Gifts and inspiration for birthdays

Great ideas for the perfect surprise

Gifts and inspiration for birthdays

Gifts and inspiration for birthdays

Great ideas for the perfect surprise

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The most popular gifts for birthdays

Unique surprises

A personalised mug

A personalised photo mug as gift for the birthday boy or girl is not just a sweet surprise but also a long-lasting one. Design the mug so that the recipient can looking forward to using it every day.

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More than just a special day

Memories in a book

Many photos may have been taken not just at the party itself but throughout the year that deserve to be captured in a book. Give someone a birthday photo book – with all the wonderful moments.

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The birthday classic

Invitations and cards

A chic invitation to your birthday party or a thank you card after the festivities is a fantastic little attentive detail for your family and friends. Who wouldn’t be thrilled with a personal photo greeting card?

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For wonderful memories

Photo book as a birthday surprise

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For party highlights

A photo yearbook for your parties

There are plenty of occasions to celebrate with friends and families. Capture the unforgettable highlights from last year in a fresh photo yearbook. You can relieve the great vibe at a big birthday, exciting festivals or the spontaneous summer party again. Your party yearbook is a great memento or cool gift idea for friends or your partner with our creative tips.

Invitation and thank you cards

Send photo greeting cards as birthday cards

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Simply to say thank you

Thank you card after a birthday party

Thank you cards are the most wonderful way to say “thank you”: so surprise your loved ones with a very personal thank you through their letter box. With a photo greeting card you’re also giving them a wonderful memory of the birthday you celebrated together.

Creative gift ideas

Give someone wall decorations as a birthday surprise

Gifts for keen travellers

A photo canvas as a birthday gift

Do your loved ones like travelling? Then this photo canvas is an original gift for adventurers. Pin all the countries you plan to visit and the ones you’ve already travelled to. Turn your travel destinations into a real eye-catcher for your home and capture all the fantastic places with an original world map as photo canvas. 

Imaginative birthday gifts

Photo gifts as a birthday surprise

For any year

Gift ideas for big birthdays

Although every birthday is special, the big birthdays are really exceptional. So give your loved ones exclusive gifts. We show you a gift idea that lives up to any big birthday.

Every day is a birthday

Photo calendar as a birthday gift

For amateur chefs

Cooking calendar as birthday gift idea

Is the birthday boy or girl a passionate amateur chef? Then surprise your loved one on their birthday with a photo calendar full of delicious recipes you created yourself.

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Planning and preparing your birthday party

Your own birthday party should always be something special but is also always associated with a lot of work and planning. Issues regarding the size of the party, location, entertainment and catering in particular have to be clarified beforehand. We reveal 5 tips on how you can plan and prepare your birthday party ideally to reduce the stress. 

Original and unusual

A themed birthday party

A theme can turn a birthday party into an unforgettable experience. Whether it’s funny, original, unusual or seasonal – there are countless ideas for themed parties for children and adults. 

Get Inspired with Our Birthday Articles

Use our creative craft ideas to create one-of-a-kind birthday gifts. Gather together your best photos to create a completely personalised photo gift to surprise someone on their birthday. Get started today and create a gift with special sentimental value.

Birthdays

Why do we celebrate birthdays?

In many western countries, celebrating your birthday is just a given. In some other countries, it’s more common to celebrate the name day instead of the day of birth. The tradition of celebrating one’s own birthday can be traced back to ancient times. Hosting such a celebration, however, was usually reserved for such personages as kings, counts, and princes.

For many years, a person’s date of birth or baptism was simply recorded in church registers. Most people didn’t know the exact date of their own birth. Thus, many had to rely on accounts and narratives from their parents to get a rough idea of the time frame. Signs used to indicate the time frame were usually descriptions of the season and which trees were in bloom.

Alternatively, a person’s name day or the day of their baptism could have played a much more important role. It was customary to name a child only after they were baptised and the name was commonly from a martyr or apostle. It also often occurred that the baptism would be performed on the same day as the day of remembrance of the particular saint. Then, on this particular day of remembrance, all those who share the name of the saint celebrate their name day.

Emperor Napoleon I of France helped bring about a more comprehensive method of documenting dates of birth. Starting in 1804, every person’s date of birth was recorded in a birth register. It was also Napoleon’s opinion that everyone should know when their birthday is. This made celebrating one’s birthday more popular amongst the “normal” social classes.

How should you congratulate someone on their birthday?

Paying a visit to the birthday boy or girl, saying a few personal words, giving them a big warm hug and simply saying “happy birthday” remains one of the most heartfelt ways to wish someone a happy birthday. Unfortunately, doing this isn’t always possible. There are still some other possibilities, however, how you can still wish someone all the best on their special day even if you’re far away.

These days, it’s common to send someone a WhatsApp message or post something on their Facebook timeline. This alternative is quick, easy, and straightforward, yet not that personal or heartfelt. A much more personal touch is to call them and have a quick chat while wishing them a happy birthday to show them you care.

A more traditional and nice gesture is to send them a birthday card. By sending them a card in the mail, it’s pretty easy to convey to them how important they are to you. For a bit more individuality you can easily design and create your own personalised birthday cards using your own photos. This will transform a simple greeting card into something really special. Just write a few personal words on the inside of the card and you’re sure to bring a smile to their face.

What should you write in a birthday card?

Once you’ve bought a birthday card or perhaps even designed one yourself, it’s time to fill it with some personal words. The beginning of the message usually writes itself: a lovely greeting followed by your congratulations and wishes of health, happiness, love, and success.

If writing a card for someone who’s especially close, your message should be something heartfelt and personal. Describe, perhaps, things about the person that make you really appreciate them. Birthdays are the perfect time to articulate these. You could also mention some unforgettable memories you’ve shared together. Afterwards you can wish them all the best for the future and express to them how happy you are to be a part of it.