How to Make Someone Feel Special On Their Birthday?

So it’s your best friend’s birthday and you have no freaking idea what to do in order to make their day extra fun, exciting and special? Well, you have come to the right place.

I absolutely love birthdays and can literally do anything to make someone feel good on their birthday. According to me, everyone is special and there should be at least one special day for everyone in 365 days. And birthdays are the best days to make someone happy and feel loved.

Of course, you can make people happy any day of the year, but on birthdays you should go out of the way, because why not?

how to make someone feel special on their birthday?

Sometimes, some people in our lives are so special that we freak out when their birth-month starts. It happens with me all the time. When it’s my best friend’s birthday, on 22nd July, I start freaking out from June. I don’t know why it’s just an internal feeling. Do you guys feel me?

I try to do something special for her, every year. Whenever I get an idea of something AMAZING, I either write it in my ‘Notes’ app or take a picture or note it down in my journal, just to make sure I remember everything I need to do on her birthday.

So after doing this for 6 years, in a row, I came up with these 20 mind-blowing ideas to wish someone on their birthdays and make them feel special and loved.

I also arranged the half birthday of Baby Tee, check it out here. 

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Here is a list of my 20 ideas.

 

  1. WRITE A LETTER.

 

Writing a letter never gets old. NEVER! Everybody loves reading other person’s feelings and their love and all that cute & fun stuff.

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You can either write that letter simply and traditionally or you can go a step further and decorate your letter, add a few quotes, some old pictures, fun sayings, do some calligraphy, stuff that reminds you of old times, your own sayings, prints of screenshots of your funny chats, a small little gift and pretty much anything you can think of.

You can write a single letter or multiple letters for them to read throughout the year.

If you don’t want to write a letter, you can always write an email to them. They’ll love opening their mail and seeing your name popping up!

 

  1. MAKE A PERSONALIZED CARD.

 

Making cards is a fun process and the results are amazing.

You can make miniature cards or go big and bold by making giant cards. It depends what you or your friend likes, for example, simple/minimalist cards or fancy and decorative cards.

You can try making your card unique by either making miniature cards or one huge card. Use your creative mind and blow people’s mind!

There are a ton of tutorials on making cards on YouTube. All you need is a cardstock and a few other craft supplies that you probably already have around your house.

 

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Closeup aerial view of hands using laptop and tablet with wrapped gifts

 

  1. GO FOR SHOPPING TOGETHER.

 

Going shopping with your friend is never a bad idea.

You get to shop together, explore each other’s interests, buy them something if they like it, have a lunch or tea together and have a ton of fun.

Think of all the things they love. Their favorite places to eat, places they love to shop, things they like to do and fill their day with it.

It’s definitely going to be one memorable birthday.

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  1. THROW A SURPRISE PARTY.

 

If you have some cash, you can throw an awesome surprise party for your friend.

Everyone loves parties and if you’re old friends you are going to love it even more. You can invite their friends, your mutual friends, and some more people, arrange a few games and some good party food with some fun decorations and it will be one helluva party.

 

decoration for outdoor parties

 

  1. MAKE A VIDEO.

 

Make a video for your friend. it is honestly easier than anything else.

All you need is a phone/camera and an internet connection.

Make a video of yourself expressing your feelings and wishing them ‘birthday’, reminding something funny and all. Download an editing application on your phone. Add a few pictures or videos of you together and you are good to go.

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For iPhone and Mac, ‘iMovie’ is THE BEST. (FREE on most iOS devices)

For Android, ‘VivaVideo’ is good. (FREE)

For Windows, ‘MOVAVI Video Editor’ is excellent.

You can do your own research on the software and applications. By playing with the application, you’ll automatically learn the process. You can also look up on YouTube or Google for easy tutorials.

 

  1. CUSTOMIZE A PHOTO.

 

Find out an old photo of your best friend and you or their childhood, honestly, any old memorable photo will do. Just edit it by writing a sweet or funny wish and email them or publish on Facebook, if both of you are comfortable.

Recommended links: You can use Piccollage, Picmonkey or Canva to customize your images.

If you don’t know how to use these applications, there several articles on Pinterest and many video tutorials on YouTube to help you with that and trust me, it’s easier than you think.

 

girl editing on laptop

 

  1. SHOW UP ON THEIR PLACE.

 

What’s better than seeing the face of your best friend out of nowhere, and that too on your birthday? I’d love that! Go ahead and pack your bag and visit your friend for a day or even a week and don’t forget to pick their favorite flavor of cake on your way.

Spend time with them, make the most out of their birthday. They will love it, I guarantee it.

 

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  1. ARRANGE A HOLIDAY.

 

Plan a trip of you and your best friend together to a place you both really want to visit. It might be around your city or even out of the country. Visiting beautiful places with friends is always fun and it will make up as one of the best birthdays presents they will receive.

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  1. MAKE A COLLAGE.

 

Take out some old photos or even new ones, of you and your best friend and turn it into a collage. Upload it on Facebook or Instagram or even print it out, put it in a frame and give them as a gift.

I, personally, love such customized gifts, they are just so thoughtful and show a deep love. Collages are a great way of reminding many days and memories within a single picture.

 

  1. WRITE A POST.

 

You know those long ass paragraphs people write on Facebook will a cool photo of themselves? Yep, do that! Write about your fun days, the memorable nights, the naughty stuff you did together, things you love about them, what annoys you the most, why you like them and why you both can be together forever (or in a circus).

They will love reading a fun and emotional paragraph, reminding them of those good old days, on their birthday!

You can either publish that post on your social media sites or email them. Both ways are cool, but it totally depends on you.

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  1. ARRANGE A FRIENDS REUNION.

 

If both of you are social and have some mutual friends, invite them over to a cool spot and have a fun reunion. Not only the birthday gal/guy but the other friends will thank you for that too.

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  1. TAKE THEM TO THE SPA.

 

This one is especially for girls. Girls love taking a day off and going to the spa for good. Get some facials, mani, pedi, and massages together. You both will love it and have a great, fun and relaxing day.

If you’re out of money, you can arrange an amazing spa day/night at home and internet will help you a lot in doing that!

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  1. MAKE A SCRAPBOOK.

 

It’s going to be a little time-taking but worth it in the end. Scrapbooks do take time but they are worth the effort. Gather some memorable items and photograph, write down some quotes and saying, turn it into a mini scrapbook. There are no limits, you can be creative here.

Everyone loves handmade gifts; your friend will love it too.

Recommended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix-RR_SiUXM 

 

  1. GIVE A SHOUTOUT.

 

This world is now full of technology. Everyone is using Social Media Accounts. If you’re famous, you can give your friend a shoutout, they will love to receive a few extra followers and random people wishing them on their birthday.

You can even ask their favorite YouTuber or Blogger to send them a birthday wish. Make sure to tell them a week ahead and remind them on that very day. The online community is very kind and I’m sure anyone will be happily willing to make someone’s day with just a wish.

If you can’t do any of the above mentioned, let me know and I’ll give your friend a shout out. Problem solved! 🙂

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  1. HAVE A GIRLS / BOYS DAY OUT.

 

Take all of your girls/guys on a road trip or hiking or wherever you guys like to go. Plan a day out or maybe even a night out.

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  1. TAKE THEM TO MOVIES.

 

Watching movies with friends has a different charm. Take your friend out for a movie and then have a dinner or lunch together. Go for some window shopping. You can also arrange a Movie Night at home. Have fun!

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  1. MAKE A DIY MEMORY BOX.

 

If you like collecting things, you might still have the friendship band, that you guys exchanged in 4th grade and that funny poster of your friend you made. Collect all of those fun and cute items and turn it into a memory box.

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  1. SURPRISE THEM.

 

Most people love surprises and if your friend is one of them, either throw a surprise party or a dinner or plan anything that your friend has never thought of. You can have a look at your or your friend’s bucket list and complete one of those tasks to make their day extra special.

And this doesn’t even have to be big.

You can go ahead and bring them their favorite dessert like these BEST EVER HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS  which they haven’t tried in a while.

Best ever Cinnamon Rolls recipe by Rukh AZ

 

 

  1. BUY THEM A GIFT.

 

Giving & receiving presents on birthdays is an old tradition but everyone still loves it. Your gift doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to come from the core of your heart. You can DIY a gift and make something like DIY gift baskets or gift boxes and include your friend’s favorite goodies in it.

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Personally, I’d love to receive such an awesome gift.

 

colorful wrapped gifts

 

  1. DO SOMETHING OUT OF THE WAY.

 

To make your friend’s day special, you’ll have to do something special. Use your creativity, ask for help from friends and do something super fun and make a day special for you and your friend. The main idea is to make them feel good and have fun!

Bake a cake and decorate with their favorite icing. Be creative!

Here is a list of fun and affordable things you can do with your friend.

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Do not be overwhelmed, do whatever is easily possible and make sure to do it from the bottom of your heart, and your friend will surely love and appreciate it!

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. Show them that you love and care about them, and that should be more than enough for the day.

 

BONUS:

 

– Make sure to be the first and the last one to wish your friend on their very own day. You can either set scheduled message to send every hour or so, or you can manually send messages on the specific times of the day.

– You can order customized cakes from local bakeries or cafes, with your friend’s favorite flavor. Customize the cake in a way that it describes the personality of your friend.

– A few balloons, banners and props never hurt anyone.

– Take your camera with you, if you are spending time with them. Take beautiful shots of you two together.

– Go outside for a while and explore nature especially during sunset or sunrise.

– Make them a love-filled breakfast in bed.

– Take some time off everything like social media, random people, food, TV or phone and genuinely spend time with each other. Gaze the stars and talk about life, old memories, feelings or the things going on in your life.

 

TIPS:

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

 

– Make sure you plan and schedule everything ahead.

– Make a list of everything that you want to do for your friend.

– Schedule or book the places you want to visit.

– If you are calling other people too, make sure they are available on that particular day.

– Most importantly, make sure your ‘birthday’ girl/boy is available and free on that day.

– Include their family or friends in your plans too. They’ll love it.

– Do not overburden yourself. Even if you make small efforts, your true friend will know it and he’ll appreciate your efforts.

 

You can either choose one thing to do on their birthday or even go ahead and do a list of things or surprise your friend every few hours. I hope I helped you enough that now you have an idea of how you want your friend’s birthday to be like. All the best and I really hope you ace it!

If you need any help or more ideas, be sure to leave them in the comments, I’ll definitely help you out! xoxo

Recommended article:

How to Arrange a Half Birthday for your Baby under Budget

Let me know how you spent your friend’s birthday? I’d love to check out your ideas and creativity. And if you do something that I’ve mentioned above, make sure to tag me on Instagram with #RukhAZ or email me at lifewithrukhaz@gmail.com or rukh@lifewithrukhaz.com

how to make someone feel special on their birthday?

See ya soon! Take care and enjoy your day! Lots of love!

 

44 Comments

  1. Jessica Joachim

    July 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    These are all really sweet ideas to make someone feel special on their birthday! I love giving and getting letters and personalized little gifts. I feel they are so personal and special.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 14, 2018 at 12:11 am

      You are so right. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive or branded, it just has to come from the heart. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂 xx

  2. Holly Hood

    July 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    You have done an excellent job on making somone feel special on their birthday. Your suggestions are great and so caring.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 14, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Aww, I’m so happy you read and liked it! Stick around. :’) Take care.

  3. Tara Pittman

    July 13, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    So many great ways to celebrate a birthday. I love that many of them don’t cost that much money.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 14, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Exactly! We don’t have to spend a ton of money to make ourselves feel good. It’s the little things that matter the most.
      God bless. xx

  4. kumamonjeng

    July 14, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Wow, great list to make someone special for their big day. In fact some of the idea I did not think of, such as making a video, I guess I have to start doing one! These day making video is so easy, we can just do it with our phone.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 14, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Exactly! We can make a HUGE difference in somebody’s day (or even life) by doing the smallest things. We just don’t think out of the box. I’m glad you liked the post. 🙂

  5. Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland

    July 14, 2018 at 2:24 am

    These are all fantastic ways to let someone know you care on their birthday. I think there’s such pressure to spend so much money on gifts but personalised, heartfelt gifts are always the best! This year my housemates made me an awesome happy birthday sign and it was one of the better gifts I received.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:49 am

      You are so right. Whenever a special event or birthday is approaching, everyone is like what should I buy, but what’s the point of buying the same stuff they can also buy from the market, instead go a step further and use creativity to make personalized, beautiful and affordable gifts.
      Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

  6. Emma Riley

    July 14, 2018 at 3:04 am

    These are great lists of ideas to make your friends feel special on their birthday. I do love the idea of making letter or a card for them because I think they more appreciate it than the things you buy from the store.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:50 am

      Exactly! I personally adore homemade/handmade gifts, be it anything, especially letters, damn they have my heart since forever!
      Thanks for reading and commenting! God bless.

  7. Tara

    July 14, 2018 at 5:57 am

    These are great ways to make a friend feel special on their birthday. My birthday is in August and I often do a birthday week or month. This year my grandma had a birthday week too. Seems it runs in the family lol. Awesome post.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:52 am

      Haha, wow. Birthday week seems like a great idea! I didn’t think of that! Wow, you are so creative. I’d definitely do that on my hubby’s birthday or might even publish a post about it on my blog if you’re okay with it. <3 xoxo

  8. Tara

    July 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Ahhh this is filled with the loveliest ideas. If someone did any of these things for me I would be over the moon!

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:52 am

      So true. The same feel here. xx

  9. Ruth I.

    July 14, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    These are some lovely ideas! I celebrated my birthday just last week and I am happy that my family and friends made an effort to surprise me. It really made my day special.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:53 am

      Awwwh, that’s so sweet! Happy belated birthday, Ruth! May you have many many more. xx
      Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

  10. Julietta M

    July 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I love all these ideas! My friend took me out to lunch and that made me feel really special!

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:55 am

      Aww! I absolutely love it when my friends make an effort to make me special on my day. Such a wonderful feeling! God bless. xoxo

  11. Caitlin

    July 14, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I love every single one of these ideas! I LOVE celebrating people’s birthdays – mainly because it’s a chance to show them how much they mean to me. Keeping this on file!

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:55 am

      Awwwh, sweetie! So true, this is a way of showing their place in our life and value in our heart! <3 xx

  12. Rosey

    July 15, 2018 at 1:25 am

    I know someone who uses iMovie to edit and make really cute movies. It’s a process but worth the time.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 15, 2018 at 1:47 am

      Yes, it’s easy, user-friendly, takes some time but worth it in the end. I personally love it.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. xx

  13. Charli Bruce

    July 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    These are such lovely ideas to make someone feel special on their birthday. I have a few peoples birthdays soon and I shall be putting some of these into practice x

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Aww, definitely do so and let me know how did it go. Best of luck! God bless! xx

  14. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    July 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Those are some amazing ideas, I’m sure they’d totally love it. I usually go for a letter and gift then spend some time making memories together.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 17, 2018 at 11:10 am

      That is such a nice combination. Thanks for stopping by. xx

  15. Carrie Liu

    July 15, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Lovely ideas! I always combine a store bought gift with something more personal. One time I lent my dog to my friend for her birthday road trip with her boyfriend and she said it was the best gift of the year.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Haha, wow. That is such a great idea, no doubt! So thoughtful of you. xoxo

  16. Rochelle

    July 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I love that you included both expensive and inexpensive options. I always struggle with what to give, but I know that for my friends, they’d probably just love it if I sent them a heartfelt card.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 16, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Aww, so true. Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving your feedback! xoxo

  17. LavandaMichelle

    July 15, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    What a wonderful post! These are some great tips, feeling worth something on your birthday is important. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 16, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by! xx

  18. Cristina Coroiu

    July 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Those are some really great ideas. I would love to receive most of them for my birthday. I always love when I get something handmade by the person who is giving it to me, it means they really thought of me when they did it.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      You are so right! I’m so happy you liked ’em. Thanks for commenting! xx

  19. Kitty

    July 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Wow I am totally in love with the idea of making someone feel special on their day… I love those tips I would definitely try it for my sisters birthday 😊👍🏼

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Yeah, sure You definitely should. She will have a blast! Good luck. xx

  20. Mommy Peachy

    July 16, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I love your list of ideas for making someone feel special on their birthday. I’d like to throw a surprise party for a love one

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Yeah, please do so. They’ll love it. xoxo

  21. Kiwi

    July 17, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I had a surprised party once in my life but it was a fail because that person did not invite all of my friends but it was a cute gesture. I also think personalized and handwritten anything with creativity and love is an ultimate gift.

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 17, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Aww, at least he tried. and that counts :’)
      Yep, I totally agree with you! xoxo

  22. Claudia Krusch

    July 21, 2018 at 3:47 am

    So many great ideas! Love all the ways to make someone feel special!

    1. Rukh AZ

      July 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! xoxo 🙂

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