So, your boyfriend’s birthday is just around the corner, and you’ve got a bit of a problem knowing what to get him. You would get him a DVD or a computer game, but, unless you live together, there’s no way of being able to tell which ones he’s already got. And then, whichever new film or game you get him, one of his friends is bound to get the same thing.
You’ve also probably had the conversation where you just ask him outright what he wants, and he’s likely replied that he either ‘doesn’t know’ or ‘doesn’t really want anything’. Whatever he wants, he goes out and buys. But you know that ‘nothing’ isn’t an option. You have to get him something.
If you’re struggling for gift ideas, focus on the day itself. Here are some ideas to help make your boyfriend’s birthday one to remember:
Breakfast in Bed
There are two great ways to start a day. The first we shall leave to your imagination. The second is breakfast in bed. Everybody loves having the most important meal of the day brought to them first thing, so why not treat your special guy to a bedside coffee and a croissant?
Going out to a restaurant is a great choice for a birthday meal, as is a home-cooked meal, or (if he insists!) a takeaway. But when was the last time you packed a hamper and a blanket, jumped in the car, and enjoyed lunch together in a rural setting? If you’ve had your fill of restaurants and takeaways, and don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, a picnic is definitely the way to go – especially on those warm summer days. Plus, it’ll be the last thing he expects, and you’ll get a little more privacy than you would in a busy restaurant.
Make Him a Card
It’s almost as if the people who design birthday cards for the retail industry have either gone on strike or given up in recent years. It’s true that you still find the odd good one on occasion, but if you really want to give your fella something to remember the day by, why not make a card yourself? By crafting your own, you’ll be able to tailor the card to his specific interests – no cheesy jokes or fluffy grey bears necessary (unless he happens to like those of course!).
Tickets to the Game
We’re guessing your boyfriend is into sport of some kind, so why not go the extra mile for his birthday and get yourselves two tickets to see the football, rugby, or whatever he wants? The spectacle itself is one thing, but by going with him to see the game, you’ll give him an experience to remember and your selflessness won’t go unnoticed.
Wangle a Day Off
We know this one’s a bit of a long shot. If you’ve got your boyfriend’s birthday off work, fantastic. If you’re on speaking terms with his boss and can talk him into letting your boyfriend have a surprise day’s holiday, even better! Even if he can only leave an hour or two earlier than normal, a couple of extra hours to spend with you enjoying the day will be a welcome treat for him.
Vaseem, the writer of this article, works for Craftsite. Craftsite specialize in cardmaking, in the UK. On his days off, Vaseem enjoys programming and photography.