How to Celebrate Your Adult Child’s Birthday
Birthdays are fun, especially when our kids are little, but what about when they get older? It can become a little more difficult, but you just have to become more creative. We always want to celebrate our children’s birthdays, even when they are grown adults. Sometimes we are at a loss as to what to do for them because we want our gifts to be meaningful and from our heart. Here are some ideas you may want to try with your adult children.
- Write them a letter: Life gets busy, and we don’t always get the opportunity to tell our adult children how proud we are of them or their accomplishments. Take the time to write them a letter from your heart. Maybe you have had a strained relationship for various reasons. Now would be the perfect time to let them know how much you love them and care about their happiness. A handwritten letter is something they can cherish for a long time, even after God calls you home.
- Fill Out a Memory Book: There are memory books available which you can fill with recollections from your childhood that give you a perfect chance to share some of your favorite memories. This makes a great gift not only for your adult child, but for future generations as well. There are also books designed for you to record memories of their childhood. Adult children don’t always remember everything from when they were young, and the ability to hear about a precious memory in your words can be very meaningful. The nice thing about these books is they give you promptings as to what to write about. You don’t have to struggle and wonder what you are going to write about because the book will guide you. However, you will want to purchase your book a few months before your child’s birthday to give you ample time to complete it without feeling rushed.
- Bake A Cake: Nothing says love like a homemade birthday cake. Remember all those hours you would spend baking and decorating a cake when they were little? Do it again! Imagine their surprise when you show up with their favorite cake. I bet you will see the same smile you saw when they were little. I have a confession to make. My daughter has never been a cake fan, so she either had an ice cream cake or a cookie cake. I know others who love pie more than cake. Whatever sweet treat your adult child likes you to make will be a hit! No one is ever too old to celebrate their birthday. If you want to add some fun, put those trick candles on top!
- A Gift Card: I’m not talking about any gift card, but a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant. This may sound a little impersonal to you, but it will be a welcome gift to your adult child. Many times due to budget constraints they don’t feel like they can afford to spend money on extras for themselves. My daughter is paying off student loans, and although she works full time she lives in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs, one of the most expensive places to live. Her budget doesn’t allow for her to spend money frivolously. A gift card to Starbucks, her favorite clothing store, book store or restaurant are winners for sure. Some other gift card ideas are for a carwash or movie theatre.
- Give Them Something Personal of Yours: Is there something they have always admired that belongs to you? Now that they are adults, you may want to pass it on to them. Often times we wait until our death to give our children something of ours which is valuable. However, wouldn’t it be nice to see them enjoy the item now?
- Create an Adventure: Groupon or Living Social are great ways to create an affordable adventure with your adult child. They have paint classes, cooking classes, wine tasting, golf, fishing, bowling and so much more. Creating an adventure makes long lasting memories. Time can be a factor, but with Groupon or Living Social you typically have plenty of time to make a plan. My daughter and I love going on adventures together.
- Purchase a Devotional: As adults, we all know the importance of spending time with God, but sometimes we need a little extra boost to keep us focused. A devotional is a great way to help our children with their spiritual well-being. There are wonderful devotionals to choose from on various subjects to help them grow in their faith. Find out who their favorite Christian author is and chances are they have written a devotional. As parents, we can always invest and nurture our children’s faith no matter how old they are!
How do you celebrate your adult children’s birthdays? I would love to hear your ideas! Please leave me a comment and let me know what idea you liked the most. I’m always looking for new, fun and creative ways to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.