If you've just realized that today or yesterday, or even last week, was your friend's birthday, don't panic. There a few ways you can save face or get her to forgive you for missing her special day. Using your imagination and keeping a sense of humor is the first step to giving a belated birthday gift.
Recover from the embarrassment of forgetting someone's birthday with some well-placed humor. Humorous cards on the market address the fact that you made a mistake with a picture of a slow-moving animal on the front, or another endearing reference to being late. Making someone laugh and admitting that you made a mistake may help him to forgive you for forgetting his birthday. You can also act like you completely forgot, and then surprise him moments late with the card.
If you just remembered that your friend or family member's birthday is today and you forgot to get her a gift, take her out to dinner that evening. Pretend that you didn't forget, but you were already planning on treating her to dinner or just a fun night out and it was a surprise. This is a convenient gift idea, since she may have had plans on the night of her birthday, so it would make sense to take them out the next night.
Hangover Care Package
Since people will often go out the night of their birthday and do a lot of drinking, you can put together a "hangover care package" to help get your friend through the next day. This gift is convenient if you could not treat him to anything the night before, or you didn't have time to get him a gift. Write "Barf Bag" on the front of a paper bag and place some aspirin, a bottle of sports drink or soda in the bag, along with a dark pair of sunglasses.
If you can't get someone a gift on short notice and yesterday or today is her birthday, there are things you can send her over the Internet. Send an e-card to the person's email inbox. It is just like a greeting card, which is animated or plays music, and it takes only a few seconds to pick out and send. You can also send an electronic gift card to her favorite online store.