Birthdays are a wonderful time to make someone feel special. Gifts and cards are traditionally given to show that person what they mean to us. However, it’s obvious from the popularity of auction websites like eBay, the prevalence of thrift stores and yard sales, and the relatively new developments and public awareness of concepts like professional organizers and hoarding that Americans from all socioeconomic groups have too much stuff.There are many ways to show a person how much you care about them without having to give them something that they may dislike and will just take up space in their home. Gift cards and certificates are available, but they sometimes lack the impact of something personally selected.
The best birthday wishes are those that transfer a gift to a person, animal or entity in need. For example, you could make a donation in the name of the person who is having a birthday celebration, either toward an organization that helps people or animals, or directly to a person Birthday wishes for sister. You could also register the birthday person to be an ongoing sponsor of a needy child or animal and pay the required amount of money in their name, either for a specific period of time or indefinitely.
Most people hold memories much dearer than material possessions. By giving a birthday experience, you give a gift that will never be forgotten, broken or lost. Experiences can be shared by you and the recipient, shared by the recipient and a significant other or friend, or given to the birthday celebrant alone. For women (and some men!), you can plan a spa day together or purchase a spa package for her. Another option is to buy tickets to a show, concert or athletic event. Sign them up for a seminar or short class. A mini vacation would be another welcome birthday wish granted!
Obesity is epidemic in this country, but you don’t have to offer a calorie-laden cake for every birthday. Take your friend or relative out for a meal at the gourmet restaurant of their choosing that they would never go to otherwise. Schedule a “cook’s day off” for them and deliver pre-made meals to their door that morning. Alternatively, just make them a special batch of whatever dish they love!