Birthdays on a Budget: Spoiling Someone for Less

Updated on July 22, 2017

You Want to Give Them Everything

We all want to give the people that we love everything in the world, right? Of course we do, they could have the world if we could afford it. But sadly, we can't always afford to give our loved ones what they deserve, and whilst you may not be able to buy them a yacht, you can still spoil them and show them how much you care about them without spending money that you just don't have.

Make it All About Them

It is their birthday, it should be about them anyway, but some people seem to forget this. Keep the focus on them all day, handle any problems that might crop up by yourself and keep arguments and conflict away from them. This will make them feel calm and relaxed.

They get to make the decisions for the day, what they want for breakfast, lunch or dinner, what they watch on TV and you have to go along with it, it is about making the day about them and making them feel special. You hogging the limelight and making all of the decisions won't make it a very nice birthday for them.

Make an Effort

Make a big fuss of them, bring them their favorite breakfast in bed on a tray with a few flowers, bake their favorite cake as their birthday cake and make an effort when you are decorating it, they will see the effort you put in and be impressed that you tried so hard.

One or Two Thoughtful Gifts

Most people tend to spend lots of money on someone on their birthday and they end up giving them presents that they don't really need. Stick to one or two gifts that you know they will like. This means paying attention to subtle (or not so subtle) hints throughout the year, keep your ears open and make a list.

Cook Their Favorite Meal

It doesn't matter what it is, even if it is tinned spaghetti on toast, make it for them, lay the table nice and fancy and make the best darn tinned spaghetti on toast you have ever made.

A cake I made for my wife, her favourite show is Dexter.
A cake I made for my wife, her favourite show is Dexter.

Decorate the House

Decorations like streamers and banners don't cost much at all, and it really helps to make a person feel special when they come downstairs in the morning and see all of the stuff there just for them.

Do Something Different

Something you know they will like, whether it is a day at the beach or a local festival, do something that you don't normally do. It's about things they like and also breaking the routine so things feel a bit different.

A Thoughtful Card

With the amount of photo card websites available, there really is no excuse for a cheap and nasty looking card, particularly as most photo card websites are now about the same price as a semi decent high street card. Pick either your favorite photo of them, or their favorite photos and put them on an appropriate card.

Do the Jobs They Hate

Whether it is doing the dishes or taking out the bins, you do it on their birthday.

Make Them Feel Loved

Making someone feel special and important is not just something that should be done on a birthday, but it certainly needs to happen on someone's birthday, and it doesn't have to cost the earth.


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