Birthdays are a prime opportunity to show your wife or girlfriend how glad you are that she was born. But instead of focusing on big gifts, consider how you can make this day as special as she is, by simply celebrating her presence in your life.
How can you make her next birthday shine? By using these practical tips for creating a memorable birthday for your significant other.
Start in the Morning
If you want to make your wife or girlfriend’s birthday unforgettable, you’ll need an early start. Your first impression will set the tone for the day. Even a simple gesture to show that this birthday will be unlike any other can make a significant impact.
Start the morning by presenting her with breakfast and a small gift. If it’s a workday, get up early and get everything ready for her to make her morning a little easier. If it’s a weekend, surprise her with breakfast in bed.
You can also incorporate birthday-specific morning surprises to start the day on a note of fun and whimsy. Create a balloon avalanche in the doorway, write a birthday note on the mirror, and pick up a pastry from her favorite bakery. Remember, it’s the effort that counts!
Incorporate Surprises Throughout the Day
Create a day that’s full of little surprises and delights. These surprises don’t have to be elaborate or over the top; sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
Start with a birthday flower delivery from Bouqs, drop off a birthday cupcake or beverage, and schedule her for a relaxing manicure or facial on her lunch break. You can even create a scavenger hunt that takes her from one of her favorite places to another, if you have the time.
Remember to take her interests and comfort level into mind. Some people love the idea of a barbershop quartet showing up at work to sing happy birthday, while others would be mortified. When planning your surprises, keep her comfort and pleasure in mind.
Do All the Planning and Work
Women often fall into the role of caretaker and planner. Sometimes the simple gift of not having to make a decision or outline the schedule for the day is a gift in itself.
Take the reins when planning this special day and make everything happen without your wife or girlfriend having to assist with the coordination. You may have to get creative with figuring out her schedule to ensure your plans will work for her.
Get Other People Involved
Don’t forget to get other people involved in the planning and surprises. If you have children, get them on your team. They can help with the morning surprises and work extra hard to make the day as enjoyable as possible. Kids love being a part of something special and can help make breakfast, decorate, and even act as a distraction while you get things ready.
It’s also worth bringing in family members and friends to help fill in the day. Schedule a surprise lunch with her best friend or video message from loved ones far and near. Get your wife’s coworkers to help you decorate before she arrives at work in the morning, or talk to her boss about having an extended lunch.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help; the worst someone can say is “no.”
Share Your Feelings
While your actions and dedication to celebrating your wife or girlfriend’s birthday speak volumes, sometimes it’s nice to have a verbal reminder of how much you care. Write a handwritten note or card to tell your other half how you feel and why you’re so happy that she’s a part of your life. Incorporate this as one of your surprises or make it the first thing she sees when she gets up.
For a fun twist on this idea, you can hide individual notes in places she frequents the most. Incorporate notes into a scavenger hunt that takes her to her favorite local shops or hide them in her desk, purse, shoes, etc. It’s almost better if she doesn’t find them all on her birthday and gets a lovely reminder a week or two after her special day.
Create a Tradition
It’s never too late to start a new tradition. You might decide to make the entire special birthday an annual occurrence. Alternatively, you could choose one core element that you incorporate into her birthday every year.
The birthday tradition could include visiting the beach and making wishes for the year to come or staying up late to watch her favorite movie. Maybe it’s a specific breakfast in bed or dinner at her favorite restaurant. When in doubt, ask her what her favorite thing to do on her birthday is, and make that your goal for every year to come.
Schedule Some Alone Time
For some women, having some alone time is the best gift of all. Schedule some quiet time for your loved one, giving her the space she needs to read a book in a bubble bath or watch her favorite show. Finding a moment of peace in which to reflect on the past year is a great way for busy women to recharge.
Don’t forget to schedule some alone time for the two of you as well. While it can be fun to spend the day with friends and get your family involved, ending the day with a quiet evening alone is a special way to make her birthday memorable.
Make It All About Her
Experiences often make a bigger statement than physical gifts. Think of the things your wife or girlfriend loves to do and the places she loves to visit. Even if they aren’t activities you enjoy, remember that this is her day and be a good sport.
Yes, this might mean that you have to hang out at Target for hours on end or hike through the woods at sunrise, but it’s worth it for the joy she’ll experience and the memories you’ll make together.
Keep these tips in mind when creating an unforgettable birthday experience that your other half will cherish forever.