I'm like the opposite of a high maintenance person, but I want her to care enough about my birthday to at least remember and acknowledge it. Anything short of that would be disappointing. She'd definitely be riding the couch for a night or two.
I can't say I wouldn't feel slightly hurt at first, but if I knew or if I found out he had a lot going on and he did/said something special (doesn't have to be extravagant at all) another day... It's all good, I wouldn't fuss. I see birthdays as acknowledging the blessing of another year of life and good health moreso than making that day the best ever for the person. I like birthdays to be low key and personal, and it doesn't have to be celebrated that same day.
I would be upset, honestly, I would have reminded them and they would really have to make it up to me. You are important and you need to let them know you are upset and that they forgot something special.
This happened to me this year actually. I was with him the day before - leading into my birthday. I thought the reason we were going out was because of my birthday. Boy was I wrong, he forgot and he didn't even attempt to make it up to me!
I would dump them, plain and simple. Your birthday is the one day of the year which your SO HAS to remember. If he/she can't even do that, then you are obviously not as important to him/her as he/she is to you.
I couldn't care less if they forget my birthday. Birthdays mean nothing at all to me. I forget my own birthday half the time. I don't even get why so many people make such a big deal out of it. To me birthdays are something little children celebrate, not something for adults. It tends to be regional though. In some places they make a much bigger deal out of it than others. Most people I know in real life never acknowledge birthdays.
If my girlfriend did that to me I would prob dump her because if she's like that on my big time day she will be a screw up in other parts of life. I don't like lazy non motivated girls that are selfish.
These things are all relative I might be bothered if they didn't even remember it after being together a while but I'm the type of person who doesn't really celebrate birthdays unless their important ones
Its happened to me before. Family, friends, and girlfriends have all forgetten my birthday. To be honest, I dont care if they remember or not. I dont expect them to, and if anything, Im more surprised when they do remember.