Post # 17
I consider it a bday gift if you’re taking a friend out/paying for their dinner. I wouldn’t consider going out with Darling Husband to be a gift because we share money and eat out frequently anyway.
ETA – ok, I may consider it a gift if Darling Husband had put a lot of thought into where to go and surprised me by taking me to a really nice place we wouldn’t usually go.
Post # 18
Depends on where it’s at. My favorite restaurant, yes–FI and I did a joint birthday dinner (our birthdays are 12 days apart) at our favorite Indian restaurant that we never get to this year, but that’s also because we’re pretty broke.
Post # 19
I consider eating out or a nice home cooked dinner a gift. To me it’s about making the person feel special and acknowledging the day. Plus we just went out to dinner last night for my birthday at a nice Italian restaurant. My hubby had won a gift certificate to the restaurant a while back and my birthday was reason to cash it in. 🙂
Post # 20
My FI’s birthday is on Wednesday, and his gifts involve going out to a special restaurant. If reservations are needed and it is out of the ordinary, then yes, it is a gift. For my birthday heis doing the same thing– a regular place isn’t a gift, but where we are going is clearly an extra special event
Post # 21
I’d honestly rather have dinner as a birthday gift than material items. I like time spent with loved ones far more than I like just…stuff.
Post # 22
Yeah. I always treat my husband to dinner for his birthday. But he gets more than that.
Post # 23
Meh, I could really care less about gifts. They do not make me feel warm and fuzzy. A dinner out and a massage or something would be not only perfect but preferred.
Post # 24
Sure. Why not? Why do you need something physical outside a meal?
Post # 25
I think it depends on your situation.
My fiance and I often go out for a “nicer” dinner as a birthday gift and then may get a little something for one another as well. We aren’t huge birthday people, though, so neither of us would really be too upset if we only did dinner, only did a small gift, etc. If you and your significant other love elaborate birthday celebrations, it may not work for you.
Post # 26
Agree with pps that it is a gift from friends and coworkers but probably not an SO. I would also consider it a gift from relatives I don’t see often.
Post # 27
if we go to a very nice restaurant we would be fine with it as a gift, but generally we get each other a gift too.
Post # 28
Definitely. I love going out for sushi for my birthday. I like experiences more than gifts.
Dh likes to go out for sushi or steak for his birthday. One year I got him a flying lesson, one year I took him to a waterpark. We prefer experiences.
Post # 29
It depends – if the dinner was made or bought with specific intent to be enjoyable/special to the person, then yes. If my SO were to make reservations at a place he knew I would love and take me there specifically for my birthday, I would be totally happy with that as a gift! Now, if he randomly took me to some burger joint and expected that to be my gift, I wouldn’t be super happy lol.
Post # 30
FH and I don’t get to go out to eat that much, so if he were to take me to my favorite place to eat, I would consider that a gift. I’m not a picky person though, and I love food, so dinner is enough of a gift for me. He usually gets me a card and some of my favorite candy too.
Post # 31
We usually do dinner out, birthday person chooses where, and no gifts. We often end up at our favorite neighborhood dive; we’re happy there, their food is great, and it’s dirt cheap!