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Celebrating Birthdays in Lockdown

Right now, many of us are finding our lives have changed dramatically and that we aren’t doing the things we thought we’d be doing at this point. The rapid spread of coronavirus and the establishment of a worldwide pandemic means that many of us are now confined to our homes and that we can’t leave except for essentials, such as food or medication. It’s been months since many of us have seen anyone who we don’t live with. Our plans for the year have gone out of the window. Holidays have been cancelled. Festivals have been cancelled. Concerts and theatre shows have been cancelled. We can’t even head out to a restaurant or bar. But at the end of the day, all of this is worth it to save lives.


Now, being at home may not be ideal, but we should try to live our lives and be as happy as possible within these confines. One thing that may feel a bit odd right now is birthdays. We want to be able to celebrate but many of us just don’t know how to go about this right now. But don’t worry. Here are a few things you can do to celebrate well!

People You Live With

Celebrating the birthdays of people you actually live with is a little simpler than celebrating with those who you don’t live with. But you will have to get a bit creative. Bake a cake. Make and put up banners. Order a present to be discreetly delivered before wrapping it up for them.


People You Don’t Live With

Now, let’s get onto the more difficult task - celebrating the birthdays of people you don’t live with. Here are some steps you can take to bring a smile to their face!


Send a Card

There are plenty of sites out there where you can create a card to be sent to your loved ones directly. You simply choose a design, type in a message, choose a delivery date and it’s good to go! There are alternatives too. Photo postcards, pop up photo squares and other fun creations can convey a happy birthday message!


Deliver a Present

Gifts aren’t the be-all and end-all of birthdays. But it’s a nice idea to try to get one to them regardless. Consider something like a subscription box which can be delivered directly to them. There are ones to suit anyone’s interests - magazine subscriptions, book subscriptions, flower subscriptions, a smoking subscription box… the list goes on!


Video Call

Make sure to video call on the day. This will give you a chance to actually see them, say hi, sing happy birthday and make sure they know you’ve remembered and that you’re thinking about them. You could even arrange a group video call with all of their nearest and dearest - almost like a birthday party!

Birthday Parade

Arrange to have your family and friends drive by the birthday person's home. Be sure to check that someone will be able to have the birthday person out on the porch on the day of the drive-by.  Have participants decorate their cars and have music playing from their radios!

These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Hopefully, they'll really help you to celebrate your loved ones’ special days, even during the quarantine period!

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