15 Office Birthday Ideas to Celebrate Employees (2022)

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Annie Shapiro 04.01.22

Celebrating employee birthdays never gets old. Between the confetti, balloons, and cake, office birthday parties offer employees a brief respite from their day-to-day, not to mention an opportunity to appreciate peers.


With early autumn accounting for the majority of birthdays—Namely’s database shows that September 14 is the most popular birthday date—what better time to unwrap how companies are celebrating? We asked professionals across different industries how they celebrated birthdays in the office:

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1. Enjoy a Team Lunch

“We celebrate each employee’s birthday with lunch at the office (from the place of their choice) and dessert. We decorate the conference room and give the honoree a birthday card signed by everyone in the office. During lunch, we talk about the honoree’s birthday plans and enjoy each other’s company.”

— Vladimir Gendelman, Company Folders


2. Remember Remote Workers

“Each month, our offices have monthly birthday parties to celebrate those who had a birthday that month. However, we also have a number of home-based workers who we aren’t able to celebrate in the office. We do something extra special for them to ensure they know they are loved and made to feel special on their birthday. Each of our home-based employees is sent a custom mug with a hand-illustrated portrait and card wishing them a happy birthday. While we know it’s not the same as being able to celebrate their special day with others, we hope it makes them feel a little more part of our Inuvo family.”

— Amanda Hughes Propst, Inuvo


3. Recognize Employees at All-Hands

“Our company has a monthly all-hands meeting in our common area. We go over exciting things happening, have a different department present what they’re working on, and [cover] the usual housekeeping stuff. At the end of each meeting, our CEO reads off a list of everyone with a birthday that month and has them come to the front of the room. As a group they’re sung to and everyone enjoys some kind of company-provided treat. With 130+ employees, we’re just big enough to keep it fun and still make sure it’s a little awkward for those being sung to.”

— Heather Mercier, ExpertVoice

4. Be Creative

“I like to surprise my contractors with something creative...The latest present [I gave] was a spa package for one of my writers. She’s a mom that works from home, and I thought she could use some me time. It really meant a lot to her that I made the extra effort to think of something she might like. With so many options online, there's really no excuse. Nowadays, you can send a SendOutCard, a gift basket, flowers, movie passes, even legendary pizza from Chicago or New York (I'm planning on doing that this Christmas)...it's really endless.”

James Heidebrecht, Policy Architects

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5. Give Extra Time-Off

"At our digital marketing agency, birthdays are acknowledged by giving a free day of paid vacation within your birthday month. Although the office doesn't do a group event or celebration, it enables our staff to spend their birthday doing whatever they like most!"

— Christine Kilbride,Majux Marketing


6. Go for the Gifs

“At Aceable, one team member will realize it's another team members birthday and will call it out in a Slack channel. Then, all employees will proceed to share a birthday or celebration themed gif based on the birthday honoree's personal likes and interests (or just the weirdest gif we can find).”

— Amanda Hagley, Aceable


7. Host a Cake Day

At Trupanion, there are more than 500 employees (not to mention 300 dogs and a few brave cats that come into the office). With so many team members, we celebrate employee birthdays once a month with a highly anticipated Cake Day. Imagine, once a month a lunchroom is filled with 20-30 cakes of all shapes, sizes and varieties – carrot cake, ice cream cake, chocolate cake, cheesecake, fudge cake, Boston cream pie, coconut cake and more. We also make sure to have a few vegan cakes on hand!

We also list all the employees who have birthdays during that particular month in a company-wide email so if people spot them they can give them a birthday high five as they go grab a piece of cake.”

— Michael Nank, Trupanion


8. Personalize a Thoughtful Note

“At Blueboard, we love recognizing top employees, so we make a big deal out of birthdays and anniversaries. Because we're still a growing company (~50 employees), we have the ability make each one personalized. Volunteer Culture Crews across our main offices are tasked with gathering submissions for a shared Kudoboard, dedicated to the birthday guy or gal (an interactive birthday card where anyone can post notes, videos, gifs, or photos), as well as organize a gathering break centered around the employee's favorite food or snack. We'll unveil the Kudoboard as we gather to sing happy birthday, and give the employee time to read through the wall of notes.

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— Morgan Chaney, Blueboard


9. Offer a Birthday Breakfast

“Our birthday tradition is largely breakfast-based. The birthday boy or girl gets to choose what they want for breakfast and the whole office benefits. This usually takes the form of bagels or donuts—though I don't think there is a requirement that the food be round and holey. If that wasn't enough, someone usually queues up the heavy metal happy birthday song unique to the name of the special person for the Sonos.”

— Sean Flannigan, coolblueweb


10. Give a Customizable Gift

“Our birthday tradition is two-fold! On our birthday the entire team goes out to lunch at the restaurant of our choice! The second part (my favorite) is a $150 credit towards shoes. Last month for my birthday I got to design some custom Nike's that I'd been eyeing for months.”

— Devin Stagg, Pupford


11. Involve Senior Management

“We like to make our employees feel special on their birthdays by sending a personalized birthday card. For each employee, a member of our senior management writes a personalized note—either the CEO, COO or CTO—to indicate how important they are to the team. The rest of the team in the office signs as well.”

— Lindsay Lutz, TenantBase

12. Decorate Desks

"Our team members celebrate birthdays in the office by decorating desks for the occasion. They cover the computer screens with taped on, cut out memes, add a 'happy birthday!' banner, and include fun accessories like flowers and little sweet treats all around their keypads."

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— Deborah Sweeney, MyCorporation.com

13. Other Local Treats

The day before the employee’s birthday, we order cookies from a legendary local cookie chain here in Austin called Tiff’s Treats. It’s something everyone in the office looks forward to and is a fun way to celebrate birthdays with a really awesome local treat to break up the day in the middle of the afternoon.”

— Kris Hughes, ProjectManager.com

14. Group Birthdays by Month

“When we were small, celebrating birthdays was pretty easy, but as we grew we had to figure out a scalable way to recognize everybody. I got an idea from reading the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg—she talks about how at Facebook, as they scaled, the company adopted a monthly birthday party with a sheet cake with a square with everybody’s name on it. We started doing that this year, and it’s turned out to be a great way to recognize everybody on their birthday month—without wearing everybody out with multiple birthday parties every day.”

— Zach Hendrix, GreenPal


15. Make a Charitable Donation

“At GoodHire, each location has its own traditions, but celebration and recognition are important. At the Bay Area office, we have a monthly celebration of birthdays and anniversaries with cake and snacks. We also decorate the team members’ workspace on their birthday (and anniversary) with balloons and such, and they receive a greeting card and a small donation to a charity they support.”

— Marielle Smith, GoodHire


And if those fifteen ideas don’t inspire you, one of our favorite traditions comes from across the pond—Alistair Dodds of Smoking Chili Media in the UK shared that every company he’s worked for flips the equation: “It's always up to the employee whose birthday it is to bring in cakes for the rest of the office! I've always found it rather bemusing, but it’s what employees and the team expect, so I'm happy to go along with it… ‘Happy birthday! Now where's our cake?!!’”

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FAQs

How do businesses celebrate birthdays? ›

10 Ways To Celebrate Company Birthdays
  1. Hold a competition - internal or external! ...
  2. Set up a birthday gift redemption site - vouchers/coupons with codes sent via email to clients and staff to choose from a selection of branded birthday gifts. ...
  3. Send personalised, limited-edition thank you gifts to clients.
Jul 27, 2022

What can I do instead of a birthday party? ›

Instead, we now celebrate their birthdays by taking the day off from school (we homeschool, so this works well for our family) and going somewhere fun. It is always something simple like a local park or playground, museum, mini-golf, bowling, the beach, or a new hiking spot.

How do I start a birthday club at work? ›

Work Birthday Clubs

Organize a birthday club for your co-workers. Ask twenty people to contribute $25 per person. The fee will go toward providing a cake and office party (during the lunch break, of course) once a month. Get co-workers to sign a birthday card for each birthday person during each month.

Should birthdays be celebrated at work? ›

Office celebrations can be a great way to acknowledge and celebrate employees if done with respect and professionalism. Even when handling something as simple as a birthday announcement, whenever dealing with personal employee information, never assume and always ask before releasing it to others.

What should I gift my team? ›

35 fun and unique team gift ideas for work
  1. Mini arcade game machine. Surprise your team members with a super fun gift idea — a mini arcade game machine. ...
  2. Candy hamper. ...
  3. Succulents or small plants. ...
  4. Virtual gift card. ...
  5. Fresh baked goods. ...
  6. Board games. ...
  7. Throw blanket. ...
  8. Audiobook subscription.
Jul 20, 2022

Can you give an employee a birthday gift? ›

Can an employer give a gift to an employee? Yes, an employer can give a gift to an employee. But there are tax implications depending on whether the gift is: an entertainment or non-entertainment gift, and.

How do businesses celebrate 15 years? ›

Here are some fantastic work anniversary ideas that your employees will love.
  1. Customized Company Swag. ...
  2. Create A Service Award Program. ...
  3. Give Them A Shout Out On Social Media (LinkedIn) ...
  4. Check Something Off Their Bucket List. ...
  5. Create A Commemorative Video For Them. ...
  6. Offer To Pay For An Online Course To Learn A New Skill.

How can I celebrate my boss's birthday in office? ›

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  1. Gift card. A gift card is a great way to provide a thoughtful gift to your boss while remaining within reason. ...
  2. Gift basket. ...
  3. Mug or drink holder. ...
  4. Desk toy. ...
  5. Specialty coffee or tea. ...
  6. Office plant and planter. ...
  7. Business card holder. ...
  8. Notebook set.

How do you celebrate staff? ›

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  1. Surprise them. Did someone from sales land a big client? ...
  2. Show them the money. ...
  3. Shout it from the rooftops. ...
  4. Get them out of the office. ...
  5. Say thank you. ...
  6. Dedicate time in your next one on one meeting to discuss. ...
  7. Let them learn. ...
  8. Give extra vacation time.
Feb 16, 2021

Why is it important to celebrate employee birthdays? ›

A morale-booster

Seeking joy and finding reasons to celebrate, such as a birthday, also has the valuable business benefit of increasing morale. It makes people feel appreciated and brings staff together, both of which help to form deeper relationships between team members and across the organisation.

Is it OK to not have a birthday party? ›

Most psychologist say that having a party for every birthday is not necessary. Children need to learn how to distinguish the difference between age even when they do not have a birthday party.

How can I make my 13th birthday special? ›

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  1. Go on a scavenger hunt. ...
  2. Hotel night. ...
  3. Manicure or spa party. ...
  4. Host a waffle party. ...
  5. Head to a baseball game. ...
  6. Movie night. ...
  7. At-home camping slumber party. ...
  8. Amusement park.
Jun 13, 2022

Should birthdays be celebrated at work? ›

Office celebrations can be a great way to acknowledge and celebrate employees if done with respect and professionalism. Even when handling something as simple as a birthday announcement, whenever dealing with personal employee information, never assume and always ask before releasing it to others.

Can you share employee birthdays? ›

Answer. There's no law against it, but some employees may feel that announcing their birthday violates their privacy. While it's great that you want to recognize your employees and celebrate with them, I recommend not announcing an employee's birthday without first getting their permission.

How can I celebrate my boss's birthday in office? ›

30 birthday gift ideas for your boss
  1. Gift card. A gift card is a great way to provide a thoughtful gift to your boss while remaining within reason. ...
  2. Gift basket. ...
  3. Mug or drink holder. ...
  4. Desk toy. ...
  5. Specialty coffee or tea. ...
  6. Office plant and planter. ...
  7. Business card holder. ...
  8. Notebook set.

How do you celebrate staff? ›

13 Employee Appreciation Ideas That Don't Suck
  1. Surprise them. Did someone from sales land a big client? ...
  2. Show them the money. ...
  3. Shout it from the rooftops. ...
  4. Get them out of the office. ...
  5. Say thank you. ...
  6. Dedicate time in your next one on one meeting to discuss. ...
  7. Let them learn. ...
  8. Give extra vacation time.
Feb 16, 2021

Why is birthday celebration important in office? ›

Another reason to have an employee birthday celebration in the workplace is to enhance employee engagement, which, in turn, boosts productivity. When an employee feels rewarded and recognized, it increases their company loyalty and morale, making them want to work harder and do a good job.

Why do we celebrate birthday in office? ›

A morale-booster

Seeking joy and finding reasons to celebrate, such as a birthday, also has the valuable business benefit of increasing morale. It makes people feel appreciated and brings staff together, both of which help to form deeper relationships between team members and across the organisation.

Why is it important to celebrate your employees? ›

Celebrating team accomplishments and having workplace celebrations gives employees a chance to bond and get to know each other. Personal connections help people work together better. The break from a day to day work day helps to recharge the staff and keep them focused and better able to focus when they return to work.

Is an employee's date of birth confidential? ›

This data, which can pertain to age, sex, religion, race or national origin, must remain confidential. Similarly, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and spousal information also must remain confidential within employee personnel files.

Is date of birth considered confidential? ›

Confidential Employee Information

Confidential employee personal and professional information includes but is not limited to: Personal data: Social Security Number, date of birth, marital status, and mailing address.

How do you announce birthday? ›

For an adult's birthday, you might want to place several ads in several local papers, stating the birthday person's full name, age and a simple birthday wish. For example, you might write, "Happy 35th Birthday, Jane. Hope this is the best year ever.

How do I start a birthday club at work? ›

Work Birthday Clubs

Organize a birthday club for your co-workers. Ask twenty people to contribute $25 per person. The fee will go toward providing a cake and office party (during the lunch break, of course) once a month. Get co-workers to sign a birthday card for each birthday person during each month.

How do people celebrate birthdays differently? ›

  1. 01 of 50. Plan a Spa Day. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images. ...
  2. 02 of 50. Make Prime Dinner Reservations. d3sign/Getty Images. ...
  3. 03 of 50. Buy Yourself a Gift. ...
  4. 04 of 50. Book a Luxurious Stay at a Boutique Hotel. ...
  5. 05 of 50. Go on a Vineyard Getaway. ...
  6. 06 of 50. Plan a Trip to See a Friend. ...
  7. 07 of 50. Escape to the Beach. ...
  8. 08 of 50. Rent a Food Truck.
Dec 16, 2020

How do you appreciate office staff? ›

  1. Acknowledge accomplishments right away. The easiest way to recognize your employees for good work is to acknowledge their contributions right away. ...
  2. Write a thank-you note. ...
  3. Thank your team publicly. ...
  4. Celebrate traditions. ...
  5. Ignore small mistakes. ...
  6. Give a financial incentive. ...
  7. Offer extra time off. ...
  8. Buy lunch for your team.

What can I do for staff appreciation? ›

35 Remote-Friendly Employee Appreciation Ideas
  • Highlight Employees On Social Media. ...
  • Send A Care Package. ...
  • Send Company Swag To Team Members. ...
  • Send A Thank You Note. ...
  • Provide A Home Office Upgrade. ...
  • Utilize Software To Streamline Employee Appreciation. ...
  • Give Out A Meeting Pass. ...
  • Subsidize Vacation Expenses.

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