Things To Do on Your Birthday Alone

22 Awesome Things To Do on Your Birthday Alone

If you’re reading this, your birthday is likely coming up and you don’t have any plans. Or, maybe you do have plans but they’ve fallen through. Whatever the case, you may feel down about spending your birthday alone. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are plenty of things that you can do alone on your birthday to make it special, even if you’re spending it by yourself. Some people think spending your birthday alone means you’re sad or don’t have no friends. But that’s not true at all. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating alone.

So if you’re feeling solo on your birthday, I have a list of things you can do alone on your birthday with joy to make it a day to remember.

Related: How to Throw a Birthday Party for Yourself

Why Spending Time Alone on Your Birthday is Actually A Great Idea?

Whenever you hear the word “Celebration” you think it means having a party or going out with friends or family. Spending time with people whom you love and care about. But what about celebrating your birthday alone? Yes, it may sound weird and a little bit sad at first. But once you start doing it, you’ll see it’s not that bad.

If you think about it, Birthdays are really just for yourself. It’s the day you were born and a reminder that you’ve made it another year. So why not celebrate in a way that makes YOU happy? In fact, there are some advantages of spending your birthday alone that you may not have thought of before.

  • For one, you don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone but yourself. You can do whatever you want without having to take other people’s preferences into account.
  • And secondly, it can be a great opportunity for introspection and reflection.

There is an interesting story behind why we celebrate our birthdays every year.

What To Do On Your Birthday When You Are Alone?

There are a lot of ways to spend your birthday alone that are fun, productive, and meaningful. But it really depends on what kind of person you are and what you’re interested in.

I have included everything in my list from different budgets, interests, and time frames so that you can find something that works for you. So without further ado, here are 22 things to do on your birthday alone:

Thankful For The Day

Thankful For The Day
Thankful For The Day

I know from personal experience that everyone thinks about celebrating and other ideas. But what about thanking god for giving you another day? Everyone has a fixed time in this world and we don’t know when our time will come.

So, it’s better to be thankful for the day and appreciate what you have in life. You can do this by going to Mosque, Church, or another temple. You can always pray at home if you don’t want to go outside. Even if you don’t believe in god, it’s still a good idea to be thankful for the day.

Go For A Long Drive

If you’re looking for something to do that’s both fun and relaxing, go for a long drive. Explore some new roads and see where they take you. It’s a great way to clear your head and appreciate the beauty of nature. Seeing the world is just another amazing experience of life. Just make sure to bring a map so you don’t get lost.

Visit A Local Museum Or Art Gallery

If you’re a fan of art or history, use your birthday as an opportunity to visit a local museum or art gallery. Many museums offer free admission on certain days, so check their websites. This is a great way to learn something new and expand your horizons. I love history so I planned to visit Turkey to explore more about the Ottoman Empire.

Take A Hike In The Woods

Take A Hike In The Woods
Take A Hike In The Woods

This is a great activity for nature lovers. Spend your birthday exploring the great outdoors by going on a hike. It’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. And if you’re lucky, you might even see some wildlife along the way.

Go Shopping

If you love to shop, use your birthday as an opportunity to treat yourself to some new clothes or shoes. Or if you’re looking for something more unique, visit a local antique store or flea market. You never know what treasures you might find.

Treat Yourself To A Day Of Pampering

If you need some relaxation, treat yourself to a day of pampering. Get a massage, manicure, and pedicure. Or if you’re feeling really indulgent, spend the day at a spa. You deserve it. And you’ll feel like a new person when you’re done.

Spend Night Near Water

Spend Night Near Water
Spend Night Near Water

It’s the best thing to do alone on your birthday. Find a quiet spot near the water and spend the night there. It could be by the lake, river, or ocean. It doesn’t matter where as long as it’s peaceful and secluded. Grab some beer, chips, or BBQ you like and make a night of it. It will be one of the best birthday memories that you’ll ever have.

Related: How to Throw a Beach Party

Go To a Show or Concert

I love standup comedy and if you’re like me, this is the best way to spend your birthday. There are usually a lot of great shows happening on weekends, so be sure to check the listings in your area. Or if you prefer live music, go to a local concert. It’s a great way to see your favorite band or artist in a more intimate setting.

Take a Staycation

Treating yourself to a staycation is a great way to celebrate your birthday. Spend the day doing things you normally wouldn’t have time for, reading a book, taking a long bath, or sleeping. It’s a great way to relax and rejuvenate. And you don’t even have to leave your house.

Plan a Virtual Party

Nobody knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. If you are alone for natural reasons like living in a remote area or a pandemic, don’t worry. You can still celebrate your birthday with friends by throwing a virtual birthday party.

All you need is a video chat program like Skype or Zoom and some Birthday decorations. You can contact long-distance friends and family members, talk with them and remember the old days. It’s about making your day special.

Take The Day Off From Work

Most of the time when people have their birthday, they have to work. But if you can, take the day off and use it as a chance to relax and do something fun. Go to lunch with friends, catch a movie, or spend time at home. It’s your day, so make the most of it. It’s a good thing to do alone on your birthday.

Related: How to Plan a Birthday Party for Adults Within Budget

Things To Do Alone On Your Birthday With No Money

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on your birthday, don’t worry. You can still do plenty of things to make the day special.

Have A Relaxing Day At Home

This is one of my favorite things to do when I don’t feel like going out. I’ll spend the day at home in my pajamas, watch movies, and eat all my favorite snacks. It’s the perfect way to relax and recharge after a busy week. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to catch up on all the TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch.

Organize Your Home

Organize Your Home
Organize Your Home

This is a great way to spend your birthday if you’re the type who likes to be productive. Use this day as an opportunity to declutter and organize your home. You’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is to get rid of all the junk you’ve been meaning to get rid of. And your home will look and feel much better as a result.

Learn Something New

Getting one year older doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to learn something new. Use your birthday as motivation to start something new, whether it’s a new language, instrument, or skill.

It’s never too late to learn something new. Because the world is always changing, keeping your mind sharp and open to new things is important.


There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back to the community. And what better day to do it than on your birthday? Spend your special day volunteering at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter, or senior center. It will make you feel good knowing that you’re making a difference in the lives of others.

Intentional Things To Do on Your Birthday Alone

Why Spending Time Alone on Your Birthday is Actually A Great Idea
Why Spend Time Alone on Your Birthday

Some people intentionally prefer to celebrate their birthdays alone. And that’s perfectly okay. In fact, there are some great benefits to doing so.

Do Something You’ve Always Wanted To Do

This is your chance to finally do something you’ve always wanted but never had the time for. It could be simple as taking a cooking class or learning to play the guitar.

Or it could be something more adventurous like skydiving or bungee jumping. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you really want to do. It’s your birthday, so you should do something that makes you happy.

Memory Lane of Old Birthdays

Our memories are some of our most precious things, so why not spend your birthday taking a trip down memory lane? Look through old photo albums, home videos, and yearbooks. Or if you’re feeling really nostalgic, write down some of your favorite memories from past birthdays. It’s a great way to reflect on all the good times you’ve had.

Talk To A Stranger

This is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and make someone’s day. Strike up a conversation with a stranger and get to know them. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone you see every day or you’ve never seen before. Just take the opportunity to talk to someone new. You never know, you might make a new friend.

Spend Time With A Loved One

Even if you’re spending your birthday alone, that doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Spend time with a loved one, whether a family member, friend, or pet. They’ll appreciate the company and you’ll enjoy their company as well. And I’m sure they’ll be happy to help you celebrate your special day.

Make Some New Hobbies

As a freelancer and blogger, I love writing and blogging about things I’m passionate about. But it’s not always easy to find time for my hobbies. I don’t know about your hobby or time but if you can, use your birthday as an opportunity to start something new. Learn something that you love while also making some great memories.

Have a Sleepover

Childhood memories are some of the best memories to have. And what better way to relive them than by having a sleepover on your birthday? Invite some of your closest friends over and have a night filled with fun, laughter, and memories. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your birthday.

With everything happening worldwide, it’s easy to forget about our birthdays. But that doesn’t mean we should. Our birthdays are a time to celebrate life and all that comes with it. So if you’re spending your birthday alone, don’t worry. You can do plenty of things to make it a special day.

Celebrate However You Want

It’s your birthday. You know yourself better than anyone else. The ideas I have shared above are simply suggestions. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide how you want to celebrate your birthday.

So do whatever you make happy and enjoy your special day. After all, it only comes once a year. Let me know what you end up doing in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

What Should I Do If I’m Sad on My Birthday?

If you’re feeling down, the best thing to do is express your feelings to a friend or family member. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little sad on your birthday. After all, it’s a day that usually signals the end of another year of your life. And for many people, it can be a time when they reflect on all that they have accomplished – or have yet to do.

How Can I Make My Birthday Special for Myself at Home?

Throw yourself a birthday party. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Invite your friends, play some music, and have a good time.

Hamza Hashim
Hamza Hashim

Hamza Hashim is a Blogger and Content Writer who loves to write about fun party ideas and special celebrations. He believes life is too short, so it's best to use the time we have to create amazing memories with our beloved ones.

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