You did it — you survived your 20s! Over the past decade, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, and you’ve probably burnt a dinner or two along the way. But most importantly, you learned a lot about yourself and how you want your life to be, which we think warrants a celebration! If the fact that you’re turning 30 has left you feeling a little overwhelmed, take the guesswork out of celebrating and embrace this momentous milestone with something from our list of 30 fun ways to celebrate the big 3-0. Continue Reading…
Picking out a birthday card for someone is the easy part – the messages are already in there, so you just have to find one that you like. It’s when it comes time to write your own message inside that people often struggle!
Although birthdays come once each year, giving us many opportunities to write something special to our friends, family members and loved ones, we know that most people want their message for this year to be better than the last – that’s where it gets tricky. Lucky for you, today we’re here to help. Below are some of our favorite birthday messages that you can reference as you write your next card – enjoy! Continue Reading…
We all get to celebrate a birthday every year, but let’s face it – some of those birthdays are a bigger deal than others! From reaching double digits to sweet 16’s, becoming legal, turning 21, and then of course celebrating decades from 30 years old and on, there are going to be years when our birthdays mean a little bit more to us.
Now let’s focus on friends and family for a moment – do you know someone who is reaching a milestone birthday soon? If you’re looking for the perfect gift idea (after all, these milestones aren’t just another birthday), we’ve got you covered.
Ask any kid what their favorite holiday is and we bet a large majority will respond with “my birthday!” After all, who wouldn’t? There’s cake, a party, presents, and it’s a day all about them!
Aside from what you normally associate birthdays with, though, does your family have other traditions that you follow when it comes time to celebrate another year of life? If you’re looking to start something new, take a look at how people celebrate in other countries – you may want to give one of these a try!
The crunch of freshly fallen leaves under your boots. The scent of warm apple pie wafting from the kitchen. The crisp, invigorating air tingling at your fingertips. What could be better than a gorgeous autumn day? Celebrating November birthdays, of course!
Now that November is just around the bend, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones who were born this month. And with nature showing off her true golden colors, you can find inspiration for fall birthday gifts everywhere you turn. When you’re looking for your autumn birthday gifts, think warm, rustic, simple and colorful. To help you with your search, we’ve gathered a list of his-and-her November birthday gift ideas that your beloved will simply fall head over heels for!
November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum
The official birth flower for November is the Chrysanthemum, so a lovely autumn arrangement of mums is the perfect way to wish any man or woman a happy birthday this month. The Pumpkin Patch Mum Plant is displayed in a wooden bucket planter and paired with a Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle, bringing the beauty & scent of the harvest season indoors.
Those with August birthdays are true beach babies. After all, they were born during one of the hottest months of the year! Even their birthstone, the peridot—known as the sunniest gem on earth—reminds us of sea glass buried along the shoreline. So, if you’re on a treasure hunt for the perfect birthday gift for a loved one with an August birthday, give them a piece of the ocean with these beach-themed August birthday gift ideas, inspired by the luminous peridot!
About the August Birthstone: Peridot
The ancient Egyptians were on to something when they called the radiant green peridot the “gem of the sun.” Amazingly, this precious stone can be found not only in lava rocks, but also in meteorites, making it both a celestial and oceanic beauty. Throughout history, the mysterious jewel has been associated with supernatural characteristics, such as the ability to chase away bad dreams and evil spirits. As a result, peridot was used to accent church shrines and priests’ jewelry in medieval Europe. Those who claim this out-of-this-world birthstone as there own are said to be blessed with abundant riches, great fortune and a future as bright as the August sun!
Beach-Themed August Birthstone Gift Ideas
Nothing is more romantic than filling a bottle with a sentimental note and sending it out to sea. For a birthday that she won’t forget, take your special lady for a sunset stroll on the beach and surprise her with this August Birthstone Bottle Necklace. Once you place the beautiful vintage pendant around her neck and show her the sweet birthday note inside the bottle, tell her to write her own dreams down on a piece of paper and place it inside. When the message in a bottle is ready, throw it into the ocean. Soon all her birthday wishes will come true!
The best part of a relaxing birthday on the shore? Sinking into a big, comfy lounge chair with an ice-cold drink, of course! The Margarita Bouquet has all the ingredients the birthday girl needs for a day of fun in the sun. This floral cocktail comes with cheery carnations, spider mums, poms and hypericum in the bright green color of the peridot. And once the flowers are removed, your beach bunny can fill the reusable margarita glass with her favorite tropical drink.
Why take her to a stuffy indoor restaurant when you could enjoy a breezy birthday dinner on the beach? With the Ultimate Wine Picnic Backpack, which comes in a fun green peridot color, you can pack all the essentials you need to enjoy an elegant picnic in the fresh, salty air. That’s better than any swanky restaurant! It comes packed with enough partyware for four, including spoons, forks, knives, wine glasses, plates and cloth napkins. It even comes with a detachable bottle cooler bag for your wine, so you’re all set to make a seaside toast to the one you love most.
Every lovely lady wants to look great on the waterfront, so give her a birthday gift that’ll help her carry all her swimming accessories in style. The Tote-ally Beachy arrangement isn’t just your typical arrangement of gorgeous roses, delphinium, poms and bear grass. This arrangement comes in a chic and stylishly designed peridot-green tote. Made of sturdy canvas and accented with real seashells, this birthday gift will make your sweetheart the belle of the beach!
When the sun goes down, end the beachy birthday with a bonfire, some candlelight and lots of stargazing. For a gift that will light up the shore, go with the Coastal Garden arrangement and candle holder. This fresh and summery mix of hydrangeas, Gerbera daisies, roses and carnations comes in a shimmering mosaic candle holder that’s speckled with dazzling green glass and sparkles like the peridot. Use the flowers as a centerpiece, or fill the candle holder with a tea light to add a warm summer glow to your laid-back celebration at sea.
Just like the sunny summer month they were born in, our loved ones with July birthdays are warm, bright and always cheerful. So when their big day comes along, giving them a thoughtful present is the perfect way to show them just how much happiness they bring to our lives. Gifts that are inspired by their birthstone and birth flower make for a truly original and deeply personal gesture. To help you in your search for the perfect way to say “Happy Birthday,” here’s everything you need to know about July birthdays, plus a few unique July birthday gift ideas for that special someone!
July Birthstone: Ruby
Each month has its own precious gemstone that is said to bring good fortune and prosperity to those who are born during that time of year. The official birthstone for July is the ruby. It’s no wonder that the ruby is known as “the king of precious stones.” Its deep, royal red hue is believed to have the power to stimulate the senses and bring wealth, success, love and good health to anyone who wears it. Rubies, which were named after the Latin word for “red,” have been admired in China and India for centuries. There, they were used to embellish the armor of soldiers, and they were also buried beneath buildings in order to bring good luck and long life to their foundations. The ruby brings fiery passion for love and life to anyone who possesses it as a birthstone.
July Birthstone Gift Ideas
Show just how deep your love is with a birthday gift that shines with the color of this month’s birthstone. This beautiful vintage-style July Birthstone Bottle Necklace doesn’t just let the birthday girl wear the stunning gem around her neck all year long; it also comes in a whimsical corked bottle filled with a message that explains the meaning of the ruby birthstone. For those with a sweet tooth, give them a sugary birthday wish with Junior’s Happy Birthday Red Velvet Cheesecake. Known as one of the best cheesecakes in the country, it’s decked out in festive layers of luscious ruby red cake and a rich, creamy filling.
If your special someone has a green thumb and loves the outdoors, then this Hummingbird Feeder made of hand-blown glass will bring a whole new dimension to their garden with its bright splashes of ruby-like colors. Or, if you’re looking for a birthday gift that’s as fiery and passionate as the July birthstone, the Love Potion flower arrangement is just what you need. Raise a toast the birthday girl with an oversized martini glass filled with intoxicating red roses and more. Cheers!
July Birth Flower: Larkspur
Just like each month is associated with a good luck birthstone, there is also an official birth flower for each month of the year. The blossom associated with July birthdays is the beautiful larkspur. Larkspur is the symbol of spirit, grace and lightheartedness. This flower is often confused with its close relative delphinium, but what differentiates larkspur is its delicate foliage.
Larkspur can come in a variety of bright and cheery colors, including purple, blue, red, yellow and white. It got its name from the shape of its flower: Its petals grow together and form the shape of a spur at the end. Shakespeare referred to the larkspur as “lark’s heel” in his works, and it’s also often called by its alternate names, “lark’s claw” and “knight’s spur.”
As long as it’s properly taken care of, cut larkspur can last about five to seven days. To keep them fresh, place the flowers in a vase filled with lukewarm water and flower food. Make sure you re-cut the stems and continue refilling the vase with fresh warm water and flower food every other day. Air-dried larkspur also makes a beautiful addition to wreaths, door swags or potpourri.
A gift decorated with the beautiful larkspur blooms is sure to make your loved one’s July birthday sweet and fragrant. Give her a birth flower that she can keep forever: Beautifully engraved with the larkspur, this stylish July Flower of the Month Bracelet is the perfect present for flower and jewelry lovers alike. Or, give her an enchanting arrangement of fresh flowers to hang on her front door. This elegant Lavender Hydrangea Wreath is designed with the delicate and colorful blossoms of not only larkspur, but also caspia, strawflower, fern and more. A beautiful birth flower for a beautiful July birthday girl!