How To Plan the Perfect Birthday For Your S.O.

Birthdays are an important event in any relationship.

It's the one day out of the year that is completely focused on you or your significant other, so it's only natural that you'd want to plan an extra-special birthday for an extra-special person.

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Since you want the day to be as memorable as possible, planning your significant other's birthday can sometimes be a stressful experience. The pressure of picking the right gift, planning a flawless party, or choosing an activity that your sweetheart will truly enjoy is enough to overwhelm anyone, transforming what should be a fun day into a frustrating occurrence.

But never fear, Sweety High is here to help! Scroll below for a few creative tips and ideas to ensure that you plan the perfect birthday for your S.O.

1. Remember It's Not About You

The most important thing to remember when planning a birthday for your significant other is that it's not about you. Don't spend your time planning your perfect day—spend time planning a day your other half would enjoy. Take time to reflect on their likes and interests, and adjust your plans accordingly. A romantic, candlelit dinner might be your ideal birthday experience, but will a fancy dinner really make the day stand out to them? On his day, it's all about what they want. Then, when your birthday comes around, you can expect a day that revolves completely around you!

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2. Get Their Friends Involved

You might want a day that's only about you and your love, but getting their friends involved in your planning is a great way to ensure that they're surrounded by people they care about on their special day. You could plan a day of adventure at a nearby theme park with them and their closest friends, or a day indoors playing all of their favorite video games. You could even create your own games or transform the day into a tournament-style showdown to add an extra level of fun. Your planning efforts and extra attention towards including their friends definitely won't go unnoticed.


3. Pay Attention

The best way to find the perfect gift for your significant other on their birthday is to pay close attention to the things they talk about in the weeks leading up to their special day. Have they been complaining about the poor sound quality of their headphones lately? Buy them a new, high-end pair! You could also replace a traditional gift with an activity they've been mentioning frequently. If they love the outdoors, plan a special birthday hike or kayak ride. If a band they love is coming to town soon, surprise them with tickets. Whatever you choose, your focus on the little things they mentions is sure to mean a lot.

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4. Go Sentimental

If you can't afford to buy a big gift or if you just can't decide what to get, taking the sentimental route is never a bad option. For a gift that is sure to push all their emotional buttons, you could gather birthday letters from all of their family and friends and compile them into a birthday book. Reading all the notes from people they care about is sure to give them the warm and fuzzies, and it's a good way to get everyone involved in your birthday scheming. Other sentimental gift options include a photo collage, a jar full of vouchers (one free dinner, one day of playing video games, etc.), and a room full of balloons with sweet notes inside. When in doubt, Pinterest will be your best friend for cute, DIY gifts.


5. Take Them to an Important Location

For a more nostalgic birthday experience, you can plan a day at a location that means a lot to both of you. Whether it's the spot you first met, the place you went for your first date or the setting of your first kiss, a day spent at a meaningful place is a good way to remind them of all the great memories you have together.

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6. Create a Treasure Hunt

This birthday celebration will take a lot of planning on your part, but it's a good way to get out of the house and participate in a fun activity that won't break the bank. Your clues could be certain people, certain locations or even a set of items they have to find before they gets their ultimate gift. Just make sure you have all the clues in place before you start the hunt and prepare for a day of fun together!


7. Go for the Surprise

Even though it's a more conventional idea, a good ol' surprise party is always guaranteed to be a fun time. This scheme definitely requires calling in some backup and planning with all of your S.O.'s family and friends to make sure your celebration stays under wraps. To make the festivity more unique to your partner, you could design the party around their favorite movie, book or video game. Your other half will definitely appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a successful surprise party, and it's a good way to involve as many people as possible. Just make sure you don't let the surprise slip!


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