Read on to discover how to make the birthday person feel special to make your nearest and dearest feel loved and blessed here.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to give a birthday person we hold dear the best gift we can afford. However, gifts don’t always mean material things.
In fact, a study found that for most people, companionship remains the best birthday gift. 80% of the participants said that the best birthday gift they could have is to be with people important to them.
So, if you have a dear one who’s about to turn a year older, your presence alone may already make their day special. Since birthdays only take place once a year though, it’s best to go the extra mile and make it more extraordinary.
Ready to learn all about the best ways to celebrate the birthday of your favorite human? Then keep reading, as that’s exactly what we’ve rounded up in the list below!
Organize a Get-Together With Friends and Family
Round up the other folks whom the birthday celebrator holds dearest to their heart. These could be their other family members, friends, colleagues, perhaps even teammates. Invite them for a lunch, afternoon, or dinner get-together.
Be sure to send invitations early to give everyone time to respond. Consider using hand-designed, ready-made invitation cards to make handwriting invites quick and easy. This way, the invites can still have a personal touch without being too time-consuming to make.
If the birthday guy or gal loves surprises, you can turn this gathering into a surprise party. If not, just make sure that they’ll actually be able to attend the get-together.
The idea here is to let your special one be with their other loved ones on their birthday. The place isn’t a priority, but choose a venue big enough to accommodate every guest. You may even plan a BBQ or a potluck party so that everyone has the chance to bring their own homemade goodies.
Send Them a Birthday Card Written the Traditional Way
Write down and mail those happy birthday messages for your best friend, folks, or better half! In fact, you should do this whenever you want to greet your loved ones on every special occasion.
A good enough reason is that handwritten notes have a bigger emotional impact. That goes for both the recipients and the writers themselves.
After all, there’s a lot more effort and thought that goes into a handwritten letter. As the writer, you’ll no doubt be more careful in writing the note, since there’s no “delete” or “backspace” option. You don’t want any erasures on the card, so you’ll think hard before writing down your thoughts.
According to science, this thinking-to-writing process helps increase neural activity in the brain. As such, it helps boost cognition, more so than typing on a computer keyboard.
In addition, you need to actually move to either hand-deliver or mail that birthday card or letter. This also benefits your body, seeing as the average person spends a third of their day sitting down.
Handwritten letters also offer a stark contrast to today’s oversimplified ways of communicating. That’s why it’s more surprising to get a carefully handwritten note than a text, chat, or email message.
With all these involved in handwriting a letter, its receiver will no doubt feel more special. A traditional birthday card will imprint your thoughtfulness in every hand-stroke.
Plant a Tree in Their Honor
Did you know that in India, there’s a small village that plants 111 trees for every newborn girl?
You read that right, it really is 111 trees. This wonderful tradition is unique to the Indian village of Piplantri in Rajasthan. They do this in honor of every baby girl born in their community.
That said, why not take a page out of their book and plant a tree in honor of your beloved birthday person? In the US, there are several organizations that would help you do this, such as the Arbor Day Foundation.
You simply order a tree for the birthday celebrator and they will have a tree planted in their honor! What’s more, they’ll receive a certificate for the trees you’ve donated on their behalf.
As you can see, it’s quite simple, but the emotional and ecological effects are long-term. Your favorite human will always have a tangible remembrance of your birthday gift. At the same time, those trees you’ve had planted will help with reforestation efforts.
DIY a Birthday Gift
If you’re confident of your skills, take the time to make a gift from scratch. Of course, on top of the list is a homemade birthday cake, which speaks louder than any store-bought cake. If you’re more of a hot-kitchen cook, then you can go all out and make them a few-course lunch or dinner.
You can also make a DIY gift using any other creative skills you have, such as painting, drawing, or even knitting. If you like to build stuff, then build something that your loved one or friend will have use for. Perhaps a bookshelf, a re-purposed table, or even a crib if the celebrator is expecting a baby.
The bottom line is, handcrafting a gift is one of the best things to do for someone’s birthday. As with handwriting a letter, there’s a lot more personal effort that goes into making a gift than buying it. With your thoughtfulness in mind, the birthday celebrator will surely feel more special.
Give Them an “At-Your-Service-For-A-Day” Pass
A measly 32 minutes a day — that’s how much “free time” the average parent has nowadays. The average US adult doesn’t do much better, with only four hours and 26 minutes of free time in a week. That’s 38 minutes of “me-time” in a day.
For many of these folks, the best way to celebrate their birthday is to free up as much of their special day as possible. You can do that by taking care of their chores, tasks, or errands on their behalf. Simply being at their service for the day can be enough to let them spend their birthday the way they want to.
Curate a Care Package
With almost no me-time for themselves, a lot of people tend to set aside caring for themselves. So, it’s no wonder that eight in 10 US workers feel stressed while on the job. One in four workers also feel burned out or stressed often (or even very often) due to their job.
If your dear one or best bud is one of the people, a great birthday gift would be a custom care package. One that contains treat-yourself essentials for de-stressing and relaxing.
Some of the must-haves include aromatherapy or herbal bath bombs, oils, and scrubs. You may also want to add facial masks, a tub of body lotion, or a beard care kit in the package. If you still have the budget, include a nice and comfy bathrobe.
Put Those Video Editing Skills to Work
Another great way to make birthdays special is to make a photo video for your special one. Compile those photos and clips where you and the birthday celebrator are together. Turn them into a moving picture story and add some witty and funny subs and voice-overs.
You can also get others, such as family members or friends, to contribute images and videos. If you can, gather them to record a video of all of you singing happy birthday. Wrap the video up with this short clip.
Another idea is to have people record a video of themselves singing happy birthday. Cut a section from each clip and then patch them together to create a single video. This way, everyone would appear in the recording.
Get Them a “Get-Away” Treat
If you’re pressed for time, consider treating your special one with a free holiday. You don’t necessarily have to go for an all-expense-paid trip, but if you do have the budget, then by all means, go ahead. However, you can opt for alternatives like booking a nice hotel or AirBnB unit for them to spend the weekend in.
You can also get them booked into a spa, a retreat center, or even a sports center if that’s how they roll. Base your final decision on what a “get-away” would be for your special birthday celebrator.
Grant One or Several of The Things They Have On Their Wish-list
You can always straight up ask your loved one or pal for what they want on their special day. If you want to keep your gift a surprise though, do your research to find out their “wish list”. They may have said something about the stuff they need but haven’t gotten yet.
For instance, your dad may be in need of new hand tools or equipment for his woodworking hobby. Perhaps your mom or sister needs new baking supplies or cookware. What’s important is to think of and base your gift ideas on their hobbies, interests, or special needs.
Make Every Birthday Person You Hold Dear Feel Special With These Tips
As you can see, there are many unique and creative ways to make a birthday person feel special. It may sound cliché, but the truth is, it’s really the thought that counts. Something as simple as a written birthday note can be enough to put a smile on dear one’s face.
So, go ahead and use these tips on how to make someone’s birthday special! If you want, you can even combine several of them to convey an even more powerful message. After all, birthdays only happen once a year, so it’s worth all the effort.
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