Birthdays provide the perfect opportunity to show a friend or family member how much they mean to you. Birthdays are all about the birthday person, giving you a chance to plan a celebration tailored to their interests.
When you’re celebrating with someone you’ve known for years, you may feel some pressure to outdo prior celebrations or come up with a new way to surprise them on their special day. Using the creative ideas explored here can help you put a fresh spin on birthday traditions and plan the perfect birthday celebration.
1. Surprise the birthday person with special gestures.
Choose from an assortment of unique birthday flower arrangements and have a birthday flower arrangement sent to their home or workplace. Fresh flowers are not only pretty to look at and bring about a fresh aroma, but a thoughtful flower arrangement can also brighten anyone’s day.
Floral bouquets typically last for more than seven days, ensuring the birthday person will have several days to enjoy their birthday flowers. You can ask a florist to create a custom bouquet with their favorite flowers such as sunflowers, lilies, carnations, or roses. You can also add chocolates or jewelry to the floral arrangement for a personalized touch.
Surprising the birthday person with dinner is another sweet and special gesture. Whether you cook their dinner, order take-out, or take them to a restaurant, they’ll appreciate a night off from cooking.
2. Look at their hobbies and interests to find the perfect gift.
Consider the birthday person’s hobbies for inspiration and put a little twist on their hobbies to find the perfect gift. For example, are you shopping for a movie buff? While it can be fun to plan a night at the movies or a movie marathon watching their favorite films, you can also surprise them with movie memorabilia from one of their favorite films. Movie memorabilia offers a great way to give them a unique gift they’ll cherish. If they aren’t movie buff, consider sports memorabilia or music memorabilia instead.
3. Be Silly
Silly surprises are a great way to celebrate a special occasion because there’s a good chance the birthday person won’t anticipate them. So first, fill their bedroom with balloons. Then, create a birthday scavenger hunt. You can use riddles to lead them from location to location to help them find their birthday surprise.
You can combine a birthday scavenger hunt with happy birthday flowers because you can launch the hunt with a clue on the card that comes with the bouquet. You can also decorate their home by hanging up wrapping paper on the walls and adding streamers and balloons throughout their home.
4. Mix in some surprises with traditions.
For many people, their birthday is an occasion when they get presents and eat birthday cake. However, some people may have other traditions, such as picking a birthday meal or having a birthday party. Plan for the typical birthday traditions the birthday person expects, and then add in some surprises.
Perhaps they’re accustomed to having a birthday party with friends every year. This year, hire a local band to perform at their party instead of using a playlist. Tell them their party’s in a different location this year and surprise them with a weekend cottage rental or a trip to the ocean to celebrate. You can also rent a unique venue for the party to make it memorable.
5. Focus on the birthday experience.
It’s fun to receive presents, but presents aren’t limited to physical items. You can surprise the birthday person with experiences, too. Start by asking yourself who are you shopping for and what would they would like.
Are you making plans for your mom’s birthday? Take her to a spa so you can spend the day together while she’s getting pampered. Are you looking for a way to surprise a sibling? Buy them concert tickets. Are you trying to figure out how to celebrate with a friend who’s got a milestone birthday approaching? Think about something they’ve always wanted to do and make plans.
Whether you take them riding in a hot air balloon or horseback riding through the Grand Canyon, or white water rafting, they’ll enjoy a special outing planned with their interests in mind.
There are several traditional and unique ways you can celebrate someone’s birthday. Thoughtful gestures, gifts that reflect their interests, and planning special activities are great ways to surprise any birthday person. You can also use some creative touches to make birthday traditions special or choose some silly, fun ways to surprise the birthday person.