Forgive me for how awful this might sound, but sometimes you fellas are a little lame when it comes to that whole gift giving thing. It seems like, more often than not, a lot of guys steer towards the flowers, candy, jewelry, coupon book, and stuffed animal route when it comes to getting a gift for a gal. And, I don’t really blame you. I mean, after doing a little research for this article I see that’s the advice from a lot of articles out there. But gals don’t always want the overly cliché things. We also don’t always want something extravagant and romantic. A good gift should show that you pay attention to who your gal truly is (and not like you just Googled “what to buy your lady for her birthday”).
It’s important to remember that some of the best gifts aren’t things, they are experiences. Things like weekend getaways, a trip to one of her favorite spots or even just a romantic lunch will score you major points in the birthday gift department!
Think outside of the box, gents!
1. Street fair/Market
Now, I know at first glance this kind of thing might not seem like it’s a birthday gift but trust me it is. The good thing about places like this is you can make a whole afternoon or day of it. You can splurge and buy her a few things she fancies while you’re wandering around. You can also usually get some kind of unique and delicious treats to eat and drink while you walk around. And, if it’s a farmers market then you can surprise her by grabbing some ingredients to cook dinner or make something tasty later that night for her birthday dinner! The man she loves in the kitchen? It will be a happy birthday, indeed!
2. Tickets to a play, museum, etc. she’s always talked about
Most plays, museums, and other cultural things are just pricey enough that sometimes you toss it aside when splurging on yourself, but inexpensive enough that it’s not too over the top as a birthday gift. So, if there is something she’s mentioned wanting to see definitely go grab the tickets and take her. Things like tickets to see her favorite band play, seats at the ballet or even a local community theater show fit the bill. Look online for schedules and ideas, and make the night special! Get dressed up, take her to dinner, and out for cake and cocktails after.
3. Dinner at a restaurant you know she’d never take herself to (but that you know she really wants to go to)
This kind of works the same way as the whole play and museum thing. Maybe it’s something she saw on Food Network or just something she thinks would be really cool. Either way, it could be the perfect spot for a present (and celebration). Do your research, make reservations and let the receptionist know that you’re celebrating a special evening! That way they will make her feel like royalty all evening.
4. Some kind of experience that you wouldn’t normally do
If you’re gal is a little adventurous then take a walk on the wild side and try something different. Plan a birthday celebration centered around a totally random experience that both of you will be talking about for months to come. It doesn’t have to be something traditional like sky diving or bungee jumping though those are always great ideas. You could also try something out of the box like taking a pig butchering class, going wine tasting or trying surfing for the first time…the sky is the limit here! Just make sure to think about your girlfriend’s interests and likes/dislikes…if she is terrified of heights, sky diving might not be the best option!
5. Something seasonal
Who says that you can only do birthday related things on your birthday? You can also do something that’s fun and seasonal. Is it fall? How about a pumpkin patch? If it’s winter you could go sledding. If it’s summer you could go catch a baseball game or watch some fireworks or picnic at the beach or lake.
When deciding where to take your girlfriend on her birthday, remember that it’s all about effort and paying attention. You’ve always got the element of surprise on your side too, there isn’t a girl on the planet who wouldn’t love to be whisked away on a romantic birthday trip for two!