As the UK's third national lockdown begins to ease, birthday celebrates continue to look a little different. However, we're now allowed to celebrate outdoors in groups of six, which includes our own private gardens.
So while sitting inside a restaurant or jetting off abroad isn't on the cards for 2021 just yet, things are looking up. Here is a list of things you can buy to make a lockdown birthday all the more special…
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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. You can send it in the post or there's also an e-card version.
Personalised birthday card, £3.29, Moonpig
Large birthday card, £4.99, Moonpig
A Spotify playlist birthday card
Spotify birthday cards, from £3.29, thortful
Thortful has come up with the genius idea of including a Spotify code inside a birthday card, which when scanned using a smartphone will open a playlist in the app. Who wouldn't want to receive their own party playlist?
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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, £14.99, Amazon
Pink balloons 79-piece set, £13.99, Amazon
Ginger Ray Ombre Pink Balloon Wall Party Decoration Pack, £24.99, Notonthehightstreet.com
Champagne balloon, £14.99, Amazon
LED light-up balloons, from £3.99, eBay
Confetti balloons, £11.34, Amazon
Fringe curtains are a quick and easy way to create maximum impact for little cost.
Foil curtain, £8.99, Amazon
Birthday face mask
Shopping for a birthday outfit might be a little different this year. Can we interest you in a birthday face mask?
Birthday face mask sticker, £2.69, Spreadshirt
Birthday girl face mask, £3.58, Etsy
Friends-inspired face mask, £5.49, Etsy
A banner will cheer up a lockdown birthday for sure.
Lockdown birthday banner set of two, £4.99, Amazon
Pink banner, £5.99, eBay
Quarantine birthday banner, £9.99, Amazon
Lockdown birthday banner, £12.90, Amazon
Blue Birthday Bunting, £8.99, Notonthehighstreet.com
Silver Balloon Banner, £5.99, Amazon
Ginger Ray Rose Gold Happy Birthday Balloon Bunting, £7.85, Amazon
End of Lockdown Party Banner, £7.50, eBay
A birthday backdrop
A unicorn backdrop will make the perfect photo opportunity...
Unicorn backdrop, £16.99, Amazon
Game on backdrop, £11.99, Amazon
Gold Heart Backdrop, £8.99, Party Pieces
Pastel gold streamer & balloon backdrop, £22.99, Party Pieces
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!), £30, Marks & Spencer
Large Chocolate Cake, £8.50, Tesco (order at least a week in advance)
Happy Birthday Biscuit Tin, £35, Biscuiteers
Happy Birthday Surprise chocolates, cake and prosecco hamper, £30, Marks & Spencer
Birthday cake shield
Top It is a doctor-invented cake shield created to protect party goers from spreading germs over cakes when blowing out the candles – genius! Plus, it's clear so you'll still be able to see your cake's Insta-worthy decor.
Cake shield, from $14.99, TopItCakeShield.com
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Birthday candles and toppers
Just because you're not leaving the house, doesn't mean your cake can't be beautifully decorated!
Quarantine birthday topper, £4.59, Etsy
But whatever you do, don't forget the candles and you'll need matches or a lighter (don't forget!).
24 metallic pink candles, £6.99, Amazon
Gold Curly Candles (x12), £3.49, Party Pieces
Champion candles, £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.
Birthday Girl tiara, £15, Monsoon
Tiara for the Birthday princess, £10.19, Amazon
It's My Birthday headband, £9, John Lewis
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Party hats, £13, Notonthehightstreet.com
Happy Birthday Hat, £7.99, Amazon
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
At least, for now, it looks like a lot of 2021 will be spent at home, so there's no reason for a ballgown really, is there?
The One Where I Was In Lockdown FRIENDS T-shirt, £15.99, Amazon
Lockdown rainbow tee, £9.99, Amazon
How fab are these personalised straws?!
Drink skewer, £3.95, Notonthehighstreet
Celebrate a birthday and lockdown lifting with this fun tableware and decorations party kit.
End of Lockdown Party Kit, £11.99, Amazon
Party lighting for home
Hey, if you're going to get the party started at home, you'll need some snazzy lighting.
Lights curtain, £11.99, Amazon
Disco light with remote control, £14.99, Amazon
Disco ball, £11.99, 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. A birthday in 2021 can still be extremely extra...
Kinder Piñata Birthday Kit, £30.19, Amazon
Tiki garden party, £18.99, Amazon
Rainbow numbers, from £20, Paper Dreams
Pastel garland, £18, Paper Dreams
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.
Oh, go on, how fun! If you think the house could do with a boogie, how about buying your own at-home karaoke kit.
Daewoo Bluetooth Portable Karaoke Machine, £134.99, Amazon
Food and drink and at-home experiences
Forget slaving away in the kitchen, go for something a little different for a celebration...
The Pan-n-Ice Ultimate Kit, £79.95, Pan-n-Ice
Make your own ice-cream rolls at home - the at home kits guarantee the same great experience and taste without having to leave the house.
Zizzi pizzas that cook from frozen, £4, Sainsbury's
You can't go wrong with pizza!
Isolation Sensation Chocolate Truffle Kit and Online Workshop, £31, Virgin Experience Days
Indulge your sweet tooth and beat any isolation blues with a live chocolate making masterclass from the team at MyChocolate.
The Easter Hamper, £100, Fortnum & Mason
Brownie Eyed Boi brownies, from £12, Brownie Eyed Boi
Chocolate Gift Hamper, £27.50, Hotel Chocolat
Ok, this is an adults-only birthday party requirement, but plenty of booze is required for a lockdown birthday.
Monthly wine subscriptions, from £39, thewinelist.net
Party fizz - case of six, £60, Marks & Spencer
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!
Trunk of Drunk Drinking Games, £12, Amazon
Prosecco Drinking Games: Pick a Game, Pour Some Bubbles, and Get the Party Started, £7.99, Waterstones
Monopoly FRIENDS Edition, £23.99, Amazon
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Never Have I Ever
Cards Against Humanity
Truth Or Dare
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If you're taking advantage of the new rules and hosting a little gathering outside, some good music always gets the party going. The Sonos One SL has incredible sound quality and it's voice command-controlled, so you can easily skip to your favourite songs.
Sonos One (Gen 2), £179, Amazon
If you prefer your music player to come in pink, the Wonderboom also offers a big, bassy sound. Plus, it's waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof, so you won't spend all day worrying about it.
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, £69.99, John Lewis
From lanterns to fire pits, and of course, outdoor bars. Adding extras to your garden will create the perfect party space.
Lucena Cream Tassel Solar Lanterns, £34.99, Lights4Fun
The Little Lily Garden Bar, from £229, Etsy
Jabanda Metal Firepit, £189, MADE
Bali Garden Parasol, £250, Urban Outfitters
Habitat Beach Bar Gazebo with Stools, £350, Argos
Murphy Farmhouse Bar, £160, Amazon
Garden Bar Party Hut, £739, Amazon
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