Remember birthdays as a child?
The nervous-excitement the night before, anticipating the jubilance of the morning to come. The colors. The smells. When dating, you enjoy the benefit of celebrating two birthdays every year. And sometimes, you might look forward to your partner’s birthday more than your own.
What’s better than making the person you love the most smile?
To that end, this year it’s time to up the ante.
Communication Is Key
In anticipation of the big day, try to remember all the little hints that they dropped throughout the year. Use your intuition to get a sense of what kind of celebration they want:
- Are they introverted and want something small?
- Are they extroverted and love being the center of attention?
- Will they value seeing friends and family, or should you prioritize time as a couple?
- Do they love material gifts? Or do they prefer smaller displays of affection?
Note their subtle, unspoken desires, and weave them into your master plan. If they’re not typically open about what they want, you could have someone else ask on your behalf.
Get Out of Town
Sometimes traveling somewhere new is the perfect mark for a significant occasion. Birthdays are a time of gratitude and reflection. They’re a chance to evaluate your life and plan for the future. Let your partner experience these thoughts in a beautiful new environment.
Sharing a birthday trip with a significant other provides plenty of opportunities to spoil them.
Say yes to indulging them wherever you can. Book that jet ski trip that they mentioned, the coveted restaurant you were recommended, or the safari adventure you saw them browsing on their computer screen. Spoil them with activities and experiences they never thought they’d have. Remind them that this is more than a vacation. It’s a celebration!
A Scattering of Small Surprises
Birthdays should be a full day of celebrations. Sometimes, the best way to plan that is to litter smaller surprises throughout the day to keep momentum.
Have you ever been part of a birthday that has a multipart itinerary for the entire day?
If you have, you understand. If you haven’t, then change that by creating one for the person you love most.
Fill their day with special moments that remind them of how much they are loved. After all, that’s the best part of a birthday. Feeling loved.
A Scavenger Hunt
Personalized experiences can be the tenderest. Send your significant other on a well-crafted scavenger hunt around town. Place clues in places that are important to your relationship; the first restaurant you dined in, the park bench where you decided to make it official, the place you first met.
At the final stop, plan a phenomenal surprise that will reward them for their full day of treasure hunting. Maybe lead them to a romantic dinner for the two of you, or to an extravagant party filled with their dearest friends. This thoughtful day will become a timeless memory, all the while paying homage to the milestones of your relationship.
Have a Staycation
If getting away is impossible, then create an itinerary where you take your role as a tourist. See your city through a different lens. Explore monuments, museums, or parts of your home you’ve never seen before. Do the things you always tell visitors to.
To inspire your planning, do a little research. Possible options include:
- Visiting a local brewery
- Taking a boat tour
- Enjoying a massage
- Finding a well-reviewed walking tour
- Booking a sensory deprivation tank
- Finding a new restaurant
- Exploring contemporary art exhibits
- Picnicking in a botanical garden
Show You Care
Hopefully, these ideas inspired some creativity or reached into your pathos. Birthdays are the perfect time to celebrate your partner and infuse pieces of your relationship within that celebration. As time continues its great push forward, you’ll look back on birthdays as they fall into the tracks of a railroad, with the train had started the day you met.