But this doesn’t mean your loved one’s birthday has to be any less special or important. This is the perfect time to reach out and say ‘I love and appreciate you’ and there are loads of brilliant ways you can do this. Finding thoughtful gifts will make you stand out from the crowd and make their day special.
Stuck for ideas on original and exciting ways to say ‘I love you’? Then you have come to the right place.
Here are some of the best ways to tell someone you love them on their birthday. Read on to find out more.
A Heartfelt Message
A birthday is a perfect occasion to celebrate your loved ones. It is, after all, a celebration of their very existence.
That is why many of us automatically mark the occasion with bright, funny, or sentimental cards. You may choose to buy yours locally and send them in the mail or to personalize them online.
But what about sending extra-special love messages? Why not send a letter instead of just a card?
The art of letter writing dates right back to 500 BC but many people no longer take the time to send letters to their loved ones. Text messages, emails, or social media posts have replaced them. Despite this, 69% of people would much rather receive a letter from a loved one.
These messages show that you have taken the time to craft something special. The lucky recipient can also cherish the letter for years to come in the way that they can’t with an online message. It is a great way to provide a moment of special connection on their special day.
So why not put pen to paper to show them how much you care?
Say It With Flowers
Another great way to let someone know you’re thinking of them on their special day is to send birthday flowers. These floral symbols of love can brighten up someone’s home or work for weeks to come.
When choosing the right bouquet for your loved one, think carefully about what to include. Roses may be the traditional flower of love but there are lots of other ways to say ‘I care about you’. Other popular birthday flowers include:
- Gerbera Daisies
You can make your birthday bouquet even more personal by including your loved one’s favorite bloom or one that is sentimental to them.
For example, for your spouse, why not get them a bouquet of the flowers from your wedding? That’s a wonderful way to celebrate them and acknowledge the special bond of love that you share.
If you are struggling to remember their favorite kind of flowers, think about the colors that they like. This can help you to find a theme.
Don’t forget to leave a card as well so that that your loved one knows who their bouquet is from.
If you want to make a friend or family-member feel extra-loved on their birthday then you can go the extra mile by working with their other friends. Collecting messages from all the people in their life means they’ll be sure to feel the love on their birthday.
You could get people to send you messages and put these together in an album with some sentimental photos.
If you are tech-savvy then you could make them an extra special birthday video to watch on their birthday. Ask their friends, family, and colleagues to record a video saying hello, singing ‘Happy Birthday’, or giving a special message. Then you can edit them together whichever way you fancy.
This is an especially great gift if you cannot be with your loved one on their birthday or if they live away from their family. It also gives them something to enjoy over and over again in the future.
Make It Personal
Whatever gift you choose, you can make it extra special by making it personal to them. There are plenty of ways that you can do this.
You could personalize a card or jewelry with their name or initials. Or you could send them a photo album of special moments from your friendship over the years.
For a more subtle personal gift, why not reference an experience, object, or activity that has sentimental value to you? For example, if you have been to a great gig together you could get them an album by the same artist. This is a lovely way to give them a trip down memory lane along with their gift.
The more you know about the person, the easier it is to find the perfect personalized gift. All you have to do is think about the things that they love.
If you can think of their favorite author, for example, you could track down a signed copy of their favorite book. Or, if they’re into sports, get them a personalized jersey of their favorite team.
Share an Original Thought
Giving someone a birthday card is a great way to show you love them but this isn’t the only way to say ‘you are so special to me’. Switching up what you write in a card will make the sentiment of it feel refreshingly original.
Here are some other great phrases you can use to show someone the effect they have on you:
- You are a truly unique friend.
- You inspire me.
- I appreciate everything you do.
- You are one of the most amazing gifts I have ever received.
- I value every second that we spend together.
- The world is less scary when I am with you.
- I lose all concept of time when you’re around.
- I love your generous spirit.
- I am grateful to have you in my past and present and can’t wait to spend my future with you.
- Your smile brings me more joy than anything else in the world.
If you are struggling with what to include in your card, you could also look online for poems or quotations that you feel describe your friendship.
Dig Out Old Photos
Who doesn’t love reminiscing over old photographs? This is a great way to brighten a day and give your loved one a laugh.
You could put your old photos together in an album or get a special book printed. If they’re having a birthday party, you could even use your old photos as decorations.
This is a fun task but it can take some time so for a variety you could ask friends and family to pitch in. If everyone sends a few photos along with a fun story to go with it, you’ll soon fill up an entire book.
Choose a Handmade Gift
Handmade gifts are a wonderful way to show someone that you care about them. As well as being beautiful, the time and care you put into making them speak volumes about your love.
When it comes to the kinds of gifts that you make, the world is your oyster.
If you are into arts and crafts you could paint them a picture of their favorite landscape or knit them a sweater. But not all gifts have to involve a certain amount of artistic flair. Here are some other ideas for homemade gifts that are sure to impress:
- Homemade candles
- Hand-decorated photo frames
- A home-written cookery book of their favorite recipes
- Mixtapes of their favorite songs
- Fridge magnets
- Painted cork coasters
If you’re struggling for great homemade gift ideas then you can find loads of great ideas on in the Style section of our blog.
Treat Them to an Experience
A gift doesn’t have to be an object. Experiences are just as cherishable and are a great way to give a unique gift.
Depending on your loved one’s interests there are loads of different activities that they might enjoy.
If they’re into theatre then you could get them tickets to a new play, or to one that they’ve wanted to see for ages. Similarly, you could see which of their favorite musical artists are touring now.
For those who are on more of a budget, you can affordably gift great experiences. Giving them vouchers for a meal at their favorite restaurant or a relaxing day at a local spa is a wonderful way to treat them. Or you could go for something really niche.
If adventure is what your loved one craves then why not look up local adventure activities, such a rock climbing or canoeing near you?
Whatever you choose, make sure that you get a couple of tickets. That way you or a group of friends can go with your loved one to create some new memories.
Keep an Eye Out for Opportunities
Coming up with a gift idea for your loved one at short notice is always a tough ask. It can be tempting to opt for the first half-baked idea rather than giving it time. And the last thing you want is for your gift to arrive late.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a list of potential gift ideas on your phone or diary.
These might come to your naturally over time or they may crop up in conversation with your loved one. By jotting them down you will have lots to go on when their birthday comes around.
Coordinate Your Efforts
If you know that a loved one is going to get a lot of gifts on their birthday, try to coordinate with their friends and family to space these out.
For example, if someone is having flowers delivered in the morning to their home, why not get yours delivered to their work at lunchtime? That way their day will be filled with special moments rather than them all arriving at once.
It’s also a good idea to discuss what you are going to send and when. If someone is already sending a cake and balloons then you could send flowers and chocolates. That way you add variety by sending different gifts their way throughout the day.
Donate to a Worthy Cause
Every year on their birthday your loved one will be showered with gifts, some of which they need and want and others that, well, just take up space. Rather than gifting random objects to show them your love, you could use your money more wisely by donating to a cause close to their heart.
Admittedly, this gift isn’t for everyone but to the right person, it will show you how thoughtful you are.
Make sure you think carefully about which organizations or causes they champion and make a donation in their name. Some charities even allow you to buy donation vouchers so your loved one can choose exactly how to spend theirs.
Once you’ve done this, make sure you present your charity gift well. You could include a thank you note in your card from the chosen cause and accompany this with a bouquet of their favorite flowers. That way they have something to enjoy on the day and in the long run.
Don’t Wait Around to Tell Them ‘I Love and Appreciate You’
When it comes to finding the perfect way to say ‘I love and appreciate you’ on their birthday, there are loads of things you can do. Keep these ideas in mind and they’re sure to be on top of the world!
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