Everyday life has changed dramatically since the onset of COVID-19. And while we’re all looking forward to resuming a more normal routine, important milestones are passing by in the meantime, including birthdays and anniversaries. 

While you might want to have second celebrations later in the year, don’t completely skip over these special events! There are still plenty of ways to celebrate, even during quarantine. We hope you find inspiration in these suggestions and that the memories you make are all the more special for the added creativity. 

Hold a Zoom Party – Whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary, it’s a big day! Everyone deserves to feel special on these occasions. Even though you can’t invite friends and family over to your house, or go out to that favorite restaurant, you can shine the spotlight on them by holding a virtual party. Coordinate a time with your closest friends and family and get everyone in a virtual meeting together. You can share memories, raise a toast, and celebrate the joy of the passing years — even during quarantine. 

Coordinate an Avalanche of Cards – Now that we are forced to stay away from friends and family, receiving snail mail has become even more meaningful. Hit up your loved ones and ask them to mail a card this year for the special occasion, whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary. The lucky couple, or birthday boy/girl, won’t feel forgotten when they have a whole pile of cards to open. 

** Upgrade **: Don’t send cash — they might spend it on toilet paper. Include a gift card instead! Gift cards are the perfect way to both support small businesses during quarantine, as well as give your loved one something to look forward to. In some cases, you can even save money — Cloud 9 Living is offering 25% off all eGift Cards! That’s 100% the same experience, at a substantial discount, to be enjoyed whenever it’s convenient.  

Make a Special Dinner – While perhaps not the most original idea, this one’s a classic for a reason. Make it special, even if you can’t recreate the setting from your favorite restaurant. If you’re celebrating an anniversary, enjoy making a meal together, light some candles, tell the kids it’s open season on electronic devices, and focus on one another. For birthday parties, make an extra large cake. Cake makes everyone happy. 

** Upgrade **: Sign up to take a cooking class together. When we are released from quarantine, you’ll be ready to not only get out of the house but also improve your cooking skills. Cloud 9 Living offers unique culinary adventures across the country, including things like private sushi lessons and exclusive crepe making experiences.

Get Takeout – Odds are good that your favorite restaurant is offering takeout during this time of social distancing. They are guaranteed to appreciate your business! Order something extravagant to mark the special occasion. If it’s an anniversary and you have kids, try to create some space for the evening so that you and your partner can reminisce and celebrate your history together. If it’s a birthday, invite friends and family to join you virtually and show off the good grub. 

Focus on Hobbies/Activities – There are many hobbies, especially outdoor activities, that have been put on hold during the quarantine. Give the special someone something to look forward to! Whether it’s golf, kayaking, or aviation, you can purchase an experience gift from Cloud 9 Living. They never expire, so you don’t have to worry about deadlines. 

** Upgrade **: Order something online that can be opened on the big day, and then later used as part of the experience gift (e.g., golf balls, goggles, sunglasses, etc.) Make it a themed evening by watching a movie or documentary on the same topic. Get creative! 

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