The earth has gone around the sun once again and it’s your special person’s birthday. In celebration of The Confetti Post’s third birthday, we’ve put together a few ideas for how to help you celebrate.
Want to step up your game this year? Sending a birthday text is nice but let’s be real, it just doesn’t hold a flame – or birthday candle – to something more meaningful.
In addition to being a birthday hero with The Confetti Post, here are some small but mighty ways to share the birthday love and make someone's birthday extra special.
Make a Mixed Tape
Make them a playlist. Channel the toons of the eighties and put together some happy jams for the birthday guy or gal. (Check out our Birthday Spotify playlist for inspiration.)
Or you can go all moody, corny, angsty, raging, folksy – whatever floats their boat. With the magic of modern technology, it’s a lot less labor intensive than it used to be decades ago. They’ll think of you and feel loved every time they press play.
Pay it Forward
Make a donation or do a random act of kindness with the birthday person in mind. Is the birthday girl an animal lover? Take some food, toys or towels your local shelter. Does she love nature? Make a donation to Green Peace in her honor.
Simple and free deeds work too! Acts of kindness such as surprise notes of encouragement and affirmation are an excellent way to share the love. Mention to your friend that you’re sprinkling the world with extra kindness to celebrate their birthday. Jot down a few kind words and leave them in ordinary places where they will have extraordinary impact. Tape your note to a park bench, leave it on a library shelf or sneak it next to the baby formula in the grocery store.
Writer’s block? Here are a few ideas to get your pen moving:
- You got this!
- Yay, You! You are the best! You really are awesome in big ways. (Inspired by one of our popular Party gift boxes, Yay You!)
- “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
- You have a beautiful smile!
- You matter.
- Be kind to yourself.
- Find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
- Shine bright! (Inspired by our pink balloon note.)
Whether you live near or far, find the birthday person’s favorite coffee spot or watering hole and buy them a gift card. If you really want to pamper them, gift them the spa treatment they’d never give themselves. That’s the gift that keeps on giving!
The Written Word
Gift them a book! Better yet, write a thoughtful inscription inside to make it even more meaningful. For this occasion, we love the idea of giving a book that can be read in bites (save War & Peace for another day) and provide continued inspiration.
Perhaps something like Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed.
This seems obvious but so often in our harried lives, we don’t take time to speak our hearts. It’s easy to write “HBD” online but it’s a whole lot more impactful to tell them in person (or on the phone if you’re long distance).
In the words of author, Ruthie Lindsey, “If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.”
Sing! Sing! Sing!
(Grammy nomination not required.)
Call them and sing happy birthday on their voicemail. You do not need to have the voice of an angel. Just belt it out or have the entire fam join in. It’s also fun to take a video of this hilarity and send it. I promise it will make them smile and they’ll treasure that message long past their birthday.
Hope this list of simple and fun ways to make someone's birthday special gives you some inspiration and help you make those special people in your life feel extra loved.
Betsy (and Team Confetti Post)
P.S. Want even more ideas, especially for a long distance birthday? Check out this popular blog post from us.