Birthdays only come once a year, and they’re an excellent way to show that special someone just how much you care. Unfortunately, if you aren’t sure what to do to make your lover’s birthday special, it can also stress you out. Not to worry, we’ve got some great ideas for you!
Here are six ways to be a birthday hero, without breaking the bank.
1. Make Their Birthday Special with a Homemade Gift
There are few things more special than a gift you made yourself. Take a minute to assess the skills you currently have and decide how you can apply that to something your lover will truly appreciate.
Here are a few ideas:
- Draw or paint a beautiful piece of art
- Record on original song
- Write a heartfelt poem
- Take some breathtaking photographs
- Create a scrapbook
- Make DIY bath products
- Cook a delicious meal
- Make a favorite dessert
Use your imagination and you’ll be surprised by how many options you may come up with. Whatever you choose, your lover is sure to be impressed that you took the time to make something unique and special.
2. Plan a Day of Favorite Activities
A day at a local amusement park, zoo, or museum can make a wonderful birthday gift. Is there a movie, theater show, or sporting event your significant other would love to see? These types of memory-making activities are a sure way to make their next birthday special.
If you’re on a tight budget, don’t dismay. There are lots of free and inexpensive options that he’s sure to love. Consider a hike, a day at the beach, or a picnic in the park.
Ideas for a Special Day at Home
If your significant other isn’t the active type, you can still plan a special day. Does she love to read? Create a quiet, comfortable space for her to spend a few hours enjoying her favorite book.
Want to wow her with romance? Simply pick up some chocolates, bubble bath, and a bottle of massage oil to create your own at-home spa experience.
Does the man in your life live to play video games? Make some snacks and hunker down for a fun day of gaming. If you’re not into gaming, invite some of his buddies over to play with him and keep them company while serving pizza and beer.
3. Take Over Tedious Chores
Chores are an unfortunate part of adulthood that we’d all like to avoid if we could. Taking the most hated chores off your lover’s to do list is a great way to help them really enjoy their birthday.
Set aside a block of time to tackle as many of the chores as possible. Start with the things they really hate and work your way down the list until you run out of time. This could be anything from cleaning the toilets to giving the dog a bath, to running those annoying errands.
It may seem like quite a sacrifice on your part, but there are few gifts more valuable than the gift of time. This will be especially appreciated when it comes with a clean house and a pass on doing those hated chores. Best yet, your lover will be in a great position to really enjoy his or her special day.
4. Plan a Trip Down Memory Lane
Make your lover’s birthday special with a trip down memory lane. It’s so easy to get distracted with day-to-day life, relationships sometimes lose a bit of that initial spark. Take this opportunity to strengthen your connection and rekindle your relationship.
If you have children, get a babysitter and plan to spend the day alone together. Make a playlist of songs that bring back memories of special times you spent together. Recreate your first date, make reservations at the first restaurant you went to together, or prepare the food or drinks that take you back to those early days.
Spend some time thinking about all the wonderful things you’ve experienced together and let your sense of nostalgia flow. Before you know it, you’ll have plenty of ideas to make this birthday special.
5. You Can’t Go Wrong with Tradition
Sometimes, tradition is the best way to celebrate. Make (or buy) your lover’s favorite flavor birthday cake. Pick up a packet of candles, the trick kind if he or she has a sense of humor, and share your rousing rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song.
Put some thought into choosing a greeting card that truly suits your lover and take the time to craft the perfect birthday message. Plan a surprise birthday party or invite friends and family over for a fun birthday dinner.
If your lover’s birthday happens to fall on a workday, bringing happy greetings into the workplace is sure to make a great impression. Send flowers, balloons, or a singing telegram. Better yet, pop in and swoop him or her away for a surprise birthday lunch.
Some Final Thoughts
When planning a special birthday, the most important thing to remember is that the day should be all about the person you’re celebrating. If you plan an activity that isn’t usually your cup of tea, commit to it. Even if you’re not completely excited about it, don’t act bored, grumpy, or distracted.
Giving your special someone your undivided attention can be the best gift of all. Put down your phone and make it a point to have some real, meaningful conversations. You may find that you enjoy yourself so much, you make it a regular practice.
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