15 Creative surprise ideas

1. PLACE A SPECIAL DELIVERY ON THE JOB

It's always great when a birthday falls on a non-working day. But if there are no dice on that possibility, the next best thing is to add a warm glow to a day under fluorescent lights. Brighten up an office space with pizza delivery, balloons, cupcakes, flowers, fruit bouquets, singing telegrams, etc.

 

2. SAY "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" IN A BLOG OR ADVERTISING SPACE

The best birthday surprises come when the recipient least suspects it, so incorporate them into his/her daily 'routine'! A wonderful way to do this is through online news sites or blogs that he/she catches up on every day. Pay a small price for the big smile that comes with total disbelief when your special someone stumbles across a personalised wish in a banner or sidebar ad space!

 

3. FLY WITH A LONG-HAUL FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER

When it comes to surprise birthday ideas for boyfriends or girlfriends, focus on the quality on quantity. A great party has great potential. But having a sibling or best friend from college show up at the front door for a mini reunion weekend, after months or even years of being apart, will bring an unparalleled amount of excitement and memories for everyone.

best friend's birthday visit

 

4. EXPLORE UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Everyone has at least one place that evokes a comment like: "...". I wish I had gone there in the past". o " I want to go there one day ". So... take them there! A birthday surprise like this comes with the flexibility to count on any size scale, from the simple fix of a local restaurant that has yet to be tried, to perhaps a grandiose trip to a whole new country waiting to be explored.

Surprise ideas for a 30th birthday trip

 

5. MONTAGE OF SOUVENIR FILM

Recruit family and friends from far and wide to send you a digital video recording containing a wish for the big day or a favourite memory. Compile them all, be as creative as you like to create a great personalised file/DVD that's bursting with surprise birthday cheer for the unsuspecting honoree.

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6. POSTAL MAILING

Ahhhh, the lost art of letter writing, stamping, postage and mailing. Strange but true, people these days no longer expect to receive fun mail via the good old USPS. Which guarantees a great birthday surprise idea. Send an 'old school' card or letter to the lucky person. Want to take it a step further? Send a whole package full of festive birthday love - or send several cards/letters in the span of a few days!

surprise birthday ideas for best friend

 

7. PERSONAL CHEF AT HOME

Just when he thought you were going to cook for him... make him think again! Surprise birthday ideas for husbands like this one tantalise the taste buds, while neither of you lift a finger. Hiring an in-home chef to create a delicious meal is an easy way to enjoy a relaxed evening of elegance, quality time and gourmet favourites together.

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8. RADIO MESSAGE

Why are surprise birthday ideas for a best friend short and sweet but heard everywhere? Wishes sent over the airwaves! Chances are you've been in your car or at home long enough to know what radio station it is. the favourite. So dial in to request a song or give an on-air greeting to the birthday boy or girl. Whether it's for commuting or just for fun, it's sure to make the radio listening experience even more exciting.

birthday surprises for boyfriends

 

9. THREAD TRACE

Place a gift somewhere, anywhere, near or far. Tie off one end of the ball of yarn and then basically go for a walk. Wander around the house, the yard, or maybe even wherever birthday festivities are being held. When you reach the other end of the string (or have reached your wandering limits), tape it to a small box or card for him/her to open, with instructions to follow the string for a birthday surprise!

unusual birthday surprises

 

10. GIANT BOX FULL OF BALLOONS AND...

This is one of the most ingenious ideas for delivering a surprise birthday present . Best for lighter gifts (such as cards/certificates). Attach a gift of some kind to the end of a bunch of helium balloons. Gently stuff the balloons into a larger box and wrap them up, ready for your recipient to squeal with delight when the box is opened! Be sure to use enough balloons to float, but not TOO many to escape from the lucky gift recipient.

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11. ADULT PIÑATA

This is ideal for, for example, a surprise idea of 30 birthday . Or any 'mature' age that still feels young at heart. And the fact that it can be filled with so much more than sweets just adds to the adult fun. Think of age-appropriate candy lines, such as shooters, a gift certificate to conquer a wish from the list of desires, or a bunch of desires that make up a "team" of some kind.

best birthday surprises for best friend

 

12. TRICK FOR DOORS AND CORRIDORS

This kind of birthday surprise for a best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend is a classic. And it can be achieved in a couple of ways. Mount balloons and streamers vertically to drop on your honoree when a door opens. Or for a slightly less MacGyver-esque move, fill a hallway or room with a ridiculous amount of helium fun for him/her to enter.

30th birthday surprise decorations

 

13. NOT SO TYPICAL PICNIC

This surprise idea of birthday is perfect for a husband or wife. Include all the usual picnic trimmings, but go beyond the basic blanket setup for an even more romantic and magical meal. Think outside the box (or rather the picnic basket) for ways to decorate the area around the blanket. Hang mason jars filled with LED tea lights from a nearby tree. Anchor countless pinwheels around your spot on a hill. Line the perimeter with balloons. And so on.

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14. TICK-TOCK, IT'S A BIRTHDAY CLOCK

For those who love surprise birthday gifts that keep coming, this idea is for them! Decide on as many 'designated gift times' as you like throughout the day. Then wrap a corresponding gift for each one. When the clock strikes one of those times, your recipient opens the corresponding package.

surprise birthday gift ideas

 

15. MORE THAN A ROWBOAT RIDE

What do you get when you add a splash of sparkling wine and a nice bunch of balloons to a rowboat? A romantic birthday surprise for a husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend! Take them to the H2O for a joyful glide. Make even more waves at the start by adding a buoy to the festive fun, one that has a sort of gift attached to it.

surprise birthday getaways

 

 

 

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