When it’s either (a) your own birthday or (b) your special someone’s birthday, celebrations are absolutely in order. This is why planning the perfect birthday date is absolutely critical so you and your partner don’t end up falling asleep on the couch and forgetting about the day entirely. But if you’re running low on birthday date inspiration or you need something new to explore, we got you.
First, you need to ask yourself a few questions if you’re doing the planning for your partner’s birthday: How much money are you wanting to spend for les celebrations? Would they prefer an intimate night at home or a dressed-to-the-nines occasion? Would they want to do something new or stick to something more traditional?
Now, depending on your answers for these questions, you can take a look at our birthday date ideas below and choose one or multiple. Just know that you can’t really go wrong if you’re putting effort and love into the planning.
1. Go to your special restaurant
Every couple has one: The restaurant they first met at, the restaurant that has some sort of special meaning to it, etc. If you’re looking to keep it low-key, this is an easy and obvious choice. Nothing better than to enjoy another year by eating a meal you know is good while being in a familiar place—perfect for those birthday babes who want to just have a quiet night.
2. Hop around to different museums
What’s more relaxing than spending the rest of your afternoon surrounded by stunning work of arts that you’ve never seen before? Enjoy the quietness of a museum as you walk hand in hand between each room. Then do it all over again for the next one. This is specifically for the history buff in your life.
3. Go camping
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, take your partner out camping if this is something they love to do. You don’t have to go for several nights, a one-night stay will do. But make sure to pick somewhere safe and pack the marshmallows for s’mores because duh.
4. Go glamping
If they hate sleeping on the actual ground and fending for themselves, glamping is the next best thing. There are several Airbnbs out there that offer this amazing and luxurious experience. All you’ll need to do is pack your clothes, toiletries, food, and some entertainment, and you’ll be good to go.
5. Host a picnic and wine tasting in the park
Whether you pack the basket yourself or buy it from a restaurant, make sure to get things you know they love—like their favorite cheese, wine, and desserts.
6. Go on a day trip in a fancy car
Nothing says happy birthday more than renting a super fancy car that you know you can’t afford in reality. Visit the nearest town and city on your bucket list, walk around the city, eat at the best mom-and-pop shops, and remember to bring back a souvenir.
7. Check out your city’s food truck scene
Instead of going to a stuffy restaurant, spice it up by going to a food truck yard and trying a little bit of everything. It’ll most likely be cheaper and you’ll try things that otherwise you wouldn’t.
8. Spend the day at a winery
It’s the perfect excuse to go day drinking, take the day off, and enjoy the open skies with a little buzz.
9. Do something wild like a helicopter ride, bungee jumping, or skydiving
If your partner is Mr. or Ms. Spontaneous, treat them to something that’s going to get their adrenaline going. And if you’re in a city that doesn’t provide these experiences, you can opt for a helicopter ride or a small plane ride to a neighboring island.
10. Buy tickets to their fave team’s game
Beer, baseball, and hot dogs—is there any better way to spend a chill birthday? But if your partner prefers something much more animated, treat them to a basketball or hockey game instead.
11. Hit up your local amusement park
Nothing will bring out their inner child like eating cotton candy and riding roller coasters all afternoon.
12. Go hiking
For another outdoorsy idea, plan a fun hike. You could either pick one of their favorite trails or go out of state to try a new one. Make sure to pack accordingly, and have a picnic once you’ve reached your destination.
13. Binge your favorite movies and order take out
Let’s be honest, sometimes, birthdays aren’t a person’s favorite thing. If you still want to make it special without the fuss, treat them to their favorite movie at home while ordering from your favorite restaurant. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy some Chinese food and Harry Potter while turning 28?
14. Create a time capsule
If your person is the sentimental, DIY type, spend their birthday building a time capsule—especially if you are a more seasoned couple on the road to the altar. Write each other letters, print out pictures from your most memorable moments, and hide it in the back of your closet or bury it in your backyard.
15. Join a race together and then go out for a sweet treat
If you’re part of the group of people who like to spend Thanksgiving running, this one’s for you. Spend a Saturday or Sunday running a 5K or 10K together—and then treat yourself to some much deserved treats and sweets.
16. Go to an escape room
I’ve only been to an escape room one time, but let me tell you, it brought out a whole level of competitiveness I did not know I possessed. If you and your partner love to work together to complete puzzles, this might be the perfect birthday date.
17. Go to their favorite band’s concert
Or if they love all music, hit up a local jazz bar or check out if your city offers any live music.
18. Make a bucket list and plan your next outing
Start prepping for your next adventure together by brainstorming your couple’s bucket list. Want to go on an international trip together? Or how about adopting a senior dog from your local shelter? Spend some time together planning your next steps.
19. Go on a pizza tour around the city
Get one slice from each of your city’s famous pizza places and rank them on a scale of 1 to 10. You’re basically role-playing as sexy food critics, and something tells me that could be a lot of fun for later in the bedroom.