We used to count down the days until our birthdays, but they seem to sneak up on us these days. Unless you’re celebrating a landmark year and someone is throwing you a party, organizing activities to do on your birthday may seem like a lot of work. And, let’s be honest, some years you just don’t want to throw a party (or don’t want to feel obligated to). So, take a bath and go to bed early if that’s what it takes. If you want to spend a weekend away with your friends, gather the troops and make a hotel reservation. We’ve collected a list of some of the best things to do on your birthday, including going out, staying in, and everything in between, to assist you in planning your celebration. Make a budget for yourself and then indulge in some self-pampering. Choosing a gift at a store vs adding something to your online shopping cart has its own appeal. Find one with a bar and restaurant on the premises so you can spend less time driving and more time relaxing.