How to celebrate your child’s birthday in lockdown and where to buy gifts

The UK’s coronavirus lockdown has meant many people having to put special celebrations, such as weddings and parties, on hold in the wake of the pandemic.

And for many younger family members, that’s also meant having to shelve plans for birthday parties – with children forced to celebrate their big day in lockdown instead.

Of course there are still plenty of ways you can make your child’s birthday special, even if you have to celebrate it at home – but what’s the best way to give them a birthday to remember, and what about those all-important gifts?

Here’s just a few suggestions…

How to celebrate your child’s birthday in lockdown
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While you might not be able to throw your child a birthday party with their friends, or take them on a birthday outing, there’s no shortage of ideas online about how you can still celebrate in lockdown.

You could throw them a virtual party for example, with guests attending via Zoom or another online meeting room – either organise the games and entertainment yourself, or consider enlisting the help of a virtual party entertainer, with many party performers having taken their services online and able to do their thing via video link.

If a party isn’t their thing, you can arrange for close relatives to pitch in on a video call to the birthday boy or girl – or if you have a garden you could make use of it, by organising a treasure hunt (this is also something you could do around the house).

And if you’re organising a birthday for an older child or a teenager, you could take advantage of services such as Netflix Party to host a virtual movie night for your teen and their friends – BBC iPlayer has also recently launched its own extension, BBC Together, which works in a similar way.

Other people celebrating birthday in lockdown have found other ways to get creative – with camping trips in the living-room for example – and celebrities have also found ways to mark their kids’ big days.

Where to buy birthday gifts for kids during lockdown
While non-essential retailers are closed at the moment, you can still order kids’ birthday gifts and cards online – but bear in mind that many retailers are taking a little bit longer than usual to deliver, so that’s something to bear in mind when you’re ordering presents.

Toy store The Entertainer is offering Fast Track on some of its items, promising delivery on those in three working days (and 10 days for everything else), while companies including Wicked Uncle, Bright Minds, Smyths Toys and Prezzybox also has a good selection of kids’ gifts and is delivering as normal.

And of course there’s always Amazon, which has a huge range of kids’ gifts as well as party supplies if you’re planning to throw a virtual bash.

For cards, the likes of Moonpig, Funky Pigeon, Thortful and Scribbler all deliver – with selections available for children of all ages.

And if your child’s birthday just wouldn’t be complete without Colin The Caterpillar you can even send cake, with M&S having recently launched a range of cake hampers for those celebrating their birthday in lockdown.

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