Last updated on July 26th, 2020 at 09:57 pm
Updated:27th Jul 2020
Today I am taping a topic which I found to be so common with many people around the world, there are many folks out there who are searching for some conventional and nonconventional birthday surprise ideas.
Article Take Away
- How to Plan Birthday surprises?
- What are unique ways to surprise someone for birthday?
- What are some good birthday surprises?
It was last month when one of my acquaintance asked me how to surprise on birthday. To be specific she was asking me for some surprise ideas for her love.
I gave her few options and she liked one of them, the most. So this gave me a thought that I should write a huge list of ideas that can be helpful to anyone no matter where he/she belongs or no matter which situation.
Before starting my list I want to give a quick tip to all the readers based on which you will find rest of my ideas on the list.
What is the best birthday surprise?
“Tip: A Birthday surprise is best when it is least expected.”
I know it is no brainer to many, but some people really don’t know how to surprise someone on a birthday is the easiest thing if they know “least expected quotient”.
Many shady minds would be thinking that I should slap my friend on his birthday, while this is also least expected, LOL.
It is quite obvious that you have to make someone’s birthday memorable for good not for bad. You have to find ideas that will make his/her day awesome.
Surprise birthday ideas
Now time for some amazing surprise ideas waiting for you. From now you will explore some of the unique ideas for surprises that you might not have heard before.
I have tried to cover every possible idea for everyone. You will find from conventional to unconventional ideas with real-life experiences. So let’s dive into the list.
1. Group wishes video
I have recently shared this idea in one of my articles. It is the perfect birthday surprise you can give to someone who is far away from your place.
For example, your friend stays in other state or country and you won’t be able to visit the surprise for his/her birthday. In that case, I have one awesome idea for you.
As you can judge from the title that it is going to be wishes of the group of people. Yes, it is. So let me explain what exactly it is. I will explain it to you with an example, Let suppose you want to surprise a friend who went to New York for higher studies.
What you will do is contact all his/her close friends, relatives, and family members. You ask them to make a 15 to the 30-second video giving their wishes.
After you get all those videos, convert it into a mixed video with a single presentation all together.
Imagine how surprised your friend will be to see all of them in a single video, wishing for his birthday. So the same way you can surprise anyone you want with this simple idea.
2. Newspaper ad
Have you seen some ad in a newspaper where you find people wishing birthday to someone? They are generally a small slot in the newspaper, but if you have seen that kind of ads then you know what I am going to say.
Yes, you have guessed it right. Book a slot in any newspaper which that person reads daily. You can use that slot to show a nice ad for wishing him/her birthday.
These ad space are not that costly and though worth for the surprise. Imagine one day you read the newspaper on your birthday and suddenly you find your picture and the birthday wishes. How surprised will you be?
3. Social Page massive followers
Now this one is something unique I found recently. It was a true incident of a mother. A few months back I have landed over to an article where I found how a mother gave a big surprise to her daughter for her birthday.
She made a Facebook page in name of her daughter. What she did after that was pretty an act of standing ovation.
She went on sharing that page to people and with other pages and telling everybody that her daughter’s birthday is coming in a month and she wants to reach a big fan list for her just to surprise her. Those posts go viral and then on followers were flooding to that page.
She has reached a huge list of followers and thus on her birthday, she showed to her daughter.
Her daughter got surprised to see that page with a huge list of followers wishing her birthday with amazing comments and pictures. Here is another similar birthday surprise story you would like to read.
I hope you will get inspired by this story and would do something like this. Here you can check the procedure to make a Facebook page.
4. Hidden Notes
It is quite a fun and exciting surprise you can give anyone on birthday. Take view pieces of paper or maybe some notes.
In every note, write some message for the birthday. You can write wishes, funny messages, emotional touchy messages, writing experiences, anything which can make that person day, exciting and special.
Now when you write all those messages after that you have to hide those note in things that the personal use or maybe the place that person spends his most of the time.
Like suppose a wife can hide a note in husband’s office diary, A mom can hide the note in the launch box, etc.. Or maybe someplace like, working table, bathroom, near the sofa, etc..
The twist is you are not hiding only one note instead you are hiding different notes in a different place.
Imagine the excitement it will give the birthday person for the whole day to explore different notes from the diary, bag, pen, launch box, suit pocket, etc..
You can try this one with any of your beloved ones. This will surprise them all day long.
5. You forgot
I have surprised my girlfriend with this kind of wired thing but this eventually turned out to be a great surprise.
I will tell you what I did, maybe you will get inspired by this story and create your own way to surprise anyone.
3 years back on 21st April, it was my girlfriends birthday. Usually, on her birthday I turn up to her home at midnight to wish her but on that birthday I acted on a phone as if I don’t remember that her birthday is just a moment to arrive.
I told her on a phone that I have to go out with my friends at night and we are on a night out.
She really got upset as she thought I really forgot her birthday. After talking to her I end up the call and then came the surprise.
It was all my plan to act like I forgot and then turn to her as usual at midnight. I planed a lot of things to surprise her on that night, there are too many things so I will better discuss that any time later.
So coming to the point, at 00 am I called her and asked her to see down from her window. She got really surprised as she was not expecting me to come there.
So I think this you can also try, spice it up with your own way to make it more interesting. The idea just simply acts as if you don’t know and then surprise all of a sudden at midnight.
6. Radio Broadcasting
Have you thought to broadcast a birthday wish on Radio? I guess you have not tried it yet. Recently while driving my car I was on one radio station for a long time.
Suddenly a Radio Jockey at 00 Am announced a person name and greeted with a birthday song as a background.
I was pretty amazed at the idea, I was thinking how the birthday person would have felt after listening to that.
Not only he announced, after that the Jockey gave a call to that person and wished him on behalf of his girlfriend who has planned all of this. The same way you can also do something to give a big surprise to anyone.
7. Thread surprise
It is one of the awesome surprise ideas I found reading somewhere that I would like to share it with you. It is a good idea for the husband, wife, mom, dad, brother, sister, girlfriend, boyfriend, anyone you are more close to.
Let suppose you want to surprise your dad. While he is sleeping at night in his room, you have to manage to tie one end of the thread on his finger and other thread to the gift which you have to put somewhere hidden to some other room.
You have to do it almost just before the time he usually wakes up in the morning. Now when he will wake up, he will get surprised to see that thread tied on his finger.
He will wake up and follow that thread to find out what it is. When he will reach the end of the thread he will be surprised to see his gifts.
You can do it for anyone, above I have given just an example to explain. I hope you got what I am trying to say. A wife can do to her husband, vice versa, brother to sister, boyfriend to girlfriend, etc..
8. Kisses greet
This idea is for couples. If you are in a relationship or are married, then you can try this out for your better half.
Actually, I got this idea from my girlfriend. When I was 25, on my birthday she has done it to me.
She asked me to close my eyes and to remain the same until she tells me. I did that and all of a sudden she started giving me kisses one by one on my face from forehead to chin.
She gave me 25 kisses for my 25th birthday, the last one was big and on my lips.
So for all boyfriends, girlfriends, or husbands, wife, this is what you have got to do for your partner.
9. Hobby Gift
What can be a great surprise for them other than gifting a present that is related to their hobby? I think this is the best surprise you can give anyone. You just need to find out what are their hobbies.
Last year I gifted one of my cousin, an acoustic guitar. It was exactly the same model which she was looking for from past many months.
I manage to buy it for her and she was amazed to see that gift at her doorstep. I think that was the best surprise she got on her birthday. So this way you can also do the same for anyone, just know their hobbies.
10. Mail Surprise
Have you mailed someone anytime in your life? No, No, I am not talking about e-mailing. I am talking about like actually drafting a mail.
I know most you have not because it was the old tradition. Why not revive it to make it more fun and exciting, What say?
Yes, I am going to give you another cute and unique way to give surprise to anyone whether they are your family member or friend.
Write a piece of note in a letter on greets and wishes for that person. You can decorate the letter and the envelope as well. You can put any small gift with it also, i.e ring, car key chain, watch etc..
Get it packed and courier it to that person, you can do it for your family member as well.
But be aware to only let the birthday person receive the courier by letting other house members know. It is the cutest surprise you can give anyone.
11. Surprise Video
You might be known to this idea of making a video of slide pictures. If you don’t know about this then here is what you need to do.
Find out his/her pictures of each old memories, collect a bunch of pictures from his/her childhood till this birthday. Either you can collect only every birthday picture.
That person could be your friend, family member or relative, you can find their pictures on the cell phone, their social accounts.
After you shortlist few perfect pictures, go to a personalized gift shop and convert it into a video. They will make it more presentable and dramatic to make it more special. You can do this by yourself with help of video making and editing software.
12. Favorite celebrity autograph sign
Do you know who is their favorite celebrity, any football player or Hollywood star? I know it will be quite difficult for you but I got this idea in my mind so I would like to share with you.
First imagine how you will feel if you get your favorite celebrity signature T-shirt, mug, etc.. I know you will get goosebumps. So imagine the same way that it will be to someone who will receive the same thing.
You can gift them the same, their favorite celebrity signature thing. But the question is how will you be able to do it.
Time to time celebrity auction the things they have used with their signature. For example the very famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar auctioned his autographed bat.
So if you have got the money then go for it, you can’t gift any better than this and this goes for a big surprise.
You need to check out some ways to get any celebrity autograph.
13. Work Place surprise
This is for people who are working in offices or even students who are studying in colleges. If you are finding birthday surprise ideas for someone who falls into this category, then you will love this idea.
I would like to explain it with an example, Suppose you want to give surprise to your brother. What you will do is tell his colleagues secretly that it’s your brother’s birthday.
Ask many of his colleagues to wish him birthday, one by one. Also, tell them to not disclose that you have told them to wish. Imagine how surprised he will get to see people he hardly knows turning up to him and wishes him.
This way you can also do something like this. You can even also go a step further by giving everyone a note, all different with some messages on it and they can gift to that birthday person.
14. Unplanned road trip
Confused from the title? Unplanned trip? How is it possible? Sorry for the trouble but I thought this title will suit the idea. So what is it all about? Let me explain.
This idea is for youngins. So what you have to do in this. Hire a car or if you have that’s great, Call few close common friends near the birthday person’s place.
After when all friends reach that place, then call the birthday person. Wish him/her and ask to come out. When the person comes out he/she will get surprised to see all his friends all together.
Now tell him and other friends that its unplanned road trip that even you have not decided yet. But the rule is that none has to say “No”.
They have to leave right away for this trip. Can you imagine how much excitement it will be to go to any destination which you have not planned?
- There are many such things you can plan for a birthday.
It’s a conventional idea that you might have tried before. But if you haven’t, then you can try this to surprise your beloved one by letting him/her go down the memory lane.
You might know what scrapbook is. A scrapbook is like any other book where there is personalized pictures, notes, message, etc..
That means you make a book out of personal pictures and messages. You can do the same way I have told you earlier about the video or see this guide to make one.
Use all those memorable images of that person paste them in the book, write your own personal experiences about that moment.
With each picture, you can write a note or you can also do it separately. With this kind of gift, anyone can get overwhelmed.
16. Door surprise
This idea is perfect for all those people who are looking out for some surprise birthday ideas for friends, lover, or someone who are residential to some other place far from yours.
What you have to do is buy a gift for that person, or just flowers. Wrap them the way you want and put that thing on the door with a letter.
Let that person open the door by letting his/her other family member know about it. So when that person will open the door he/she will get surprised to see the gift when nobody is around. It is the cutest surprise you can give anyone.
I have found this idea from a movie. But in the movie, the hero just planned it differently. He lined up few unknown people to turn up to her girlfriend’s house with the flower bouquet.
So one by one people were giving her bouquets and when she asked who is behind all this then they didn’t reply.
In the end, hero ring the bell himself with just one red flower and wish her birthday. She gets impressed with all of that which he had done for her.
17. Surprise party
Plan out a surprise birthday party for that person, I am sure this one you can do it and know how. Call out his friends, family members, colleagues or relatives.
Let them know that you are planning out a surprise party for him/her. You can even insist people who are least expected by the birthday person.
- If you also want to know how to throw a surprise birthday party then read this 3 Step PSE Guide to Plan a successful surprise birthday party.
18. Unexpected visits
This idea is perfect for old parents, uncle-aunt, etc. or to anyone but depends. Like, suppose you have been shifted to a new place and it is been some years you have not met your friends as they are in different state or country.
Now imagine all of a sudden few of your old friends turn up to wish you on your birthday without telling you. How surprised you will be.
The same way you can do to anyone to surprise. You can do for your dad, for example, try to find out all his old friends who he has not met from ages.
Contact them and try to convince them to visit. This way you can do for anyone.
19. Dream gift
Can you gift that person his/her dream thing? Admit it we all have something dream thing in our mind. Like one of my friend always keeps on saying that Blah Blah is a dream car for him whenever he sees that car on the road.
So the person whom you are planning to surprise might also have some dream thing. Find it out and see if you can manage to buy that thing for that person. If possible then go for it else turn to the next idea, LOL.
Surprise them with their sketch as a gift. For this, you have to find out someone who can sketch for you either you can get it done from anyone you know or a painter who can sketch it.
Find the best picture of that birthday person and get it sketched. I guess that person will be surprised to see him/herself being sketched.
I myself is a sketcher and I have sketched my girlfriend picture as it is. Last, to last year I have gifted her that sketch and she was shocked and surprised to see that sketch.
21. Cake decoration surprise
If you are planning a surprise birthday party for someone, then you should also surprise with the cake also.
Do you know what is the most interesting thing about him/her or something he/she likes? If you know then you can use that to decorate the cake.
For example, if that person is pure music lover then the cake print or decorations can be on the music notes, instruments or music celebrity. This idea is perfect for kids or younger.
22. Favorite destination Tickets
Why don’t you gift that person flight tickets and hotel reservation of his/her favorite destination?
This is the best surprise you can gift to anyone, I mean especially the one who loves to travel, like me. Not only it is a surprise it can be one of the best birthday gifts as well.
So find out in an indirect way about his/her favorite destination. You can make use of these travel tips to plan a birthday travel destination as well as you can use social media as well to judge about which kind of places that person loves more.
23. Dance choreography
You can prepare a choreography on their favorite songs with some special moves. It can also be on a song specially composed for them. Begin rehearsing a while in advance and surprise them by calling them up in a studio or perform at their place. If you want to go all out then you can also make it a flash mob that you can perform at their work space or maybe just on the streets. Flash mobs are anyway such a fun thing.
24. Wishes on the road
This is a unique concept that will surprise anybody so well without any doubts. You can look for different envelopes or buy loads of balloons. You can hand it over to a lot of strangers on the road and request them to give it to the person. Each balloon that they receive will get them confused but at the same time make them feel special and loved. After all it is the gesture that counts more than anything.
25. Old age home surprise
It is the elderly love that is pure and without and malice. The older people have lived so long that they have learned to live life thus there is so much positivity in them and positivity is all you need on this special day. You can pick up a old age home and plan a surprise along with those folks. Get them there anyhow and boom. Surprise her with the happy faces and bring in the celebration singing and dancing with them.
26. Books of clues
This one is a very intellectual yet a great idea for people who are complete bibliophiles. You can buy a certain number of books that some or the other way create a message which may come across as a clue for the next book. This may require a lot of research and efforts but it is definitely the best way to pass out clues for a treasure hunt. The finale of the treasure hunt can be the venue of a surprise party.
27. Leading the day with clues
Just like the previous ones without using books you can make strangers or maybe people from the the places she visits throughout the day to hand out them notes mentioning riddles that he or she needs to decode to move on to the next clue. You can also use your brains to find unique ways to make it more interesting and special. Each clue will lead them closer to the treasure. Thus, the entire day will be full of anticipation followed by a lovely grand finale to curtail the special day.
28. A long birthday week
Why do we celebrate birthday just for a day and then feel emptiness and incomplete the next few upcoming days. Thus, you can make their birthday into a birthday week by presenting them with a surprise each day or partying through the week. You can also present various gifts or something for each day followed with some cool different kind of gatherings prepared for the whole of the week following their birthday day.
29. The proposal
Birthdays are the days when they should be filled with memories and special events that is remembered throughout the life. Thus, this one is for all the girlfriends and boyfriends and could also be for the wives and husband, there is no better day to lay out your feelings in front of them and make the day even special. And for the already married people, confessing love over and over is not boring but a very loving gesture.
30. A website of wishes
Formulating a website is very easy because of the cheap domains that are available and the easy process of making it. Although there are some easy free alternatives also available over the internet. You can decorate the website and add tabs with different sections and make a testimonial add on with all the wishes. You can request everybody to send the URL instead of wishes to make them land on it. Because at the end of the day it is the efforts that count.
31. Special videos on metro
This will make the person go whoa and will take minutes to register what is happening. Just prepare a video with all their memories compiled in form of pictures or videos. You can make a timeline by adding a video wishes. It is easy to buy an ad slot in metros or bus. All you have to do is buy a slot and place it like an ad in a metro which they might frequently to bring it to notice.
32. Poetry on their life
Poems have a tendency to touch the hearts and ignite a special emotion of love and care. Thus, you can write or compose a poem on their life that explains her journey over few lines. You can also add notions about the characteristics and how the person is to add a flavor.You can also make it reach them as a surprise that will make the person feel taken aback then you can approach a local newspaper to publish it.
33. Karaoke booth
You can set up a karaoke booth at their place and wake them up with a birthday song followed by different performances of their favorite melodies. The closed ones including family, friends and acquaintances can also be invited to set up a small get together jamming over songs and so on. The booth can also be decorated with their pictures all over and a some sticky notes with different wishes and messages.It will be one hell of a surprise!
34. Journey in a journal
Things that are personal and made with efforts rather than having a monetary build touch the hearts of people. You can start a week or a month before to jot down the birthday girl or boy’s crucial life events and can also ask the closed ones or well wishers to contribute to this journal. You can beautify it with some awesome momentary pictures and messages from everybody. You can add poems and their frequently used one liners.
35.The Time Line Countdown
Invite the guest of honor to your house under whatever pretense you can devise. Have your guests inside waiting. You might want to arrange for their cars to be parked a block or two away, so the birthday guy or gal doesn’t get suspicious too soon. Using garden stakes, create a timeline along the path to your front door noting four or five special moments in his or her life (sort of like an extremely abbreviated version of “This is your Life”). The timeline will give the person a sense that something is up, but won’t give them enough time to bolt. When you answer the knock at the door, be sure to hold up the last garden stake with the date and “So and so’s Surprise Birthday Party!” written on it. Then let general mayhem ensue
36.The Private Room at the Restaurant Trick
Invite the birthday honoree out to dinner at a restaurant that has a private room for large groups/parties. Arrange for your guests to be in that room before you arrive for your meal. Have that room all set up for the party. Sit down and order (clue the restaurant staff in on this and ask them to bring you appetizers only, not entrees). Make sure the party in the back room gets loud and sounds like fun, but without any distinct voices coming through. Suggest to your friend that you both go and check out that interesting party. If they’re reluctant, just drag them. Surprise!
37.The Afternoon Bike Ride Diversion
Invite the special person for an afternoon bike ride. Plan a route that will take you by a park or other area where you can have your guests waiting for a surprise birthday picnic. Have the party-goers arrive early and set up the blankets and the food. Then just bike right up to the party.
38.The Party on a Train Trick
Invite the birthday guy or gal to go with you into the city (or other fun place that you can take a train to). Have the party guests board the train at a stop before yours. If they can all sit in the first or last car it will be easier to find them. Board the train, find the party and enjoy the day in the city
39.The Art Gallery Fake Out
Invite the surprisee to a (pretend) art gallery opening. Rent space somewhere for the party and decorate the walls with poster-sized framed prints of the guest of honor taken throughout his or her life. Snapfish.com and Winkflash.com are two online photo development sites that will enlarge photos for you. You can buy very inexpensive poster frames at your local craft store. When you and the surprisee arrive at the party, the guests should already be there mingling with cocktails. Surprise!
If you are looking for some more specific birthday surprise ideas then you can check out the sources mentioned below:
- Birthday surprises for the boyfriend
- Birthday surprises for her
- Birthday surprise ideas for best friend
- Birthday surprise for sister
- Birthday surprises for husband
I have tried my level best to give you some of the awesome surprise ideas. I have written this list in a way that I think should help everyone as these ideas are written keeping in mind that some point should connect with every one of you.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this and at the end, I would say just go with these birthday surprise ideas without any doubt. If you need any help with any idea then inform me I will give you best guidance.