(Closed) Is Dinner a Birthday Gift?

posted 7 years ago in Relationships
  • poll: Is going out to dinner an appropriate birthday gift?
    Yes : (142 votes)
    51 %
    No : (60 votes)
    22 %
    Depends... (elaborate below) : (75 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
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    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

     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
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    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
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    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Yeah. I always treat my husband to dinner for his birthday. But he gets more than that. 

    Post # 23
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    470 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    9094 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Sure. Why not? Why do you need something physical outside a meal?

    Post # 25
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    1511 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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
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    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    11744 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
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    Wannabee

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
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    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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!

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