Post your free-flowing homemade brew on Instagram, and then drink up, you Craft Beer Queen! You can start off with a basic cookbook if you're a newbie to the kitchen, but if you're more experienced, go bold and try something new and adventurous.
, you thought, imagining the two of you exploring the hot and steamy worlds of the deep-fried sage magic or simply an amped-up pasta dish with chicken.
If you don't participate in a group celebration, some sort of acknowledgement about the birthday is still necessary.
Society6 has some pretty cheeky mugs, as does Someecards. Give him a cool listening experience with a nice set of headphones, like the Sony ones pictured, which happen to noise-canceling too.
Look for a mug that's specific to the person you're dating — i.e.: a mug that says, "I'm The Top Bitch In Cat Town," may not bode well for a dude. He told you when you first started messaging online that he music, but you noticed that he's still using the crappy headphones that came with his phone.
Go ahead and make plans with your friends as if you were single, and just invite your "Significant Other" along.
It's far less pressure on your relationship.*--Written by Chiara Atik for How About We.com*Got your own strategy for celebrating birthdays with the significant other? More from How About We: The Smooth Second Date Move That Works Every Time 5 Things That Are Unfair to Casually Drop On a Fifth Date17 Ways You Know You've Found the One More Ways to Get Glamour: NEW!
Give him your favorite book, or one that you could read together and then talk about it.
There's a reason tha hardcover books make great gifts, and no, that reason is not "they look soooo good on my built-in bookshelf." They can provide you with amazing, smart, interesting, provocative conversation.
And no, you cannot just get him a box of boring chocolates. has some great cocktails that aren't impossible to make. And if you like sports, nothing brings two people closer together quite like cheering in the bleachers in the freezing cold while chugging down overpriced beer. Then there is nothing cooler than BYOB, or Brewing Your Own Beer. If you're unfamiliar with the world of board games beyond Monopoly, Settlers of Catan is a great place to start — just don't forget to put away all of the little pieces before you have sex on the table after you win. He'll love when he writes his ideas in that sweet Moleskine pad or unique leather notebook — and it's way, way classier. (Or maybe yours can, in which case, props to your grandma.) Texting glove are super functional and super stylish. And when he's gaming, it's a great excuse for you to catch up on 9.
Brooklyn Brew Shop makes kits in a variety of flavors that make DIY brewing easy to do, and you two can get your brew on together. Trying to figure out how to get a tiny game piece out of your butt can definitely bring two people closer together, but you might want to wait til you've known each other a little bit longer for that. Plus, the "I couldn't text you because I was wearing gloves" excuse is out the window.
(Maybe they want their birthday ignored all together—but you've got to ask.)You'll definitely be expected to participate in any and all existing birthday plans. You're going, and, if you want to earn huge brownie points, you'll take care of the whole "splitting the bill among eight people" ordeal. You'll arrive with the Guest of Honor and stay as long as he or she does. You don't have to spend a lot of money, and it certainly doesn't have to be anything elaborate.
But a book, a cd, a trip to a favorite restaurant, an inside joke from an early date—some kind of little gift to let the person know you're psyched about dating them, excited about their birthday, and ready to take on this "Significant Other" role.
If You've Been Dating Six Months Or Fewer, Exclusively So you're a couple, albeit a relatively new one.