I don’t know much about you, but I feel that it’s safe to assume that you have a birthday this year. Whether you’re just entering your teenage years or maybe you’re exiting them, birthdays are special. With COVID-19 still being around and talk of third waves and more lockdowns possibly happening, it can make the upcoming days, weeks and months to your birthday a little more dreadful. After all, who wants to celebrate their birthday without their friends? I know that as a little kid, I was excited to turn 18 and embark on the journey of adulthood. Now? 

Not so much.

I’ve been so worried about not seeing the people I love, that I’ve not been able to actually enjoy the last months of my life not worrying about taxes, university, or planning for my future. All because of a single birthday. Maybe you’re in the same boat and you’re wishing for something you can do to fix it. Well, do I have the solution for you! Instead of continuing to be bummed about my birthday not being everything I dreamed of as a kid, I’ve put together a list of things you can do (or subtly give your friends hints about what they can do) to plan a pand-epic birthday!

Share this article with your friends if there’s something you want them to do! *hint hint, wink wink*

Ideas for your friend’s birthday:

  • Facetime/Zoom
  • Drive-by and say hey (from a distance)
  • Mail a card (old fashioned maybe, reliable nonetheless)
  • Order a gift to their house
  • Uber eats (UberEats offers a gift option so you can order to someone else’s house)
  • Digital photo album
  • Decorate their lawn with balloons and signs
  • Leave a present on the doorstep
  • Make a video compilation of the birthday person’s friends saying what they love about them!

Or maybe your friends are busy, or you want to have a low-key birthday. If that’s the case, here are some ideas for a solo celebration!

  • Make a plan for your DREAM birthday after covid/lockdown
  • Buy a cake (better yet, make one!)
  • Buy yourself a present
  • Order delivery/pick-up from a local restaurant
  • Go for a walk or hike
  • Beach day!
  • Self-timer photoshoot
  • Dress up and have fun!
  • Order flowers a couple of weeks in advance and schedule the delivery for your birthday

So now that you have some ideas, or maybe have thought of some of your own, start planning (or hinting towards) your pand-EPIC birthday! Comment below some of your ideas or what you might do from this list! You may inspire others 🙂 To anyone reading this with an upcoming birthday, or one that has passed…

ℋᵅᵖᵖᵞ ℬⁱʳᵗᑋᵈᵃᵞ

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Lauren is one of the “Cup of Positivitea” columnists for A Teen Perspective. She focuses on bringing smiles to new readers in hopes to encourage them to have an open mindset, as well as raising awareness on positive changes happening in the world. Lauren has experience in taking negative experiences and shedding a light on the positive outcomes from them, and enjoys helping people “see the glass half full”. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys using various art forms such as painting and makeup, enjoys passing her knowledge of swimming into future lifeguard and swim instructors, and spends quality time with her family and friends. Lauren believes that when strong, like-minded teenagers come together to seek change in the world, they are able to do so in an open and friendly environment for others. Lauren is beyond excited to continue working with A Teen Perspective and believes the group will be able to make change locally, provincially, nationally, and globally in the coming future.


  1. I agree, it can be a huge bummer to have your birthday during the pandemic. Last year my family tried to make it better by secretly messaging my friends and asking them to send in a video wishing me a happy birthday. My family compiled all the clips into a single video and it was so sweet. I had birthday wishes from old elementary school friends I hadn’t seen in years. It almost made me cry!