Post # 1
My birthday is tomorrow, but my family celebrated this weekend because Tuesday birthdays are useless. My whole family is so awesome, we went to a Michelin-starred restaurant for dinner, with a spa day and wine tasting during the day. But, I think the highlight of the day was when Darling Husband gave me his gift. He handmade a beautiful hope chest made of Macassar Ebony, with detailed carving along the base and bronze finishings. He also carved a beautiful sentiment on the inside, which says: “My little Seagrape: Our love is all there is.”
(He calls me Seagrape as kind of an inside joke… we got married on the beach in Jamaica, where the seagrape trees are everywhere.)
I was floored. He’s been working on this for 6 months! Anyway… what is the best gift you have ever received?
Post # 3
My girl kitty! I was still in school back then and Darling Husband texted me to see if I wanted to skip class and get a kitty instead. I totally did lol.
Post # 4
@QueenOfSerendip: That’s really sweet. This is just a regular gift, not a birthday gift, but it’s the one that sticks out to me at the moment. My mom gave me a sweet plaque that said, “daughters and mothers are closest when daughters become mothers.” I was pregnant at the time. I still have it hanging up because we will have kids one day 🙂
Post # 5
@vorpalette: OMG. Class or a new kitten? DUH haha.
@MrsPanda99: AWW, I think I would tear up a little at that. Your Mom sounds so sweet!
Post # 6
Mine might not sound like the best, but I thought it was. I had bought tickets for a Kings of Leon concert for my daughter and I to go to. They had cancelled their tour at our city venue. I was upset, got the tickets refunded. The concert was about a month before my birthday. FI, who was just my Boyfriend or Best Friend at the time, got me a Kings of Leon concert on Blu Ray. He said it was for me and my daughter to watch, since we didn’t get to go to the concert. I thought it was the sweetest, most thoughtful gift ever.
Post # 7
When I was 8, a kitten for Christmas. Our previous cat had just passed away and my sister and I were desperate for another cat. My parents got us kittens for Christmas and we loved them to pieces. They’ve both passed away now but they were the most awesome girls ever.
Post # 8
@QueenOfSerendip: LMAO IKR? And then, the one I had my eye on had been adopted (from Animal Control) and they tried to get me to adopt a brother/sister pair for FULL PRICE even though they were both too young to be fixed and needed lots of vet care. They were cute, but I was a pretty broke college student and there was no way I could have afforded $200 for two kittens AND all of the vet care that the fee is supposed to cover. We ended up driving to the next city’s Humane Society and falling in love with a little tux (even though I wanted an older cat; none of them were interested in me) who definitely chose us.
Post # 9
A skydiving trip! It was awesome 🙂
Post # 10
@QueenOfSerendip: I had the best birthday 6 months ago. I was delighted to be dining with my FH at a favorite french restaurant to celebrate my 35th. It was a cold March evening and we scurried right into the place after finding some far away parking. Rushing in past the cold, I gave the host my coat, turned around towards the dining room and saw my sister, BIL and nephews. I was so delighted that I was actually speechless. All night I was in awe. It was the most heartwarming gesture for them to travel 5 hours to see me and for FH to arrange it all and keep it a secret. … I just teared up thinking about it again just now.
Post # 11
@vorpalette: Kittens makes pretty awesome presents! Just as a previous bee, we had just lost our childhood cat when I was 18 and my parents gave me a kitten for Christmas that year. Pretty hard to beat.
Though Darling Husband made a thing that was pretty up there too – we were “stuck” in Canada for Christmas and I was so depressed that we couldn’t go to Sweden. I’m used to 2 meters of snow and reindeer’s running on the road (yes, really) and here we were in Toronto and it was RAINING. On top of that, IKEA had sold out all their Christmas decorations and our house just didn’t feel festive at all. Not a happy camper. So one of the advent mornings came around (in Sweden advent – so every four Sundays before Christmas is a little extra festive) and he had MADE a traditional Swedish Advent Candlestick. He had been getting up about 30 min before me every morning for a month, making it for me while huddling in the basement. This included cutting the wood, drilling holes for the lights, finding pipes that he could wire up with electricity and attach little light bulbs to and finally scouting all of Toronto until he found little wreaths that would fit the candles. Man I cried.