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How to celebrate your Birthday alone

Updated on May 7, 2013
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Anamika S. Jain has been a social media consultant for six years. She has written more than 200 articles on relationships and dating.

Are you spending your Birthday alone?

Are you alone on your birthday? I have some tips for you to make the day special. If you want something very much, buy it on your birthday as a present for yourself. Sometimes it so happens that we get so much busy in our life that we do not time for ourselves. Your birthday gives you the perfect excuse and opportunity to spend some time pampering yourself.  Spend your day doing things which you like most even if that means eating unhealthy or watching a movie alone. You can also talk over phone to people who mean to you and ask them how they are. So now what is your excuse to celebrate your birthday by your own and enjoy to the fullest?  Are you going to sulk that you are getting a year older or count your blessings- the choice is yours. Many, many Happy Returns of the Day!

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How to spend a Birthday alone?

I think I should have titled the hub how am I going to spend my Birthday alone. It is my Birthday on May 15 and I plan to spend the day alone. Not many people like to be alone on their birthday. But I am one of those few people who like some peace and time alone at least on my special day. Parties and Discos are something I dislike so they are never part of my Birthday celebration plans. This does not mean that I am a loner and would spend my day lonely and depressed. I have my own ways to make my day special and memorable. So how am I going to spend my Birthday?

I would love myself:

Top on my list is to please myself. My Birthday is the day I would look at the mirror and say to myself ‘Happy Birthday Baby’. 40 years have passed since I am born and I still love looking at myself. I may not have a Miss World Crown but I do not look anything lesser than a Miss World to me when I look into the mirror. I like it when people say things like I do not look my age or I have not changed much. (I am even more pleased when people my age or my school or college mates look more than their age. In fact I could not recognize some of my old friends and relatives because they have changed a lot from what they used to look like before and it goes without saying that I was double pleased. Do I sound like a bad girl? May be I am. But I have always valued people for their qualities and not their looks.)

I am in love with myself so I like to pamper myself a lot. I like to have new clothes, new accessories, personalized jewelry, new perfume, new sandals and even a new intimate wear for night. In addition to the new things buying a gift for me and visiting the spa is another way I please myself. Birthday is a day I eat anything what my heart desires be it chocolate, cake, caramel popcorn, ice cream or KFC Chicken.

My Birthday is a day I want to take a break from work/studies, computer and mobile and enjoy some peace and time with myself.

I would love others: I have 2 close friends whom I share my Birthday with. Talking to them first thing in the morning has become a practice with me over the past few years though there is no fixed rule as to who would call first. Whoever wakes up first calls the other. Another habit which I have is meeting one of my close friends for lunch. For the past 4 years we have been friends we meet each other for lunch on our birthdays along with some girlie talk and presents. As a rule it is always the birthday girl who gets treated for lunch and not the other way round. We both like catching up with each other and also think that the birthday is a day to make the person having the birthday special and not make the person spend. I dislike people who ask me ‘where is the party’, ‘where are you going to treat us’ etc because I genuinely feel that I should be the one who should get a party or treat on my Birthday apart from greetings, gestures and gifts. So in order to avoid such stuff, I find it safe to not be available than spoil my day. Anyway, I hate parties and crowds.

I take time to visit and spend time in an NGO and feed at least a hungry person. It makes me realize how lucky and privileged I am and I count my blessings. I open the gifts I received (even if they have arrived by courier earlier) only on the Birthday. Though I dislike when I am given cut flowers (I think flowers are better on plant and not to be removed from plants) I never say so, though I am used to speak my mind, on my Birthday. Finally, how can I forget my man? As always he makes me feel special in his own numerous ways. We go out in the evening for a movie and dinner, spend some time talking or star gazing and finally end up between the sheets. What better way can be there to end a special day?

I would Count my Blessings and Thank God

Apart from saying a silent prayer of thanks to God as soon as I wake up and doing puja after bath I also visit a temple later on my Birthday. How can I not thank the almighty for the gifts he has given me? He has given me a nice family, wonderful friends, talents and comforts to name a few apart from teaching me lessons of life through experiences.


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    7 years ago from Mumbai

    I am gonna celebrate mine birthday alone first time ever in my life. Being an orphan it's a biggest drawback, missing ua loved ones. Wish me luck and pray tat this time I don cry... :-*

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    7 years ago

    Nice hub . And yes Im pretty much in the same boat. Happy Birthday to myself!

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    8 years ago

    My birthday is on May 16 and as much as i would like to go away from home that day I cant ={ ... hopefully by that time i have a car so i can drive somewhere in the nature, I love your article ?

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    8 years ago

    I am new here but I think I am going to like this site. On March 7th, it will be my birthday. I will be sixty four. Makes me think of that old Beatle song. I have enjoyed so many good birthdays over the past years and can recall such right from a very early age. However, three years ago, my long time partner died and so I then used to celebrate the day with my mother. Sadly she died last November. So now I am looking towards a next birthday on my own. I have tried so hard to make it another big day, but I just cannot figure out how.

    Then I ‘Googled’ that question and found myself here. I not only liked many of the comments but also the very kind replies. I am not wealthy but do have a tiny bit put aside. Enough to keep me from eating beans everyday. I could fork out a bit to treat myself on that great day to come. Yet as much as I try, I just cannot think of anything that I want or even need so much. You get like that when you get to my age. I only wish I had the same thoughts and feelings when I was in my late teens. I would be worth a fortune today!

    The list could be long from many who advise, ‘Go for a Makeover or treat yourself to lots of flowers. I ask ‘Why?’ It will all be gone the next day. Go for a posh meal, to the cinema or theatre or even book a trip for a short holiday on the continent.

    But on my own?

    I tell you I am now getting so desperate to find ideas on how to make my day so special once again, that I went to Argos today to pick up their latest catalogue. I am pondering on purchasing myself an Xbox or Play-station (I don’t know yet which is best). I hear that the kids love it and spend too much of their time playing it. Well I got more free-time than them so if I were to invest in such, I could spend so much of my lonely times just simply killing Germans!

    I think I seriously need some help here.


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    8 years ago

    So, it's my birthday in a few weeks, and I have nothing planned... I'm 26 (about to be 27), single, and while I have plenty of acquaintances and facebook friends, I get the impression they all think I have proper friends elsewhere... Since I'm not actually 'close' to anyone I don't want to invite people out because I'm pretty sure nobody would show up, and the last thing I want is pity from the one or two who might - but, to save face if nothing else, I feel I should do something cool but low-key... I don't have much spare cash though. Any suggestions on something I could do in London on a budget that would fit the bill?

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    8 years ago

    i turned 22 today and don't have anything els to do after work so i will just go to bed if i reach home.all i can say is thank god for my birthday . i had a great day so far. hope it ends lovely.

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    8 years ago

    I am a girl that will be spending her birthday alone because she has no friends, doesn't have anything to do, is injured, and can not drive herself anywhere.Any suggestions?

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    8 years ago

    Hey J.D. today is my birthday and although family and friends called and wished me a happy birthday, I find myself alone in life and yes, it's always hard on your birthday or a holiday. But you are only 14 sweetie, you have the whole world at your fingertips and if I were you, I would do all the planning for your 15th birthday party. Not everyone gets a party, I was 60 yrs old before the man in my life threw me a surprise birthday party. I had never had one before except when I was a very young child as my parents never liked kids in the house, birthdays were just dinner at home and a cake with my brother and sister. I was so blessed to have ONE birthday party in my life. I'm now 68 yrs old and no man in my life for the past 6 yrs and I'm really missing the companionship and love. I do everything for friends and family but for some reason they take adantage of me and don't reciprocate. So, this year, I'm having a glass of wine and made my own special birthday dinner...I have faith that maybe next year will be more special! Take care sweetie and don't give up on that party - but talk to your parents about having it next year and plan and do everything yourself so they won't have the burden of the preparation. Buy and hang the decorations and send out invitations, your parents should only have to provide the cake and some pizza...have fun...God bless you!

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    8 years ago

    I just turned 14 today. All ever wanted was to have a huge party, but unfortunately that dream didn't come true. My mom and dad bought this cute little adorable chocolate cake with my name written on it, decorated the whole house with balloons and stuff...but yet i don't understand why I feel so miserable.................

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    8 years ago

    ^ Zack, aw. Parents always love you. It's just that they get a little preoccupied with work sometime. Tell them how much it would mean to you if they could probably take a day off work and spend the time with you.

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    8 years ago

    hi i have a birthday but my parents don't want to celebrate or buy me anything because they have to go to work.and plus they don't like me. i have called child line but they are no help

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    8 years ago

    my birthday is on 27 july and i want to do something on my birtday

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    9 years ago

    I am having my birthday 10 days later, and im thinking if i should make a party, or just have it alone...

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    Glenn Stok 

    10 years ago from Long Island, NY

    This was a beautiful hub. And by the way, we share the same birthday, although 20 years apart. Looks like those two good friends of yours are really close friends since they understand your needs.

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    Anamika S Jain 

    10 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks William!

    Thanks Denise! In fact, it turned out to be much better.

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    Denise Handlon 

    10 years ago from North Carolina

    Happy (Belated) Birthday. Hope it turned out exactly the way you had hoped. Sweet article. Thanks for sharing.

  • William F. Torpey profile image

    William F Torpey 

    10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    Happy Birthday -- and you share the big day with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and singe Anna Maria Alberghetti. See compu-smart's hub:

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    Anamika S Jain 

    10 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks a lot friends for the Wishes!

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    10 years ago

    Happy Birthday from me too! :)

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    Anuj Agarwal 

    10 years ago from Noida

    Wish you a Happy Birthday in advance, probably you wont be online tomorrow... :)

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    Sandy Mertens 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Happy Birthday tomorrow. Nice hub.


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