Like just about anything else celebratory these days, it can be difficult to get into the birthday spirit in quarantine. The novelty of drive-by gift drop-offs for special occasions has worn off. Zoom fatigue has settled in, making it less fun to celebrate virtually.
And after months spent in lockdown, your birthday gal or guy may think, “Why bother?” and “Let’s just try again next year.” Despite your loved one’s dismissive mood, you can still make it a joyous celebration! Check out these party and gift ideas that can help make a quarantine birthday still one to remember.
1. Video Birthday Wishes from Friends and Families
After months of Zooming at work, video chatting with friends and family may have lost its appeal. Phone calls and text messages are thoughtful, but not the same as in-person happy birthday wishes. Instead, ask your close loved ones to record a happy birthday message! They can also share a special memory or make a sign. Collect the videos and share them with your significant other over a home-cooked dinner.
2. Plenty of Desserts and Confections
Rather than celebrate with one birthday cake, create a full-on sweet-treats spread. Imagine a dessert table at a wedding (except you may want something smaller since it’s just you two). Order up some iconic desserts, like a couple of classic Magnolia cupcakes, a pint of Jeni’s yummy ice cream and/or a Milk Bar best-selling six-inch birthday cake. Other options include gourmet Crumbl cookies, a box of Sugarfina gummies, a few Decadent Macarons and Birthday Bash chocolates from Maggie Louis Confections.
3. At-Home Bar for Him
Can’t hit up your favorite neighborhood pub? Then bring the bar to him. First, the booze; sometimes retailers allow you to mix and match your six-pack, so pick out his favorite beers or a new brew for some fun taste-testing. Next, the snacks. Put together an epic charcuterie board covered with smoked and savory meats, an assortment of cheeses and crackers, some salty nuts, fresh and dried fruits and why not: delicious spreads like sweet jam and olive tapenade.
4. Lacey Lingerie for a Romantic Evening
Sports bras, oversized T-shirts and pajama pants may have been her uniform for several months with remote working and nowhere to go. For this special day, be bold and gift an intimate outfit to make her feel sexy, feminine and desirable. At Yandy.com, you can safely shop at home and find a collection of super affordable pieces. Make sure to further set the scene with red roses, candles and a couple of glasses of rosé.
5. Fitness Classes and Workout Equipment
With most gyms temporarily shuttered, more people are turning their living room into a workout space to keep up with their fitness regimen. Whether it’s your or your significant other’s birthday, this occasion can serve as a great opportunity to finally justify buying that Peloton or Lekfit membership, a trendy digital fitness studio experience popularized by Instagram star Busy Philipps. You could also invest in basic equipment like dumbbells, weights, a yoga mat, kettlebell and resistance bands.
6. MasterClass Online Classes
Many see quarantine downtime as an opportunity to develop a new skill, and MasterClass is one of the best online education platforms led by world-class instructors like Martin Scorsese and Gordan Ramsey. MasterClass offers a wide range of classes and topics for a variety of passions and interests, including film, writing, photography and technology. There’s even an all-access pass gift you can give to “inspire the person who inspires you.”
Surprise That Special Someone in Your Life
By surprising your significant other with any of these gifts, you’ll be sure to see that smile and surprised look on their face. Indeed, these are fantastic ideas for foodies, beer enthusiasts, fitness fanatics, personal development go-getters and simply someone who deserves to feel special.