Today is a special day for me. It’s my birthday, and I thought everyone might enjoy hearing how many ways there are to wish a techie “happy birthday.” Read on to find out more.
- Take Them Out for a Meal
- Deliver Some Cake
- Send an E-Card
- Video Call a Happy Birthday Song
- Tweet their Favorite Celebrity to Greet them a Happy Birthday
- Surprise Your Techie With a Gift Card
- Give Them a Tech Break
Some Ways to Say “Happy Birthday, Techie!”
Here’s how I spent my day so far:
- Reading personal “happy birthday” emails from friends and family.
- Answering a phone call from an old business colleague and friend.
- Listening to voice mails on my mobile phone with stunning renditions of “Happy Birthday.”
- Reading a text message from an old business colleague that couldn’t make lunch (don’t worry, several others still made it).
- Browsing dozens of Twitter birthday wishes.
- Reading a special Happy Birthday Mr Noobie forum post on a local social networking group called Smaller Indiana (membership may be required to view the post).
- Opening a handful of electronic greeting cards from Plaxo friends.
- Reading birthday wishes on my Facebook wall.
- Reading a text message from my wife.
- Reading a personal email from Cali Lewis of GeekBrief TV wishing me “happy birthday.” I’m still not sure how Cali knew it was my birthday. I think my wife may have had something to do with this one!
- Enjoying a complimentary coffee at The Bean Cup because my birthday showed up on their point of sale system.
And somehow in the next seven days, I have to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings, Dairy Queen, Texas Roadhouse, Cold Stone Creamery, Culver’s, Baskin-Robbins and Fair Oaks Farms since each of these emailed me a coupon for various desserts and goodies at their establishment.
More Ideas on Wishing Happy Birthday to a Techie
That list above is how I spent my birthday, but here are other ways of how you can greet “happy birthday” to a techie.
Take Them Out for a Meal
We techies are a hungry bunch. Tinkering with the latest gadgets means there are times we forget to eat something.
If you’re able to join your techie on their birthday, why not take them out to their favorite restaurant?
- Reserve Ahead — A lot of restaurants these days have online reservation forms on their website, or you can also try Open Table. It allows you to make free online reservations at more than 40,000 restaurants worldwide. It’s available for both iOS and Android devices.
- Eat-In — If your techie is too busy and can’t go out, you can still bring their favorite meals to them through delivery apps like UberEats, Seamless, DoorDash, and GrubHub.
Deliver Some Cake
If your techie is so busy, that making some time for a meal out wouldn’t be a reality, why not send them some cake? The day before their birthday, choose the cake you want to send to them and schedule it for delivery the next day.
A lot of bakeries and cake shops these days have online stores where you can place your order. and they’ll handle the rest. Even Amazon sells birthday cakes these days.
If you want to take it one step further and really show the techie how much you care, you can also bake your own cake.
If baking’s not your thing, you can try getting a sheet cake from your local grocery and just adding a “Happy Birthday” cake topper or other decorative cake toppers to help you personalize the cake according to your techie’s personality. You can even make DIY cake toppers by printing them out and attaching them to toothpicks.
By the time the big day rolls around, I’m sure they would really love that cake you just sent them.
Send an E-Card
Back in the day, we usually send birthday cards through the local post office. While getting a card in the mail is always a fantastic experience, it tends to be a little slow.
But now, thanks to technology, you can now send the birthday celebrant a card via email. No need to wait for the mail truck to arrive at your doorstep.
There are lots of e-card options to choose from. Surely there’s one e-card for every type of techie.
Best of all, they’re all absolutely free.
Video Call a Happy Birthday Song
Much as we wish we could be where our techies are, sometimes this just isn’t possible. The next best thing is to dial them in on Skype, Facetime, or Hangouts to sing them a birthday song on video.
I’m sure they will appreciate seeing your face and hearing your voice on-screen. Even if you tend to sing off-key most of the time.
Tweet their Favorite Celebrity to Greet them a Happy Birthday
Maybe your techie is a fan of a particular actor, musician, or celebrity. If they are, check out if said celebrity has a Twitter account (and that they personally run it).
Once you figure that out, tweet that celebrity to see if they can give your techie a special birthday shout-out on social media. If you’re lucky, they’re happy to oblige, which can make your techie’s special day even more special.
Surprise Your Techie With a Gift Card
Let’s face it: subscription costs add up to a lot of money year-after-year. You can give your techie some gift cards to their chosen subscription.
Gift cards are always a great option because they’re easy to use, and can stack up over multiple months.
Give Them a Tech Break
Sometimes, the best gift you can give your techie is free time away from the gadgets. You can have all the gifts in the world, but nothing beats the present of sharing time with them.
Here are some tech-free ways you can spend more time with your techie:
- Go for a walk.
- Play board games together
- Watch a live band
- Head to the beach
- Volunteer at a local charity or community soup kitchen
- Visit a museum
There are many more things you can do. The most important part is to ditch your phones and just focus on spending time together and build on the relationships that count.
Here are some of the best tech gifts you can give in this video from TheTechMag:
Whew. I think it’s time to walk away from the electronics and enjoy a nice dinner with my family. And of course, top it off with a piece of cake!
Do you know of more ways to greet a techie happy birthday? Let us know in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 22, 2008, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.