Sunday 18 October 2020

Birthday surprise ideas for daughter

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Ideas for the best birthday surprise gift for your daughter could be a special outfit to dress up in on her special day, if she is young, or a bouquet of fresh flowers with some elegant mocktails if she is older! Here's how to surprise your daughter on her birthday - whether it's her 6th birthday or 18th birthday, her 14th birthday or 21st birthday, here are some unforgettable surprise ideas she's bound to love!

PS Scroll down to find unique and creative daughter surprise ideas at the bottom of this post! 

How can I celebrate my daughter's birthday?

 Early morning birthday surprise ideas include pancakes or waffles, with all the toppings, keeping to a theme like her favourite gaming franchise, her favourite Disney princess, her favourite toy ie a Barbie birthday theme, or even her favourite colour! You could order her a giant cookie through the post, buy her flowers, fill a room full of balloons or order huge number balloons for her to have a photo with, surprise her with a surprise birthday trip... there are so many fun ideas for all ages!  

No cost and lowest ever cost daughter gifts ideas 

1. Make her a novelty shaped cupcake pullapart 

This looks amazing and is so much fun to eat! Simply arrange your plain cupcakes in a desired shape or formation - for example, a heart shape or arrange in number formation to represent her age - then ice them all together as one, creating one whole shape, like joining the dots. 

2. DIY her some custom chocolates 

You can have so much fun with this! Why not craft your own chocolates to make them perfectly match your recipient's tastes. You could make them tiara shaped - or any novelty shape - and infuse them with popping candy and fun candy pieces.

3. Put together a playdough kit for her 

This is such a fun sensory gift idea for young kids that is also low cost and easy to DIY! To make some playdough, you only need a few ingredients from your cupboard or pantry! We love this playdough tutorial hereYou could even order one ready made, complete with adorable accessories, if short on time! 

Unicorn themed ready made playdough kit πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

4. Bake her a life size cookie face portrait 

Nothing is cooler or more special! You could even try to make it life size, it's such a funny and creative gift idea they are sure to love!

5. DIY a sugar cookie flower bouquet

A bouquet of sugar cookie flowers! Bake the sticks in to the cookies in the oven, then ice them to look like flowers and arrange them in a beautiful bouquet formation, tied with a ribbon! Alternatively arrange them in an adorable jar - or if you are short on time, why not opt for these adorable gift ready sugar cookie blooms! You can keep them in the jar as an adorable gift, or use them to create your sugar cookie flower bouquet - gift them a whole bouquet of edible flowers! 

Ready made jar of sugar cookie flowers πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

6. Bake her a huge cookie

Just like the giant 'Millie's Cookies' gifts that are all over social media, but it will mean so much more as you have made it yourself!

7. Bake her a bento cake πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are so cute! These mini scale cakes are perfect to gift your recipient and you can get so creative with the decor and message you choose to give.

8. Paint her portrait 

You could even create a piece of beautiful line drawing style artwork, that looks modern and contemporary and super stylish! To do this, challenge yourself to draw her picture, using a photo of her as reference, without taking your pen off the paper! It might take a while to get in to the swing of it, but try to keep it as simple and minimalist as possible to create the effect. 

9. Make her a pet portrait

Create a beautiful portrait of their pet, a special gift they are sure to treasure always! You could use any medium or materials for this, opting for paint, magazine cutouts or even crafting it out of colourful sweets or candy!

10. Make her some cute scrapbooking stickers 

To make this you will just need a printer and some blank printable a4 sticker sheets, that people use for making labels. Then just put together some pages of cute designs from the web, or even design your own! Then simply print them by loading the blank a4 sticker printer paper in to the printer, and set to print as normal! 

You could even make her a blank scrapbook to go with it, by gathering some paper together and sewing the pages down the middle, to create the binding. 

11. Make her a cookie decorating set 

Gift her a set of plain un decorated sugar cookies and make some bags of colourful icing or frosting to go with it! Cookie decorating kits make adorable gifts and are easy to DIY, plus if you are short on time you could even order one ready made for your recipient. 

Ready made cookie decorating set gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

12. Make a funny photoshopped picture 

Make them a funny photoshopped picture with all their favourite things, you could set it in a place they have always dreamed of visiting! Add in all their favourite things and people - even fictional characters! You could stage them winning a nobel prize - in front of an audience of cats! This is such a unique and creative gift idea and they are sure to love it. You could print and frame the final result for them to keep safely in their room or space, it will be sure to make them smile whenever they see it! Picmonkey is amazing to use for this and is much easier than Photoshop to use! 

13. Write her a special poem or rap 

So creative and special, this is the funniest way to honour your recipient and make them smile and chuckle! 

14. Make a special scrapbook or book of memories for her 

All you need is some papers and a needle and thread to create the binding - you could even craft a pretty cover from free wallpaper or fabric samples. This is an adorable gift idea that is very low cost to make but she will treasure! 

15. A gift of macarons

There is nothing quite as special as a box of pretty macarons, they are such a beautiful and charming multisensory gift idea! You could bake some yourself, pertaining to a special theme for your recipient, or order some ready made if short on time.

16. Bake her a box of 'boys tears' πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

For your older daughter - or 'tears of competitors' or 'tears of my opponents' if she is in to a competitive hobby or activity like sports! This is a funny and unique creative gift idea for your daughter, that she has never been given before! Simply make some teardrop shaped sugar cookies and ice them to look like tears, then arrange them in a pretty box with some tissue paper and a ribbon and voila! You could place a little card inside reading 'tears of my competitors' or 'tears of my opponents'.

17. Bake her a box of confidence sparkles 

Shaped sugar cookies! All you will need to make this is a sparkle emoji style cookie cutter and some ingredients for sugar cookies plus yellow icing or frosting. 

Sparkle emoji shape cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

18. Bake her a box of love 

A box of love heart shaped sugar cookies! This is a sweet way to show your love for your recipient. 

Sparkle heart emoji shaped cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

19. Matching outfits for her and her pet

This gift idea is perfect for a pet lover, you could opt for matching jumpers or even matching costumes they can cosplay in or wear for Halloween! You could also DIY this gift idea if you are handy at knitting, it's bound to be a gift they will never forget!

20. Make her an exfoliating sugar scrub 

21. Create some kusudama origami decor to hang in her room 

The most gorgeous room decor! It looks so beautiful and barely costs a thing - you only need some pretty coloured paper, or paper in her favourite colour! 

These are so beautiful and feature an assortment of origami shapes formed together to make a ball like shape. There are so many different beautiful designs to try - our favourite cherry blossom style kusudama guide is here

22. Make her a bouquet of realistic paper flowers 

You could even create a little booklet or language of flowers guide, so you recipient can decode the meaning behind each flower - you could code a special message for them! 

23. Make her some notebooks with pretty covers 

Or a beautiful diary! To do this, you will need some paper, scissors, glue and a needle and thread. Make the blank notebooks by folding the paper in half and stitching them together, down the middle, to create the binding. To create a beautiful cover, head to a DIY store or similar and see if they offer free wallpaper samples or fabric samples. This is an adorable no cost gift idea that she can treasure!  

24. Craft her some 3D letters for her room 

These look amazing and all you need is some pretty paper samples (you can often find free wallpaper samples at DIY stores) and some thick paper or cardstock, plus some pva or craft glue. 

3D alphabet letters template guide (just add paper!) 

Other creative unique daughter gifts ideas 

1. Make her a slime play kit 

This is such a fun sensory gift idea for young kids that is also low cost and easy to DIY!

To make slime, try our tutorial that features in our Best Granddaughter Gifts ideas post - this is our favourite recipe to use! You could even change the colour or add a little safe essential oil to make it colourful and scented!  

2. Gift some wax melts scented just like her favourite perfume 

Or body products! These Lush scented wax melts are everything and she can pop them in her drawers to make everything smell amazing! You can even get Jo Malone scented wax melts - every scent you can think of, there is a wax melt version!

These are amazing and make the most wonderful gift! Now she can scent her room or space in her favourite perfume or fragrance. 

Perfume dupes selection scented wax melts gift box πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Lush Snow Fairy inspired wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin inspired wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Vanilla shortcake fragranced wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Pink luxury scented wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

3. Put together a pamper evening parcel

Full of treats like pretty pyjamas, body creme, flavoured toothpaste, shower gel, face masks, popcorn sachets... there are so many options for a girly pamper movie night! Wrap it up beautifully and make it look uber luxurious on the outside as well as the inside.

4. Create a book of personalised colouring pages of you both πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Colouring is one of the most soothing and therapeutic activities to try - tailor it to your recipient by creating some colouring pages based on photos of you both together and happy memories you both share!

Amazing customised paint by numbers (you can make from a photo!) πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

5. Make her a snack bouquet gift 

Why not put together a selection of their favourite sweets or snacks, arranged in bouquet formation! You could even arrange them in a letter or number shaped gift box, for a standout display and gorgeous looking gift! 

Letter or number gift box (the most affordable!) πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

6. Bake and ice her a box of personalised sugar cookies of her portrait!

Using a personalised face cookie cutter, these are amazing! πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

7. Create a life size cookie pet face portrait

Create a beautiful portrait of their pet, the cookie version!

8. Put together a waffle making kit for her

With a waffle maker! This is an adorable gift option and you could fill it with all of the toppings. A super creative and indulgent gift that your recipient will love! 

9. Share a special message using flowers only

Create a custom bouquet for your recipient and be the first one to buy her flowers! You could also gift a language of flowers book alongside the blooms, so your recipient can figure out the secret message! 

10. Bake some cupcakes with special photo edible toppers πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

This is such a great inexpensive gift for your recipient and ticks all the boxes... something delicious they can eat, check! Something you can DIY for your recipient, check! Something inexpensive, yet stands out and makes them chuckle at the same time, check! This is the best way to share memories and cake with your recipient. 

11. Gift her some stunning realistic chocolate peonies πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Where chocolates meet flowers... these are magical and the best way to combine flowers and chocolate in one - why not get her both in one gift! These are visually stunning and are so realistic, they are almost too pretty to eat!  

12. A cuddly toy version of their pet 

This could be a cute cushion, keyring or a plushie! This is such a special, cute and funny gift idea for your recipient they will treasure and always remember.

Custom personalised pet pillow plushie πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

13. Make her a set of some shower steamers πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are really fun and easy to make! These are so affordable and you can even DIY them from ingredients such as essential oils, baking soda and constarch. There are so many varieties and scents to choose from and they make your shower smell amazing, the shower equivalent of bath bombs for the busy person on the go!


14. Make them a custom piece of clothing

Personalise a plain piece of clothing and make it unique to them - use iron on or sew on patches to adorn a blank piece of clothing, making it in to something totally different and amazing! You can find all kinds of creative iron on/sew on patches, for every franchise, tv series, anime, movie - there are so many to choose from and there are bound to be loads that will match your daughter's personality perfectly! This is such a special gift idea as it will be a unique piece of clothing she can wear, that totally represents her, plus it is homemade too!

15. Gift them a quirky candle or room spray

To suit their tastes perfectly! This is such a funny surprise gift idea and totally unexpected too! Why not gift them a noodle scented candle if that's all they eat every lunch time - you can also get pizza scented candles and chocolate scented candles will always go down an absolute treat. 

Realistic looking fancy dessert candles πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

A Lotus Biscoff scented candle πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

A really special and unique gift idea that you can even DIY yourself to tailor to your recipient!

A chocolate room spray πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

There is nothing better than making your home or space smell like chocolate!

16. A box of sugar cookies that look like their pet

You could even make a giant life size cookie version of their pet's face! This would be such an adorable DIY gift idea for your best friend, almost too cute to eat!

Personalised pet sugar cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

17. Gift her a weighted blanket 

This is a super special and unique gift idea to give, as weighted blankets are known to aid sleep and have a soothing and comforting effect - a hug in blanket form!  

18. A customisable paint your own letter gift

These are so lovely to give as gifts and will keep your recipient busy; they can get super creative designing their own letter decor! 

Special customised paint your own letters kit πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Paint your own letters personalised name kit πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Mermaid themed paint your own letters kit πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Paint your own letter unicorn themed kit πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

19. A stationery mystery box

This is perfect for the stationery aficionado and mystery and blind boxes like this are great for a birthday surprise. 

20. Amazing stationery she can eatπŸ‘ˆπŸ»

It really exists and this is such a quirky idea she'll love! 

21. Extra cosy or silk pyjamas

It sounds simple but makes for such a great gift! You could even put together a 'movie night equipment' gift box, with all kinds of snacks and popcorn and even glow sticks - this would make such a fun and thoughtful gift at any age! 

22. An empty scrapbook or journal

So she can record this next chapter of her life in style! 

23. A bluetooth photo printer

Perfect for printing out memories to place in her scrapbook, this is such a handy, underrated, practical gift idea that she'll be sure to get tons of use out of! You can find bluetooth varieties that connect easily to your phone or any device. This is such a cool and practical gift idea that will give them the freedom to print off any bits and pieces they need and want - perfect for planning addicts, creative souls and wall art fiends!

24. Bake and ice a custom portrait sugar cookie of her face 

Nothing is cooler, you could make it life size and decorate it to look exactly like your recipient - then tie with a bow and voila! If you are short on time you could even order a whole set of personalised face cookies ready made, to surprise her with! 

Personalised face sugar cookies πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Gift her some edible polaroid photo cookies πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Of special moments and memories you have together! 

Giant edible photo cookie gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

25. A cardboard cut out or cushion of her favourite person

Whether it's her favourite celeb or fictional character, this is such a fun surprise idea that will be sure to make her laugh! 

26. A pet themed necklace 

Dainty initial personalised paw necklace πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

27. An adorable planner

Such a cute and practical gift they will absolutely love! There are so many cute kinds to choose from, from Hobonichi to Ring Clip planners, which will allow them to take out and pop in planner inserts and extra sheets and bits and bobs. It's such an amazing and thoughtful gift to give and they'll never be without it!

28. Gift her a make your own dreamcatcher kit πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are magical and the perfect creative gift to give your daughter!  

Best Daughter birthday surprise ideas 

1. Buy her a sparkly amazing birthday sash to wear

Girls of all ages will love this idea! A birthday sash will make them feel like a queen on their special day, no matter what age they are. Your daughter will feel a million dollars and these are great for photos too, to remember the occasion!

Rose gold glitter birthday girl sash πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Gold glitter birthday girl sash πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Baby pink and gold birthday girl sash πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

2. Make some amazing quirky sugar cookies

Custom photo portrait cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

You could even make some personalised sugar cookies of your recipient/the birthday girl as a special and amazing birthday surprise, with these genius personalised cookie cutters, based on a photo of your recipient! These are so cool and would make for the best surprise cookies ever.

3. Make some amazing pretty drinks!

Edible shimmer for drinks πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

This will be the most magical surprise for your daughter, of any age! Add edible glitter to drinks to make them shimmer, they look so gorgeous and will be sure to be the main attraction and steal the show.

 You could also add some candyfloss to top the drinks, so that when they are topped up, the floss dissolves in to the drink. These look so glamorous and stunning, they are perfect to try for your daughter's birthday! 

4. Add some special heart shaped ice cubes to drinks πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

Create some special heart shaped ice cubes for the occasion! These will be sure to wow your guests and impress them no end!

5. Make some pink popcorn

There's nothing sweeter than pink popcorn on your special day! You could even add some edible glitter and even mini marshmallows and serve up in these girly popcorn boxes.

Baby pink popcorn boxes πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Baby pink striped popcorn cases πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Mini edible star glitter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

6. Embrace luxurious gift wrapping

Go all out with wrapping, with big gift bags, ribbon, tissue paper and bows!

7. Keep to a special theme

Birthday theme ideas for your teenage daughter include a Brandy Melville theme or Gossip girl, whereas a birthday theme for your young daughter could be a Barbie theme, a baby animal theme or a Minecraft theme. Pay attention to what your daughter is in to - it could even be her favourite food, colour or tv show!  

8. Create a vegan market in your home

If you have a teenage daughter who is in to health and fitness she will love this! You could incorporate all manner of healthy and unusual foods and make and enjoy some smoothie bowls together. Trying new foods together is always a fun and hilarious game too!

9. Hide little gifts around the room or house

You could even leave clues as to where to find the next surprise!

10. Arrange for a shoutout from her favourite influencer

This is a great birthday surprise for your teenage daughter or tween daughter! This could mean so much to her as influencers are like celebrities to a younger generation. It's something she will treasure forever and feel like she has a connection with her favourite influencer - plus her friends will be envious!

11. Surprise her with a special trip

This is one of the best ways to surprise your daughter! Here are some fun ways to surprise someone with a trip

12. Decorate her door

This would make a great 'just because' surprise idea for your younger daughter! 

13. Her own sticker album

Your 5 year old daughter will love this birthday surprise idea!


14. Take her for a surprise manicure

This will be such an exciting idea for your teenager or tween daughter and a great way to spend time together too.

15. A room full of eco balloons!

These eco balloons are amazing! πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Something your daughter will adore, whether she is 5 or 25! It's something she will never expect to wake up to or come home to - it will be such a surprise and it never fails to make your loved ones feel special.

16. Try a fun fairy potion making activity 

This is so cool! 

Ready made potions making kit for kids πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

16. Order her a giant cookie

Best letterbox message cookie ever, ever! (so affordable!) πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

She'll love this at any age!

17. Buy her flowers

Beat any potential partners to it and be the first to buy her flowers! This is a great surprise for your older daughter, especially on her birthday! 

18. Give her a french themed breakfast

With croissants, little cakes and glamorous beverages, glasses of orange juice with ice cubes.

19. Surprise birthday waffles or pancakes

With sprinkles and every kind of topping! 

20. Set up a fun excavation game 

This is so much fun! For older kids you could put together an archeology style setup, where prizes could be hidden within plaster of paris and they have to excavate to find them. For younger kids, you could try sand, or even edible 'soil' (chocolate cake crumbs!) and they have to eat their way to the prizes or toys that are hidden!

21. Set up a special contest or tournament 

If your daughter is in to gaming, she might love a whole contest set up between the two of you or the whole family, plus it is a great way to spend time together doing something she loves. 

22. Design and make her own custom princess dress

If your daughter loves Disney princesses and fairytales she will love this! It will give her the opportunity to become her very own princess and have her own unique dress. You could even fashion her a wardrobe of princess dresses if you wanted to go all out! She'll feel like a princess every day. You could even make her own princess quilt for her bed. Alternative ideas could be her own custom superhero suit!

23. Set up a festival style party at home

Why not throw a festival style event! You could even make some personalised wristbands for guests to wear and set up stalls with festival face painting and tie dye shirt making, along with a gorgeous photo taking area for guests to enjoy - so much fun for all ages! 

24. Create a themed setup in your living room for her

A birthday surprise idea for your teenage daughter is to deck out and decorate an entire room like something she loves. For your younger daughter this could be a baby animal adoption centre, with plush animal toys in little carry crates, ready to be adopted.

25. Make an amazing cupcake pullapart

This looks amazing and is so much fun to eat! Simply arrange your plain cupcakes in a desired shape or formation - for example, a heart shape - then ice them all together as one, creating one whole shape, like joining the dots.

26. Throw a stargazing sleepover night

This is free and something you can do from your backyard, plus you could even set up a campfire and have a safe camping night.

27. Throw a mini afternoon tea

Make it an elegant occasion with pretty finger foods, napkins or even Parisian inspired treats like croissants, pain au chocolat and macarons!

28. Create flower infused balloon displays

Entwine your balloons displays with pretty flowers for the most beautiful look! You could even opt for some gorgeous pearlescent eco friendly balloons or eco friendly confetti balloons to make a gorgeous statement! 

29. Offer to puppy sit a puppy

To give a new puppy owner a break and to delight your recipient, why not offer to pet sit a puppy for a night? Just be sure to follow any rules the owner gives you, and make sure you can accommodate a puppy's needs.

How can I surprise my kids with gifts?

Create a balloon filled room and secretly hide the gifts amongst the balloons for them to find. You could also design a treasure hunt with special clues or introduce a pinata or a fun contest beforehand. This will increase excitement and anticipation and make finding and opening the gifts extra special! You could arrange contests that run until everyone has managed to win, and then award them their gifts!

What is a good birthday surprise?

 A great surprise birthday gift to give is a mystery box! These are great for ages, they come in different themes and you could even make your own! The fun is that the items inside are a total surprise for the recepient, there are beauty mystery box gifts to give, gamer mystery box gifts, toy mystery boxes like Num Noms and cute stationery mystery box gifts. 

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