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If you would have told me a year ago that I would be spending my next birthday in quarantine due to an international pandemic, I never would have believed you. Birthdays in quarantine can seem daunting, especially if you live alone like me—that was the absolute icing on the (birthday) cake. But guess what? My birthday actually turned out pretty great, and that was thanks to my friends and family banding together to make it special with some awesome deliveries and gifts.
If you want to make someone's quarantine birthday feel special, I'd say deliveries are key. Knocks on the door throughout the day with new surprises are a great distraction in between Zoom calls and FaceTimes. Below, the gifts that warmed my heart the most on my first (and hopefully last) ever quarantine birthday.
Everyone who knows me knows that flowers are my thing—I buy myself an affordable bouquet every single week. So getting an upgraded bouquet delivered on my birthday was the perfect gift. UrbanStems has some really great bouquet options available for delivery that never look cheesy or outdated.
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
Alcohol deliveries were also much appreciated on my birthday—you know, so that I could cheers to myself, by myself. Send a great bottle like Santa Margherita's Pinot Grigio straight to their door via Saucey.
Starbucks Gift Card
A gift card to a business with an open drive-thru is a fool-proof gift idea for a quarantine birthday. I got great use out of my Starbucks gift card.
Ana Coin Huggies
These earrings are to die for and I loved wearing them the day of my birthday during Zoom calls and FaceTimes after receiving them from my mom.
Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Spending way more time at home made one thing clear—my coffee set-up was lacking. Getting this new coffee maker was a much-appreciated gift that I will use for years to come. I can now make coffee shop-worthy cups of joe from the comfort of my own home—and so can they if you gift them a new coffee maker.
Who doesn't like food? Sending them dinner via Postmates from their favorite restaurant is the next best thing to taking them out to eat. A friend sent me dinner from California chain Mendocino Farms—my favorite—and I thought it was a great idea.
—Originally published May 20, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. PT