Show your best friend how much you appreciate him with a personalised gift to celebrate his birthday. Keep notes on your friend's favourite restaurants or regions he would like to visit to help you with ideas or build a customised gift basket filled with items you know he loves but won't necessarily purchase due to the expense.
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Trip for Two
Plan a local trip for you and your best friend. Keep in mind any places in the area she has mentioned wanting to visit as well as any experiences she has said she would like to have. Ideas include wine tours, such as those in Pennsylvania, California and New York. If you live in a mountainous area, plan a camping or hiking trip. Plan a beach excursion if you live near a coastline, such as the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks (North Carolina), California or the Florida coast. Another option is a weekend trip at a bed and breakfast in an area with lots of antique and novelty stores, or a day trip exploring nearby water and amusement parks.
Perhaps your best friend loves dining out or is otherwise a huge "foodie." Make reservations at his favourite restaurant (or four) or those he has never been to before but features cuisine he has always wanted to try. Some cities hold a "restaurant week" a few times a year where participating restaurants offer three- and four-course meals for anywhere from £9 to £22. If you live in a city with such specials, book a few reservations as a birthday gift. Also consider asking the chef to prepare a special menu that includes your friend's favourite dishes. Have dinner in an establishment that prides itself on its beer, wine, cheese or chocolate pairings, and ask for a special pairings menu. A friend who enjoys theatre and shows may get a kick out of a dinner theatre show, which combines laughter with good food.
While there are plenty of gift basket options available through assorted shopping sites, another option is to build your own custom gift basket for your best friend. If your best friend is a wine and cheese connoisseur, build a wine and cheese gift basket and include wines that pair well with certain cheeses as well as a pairing guidebook and a wine bottle opener. Other ideas include a spa gift basket featuring your best friend's favourite soaps, bath gels, body wash and shampoo along with an eye mask and assorted loofahs.
Give your best friend a keepsake gift to treasure always. Ideas include collages of favourite photos, ticket stubs and other memorabilia. Frame the collage -- create one specific to a certain event or time period if desired. Customised photo gifts are another option, such as those that spell out the person's name and allow you to fill the wording with photos of you and your friend. Design bobble head dolls or action figures of the two of you, or caricatures that you can frame. Also get customised T-shirts, buttons or key chains made that feature images of the two or you or favourite sayings.
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