Will we all be heading into another lockdown? That's the question on everyone's lips right now, and while some of us might be planning small birthday get-togethers at the pub, or at a restaurant, some of us will be celebrating birthdays indoors. If you're still shielding, heading out for afternoon tea, going out for cocktails or jetting off on a city break might not be for you. Here, we give you a list of things you can buy to make a lockdown birthday all the more special…
A funny quarantine birthday card
If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Send a lols-quarantine birthday card to your pal who's celebrating turning another year older in lockdown.
Personalised birthday card, £3.29, Moonpig
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No birthday is complete without birthday balloons and hey, a little bit of confetti will give you something else to do (yes, we're factoring in clear-up time into our day).
A 34-piece decorating set, £10.99, Amazon
Pink balloons 79-piece set, £9.99, Amazon
Ginger Ray Ombre Pink Balloon Wall Party Decoration Pack, £19.99, Notonthehightstreet.com
Champagne balloon, £11.99, Amazon
LED light-up balloons, from £3.99, eBay
Confetti balloons, £11.34, Amazon
Birthday face mask
Shopping for a birthday outfit might be a little different this year. Can we interest you in a sparkly birthday face mask or a Princess shield?
Birthday Queen face mask, £11.24, Etsy
Princess face shield, £11.80, Etsy
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If you're quarantining with someone who's birthday it is, a banner will cheer them up for sure.
Lockdown birthday banner set of two, £3.99, Amazon
Giant Personalised Photo Number Decorations, £45, Notonthehighstreet.com
Ginger Ray Rose Gold Happy Birthday Balloon Bunting, £5, Amazon
A birthday backdrop
A unicorn backdrop will make the perfect photo opportunity...
Unicorn backdrop, £16.99, Amazon
Birthday cake or snacks
Well, this is a given. Everyone loves cake. You can either make one yourself or order in.
Rainbow cake (with candles!), £15, Marks & Spencer
Cookies and Cream birthday cake, £12, Tesco (order at least a week in advance)
Happy Birthday Biscuit Tin, £35, Biscuiteers
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But whatever you do, don't forget the candles and you'll need matches or a lighter (don't forget!).
Meri Meri Toot Sweet birthday candles pack of 24, £5.50, Selfridges
Meri Meri unicorn candle, £6, Selfridges
A crown or a party hat and maybe even a tiara
Ok, this is more for the birthday extroverts. If there's a birthday Zoom, be sure the birthday girl or boy is wearing a crown.
Meri Meri glitter crown, £4, Party Pieces
Tiara for the Birthday princess, £8.99, Amazon
It's My Birthday headband, £9. John Lewis
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Party hats, £13, Notonthehightstreet.com
You can buy your usual wrapping paper or you could do something a little more special - personalised gift wrap.
Wrapping paper, £4.99, Getting Personal
A funny lockdown T-shirt
Well, there's no reason for a ballgown really, is there?
The One Where I Was In Lockdown FRIENDS T-shirt, £12.50, Amazon
How fab are these personalised straws?!
Drink skewer, £3.16, Notonthehighstreet
Party lighting for home
Hey, if you're going to get the party started at home, you'll need some snazzy lighting.
Lights curtain, £9.99, Amazon
Disco light with remote control, £12.99, Amazon
Rotating disco ball, £17.99, Amazon
LED Curtain, £18.99, Amazon
A lockdown birthday mug
Make that morning cuppa a little different...
Lockdown birthday mug, £11.99, Amazon
Something a little extra extra?
Because lockdown isn't going to stop the celebrations - with your fellow quarantine pals of course.
119-piece set, £18.49, Amazon
Ginger Ray birthday pamper tent, £44.99, Amazon
Murder Mystery Game
Nothing brings people together like a game, and this digital murder mystery, which you can easily buy online, is a winner. You can download a ready-to-play party, upgrade by booking in an actor/performer to join you, or go the whole hog and buy a bespoke soiree. There's a variety of murder mystery themes to choose from, including 1920s Paris and Vintage Circus.
Murder Mystery Game, from £69, The Digital Murder Mystery Co.
Ok, this is an adults-only birthday party requirement, but plenty of booze is required for a lockdown birthday.
Gordon's pink gin and tonic, £1.99 each or savings in bulk, drinksupermarket.com
Cocktails, £7.50, Liberation Cocktails
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Let's get the party started!
Prosecco Drinking Games: Pick a Game, Pour Some Bubbles, and Get the Party Started, £7.95, Waterstones
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Never Have I Ever
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