Celebrating with the Best
Birthdays are a big deal. Even those who claim they don’t care about birthdays, deep down inside do. Once you are in a relationship, it becomes an even bigger day — aka more gifts and attention from someone who cares about you deeply. However it is two-sided. While you will hope (or expect) to be pampered on your big day, you need to do the same for your significant other, which means the pressure is on.
While you can Google the “best gifts” to give your partner, there is really no universal list. Yes, how long you have been together can be a factor, but depending on how serious things are, maybe it isn’t.
The only true key is to get in your partner’s head and really think, what do they want or what would they appreciate? For some it is a material object they have been dying for or they have been eyeing. Maybe they are a big shoe addict or video game king, pick something you know they would use and love.
Alternatively, some care less about objects and focus more on experience. If this is the case, book a trip somewhere your partner has been wanting to go. It can be a short trip or long, either way they will be so surprised that you could plan it all on your own.
Then you need to decide whether to make it a surprise or not. Some people absolutely detest surprises. If that is the case, proceed with caution and maybe fill your partner in with clues. Or if you decide to go all out, make sure friends keep their mouths sealed to ensure genuine shock.
Lastly, you have to think about the day itself. Besides a gift, what are you doing? Is your partner a wine and dine kind of person, or would they prefer a party with all their close friends and family? This varies from person to person, but the key is to tailor the night to match what would make them the happiest. For some, just cuddling up and being in bed with their partner is enough. But those who like lavish affairs will want all the stops pulled out for their big day.
The main thing to keep in mind is that this is their day. While you may like one thing, it may not be a big deal for them. So try to think like your partner to pinpoint what would make them the happiest. While your presence is a joy, it is their day and a little something extra can go a long way.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Christina aspires to be a public relations professional in a big city after graduation from James Madison University. In her free time when she’s not blogging away about dating and relationships, Christina loves to go shopping, watch Netflix and play with every puppy that crosses her path.