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There are a million ways to let someone know how much you care about them. Especially your loved ones, with whom you spend and share significant memories. What better way to surprise and show affection to them, than on their birthday!

So, if this person you care about has his/her birthday around the corner, there are a few things you can do, to not only make them feel special but make their whole day memorable. While gifts such as watches, outfits, jewelry, accessories or even a birthday text make good gifts, they often lack a personal touch. It is also important to note that one doesn’t need to throw a grand, expensive party to show this person that you care. Simple meaningful gestures can actually do the trick, which in fact matters a lot to someone you’re close to. 

Let us, therefore, take a look at a few simple, but fun ideas to make someone feel special on their birthday!

1. The hidden message

While this idea may have gotten a bit old, it is enough to surprise someone. This idea will work better if the birthday person loves a mystery. You can inflate a balloon and seal it with a clip, or just hold on to it. Using a marker, write down your message for this person, deflate the balloon, stash it in an envelope and send it on its way! When the birthday person blows the balloon, they’ll be in for a surprise. You can do this activity along with your friends and family, who can write their messages on different balloons. So, you can give the hidden balloon message idea a shot if you think it’ll work for your loved ones.

2. A video message

It’s all in the personal touch! One of the most trending and popular birthday gift ideas is to create a birthday video! For this purpose, all you need to do is have all the family members and friends of the birthday person record short videos for them and then compile these videos and present them at their birthday party! 

This is also a great way of involving those who live far away but means a lot to this person. The video message idea is perfect if you want to keep it simple yet elegant and meaningful. With modern tech tools, now one can easily create birthday videos onlineAll you need to do is look for a reliable online birthday video maker so that you can compile all the short videos and make them a large piece of memory! 

3. A mixed tape

Making a mixtape is still considered one of the most adorable gestures. The idea was widely popular in the 90s. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try this sweet gesture on your loved ones. For this purpose, you can create a birthday playlist for them, a playlist of their favorite songs, or songs that mean something to you. Besides, with the help of technology today, you can create the perfect blend of music and magic, giving it a personal effect. You can choose to go with any type of genre; corny, angsty, moody. As long as it is meaningful, it’ll get them going. Further, you can also add songs to which the birthday person taps their feet and get them on the dance floor at their birthday party.

4. A book

If the birthday person is an avid reader, the simplest and most meaningful thing you could do is gift them a book. This could be a book that they’ve been looking for a long time or a book that has meaning to it. To go above and beyond, you can write a thoughtful inscription inside the book to make it more expressive. Further, instead of sending the book by post, you can give it in person, communicating how genuinely you want to wish this person. Besides, in a world full of “Happy Birthday” text messages, an in-person wish means a lot!

5. The letter collection

This idea is meant for milestone birthdays and requires a bit of coordination. Reach out to the birthday person’s family, close friends or even old roommates, and have them write a short and memorable letter to the birthday person. They could write a message or any significant memory they share with them. You can then gather all these letters, and put them in a lovely box or a large envelope which the birthday person can cherish for years to come! 

6. Make a donation

This is one of the most striking ideas for a birthday present! Make a small or large donation in the name of the birthday person and let them know about it through small notes. You can choose an NGO/NPO as per the birthday person’s interest. If they are animal lovers, you could donate accordingly to such an NGO. 


While there is no ‘right’ birthday present, you must make sure that you put in the effort and personalize the present in order to make the birthday person feel special and wanted! 

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