Your birthday is a special day that only comes once a year. So, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate with you! But, in no way should you be left feeling like most of your birthday celebrations should be spent appeasing others or making sure your family or friends were entertained.
This year, why not try something different and do something for yourself? Here are some birthday self-care activities that will help make your day extra special. So make your birthday all about self-care and treating yourself to the things you love most.
Birthday ritual ideas to do by yourself
A great gift for yourself and your body, there is much to say about the benefits one can experience from self-care practices like acupuncture or massage. It’s a great way to relax and tune yourself on your birthday.
2. Make yourself your favorite breakfast meal items
Tap into your inner child by waking up on your birthday and making your childhood favorites or go all out and make yourself all of the food you were told you “shouldn’t eat for breakfast.” The point is to indulge in what makes you happy and enjoy the day with some self-love.
3. Arrange a flower delivery
Some of the best self-care gifts come in the simplest forms. Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet, and you deserve something beautiful surrounding you on a special occasion like your birthday.
4. Go to a soap shop
One of my favorite things is to go to the store and shop for goodies that are great for my skin and keep me smelling good too. Purchasing good-for-you products made with all-natural ingredients is the perfect gift you could give yourself on your birthday. Throw in some bath bombs, and you have a perfect self-care gift.
5. Purchase some skincare products
Wellness gifts are always an excellent self-care choice, and what better day to start taking care of your skin than on your birthday? Treat yourself to some new skincare products and create a new self-care routine. And if you’re unsure about your skin type, a great option would be to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to get some expert skin advice and recommendations.
6.Take a solo birthday getaway
Solo getaways are the birthday gift guide you didn’t know you needed. Take some time for self-reflection and self-care by booking a solo birthday getaway. It can be as simple as renting a treehouse or answering some shadow work prompts. Enjoying your own company is one of the best ways to practice self-love and self-care.
7. Hire an organization specialist
I don’t know about you, but my mental health takes a dive when my house is in chaos.So hiring an organization specialist to come and help declutter, clean out old things, and reorganize your space is a great idea for incorporating some self-care into your birthday celebrations.
8. Book a waxing appointment
There’s no better time to treat yourself to something like a waxing appointment than on your birthday. So last year, I decided to do this and created an entire self-care package where I got 2-3 areas on my body waxed. Honestly, it felt like a special treat or party to which only I was invited.
9. Buy some new bedding for your bedroom
Ahh, the ’30s will have you looking forward to purchases like these. Treat yourself to some new bedding for your bedroom because we all know there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. One of my favorite bedding companies is Sheets & Giggles. A birthday gift to yourself that will have you sleeping like a baby every night.
10. Have a boudoir photoshoot
Who says you must wait until the holiday season to enjoy something like this? The perfect way to welcome turning a year older is by your sexiness and confidence in yourself. So book a boudoir photoshoot and embrace all the beautiful parts of yourself.
Birthday gift ideas to do with your best friend
11. Participate in a sound bath
By the time your birthday rolls around, your body is likely exhausted and needs some self-care. So treat yourself and your best friend to a sound bath, where crystal bowls are played that help relax the body and mind. But, of course, taking better care of yourself also means taking care of the health of your relationship.
12. Go Glamping
I noticed this becoming increasingly popular on social media, and it sounds like such a great adventure to enjoy on your special day. So many of us think we need to plan birthday parties with many friends to say that “we made it” another year, but sometimes the best self-care is enjoying quality time and relaxation with a good friend. So bring a water bottle and your wellness essentials, and enjoy the great outdoors in a little bit of luxury.
13. Arrange for an adventure date
Whether at your favorite restaurant, on a picnic date at the park, or arranging a local business to provide dinner with your best friend at the beach, getting creative with self-care activities can be just as unique as a traditional birthday celebration. Mix it up by trying something new together, like rock climbing, riding on a bike trail, or ending the night with an outdoor yoga class.
14. Grab some cozy loungewear and have a movie night
We can all attest to having a great time wearing cozy loungewear, eating yummy snacks, and watching a classic movie with our besties. Instead, opt for self-care by choosing a feel-good movie, having a self-care skincare routine before settling in, and maybe even turning it into a sleepover.
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15. Go to an animal cafe
Going to a cat or dog cafe may not be a part of your typical daily self-care routine, but it can be more enjoyable and memorable. So treat yourself and your best friend to some self-care by visiting an animal cafe, where you can enjoy coffee or tea and spend quality time with some furry friends. Plus, it puts you in such a positive mindset interacting with animals who only want to love and be loved by you.
Self-Care birthday celebrations to do with family members
16. Himalayan salt bath
Himalayan salt baths should be at the top of your list of self-care gift ideas. This self-care activity can involve the whole family or a special someone like your mom or sister. A salt bath might sound luxurious and expensive, but it can be pretty affordable.
Not only do they provide a relaxing self-care experience, but the benefits of participating in one can include improved circulation and blood flow, better sleep, and stress relief.
17. Ask for self-care items
I love this idea because, with just a few family gifts, you have a self care gift box. Some self-care items to request are essential oils, a new book, a plush robe, or a set of face masks. While fulfilling your needs, you are sending the message to others that women of color deserve self-care too.
18. Take a candle-making class
Taking a candle-making class is the perfect occasion to enjoy a self-care activity with the whole family. Not only do you get to learn a new skill, but you can also customize the scents of your candles to match your self-care needs. It’s a great idea for those who love having their homes smell like their favorite fall scents.
19. Have a game night, choosing your favorite board games
Create a little tradition by hosting a game night on your birthday but only utilizing board games that are your favorites. It’s the ultimate treat to yourself to only do self-care activities that bring you joy on your special day.
20. Have your family make all of your favorite foods
Send in a request to your family to make your favorite dishes and invite them into your own home for a self-care birthday celebration to remember. Surrounding yourself with your loved ones and indulging in your favorite foods is the ultimate self-care experience. Plus, it’s always a bonus when someone else cooks for you.
Self-care ideas on your birthday
No matter what self-care activities you choose on your birthday, the most important thing is that it brings you joy and relaxation. Don’t let others dictate your self-care routine or birthday celebration. It’s the perfect day to move with intentionality and prioritize self-love.
Happy birthday to you, and here’s to many more self-care filled birthdays to come.