Surprise Birthday Gift Ideas


A birthday gift is typically an item the recipient will enjoy and find useful. However, a birthday gift for a surprise party can be a grand and even outlandish choice for a present. The gift itself can impress, or simply the way you present it to the recipient can be surprising. A gag gift is also an appropriate choice that will add another level to the surprise party.

Gag Gifts

  • Being bombarded with a surprise party can be shocking and even stressful. Help ease the stress and transport the birthday individual into party mode with a hearty laugh. Choose a humorous gift, a novelty item or simply a gag gift as a way to break the ice and get the recipient laughing. This could be an extravagant and sparkling crown for the recipient to wear or an over-sized glass for him to drink from throughout the night.

Sentimental Gifts

  • A surprise party can also be an emotional event, where the birthday individual is moved by the effort put into the party as well as the people in attendance. Enhance the sentimental value of the event by producing a personal and heartfelt gift after the initial surprise is over. This could be the showcase of a homemade movie in which friends and family members relay to an interviewer anecdotes and sentiments about the birthday individual. It could also be a photo collage or scrapbook of the recipient's memories.

"Wow" Gifts

  • To top off the initial shock of a surprise party, follow the big reveal with the presentation of an extravagant gift. Tickets to a professional sports game or a surprise trip are effective and impressive choices. A new car would also serve as the icing on the cake of the party. For a boyfriend surprising a girlfriend, a diamond ring and a proposal would make the event that much more memorable. Choose something over the top to "wow" guests as well as the birthday individual and keep the surprise party momentum going.

Gift Wrap

  • The gift itself does need to be extravagant in order to have impact. The way the gift is presented or wrapped can also add to the party festivities. For example, wrap a fairly simply or ordinary gift in a small box, and then place the small box into one slighter larger and so on until the gift box is extremely large. Top it off with wrapping paper and a large bow and present it to the recipient after the initial reveal of the surprise party.

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