43 birthday ideas for a fun and socially distant celebration

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By Camryn La Sala

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Birthdays are usually a time to celebrate with your friends and family, but since most of us are practicing social distancing, those fun gatherings aren't exactly possible. Instead, we have to think outside of the box and get creative to make the people in our life feel like royalty on their special day.

We rounded up a list of the best quarantine birthday gifts and ideas that includes everything you'll need to pull off a successful quarantine birthday while keeping your distance. From Happy Birthday yard signs, birthday cakes you can send right to their doorstep and hilarious quarantine birthday cards, we've got you covered.

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Happy Birthday yard signs

Since a lot of us aren't quarantined with all of our closest friends and family members, an easy and fun way to celebrate is with Happy Birthday yard signs.

1. Oriental Trading Company Happy Birthday Yard Sign

Place this colorful birthday yard sign set across the street or directly in front of their home to send them a huge celebratory surprise.

2. Oriental Trading Company Personalized Cupcake Sprinkles Yard Sign

This cupcake sprinkles yard sign is perfect for the birthday boy or girl — or anyone who loves sweets!

3. Honk Birthday Yard Sign

Many people have taken social distancing rules very seriously. To show your appreciation on your loved one's birthday, simply drive by their home while they're outside and honk away! Others can join in on the fun when they see this colorful sign out front.

4. Colorful Happy Birthday Yard Sign

This colorful Happy Birthday yard sign is bright, compact and bound to make anyone smile as they walk or drive by.

5. Customizable Quarantine Birthday Sign

If you're short on time this printable download from Etsy is easy, silly and affordable.

Birthday cake delivery

1. Bake Me A Wish! Birthday Cake

If you can't be there to enjoy cake together, have one delivered as a special surprise. Bake Me a Wish's popular birthday cakes come in a wide range of delicious flavors to suit everyone's taste. From strawberry funfetti to triple chocolate brownie, there's a celebratory dessert for everyone.

2. Bake Me A Wish! Jumbo Birthday Cupcakes

Do they prefer cupcakes? Go for this jumbo birthday cupcake basket, which comes with a chocolate cupcake, a vanilla cupcake, a strawberry jam-filled cupcake and a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese filling. Each one says "Happy Birthday" for a festive touch.

3. Baked by Melissa Sweet Birthday Gift Box

The little ones will enjoy these cute bite-size cupcakes. They come in a wide range of flavors from tie-dye to peanut butter and will make anyone smile on their special day.

4. Carlo's Bakery Strawberry Pastel Rainbow Cake

For a pop of color, send them this stunning six-layer strawberry pastel rainbow cake from the famed Carlo's Bakery. It's filled with strawberry buttercream icing, topped with confetti sprinkles and made with rainbow-colored vanilla cake!

5. Mrs. Fields Happy Birthday Big Cookie Cake

You can never go wrong with a classic cookie cake from Mrs. Fields, which you can have delivered straight to their door.

6. Dylan's Candy Bar Bash Cake

Believe it or not, you can have your cake and eat it too! Dylan's Candy Bar's Bash Cake is a tabletop, cake-shaped piñata made of milk chocolate, filled with mini milk chocolate covered pretzels and makes for a delicious and tasty centerpiece. It comes decorated in a ribbon and includes a matte to bash your way through. The Bash Cake is 7.5 inches tall, 7 inches wide and has a shelf life of nine months!

Birthday gift baskets

1. Harry & David Classic Birthday Basket

Who doesn't love tasty treats on their birthday? This birthday gift basket from Harry & David is filled with delicious sweets. Think red licorice, jelly beans, vanilla shortbread cookies and more.

2. Cookies by Design Butterfly and Daisy Birthday Cookie Bouquet

This adorable bouquet of cookies is as sweet as it is beautiful. Anyone from Mom to Grandma would enjoy this edible work of art.

3. Edible Arrangements Happy Birthday Fruit Basket

If the birthday girl or boy enjoys eating healthy (even on their birthday), send them this happy birthday fruit basket from Edible Arrangements. It includes an array of cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew melon, pineapple and strawberries.

4. Milk Bar Assorted Cookie Tin

Milk Bar is known for its mouth-watering cookies, and this cute tin would make a perfect gift. It includes six individually wrapped cookies: a "compost" cookie, a cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate-chip cookie, a corn cookie, a blueberry and cream cookie, a chocolate-chocolate cookie and a festive confetti cookie.

5. Harry & David Birthday Pears and Apples Gift

Another thoughtful but healthy option is this pear and apple gift basket. It comes with five royal Verano pears, two seasonal apples, and a pre-printed Happy Birthday corner card.

6. Hickory FarmsBest Birthday Wishes Gift Box

If they prefer more savory snacks, this gorgeous gift box has them covered. It comes with beef sausage, smoked gouda, a block of cheddar cheese and more.

7. Gourmet Gift Baskets Champagne and Truffles Gift Basket

If you really want to surprise them, this basket is totally splurge-worthy. It comes with your choice of bubbly drink and an assortment of cookies, truffles and toffee.

8. Gourmet Gift Baskets The Ultimate Beer Gift Crate

If beer is more their thing, you can't go wrong with this cool crate. It comes with five cans of beer and salty snacks for a perfect pairing.

Birthday gift boxes

1. Birthday In A Box

This "birthday in a box" gift is thoughtful, cute and includes tons of goodies! This gift box comes with a sparkling gold birthday crown, a birthday cupcake scented bath bomb, a sweet lollypop, a pinwheel to blow and make a wish, confetti to toss, an "I'm kind of a big deal" pin and a thoughtful birthday card.

2. Birthday In A Box Gift Set

If they have a sweet tooth, this delicious candy box will be the gift that keeps on giving. It's packed with everything from cotton candy popcorn to fruit taffy and double chocolate chip cookies.

3. Happy Quarantined Birthday Gift Box

This quarantine birthday gift box is fun and practical. It includes a wine tumbler that can be personalized and one item of your choice (options include a monogrammed keychain, a can cooler and a bath bomb).

4. Dear Ava Birthday Spa Gift Box

If you know they've been stressed out, a spa gift box may be the perfect quarantine gift to give them on their special day. This box from Dear Ava comes with a lavender soy candle, two bath bombs, lip balm and soap.

5. FromYouFlowers One Dozen Birthday Balloons

What's better than a box of chocolates on your birthday? A dozen colorful balloons!

Happy Birthday banners

1. Quarantine Birthday Banner

Imagine this beautiful banner hanging above an array of breakfast food as they walk down the stairs on their birthday.

2. Honk Birthday Banner

Decorate the front of their house with this colorful "honk" banner so everyone knows to wish them a happy birthday on their special day.

Quarantine birthday cards

1. Finest Alcohol Quarantine Birthday Card

If they enjoy the finer things in life, tease them a bit with this comedic card about hand sanitizer.

2. Happy Birthday Social Distancing Card

If they love dogs, they will be thrilled to open this card on their birthday!

3. Quarantine Birthday Card

Since it's likely that your friend or family member might be a tad bummed their birthday is "canceled" this year — make light of the situation and make them laugh with this card.

4. You vs. Paper Quarantine Birthday Card

It's no secret that there's been a toilet paper shortage all over the country, therefore this funny card shows just how much you mean to them.

5. No Sharing Cake Birthday Quarantine Card

There's always a bright side to every situation — and not having to share their cake this year is definitely one of them.

6. Singing Happy Birthday Quarantine Card

Now more than ever, it's important to wash your hands. This card plays on that in a cute and funny way!

7. "No One Else I'd Rather Isolate With" Quarantine Birthday Card

If you're celebrating a quarantine buddy's birthday, this is a sweet option to give them on their special day.

8. "Let The Good Times Roll" Birthday Card

This chic pink card reminds them to see the positive side of life and keep rolling with the punches.

Quarantine birthday gifts

1. UrbanStems The Unicorn Bouquet

There's nothing like a classic bouquet of Happy Birthday flowers after weeks of staying inside. This unique but gorgeous piece from UrbanStems is called "The Unicorn" for its vibrant mix of purple, lilac, and pink flowers.

2. Towel Selections Women's Turkish Terrycloth Robe

Another thoughtful gift to send someone for their birthday is this cozy terrycloth robe from Towel Selections. It's affordable, comes in over 20 different colors and has over 2,200 positive reviews (plus an impressive 4.4-star rating) on Amazon, so you know it's going to be a good one. This brand also offers the same robe with a hood.

3. Anthropologie Capri Blue Volcano Iridescent Jar Candle

Help them relax at home with this popular candle from Anthropologie. Not only does it smell good, but it also makes a great décor piece.

4. Anthropologie Lustered Coupe Glasses

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Just because they're stuck at home doesn't mean they can't enjoy themselves on their special day. Gift your friend or family member this set of four stunning lustered coupe glasses to help them get the party started.

5. "Cravings: Hungry for More" Cookbook by Chrissy Teigen

If they like to spend time in the kitchen, give them some cooking inspiration by sending them a cookbook for their birthday! Crissy Teigen's "Cravings: Hungry For More" is a The New York Times Bestseller and includes fun recipes like fluffy popovers with melted brie and blackberry jam.

6. Cards Against Humanity Game

If they don't already own this game, Cards Against Humanity is a great quarantine birthday gift. It's easy to play and is guaranteed to have the group howling with laughter.

7. Apple iTunes & App Store Electronic Gift Card

Since most of us are probably binge-watching shows and reading books more than ever before, an Apple iTunes gift card is a great present. They can buy or rent films, music, books or even audiobooks.

8. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Stripe Throw

This cloud-like throw blanket will make it even harder to get out of bed in the morning. The Barefoot Dreams CozyChic blankets are great because the fabric doesn't shrink, pill or wrinkle, which makes it perfect for snuggling up on the couch for a movie or during family game night.

9. TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

A lot of us are working from home for the first time and probably dealing with an entirely new work environment. To help them stay on track during office hours, get them this pair of noise-canceling headphones from TaoTronics. They're just as good as more expensive brands but a fraction of the cost!

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