Whenever a friend's birthday rolls around, I love opening Instagram and seeing snippets of the day their partner planned for them. Whether it's a picture from a pasta-making class or a short video of them together at a park picnic, it makes me happy to see a friend appreciated uniquely. Sure, I celebrate my friends' birthdays with them, too, but planning romantic birthday surprises for your partner has such a distinctive sweetness to it. It's a chance to honor what makes your SO who they are.
If your partner's birthday is coming up, and you're stumped about what to do, don't fret. You don't have to spend a ton of money to make things special. What matters most is celebrating the person you love. What makes your partner happy? What topics do they rarely get bored of? These answers can lead you to some pretty epic birthday plans. For example, if your partner is obsessed with pugs, you can find a local pug owners meet-up in your area. However, always make sure to check in with your partner beforehand to make sure they actually enjoy surprises. Some folks don't like to be caught off guard, so if that's the case for your boo, respect their boundaries.
If you're searching for inspiration, the following ideas look to the sea, sky, and your own backyard for some birthday fun.