If your Birthday is near and you’re looking all over the web for inspiration on what to do on your special day, we’re here to help, we have some of the best ideas for you, no matter where you’re from, organized in 2 sections: Free or Inexpensive Ideas, Expensive or Luxury Ideas.
We organized the ideas for your birthday in the following sections:
Free or inexpensive ideas:
Read that book you never find time for along with your favorite hot beverage
You may have a book that you can never find time for, so it could be a great idea to do it as part of your birthday celebration, and what better company for a book than a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa, simply the perfect match.
Listen to your favorite album
As part of your birthday activities, you could listen to your favorite album, or better yet sing along and dance to your favorite songs, doing it may bring some memories/emotions from the past and could give you an emotional boost, it's proven that listening to music increase happiness, so rock your special day!
Series or Movie Marathon
Almost everyone loves series and movies right? so what better time than your birthday celebration to watch or rewatch your favorite movies/series alone or in the company of your loved ones or better yet a marathon of them, just don't forget the popcorn and chill.
Play board games or group games with your friends
Invite your friends and family to gather and play some games, preferably the kind that you and your guests enjoy the most, pick the ones that can make everyone laugh and have fun, playing board games entertain and bring people together it can also reduce stress on the participants so it's an excellent idea to thrown a game party on your birthday.
Cook something that you enjoy
Do you enjoy cooking? Do you want to cook something new or are you always looking for the day to cook those old good recipes? Then your birthday might be the perfect opportunity to do it, cooking gives you a delicious reward at the end and being creative will make you feel good, you can share your result with others to enjoy a special birthday moment.
Have a picnic
Is your birthday near the summer? then an amazing way to celebrate your birthday could be having a picnic, you could invite your friends and family to have an open-air birthday celebration, we suggest that you make a list of everything you'll need, prepare a blanket, drinks, snacks, and sandwiches also it's super important to make sure that the weather prognostic will be great for that day.
Have you always wanted to go hiking or it's been some time since you went? then it could be a great opportunity to do this for your birthday since it is great for the body and the mind; looking at the scenery, breathing fresh air and listening to the sounds of nature can be a very pleasing activity.
Make sure to prepare for it, get familiar with the trail map, check the weather and bring some company.
Plant a tree
A great an unique way to spend your birthday could be planting a tree, since there are psychological benefits on doing it, like improving mood, relieve stress, relieve anxiety and boosting self-esteem.
Find a plant tree event near you (look for websites like onetreeplanted.org), another alternative would be to learn everything necessary and do it yourself like shown on Wikihow Plant a Tree, surely in the years to come it would become a unique memento of your birthday that you can be proud and that you could show your close ones.
Hunt for birthday coupons, promotions or discounts
Chances are that on your birthday there might be some places that offer special coupons, promotions or discounts for people celebrating a birthday, we recommend that you prepare beforehand so on your birthday you get your special treatment on these places, don't hesitate to ask the staff of your favorite place if there is a special offer for people who celebrates their birthday.
Visit a new place in town
Is there a new place in town that you haven't been able to visit? or do you have a place that you haven't found any time to visit? now will be a great time to do it, going to a new place it's always exciting, fun and a great activity to do for your birthday.
You can ask your family and friends for recommendations, places that they love, o new places that they have visited, make a list and decide.
Picture shows: Hudson Yards. The Vessel, New York, USA
Spa day at home
What a better way to spend your birthday than taking care of yourself giving you a spa treatment, without spending a lot of money you can prepare a spa day at home, you can conditionate your bath to look like a spa, prepare your treatments and reproduce a special Spotify music playlist.
It will require some preparing but you can look for some guides on the internet so you can do it yourself, here are some that we recommend to check out:
How to Have a Spa Day at Home
Treat Yo’ Self… for Pennies: 24 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home
Write a thank you note to everyone who remembered your birthday
Being thankful to everyone that remembers your birthday can be a great idea to do on your birthday, writing a thank you note or just showing appreciation can have several positive benefits on your relationships and also can have several benefits to you since being thankful increases happiness and reduces depression. Have a look at some detailed benefits on the following link:
7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round
Browse your old photos album
Nostalgia is the best emotional journey and your birthday is one of the best occasions to embark on it, reminisce on some of your best memories, look at people who is no longer with you and remember them, you can also reflect on how much you changed over the years both physically and mentally or just enjoy the emotions that those old memories that looking at your old photos will certainly bring.
Do acts of service or give to charity
Giving to charity or doing acts of service on good causes is simply something that makes you feel good, donating your time, things or some money not only benefits the charities themselves, but it can also be rewarding to you in many ways, your birthday can be a perfect time to do it.
Expensive or luxury ideas:
Go to a concert of your favorite band or artist
It's always exciting to go to a concert either from your favorite band or concert, it would be a great idea to review dates from the available concerts before your birthday so review dates ahead of time and maybe with some luck, you can get some amazing tickets to celebrate your birthday.
Take a class or lessons and learn something new
Learning something new is always refreshing and fun, so a great idea could be that you schedule some lessons or take a class of something that you like or always wanted to do, for every person will be different it could range from a cooking class to something more specific like beginning climbing, playing guitar lessons, etc. One thing for certain is that at the end of the day you'll feel better that you learned something new.
Do an adrenaline activity
Maybe you are looking to get your heart pumping, so a good idea to do on your birthday could be doing an adrenaline activity, remember safety first, find official regulated, tested and secure businesses, the activity may vary depending on your taste the list goes from sky diving, bungee jump, Paraglide, kitesurf or a more unusual activity like in the following link:
15 Things All Adrenaline Junkies Should Do in Their Lifetime
Visit an amusement park
Amusement parks always deliver there's something for everyone, amusement parks often have live shows, performances, and thrilling rollercoasters rides, this is something you can do on your birthday along with your friends and family.
Water parks are also included and could be a great idea if there's sunny weather.
Here you can find a list to some of the best parks in the world:
28 Best Amusement Parks In The World For A Dose Of Extravaganza In 2020!
Got o a Museum
Visiting a museum can be a great activity for your birthday, not only it will make you smarter it will also make you feel good, it's on the expensive ideas list because in some places admission fees have gone up but you can still find some inexpensive or free museums to visit if you do your research, visiting a museum can be a source of inspiration and it's a great opportunity to spend quality time with your friends and family.
Buy yourself a gift or something you have wished for a long time
It's your birthday and you are important, there may be a ton of justifications of why you deserve it, it may be because you work or study hard but the best justification is that you exist and it's your birthday! so go ahead and get something nice for yourself, every person it's different but if anything you could get a nice new outfit for your special day.
Book a massage
Your birthday can be the perfect opportunity to book a massage, many things can be stressful in life and a massage can help you relax, reduce muscle tension, improve circulation among other benefits, certainly is one of the best things to do in your birthday if you're looking to pamper yourself and be renewed to enjoy your special day.
A hot-air balloon ride is an amazing and exciting experience for people of all ages and can be something really special to do for your birthday, the level of risk is lower than traveling by car, so it's a considerable safe activity, look for a package near you or schedule a trip to someplace that you want to visit.
Rent a cabin
If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful birthday celebration, renting a cabin is certainly a good idea since it could be the perfect getaway from the city, you could find and enjoy a place with a breathtaking view, exciting hiking trails and you could also take amazing photos for a unique memento of your birthday.
Boat or Yacht tour
Another way pleasant and relaxing way to spend your birthday could be on a short private or commercial yacht or boat tour, you can tune out from the world and enjoy your birthday with the fresh, salty air, the various soothing colors of blue of the sea and connect with nature, it's also a great activity to have quality time with your close ones.
Regardless of what you decide to do on your birthday let us finalize with this small advice, many of us we tend to think about our birthday with high expectations, we all want to be happy, that’s human nature, so it’s only logical to think that our birthdays should be one of the happiest days on the year, putting that kind of burden on yourself or your close ones can create the opposite result since more often than not things go exactly as planned, so we advise the opposite, manage your expectations and don’t let them skyrocket, stay open to the small gifts that life may give you, small moments that you may miss out if you’re stressing about things not going the way you planned, who knows maybe the universe has something stored for you on your birthday.