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Lockdown birthday ideas: 7 easy ways to celebrate a birthday while coronavirus restrictions are in place

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Looking for unique and interesting ideas for how to celebrate a birthday in lockdown? Here are seven easy tips that’ll help you to make the most of your special day now the rule of six restrictions are in place.

If there’s one thing we all want on our birthday, it’s be surrounded by our closest family and friends. But thanks to the new ‘rule of six’ which has been brought in to stop the rise in coronavirus cases across the country, that’s no longer an option for many people.

The new restrictions – which came into place on Monday – limits the number of people we’re allowed to socialise with both indoors and outdoors. Although there are a number of limited exceptions, for the most part, the rule of six means that we are no longer able to meet up with more than five other people at one time.

Whether your birthday is coming up or you want to make a friends’ day extra special, you might be confused about how to put together a celebration when you’re not able to see each other face to face. But thanks to the world of video calling, virtual events and online deliveries, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

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So without further ado, here’s Stylist’s guide to celebrating a loved one’s birthday during lockdown. And if you’re looking for some gift inspiration, check out our guide to the thoughtful birthday gift ideas you can send in the post.

1. Book a virtual experience

There are plenty of fantastic virtual events and experiences to attend if you’re looking for something to keep your virtual guests entertained.

For example, the Virtual Gin Experience from Slingsby Gin is a great way to have a drink with friends in the comfort of your own home. For £30 a person, each guest gets an experience pack containing four G&T’s, a glass to drink them from and a packet of crisps, which you can enjoy while a member of the Slingsby team talks you through the history of your drink.

If you don’t fancy that, Airbnb also offer a range of virtual experiences, including magic shows, tarot card readings and even a virtual animal sanctuary visit!

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And even if you don’t fancy splashing the cash, you could always organise your own virtual experience for a group of friends by asking everyone to buy in certain ingredients and cooking together, or ordering everyone a craft kit to get stuck into over drinks.  

2. Have a (virtual) house party

It may sound simple, but getting your mates together to have a drink on Zoom can still be pretty fun – and its an easy way to have more than six people at a celebration.

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Lockdown birthday ideas: why not organise a (virtual) house party with a group of close friends?

There are also plenty of online activities and games you can do during the Zoom call to give everyone something to do. 

You could even host your own virtual pub quiz, and theme it around the birthday girl or boy!

3. Pick out a special card

While in “normal” times you might not care too much about birthday cards, in the current situation something as simple as a friendly message is sure to make a difference.

Oliver Bonas have a great selection of cards by different designers which you can currently order online, or you can use a card delivery service like Thortful (who have now released a fabulous collection of isolation and quarantine-themed cards) to have the card sent straight to a friend with the message already printed inside. 

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Lockdown birthday ideas: this seeded card from All Paper Everythings can be used to grow wildflowers after use, making a perfect two-in-one gift.

Independent designers also tend to sell unique cards perfect for showing your friend how much you care – this seeded card from All Paper Everythings on Etsy can be torn up and planted after it’s finished to grow a patch of wildflowers.

4. Send them a boredom buster

Not being able to celebrate your birthday is pretty boring, so give your friend the gift of distraction in the form of a craft kit. Not only will it break up the endless Netflix bingeing sessions which will inevitably form most of their life now, it’ll keep them busy for a considerable time. 

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Lisa Angel’s needle punch kit is a lot easier than embroidery (making it perfect for beginners), and Cast’s bespoke jewellery making kit will give them everything they need to create personalised silver jewellery.

5. Invest in a delivery-friendly gift 

Lucky for us, there are plenty of gifts you can send through the post these days to suit every type of person. 

You could also give them the gift that keeps on giving and pay for a subscription box to be delivered to their house every month. There truly is something for everyone out there – just take Bloombox Club’s houseplant subscription.

If you’re looking to give them a subscription they’ll be able to use during quarantine, premium art kit subscription service Artful sends out a box curated by a featured artist as soon as you register, and will send your friend a new set in the post every three months. 

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Lockdown birthday ideas: invest in a subscription box such as Bloombox Club and give the gift which keeps on giving.

6. Make plans for when lockdown is over

One of the worst bits of celebrating a birthday in lockdown is not being able to see all your friends and family, so doing something that shows you understand how your friend feels is important.

None of us knows when the coronavirus pandemic is going to end, but reassuring your friend that you’ll celebrate with them when restrictions lift will give them something to look forward to throughout this uncertain period.

7. Food glorious food

If there’s one thing sure to brighten someone’s mood while they’re in lockdown, it’s a delivery of tasty snacks. 

Thanks to a new delivery service from M&S, you can now send your family or loved one a special ‘cake hamper’ to mark their special day. This Happy Birthday Surprise Gift Box currently available on their website comes with a chocolate cake, a box of swiss chocolates and a bottle of prosecco, all for £30. 

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Alternatively, you could think outside the box and send them a selection of sweet treats from one of the many brands still shipping at the moment. 

From the beautiful hand-iced biscuits of Biscuiteers to the delectable brownies of Bad Brownie, there’s still plenty of delivery options available to give their day that extra boost. 

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