Yeah, you've told us nothing about your friend, or what you like to make, or any of the ideas you have, or what supplies you have available. here is my tip: We're not in your brain and you're going to have to give more than one sentence about "my friend's birthday gift" if you want anything like useful tips or help.
Is your friend male or female? How old are they? What are their interests? Do they have kids? Do they like a lot of home decor or do they prefer a more uncluttered look? Have they openly admired your work in the past? Were you thinking of making a full album or a mini-album or a framed layout, or altering something like a box or clock or picture frame?