A date at her favourite restaurant might make your wife smile, but her 40th birthday is your chance to wow her and make her remember the reasons why she married you. Thinking outside of the box for her birthday won't only give her something to brag about; it'll also strengthen your relationship. Novelty staves off boredom and is part of a healthy marriage, suggests Dr. Gail Saltz in an article published to Today Relationships.
A Weekend Getaway
Make your special lady feel like a princess by sweeping her away for the weekend. If money's tight, you don't need to spend a fortune on a Caribbean vacation to get away. Look for bed and breakfasts on the outskirts of your city, or book a suite at your local hotel. Indulge in room service, take a dip in the pool and treat her to a massage at the end of the evening. If you're both outdoorsy, head to a campground nearby, pitch your tent and enjoy each others' faces in the firelight.
Rediscover Local Attractions
It's easy to forget all the things your neighbourhood has to offer, so rediscover your area and each other by treating her to a local sightseeing tour. Check out museums and browse art galleries in town. Check out a play at the local theatre. As for dinner, consider a walk through the park and a packed picnic lunch. Make her favourite sandwiches, and don't forget cupcakes, candles and matches so you can deliver your rendition of "Happy Birthday."
Bowling, laser tag and mini-golf aren't just for teenage dates. Treat your sweetie to one of these activities and you're both bound to enjoy a few laughs and share some memories. Turn the date into a friendly competition, or forget the score and just let loose. If you don't feel like a date that has you running around all evening, check your local listings for a drive-in cinema near you. Stock the back seat with blankets so you're ready for lots of cuddles.
Learn Something Together
Get her lessons for something she's always wanted to try, and offer to go with her and learn together. Ballroom or salsa dance lessons are sure to bring out the flirtatious side of your relationship. Call art galleries near you to see if they offer paint or sculpture lessons. Whether or not you're crafty in the kitchen, couple's cooking classes offer a way to get closer by making something tasty together.