The special day is approaching and you still don’t have any ideas? I hope you’re ready for some surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend.
I know it’s never easy to buy a gift for your special someone, especially if you’ve been together for quite some time. It’s tough to be that cool girlfriend that has the greatest ideas for her boyfriend’s birthday.
I mean, you know what he likes and what he’d enjoy, but it’s difficult to buy both birthday and anniversary gifts and make them extraordinary, right?
You got him something different and unique each year, but you kind of ran out of gift ideas. Or maybe, you completely forgot about his birthday (don’t worry, your secret is safe with me) and now you’re looking for something quick, yet memorable.
Worry not, I’m bringing you the best birthday surprise ideas for your boyfriend that will make him love you even more.
Ultimate Surprise Birthday Ideas For Your Boyfriend
Are you ready to prepare the best birthday surprise ever for your boyfriend? Whether you’re a long-distance couple or you already live together, I’m sure you’ll find something on this list for his big day.
Even if it’s a last-minute gift, it has to be significant, right? So, what is the best way to wish him a happy birthday?
I know it gets tricky to think of something special (that you haven’t already thought of) for your loved ones, but I hope you’re ready for some creative ideas because I guarantee you that, whatever you choose, it will be the perfect birthday surprise.
Okay, without further ado, let’s go through some surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend.
1. Five senses gift
Umm, what? How do you mean the five senses gift?
I know that was, probably, your reaction when you read the title. I’m not talking about a gift that he can feel with all his five senses at the same time, but rather five different gifts. Now we’re on the same page, right?
I’ll list the possible ideas for all of them, but do not hesitate to get creative and spice it up on your own. It’s up to you to modify these surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend because you know him the best.
For taste, you can give him a gift card for his fave restaurant, buy him his number one beverage and chocolate, or make him a personalized snack box.
When we mention touch, think of something cozy and soft, like a blanket, bathrobe, or even clothes.
The easiest will be to find something as a gift for his hearing sense. Buy him a concert or music festival tickets, make him an exclusive playlist, or buy him new headphones.
If you want to make him use his smell, buy some scented candles, perfume, aftershave lotion, luxury shampoo, or a car air freshener.
Lastly, to please his sight, buy him the tickets for the premiere of the movie he’s endlessly talking about for weeks, sunglasses, books, a sleeping mask, or simply frame a photo of you two.
Bonus points go for you if you pack them separately!
2. A photo collage
This one cannot be more obvious – collect all the photos you find important and make a collage out of them. Pick some photos where you both look beautiful, add some silly ones and even the ones you randomly took while you were hanging out.
If you still don’t have any of them, and the time is on your side since you started thinking of his birthday gift in advance, organize a photoshoot or call your BFF to snap some pictures. But don’t let him suspect you’re doing this with a specific purpose.
Furthermore, if you know that there are some photos he genuinely cherishes, put them all together, cut out colorful paper, form “happy birthday” and a couple of balloons somewhere and that’s it!
Also, make sure you have some time to choose an unusual frame and wrap it up in a perfect gift. Not only will this put a smile on his face during his birthday celebration, but every time he looks at it as well.
3. Make him a short video
In order to make him a short video, polish your video editing skills or use some free online tools. Ask his friends and family members to record short videos of themselves saying their birthday wishes for him and compile them with yours.
If you’re in a long-distance relationship, you can also record your own video, and ask his best friend to play it for him. I’m sure it’s going to be one of the best birthday gifts he’ll receive.
You can also make a video of all the birthday messages from his friends and family while his favorite song is playing in the background. Make them write messages down and send you a photo of those handwritten notes. This will make your video have a personal touch.
This is, for sure, one of the most original surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend!
4. Birthday card
Sounds a bit old-school, but you have to admit that there is something special in seeing those curves and dots when you write. Just think about how much time you dedicate while making it look perfect.
Don’t you think he’ll appreciate it too?
Maybe you’ll use little hearts instead of dots, write in a cursive writing style or add little drawings to replace some words. Whatever you choose to do, make it personal.
When you’re done with that part, go to the post office, buy an envelope, seal it, stamp it, and send it. Then, just wait for it to arrive at its destination.
5. DIY birthday gift ideas
There are a lot of DIY gift ideas that you can use. Just check out Pinterest or other similar social media for ideas and get busy!
You can write him different love notes and creatively arrange them on a pinboard (either cork or foam). You may also make him a birthday yearbook. Are you wondering how?
Contact the most important people in your partner’s life and let them share some funny stories or adventures that they did with him in the past. It’s going to be a win-win situation and one of the best surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend.
You’ll get to know all of them better, and he’ll also feel their love through that gift; 10/10, would recommend!
6. Scavenger hunt
Good old Scavenger hunt, but birthday edition this time! Are you ready?
Leave clues everywhere he usually goes, give him some riddles to solve until he reaches the final gift, and let that be something he’s been longing for. Make it an all-day affair, so you can keep him busy while you organize a surprise birthday party or cook his favorite meal.
Put some sticky notes on a cupboard, in a car, on a mirror, even in his pockets. Let him anticipate something out of the ordinary and surpass his expectations!
This is definitely one of the most time-consuming surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend, but trust me, it’s worth it.
What do you want me to say except to go and buy them? Do you want me to say that this word probably comes from the Italian “pallone” meaning a large ball? C’mon, please…
Just be creative. Buy some small balloons, some big, others colorful, heart-shaped, regular ones… Whatever you like!
Then decide if you want to fill them with helium and make that birthday wish sound truly unforgettable. Combine them with some confetti and you have a perfect setting for some other surprise birthday ideas from this list.
You can also write down (or print out) some love quotes and birthday wishes, which you’ll put in the balloons before you inflate them.
8. “Reasons why I love you” jar
This one is pure gold – write down all the reasons why you love your boyfriend, and make him read it. There are a couple of versions, so it’s up to you to figure out which one you’ll settle upon.
Firstly, think of all things you want to write and decide if you want to go for a simple 50 or 100 reasons, or maybe you’d like to try and write 365 reasons why you love him so he can read it every day for the next year.
If you run out of ideas, you can use some love quotes as well or simply put all your love-filled thoughts inside. This is the most romantic gift on this list and it will take his breath away!
The second thing you have to pay attention to will be little details such as if you want to buy a fancy jar, or a simple one and decorate it. Decorating it on your own will require a bit more time, but you may enjoy it.
Whatever you chose to do, make sure it’s 100% personalized. I bet that this is one of the surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend that will genuinely make him smile and feel your love.
9. Ghost him for the whole day
Ghosting him for the whole day tops this list of surprise birthday ideas as the trickiest one! It takes loads of planning and effort, but if you manage to pull it off I assure you it will be the greatest birthday present!
Make sure he gets surprise gifts throughout the day but from another person, not you. You’re going to show up and give him his last present. So, to make it happen, you’ll need his friends and family members to jump in and help you. And you need to know his daily routine.
Gifts and letters or love notes have to be timely delivered so you keep his mind inquisitive and yearning for the final surprise; which can be a birthday party or just simple wine-and-dine for the two of you. Make it even more special and set the table up on a rooftop and enjoy the view while the sun is setting.
10. Bake it
Does he adore chocolate cake or the one with fruits? Is there a special cake his mom used to make when he was a kid? Call her and ask her for the receipt!
Maybe you’re not an expert when it comes to baking, but putting some effort into making him a birthday cake he’ll enjoy is already amazing. Once you add a secret spice, a.k.a. love, it will be perfect.
You can also make him cupcakes and put them together to form a heart shape if you’re not really a skilled baker. This is a quick and easy solution if you still want to show off your baking skills.
If you live far away make sure you deliver it during his day. But, if you’re close, once the clock strikes midnight show up at his door. Even if you wake him up it will be the sweetest surprise for his birthday.
11. Hire a professional chef
Is there something better on this list of surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend than hiring a professional chef? Imagine someone cooking just for you – perfect, isn’t it?
This may be one of the most expensive gift ideas, considering that you’ll probably need to pay for the ingredients and hire a chef. Surely, your lover will enjoy those carefully planned meals, all the way from starters to the dessert.
However, there’s a bit cheaper option, and if you’re lucky enough you may have one hibachi grill restaurant nearby. Those are special Japanese restaurants where you’ll definitely have an unforgettable dining experience.
When eating here, you get to choose the food you want to eat. A chef will then cook it right before your eyes and entertain you a bit with the different tricks he performs. I bet neither of you will forget this birthday.
12. Spoil him
Name me a person that doesn’t like to be spoiled from time to time. You can’t, right?
We all want to be pampered and if you want to pamper your lover, is there a better day than his birthday? Start the day with breakfast in bed, then enjoy drinking coffee on a porch or terrace.
Take him shopping, go-karting, and do all the things he always wanted to do. Go to his favorite restaurant for lunch, or prepare a special picnic.
Cook dinner for him and watch TV shows he enjoys watching. Play video games with him, or board games. Make it all about him and make sure you really enjoy it with him as well.
13. A personalized video call
If you are in a long-distance relationship and you want to make something special for his birthday, or if his family lives far away – a personalized video call will do the trick!
Put some candles on a homemade birthday cake, arrange a group video call with important people in his life and that’s it. To spice it up a bit, you can blindfold him and lead him from his bedroom to the dining table.
He’s going to appreciate the effort you’ve invested in planning everything and making it work.
In case you’re in a long-distance relationship, you may need a little bit of help. You can order a cake for him! Once the delivery guy does his thing, call your lover, and he can blow the candles while you’re there, at least virtually.
Moreover, you can ask his friends to give you a helping hand. They can prepare a full-on surprise for him with gifts, a party, and maybe even show up at his doorstep. What do you think?
14. Book a flight
Why wouldn’t you book a flight and give him a big warm hug as the ultimate surprise gift?
If you’ve been apart for a long time, there is nothing on this list of surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend that can surmount that! Having a person you love by your side on your special day will definitely triumph over anything else.
However, you may be living together, but you know that his parents or siblings would like to be with him. Book them a flight instead and put little colorful bows on their heads.
Another solution for the book-a-flight idea can be simply booking him a flight to the place he always wanted to visit. Perfect!
15. Plan a surprise
There are a couple of surprises you can plan for him: a wake-up surprise, a workplace surprise, or a midnight surprise. Choose whichever best suits your situation and just do it!
You can wake up before him and bring in a bunch of balloons to his room with some decorations and cute notes. Prepare him a tasty breakfast and viola! The perfect day can start.
The second thing you can do to surprise him is to deliver a birthday present to his workplace. You can also talk with his co-workers so they can help you prepare a little office party for him.
Lastly, a midnight surprise. I’ve already mentioned one and it can be applied even if you don’t live together. However, if you do live together, you can also wake him up at midnight with a kiss.
Bonus surprise idea: plan a romantic date night for the two of you!
Is there something else we can add to this list of surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend? Hell yes! Four more to go.
Did he mention a certain place he’d like to visit, or maybe a National park? Is there a lake he’d like to see, and maybe camp next to it?
This is a perfect opportunity for you to show off your organizational skills and execute the plan! Take him to explore uncharted territory, learn together how to set up a tent, and have fun connecting with nature.
You’ll spend some quality time together, meet each other better and do some things you both enjoy doing.
If you’re not a camping lover, or you’re afraid of bugs and you prefer to have a warm bed for the night, you can always book a room in a cottage or a small cabin just for the two of you.
17. A surprise party for his bday
How weird would it be if a surprise birthday party was not on the list of surprise birthday ideas for your boyfriend? Yeah, really weird.
Even though this one may be the most obvious, it is one of the easiest last-minute ideas. Just gather all of his friends and family and buy some food, drinks, and snacks.
A birthday cake will be required in this case. You may also ask someone for help, to keep him busy until you prepare everything. Include some disco lights, his number-one playlist and you’re good to go!
If you want to make it more exciting, try to find (or make!) a birthday pinata for adults. The worst part of this one is that you’ll have to keep a secret from him.
18. Order personalized gifts online
The easiest, but still adorable way to make your boyfriend happy is to order personalized gifts online. Nowadays, it’s extremely convenient to order a shirt with a cheeky print, or a mug with a “best boyfriend” sign on it.
Use some inside joke or a nickname and engrave it on a keychain. This is the best choice when you don’t have enough time for DIY gifts, but want him to have something that will constantly remind him of you.
You can order him a big poster with some cheesy love quotes and your pics around it. I guess this one tops the list of surprise birthday ideas for your long-distance boyfriend, don’t you agree?
19. Be the surprise
The ultimate and the most beautiful surprise birthday idea that I have for you is this one – be his birthday surprise!
Simply wrap yourself up in a colorful ribbon, and make him a little voucher. It should say unlimited hugs and kisses that he can redeem at any hour of any day. And make sure that they don’t have an expiry date.
If you can find a big box that you can fit in, that’ll be even better!
Hop in, put some helium-filled balloons inside with you and wait patiently until he opens the lid. Be ready for a big embrace once after the balloons touch the ceiling and he figures out what happened.
In the end, I’m going to tell you one thing: don’t go overboard and do things that you can’t, either financially or physically. Little things matter and if he won’t appreciate a small chocolate surprise, he surely doesn’t deserve anything else.