During our fist year of marriage I decided that birthday’s would not consist of physical gifts (or at least not much) but instead be experiences. We have had some wonderful adventures over the past years because of this. Also, it has been a great way for us not to accumulate more “stuff”. Obviously this list can be used as a date idea list. Some of them are kind of pricey though so we wouldn’t be doing them normally.
For the Sports Lover:
- Professional, college, or minor league games
- Tour of sports stadiums
- Sports hall of fame museum tours
- Pay for his season on a local Sports & Social Club team
- Go to a fencing or archery lesson.
- Go to a gun range – if that’s your thing, try to find one that does gun rentals so he can shoot different guns.
- Set up a tee time at a local golf course for him and some friends.
For the Gearhead:
- Monster truck rally
- Drag race
- Other car shows or events
- Performance driving school day
- Luxury car rental
- Full day of test driving cars (for free!)
For the Foodie:
- Surprise picnic – Go to a park, beach, or for a hike. Get some yummy deli foods and specialty sodas or beers.
- Cooking class – Offered at places like Whole Foods, Harmon’s, Central Market, Sur La Table, or Williams Sonoma to name a few.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert tour – Get on Yelp, ask around, and plan a day full of good eats.
For the Day Drinker:
- Pub crawl
- Beer festivals – When we lived in Texas it was extremely common for us to spend Mr. Schmitts birthday at a beer festival called Wurstfest. It was always a great time.
- Craft beer class
- Tour a distillery or brewery
For the Adventurer:
- Camping – Even backyard might do. You could roast s’mores and sleep under the stars.
- Ziplining – we did this a few years ago and it was really cool! It’s much easier to find places within 2 hours that offer ziplining than you think.
- Snow and water sports – Skiing, snowmobiling, sail boat lesson or rental, etc.
- Find a local obstacle race and sign him up with a group of friends.
- Hot air balloon ride
- Flying lesson, plane or helicopter ride.
For the Relaxed Man:
- Museum day
- Spa day
- Massage subscription service
- Day at the beach
- Concert tickets
For the Geeky Guy:
- Comic con
- Movie events – Movie theaters like Alamo Drafthouse have quote along days with classic movies they are always a blast
- Murder Mystery Party or Dinner
- Local classes – Photography, archaeology, etc.
- Tickets to a tech/film/music/etc convention
Some things to consider:
- Budget – What’s your budget this year? If you are on a budget consider looking into (at least a few weeks ahead of time) Groupon, Living Social, or if you happen to be in one of the offered cities Gilt. Keep in mind that Gilt tends to be more curated but Groupon and Living Social are not (which is why those business models are failing, but I digress). If you find something on those sites, look for reviews, Yelp it. Make sure it’s going to be something that isn’t going to be a huge disappointment. No pressure or anything.
- Travel – You may consider a weekend getaway (something we did often pre baby). Day trips or weekend trips can be really cool depending on your schedule.
- Local Events – These can be the best. Think state fair or unique local events and festivals.
This year, The Daddi-o, has decided yet again to do another ultra-marathon (because you know that sounds like an absolutely joyous birthday event). I am giving him a cryotherapy session for after the race. He’s been wanting to do it for years so this was an easy year. Good thing too because with trying to keep the tiny human alive I almost forgot. Wife of the year.
Also, he’s getting this. Yes, it is amazing. Now he totally can’t be upset with my Zulily obsession.
Let me know some of your best birthday experiences below.