Post # 1
I’m one of those people who takes great pride in being as creative as possible with my gifting, and most of the time (not always, of course), I hit it out of the freaking ball park. Sometimes it takes me a while and I’m down to the very last minute, but I usually come through with flying colors. Its something I pride myself in… obviously. 🙂
Anyway, what are some awesome gifts YOU’VE given?
Some of mine:
-About to give my fiance a skydiving certificate for his bday. He’ll be shocked and surprised and elated. He’s wanted to do this forever, but seems like he’s forgotten.
-Also gave Fiance a road bike for his 30th birthday. We’d only been dating 6 months, but I was in LURVE and knew he’d love to get on the road again so didn’t mind dropping $800. He got me one in return for my bday too!
-Very good false Louboutins to my cousin/MOH who LOVES shoes but would never spend the cash for real ones
-Gave my dad a GC to finally get that tattoo he’d always wanted
-Wine making GC to take my wine-o mom and make our own batches! So much fun.
Post # 3
Two come to mind off the top of my head:
– For my husband’s birthday back when he was my boyfriend, I got him really good opening day tickets to see the Atlanta Braves and paid for the hotel we stayed in. He had never gone to see them play and had always been a huge fan. The tickets were expensive but it was totally worth it.
– Last Christmas (2010), I went in on a gift for my brother with my mom and husband. We got him tickets to see New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys. The idea came up because my brother skipped a NKOTB concert because it took place the night of my 21st birthday. He was so super excited about it.
Post # 3
I think my best one was a Bag of Holding for Darling Husband from Think Geek. It’s a nod to Dungeons and Dragons, so it’s incredibly nerdy, but it’s also really useful too. With Darling Husband it’s all about balancing the nerdy and the practical, lol.
Post # 4
Aww, these are awesome you guys. I love giving tickets 🙂 I like that bag too!!!!
Post # 5
My ex was your typical army guy… We Were Soldiers is his favorite movie, and he’d lost a copy of the book that he’d had signed by the author at a book signing. I bought the book, hunted down the general in AL, mailed it to him with a note, and got it back with the most amazing inscription.
…and he lost it about a year later.
Post # 6
Some I’ve seen:
– Old roommate received a DVD set of the BBC production of Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from her parter. That took some internet sleuthing!
– When we were dating, I found a good pizza pan and glued new “packaging” on top to make it the “Soft Crust 2000” because my partner prefers pizza with a soft crust, but was a lazy student so just put it on the oven rack.
I’m sure there’s lots more… but I can’t think of them right now.
Post # 7
My FSIL’s apartment building burned down last year just before Christmas (like the entire building- everyone lost EVERYTHING). For Christmas this year, I found a way to get replacement copies of all 4 of her high school yearbooks. Her 10 year reunion is coming up this year so she can take her senior yearbook with her and have her friends sign it again. She cried when she opened them!
Post # 8
I got Fiance an xBox 360 for Christmas. He is loving that.
My brothers, Dad, and I all pitched in to get my technology-challenged Mom a laptop. I did a ton of research to find one that wouldn’t be too full of bells and whistles and stuff she wouldn’t need. She uses it all the time now. =)
Got my Dad a cigar humidor. He has it proudly displayed on it’s own table in the game room. haha
Post # 9
I gave my Fiance tickets to a Valentine’s Day SU basketball game three years ago, which would’ve been a super awesome date… ‘cept I got the stomach flu and he had to take a male friend, hahaha. I told him they’d probably end up on the kiss cam (sadly, didn’t happen lol).
My fave creative gift was a jewelry box I made one year for my best friend’s birthday. I painted it gold and glued a mixture of buttons, Moroccan-style tiles and a peacock pendant I bought at Michael’s to the top. It was so beautiful, super fun to make and she truly loved it.
Post # 10
When my husband and I first found out we were expecting, he made an offhanded comment like “I can’t imagine not being embarrassed about carrying around a diaper bag.”
So I brought a navy blue diaper bag to a sporting goods store and had it completely done over with his favorite team’s logo and colors. I even added a team mascot infant onesie and baby booties. He was so proud!
Post # 11
@DaneLady: Wow, I can’t imagine losing EVERYTHING! That was really thoughtful and sweet of you to replace her yearbooks. Those are the types of things that often can’t ever be replaced, so it’s lucky she had someone as thoughtful as you in her life 🙂 Hope she’s doing okay and has been able to rebuild!
Post # 12
My best gift hasn’t been given yet but I still know he’s going to absolutely love it.
For V-Day, I got Darling Husband a vintage Apple computers poster from 1980 (I think it’s funny how something from the 80’s is now vintage). This probably sounds like a lame gift to most but I assure you, it’s not. Darling Husband has been a loyal Apple user for 15+ years (we actually own an independent Mac/iPhone/iPad development company). Over the years Apple has changed their logo countless times but DH’s favorite was when it was the rainbow. Apple hasn’t made anything with the rainbow logo in decades so the items that are out there are highly collectible (actually, just about any older Apple memorabilia is). I found the poster on ebay and spent a few nights ago in a bidding war with someone who apparently wanted it as bad as I did. I won the auction (YAY!) so now I just have to wait for it to get here. I’m going to have it professionally framed and matted and I hope to be able to hang it up in his office before giving it to him (I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to pull that off yet). I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited about a giving a gift before. I can’t wait till V-Day!
Post # 13
I really want to brag about what I got my SO for his birthday this year, but I haven’t given it to him and he knows who I am on the Bee so I don’t want to risk him finding out! I’m so excited though, I don’t think I’ll ever top this birthday. Can’t wait! I’m also pretty sure I’m more excited about his birthday than he is right now. Lol 🙂
Post # 14
@MissCalifornia: Haha, thanks- she is doing really well. She calls 2011 her “rebuilding year” and she had renter’s insurance which helped a lot. She and her friends went out the night after the fire and got drunk doing karaoke… song choices included “we didn’t start the fire”, “firestarter”, and the song that goes “the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire” or something. She said if she didn’t find some humor in it and laugh, she would just sit and cry and that wouldn’t solve anything! She’s a pretty amazing person 🙂
Post # 15
Best gift I’ve given probably was to Darling Husband. We are into mountain biking and so two years ago we went up to Whister, BC for this event called KrankWorx. A couple of months later I’m looking on Flickr and I see a bunch of pictures from the event.
I found a shot of DH’s favorite rider doing the winning trick.. and Darling Husband is in the background of the picture. He sticks out because he’s tall and wearing white sunglasses. I knew I had to get it for him. I contacted the photographer and paid for the image and then framed it and gave it to Darling Husband for Christmas. He was like “THAT’S ME IN THE BACKGROUND!!!” It was fabulous.
Second best gift? Both of my former roommates (and very good friends) have gotten married in the past two years and I surprised both of them with their bridal bouquets as a gift. They were both on really small budgets and they couldn’t swing the cost of an expensive bouquet, so I picked up the tab for them. There are always tears and it’s such a great feeling to give them something that they both really really wanted.