A birthday gift to your roommate does not have to cost a lot of money. Instead, think of activities you both like to do or gestures your roommate would appreciate. For instance, if your roommate nags you about picking up, surprise him by doing your chores without asking on his birthday. Giving the gift of your time may mean more than a casual trinket.
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Plan a night out at your roommate's favourite spots around town. Start the night with reservations at her favourite restaurant. Let restaurant staff know the reservation is for a birthday. Some restaurants offer a complimentary birthday dessert or give the birthday person special treatment. Follow dinner with time at a favourite bar or late-night hangout. Invite friends and keep a camera handy. Reserve a table or section off a spot in the bar and decorate the space with a birthday banner or streamer. Finish the night by singing "Happy Birthday" and opening gifts.
Arrange a way to get your roommate out of the house or apartment for an afternoon, such as getting a friend to take him to the movies or hang out for a few hours so you can clean. Do the dishes. Scrub the floors. Vacuum the carpet. Dust common places. Wash all of your roommate's bedding. Clean the bathrooms. Light scented candles for a pleasant fragrance. For a special touch, wash your roommate's car. Imagine the look on your roommate's face when she notices the newly clean space.
Treat your roommate by making his favourite meal. Create a real restaurant ambience by setting the table formally and adding a centrepiece of flowers or candles. Turn on light background music. Start by serving an appetizer your roommate prefers and her favourite cocktail. Follow it with a salad or soup, and then serve the main dish. Save dessert -- whether it's birthday cake or ice cream -- and coffee for the end. Cater to your roommate from start to finish, and clean up the kitchen when the meal is finished.
Buy tickets to see your roommate's favourite sports team. Give the tickets in an envelope with a team jersey or hat with a logo. Tailgate before the game with hot dogs, hamburgers and beer. Bring a camera to take a picture in front of the venue as well as standing next to the team mascot. Go to the event and cheer on the team. Buy a souvenir pennant to put up when you get home.
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