5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Birthdays Online

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No birthday goes uncelebrated on the internet. Before you blow
the candles and cut that cake, check these websites and guides for
a happy birthday.

In a world where everything is going digital, why not birthday
celebrations too? From virtual birthday parties on video calls to
apps that pump up the special day, the internet has it all. You can
get a free Happy Birthday song, create a fake newspaper with your
details, or check out intergalactic happenings on your
birthday.

1. How to Host a Virtual Birthday Party on Video Chat Apps Like
Zoom

Check these guides for tips and tricks to host a virtual birthday party celebration on zoom or video call

The first thought that pops into one’s head about an online
birthday celebration is to do a birthday party on a video call. How
do you do that though? And is it any fun? Well, a few people tried
it, and they’re sharing tips and tricks to have an entertaining
remote birthday party video call.

  1. How to Celebrate a Birthday During the Coronavirus Showdown by

    The New York Times
  2. How to Celebrate a Birthday While Social Distancing by
    Refinery29
  3. I Threw a Virtual Birthday Party and 46 People Came, Here’s
    What I Learned by
    Inc.

All three posts are worth reading and offer a range of advice,
hacks, and tips. They have a few common words of wisdom for virtual
birthday parties.

First and foremost, allow for some advance planning for
participants. Ensure most people know each other. Have a common
activity, like a drink or food you can all eat at the same time, or
a fun dress code like party hats. And whoever hosts the party
should have a few topics they can involve all people in, or ask
them to prepare in advance.

Naturally, a virtual birthday celebration isn’t going to be as
fun as a real one. But if circumstances dictate such limitations,
then you can still have a merry old birthday. All you need then is
Zoom or any of the
great Zoom alternative video chat apps
.

2. 1 Happy Birthday
(Web): Free Birthday Song, Movie Clips, Trivia, and More

1 Happy Birthday has a free custom birthday song with your name in it

1HappyBirthday.com has a customized birthday song maker. Search
for your name on the website, and if it’s listed, download the
free song wishing you a happy birthday. It’s not the usual Happy
Birthday song, but a different peppy and lively number.

The collection of names is surprisingly large, including odd
ones that you might not easily find. In our search, we found most
of the MakeUseOf staff’s names.

Apart from the song, every bit of audio you want related to
birthdays, you’ll find on this site. In Movie Birthday Wishes,
you’ll find famous quotes from movies as audio clips that you can
play or download. It collects pop-rock birthday songs, Spanish and
Mexican birthday songs, and lyrics for all of them.

1Happy Birthday also hosts a bunch of mini birthday games. Enter
any birth date to find exactly how many days, weeks, months, or
years old that person is. Get random information and trivia about
things that happened on your birthday. Or play the “Younger or
Older” game if you like pop culture.

3. My Birthday Hits
(Web, Spotify): Playlist of the #1 Hit Song on Every Birthday

My Birthday Hits creates a playlist of chart topping songs on your birthday each year

Would you like to know which song was topping the charts on the
day you were born, or every birthday after that? My Birthday Hits
has the answer. And it will quickly create a playlist of all these
songs on Spotify.

Key in your birth date and the website generates a grid of the
#1 song in the USA on that date each yet. Click any song to open it
with an embedded YouTube video, and a bit more information about
how long it stayed at the top. My Birthday Hits also throws in the
top movie and the top book of that year, if you’re
interested.

At the bottom of the results page where you input your birthday,
you’ll find playlist options. You can copy-paste a text file of
all songs, and search and add them to a playlist in your favorite
music streaming app. Or grab the Spotify track list and add it to a
playlist. It’s a little time-consuming, but the end result is
fun.

My Birthday Hits has a catalog of hit songs going back to the
1940s. So if you’re less than 80 years old, you’ll get a list
of every hit on your birthday (or any special date).

4.
What Did the Hubble See on Your Birthday
? (Web): Space Events
on Your Birth Date

What did the Hubble Telescope see on your birthday? Check NASA's mini-site for a galactic birthday celebration

We’re just a tiny speck in our galaxy, let alone the whole
universe. But while we’re exploring the Earth, the Hubble
Telescope is exploring the Milky Way, constantly photographing
events for over 30 years. What if something cool happened on your
birthday?

This official NASA mini-site lets you find the universe’s
highlight on your birthday. You can only filter by month and day,
not by year, which is a bit of a bummer. But you’ll quickly
forget about that limitation as the site brings up a galactic event
with a colorized photo.

The image comes with a short description educating you about its
significance. You can also visit the Hubble site link to learn more
about it, as well as related trivia. On a day when many consider
their own mortality and meaning, it’s marvelous to get this big
picture perspective.

5. The Birthday
Times
(Web): Create a Fake Newspaper Birthday Gift

Create a fake newspaper of your birth date at The Birthday Times

Newspaper pages are a cool way to commemorate birthdays. The
Birthday Times lets you create a fake newspaper page from the day
you were born, but goes a long way in trying to look authentic.
It’s filled with little things to bring that era alive while
customizing it to you. Add your name and birth date, with the year,
to begin.

The Birthday Times has 10 elements, starting with a big headline
announcing your arrival. Then the US President of that time visits
you, followed by a wrap-up of news events of that year.

Other elements of that year include a sports event, the Academy
Awards, musical hits, and even an ad of that era. Surprisingly,
more than all the words, the ad provides a unique and cool feel for
the era that’s hard to replicate.

You can purchase a PDF copy of this newspaper front page for
$3.99, or have it printed and sent to you for $5.99. You can’t
change the text, but if you want to customize the newspaper, you
could try making your own through free templates like Make My
Newspaper
.

What About Birthday Gifts?

Online birthday celebrations are great, but the gifts get a
little difficult. Sure, if you ordered them well in advance to ship
in time, that works.

But if it’s last-minute or unavailable, you can send a

cash gift online in a creative way
. It’s a nice compromise
that still looks and feels like a gift, not the digital equivalent
of cash stuffed in an envelope.

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5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Birthdays Online