Celebrating Half Birthdays

Yes, 1/2 birthdays are a thing!

A couple days ago I got to enjoy the most wonderful surprise – out of nowhere my fiance showed up in the living room with presents for me for my half birthday! I got a nice, fluffy new body pillow that I totally needed, a Sephora gift card, and a couple of my favourite bath products. (I haven’t gotten into the habit of photo documenting my life yet so, sorry, I don’t have pictures!)

Although we’ve celebrated half birthdays in the past, we only did it once and I completely forgot about them this year so it was a great little surprise!

I’m sharing because I think everyone should consider surprising a loved one (or even just someone you know who could use some cheering up) with this fun mini celebration, and I’ll tell you why.

Particularly the very first time that you celebrate someone’s half birthday, you can expect to get a pretty awesome reaction. I was brought to tears at how sweet and thoughtful it was since there was no reason at all for him to give me a gift other than remembering one particular day which I wouldn’t have even noticed had passed.

Most people don’t have a clue when their half birthday is, so this is a big part of what makes it great. Surprise gifts are always better given than gifts that come with expectation or from obligation. To be sure, I absolutely love giving presents for regular birthdays and for Christmas, but a half birthday is just a bit sweeter somehow, and there are all kinds of reasons to celebrate it.

Anyone who is in a relationship could benefit from doing this, even (and especially) if it’s not every year. It can be a one time thing you do to show some affection just because, and there’s no commitment to celebrate every single year as there is with Christmas and birthdays. If you do celebrate it every year that is totally fun too, but at some point people will start to remember the date and it could come to be an expectation. I suggest skipping some years and keeping the surprise factor!

If you’re single with a love interest, a carefully chosen gift at an unexpected time could be just the break you’re waiting for.

If your birthday falls on a major holiday like Christmas or even if it falls on the same day as someone else’s birthday who you don’t care to share it with, you could decide to celebrate your half birthday instead! (Does anybody actually like having a Christmas birthday?)

You can even use it as an excuse to just throw a party, and decorate with the ‘half’ theme, like making half cookies or serving a half birthday cake, for example.

If you want to have some fun and give this a try, you’ll need to first determine the date, which is actually slightly trickier than it sounds. There are a few different ways you can approach it:

  1. The simplest way is to add 6 months to their actual birthday. This way, as my birthday is March 5th, my half birthday became September 5th.
  2. To accurately calculate the exact date, you need to add 182.5 days to the birth date. (counting days on the calendar seems pretty tedious, so I’ve never done it this way)
  3. Check out this half birthday calculator for the exact date with leap years factored in. This site tells me September 3rd.

But the date is not what is important, really, and it’s not the gifts either. The point is that you are taking the time to show someone that you love them, in whatever way you choose, for no reason other than that you want to make them smile.

You could bake them a cake, give them a nice card that you have personally written to them in, or take them out for dinner or a favourite activity. You could finally finish a task that they’ve been nagging you about. Just think of whatever would be special to that person and do that.


Taking the time to think of them is an expression of love, and I fully believe in making sure that you take the time in life to show people that you love them, and putting in the effort to make fond memories with those people. When you show your love and appreciation for others, it strengthens the bonds you hold with them.

You are letting them know that to you, they are someone really special who is worth thinking of, and that is always a worthwhile effort.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

– Maya Angelou



Has anyone else here celebrated some half birthdays? If you have, share how it went and what you did! If not, are you considering it now?