmas i dont want anything. I feel that giving presents are overrated as long as you are with family or friends or that special someone in your life that is gift enough for me. I told my girl that and she gets me a card and a coupon book she made and we spent the whole day together and that is more specail than any gift. The memories. You cant buy that. Make up some coupons something fron the heart dont buy something.
Here's a quick lesson I wish someone would have taught me at your age. It would have saved me a lot of trouble. When a man tells you something don't read more into it than what's there, don't over analyze it and don't try to change his mind. If he says he doesn't want a gift don't get him one. He will either learn to say what he really means or be grateful that you listened to him.