Yep, this title is just as weird as it sounds. Have you ever been in a position where the main man in your life did something absolutely fantastic, but you were at a loss for what to get him? Couldn’t think of something quite special enough? Well, I’ve got the solution for you RIGHT NOW.
It comes in the form of a “basket” of gifts. However, in this particular case I didn’t have a basket, nor was I planning on spending more money, so I made a surprise arrangement on our dining room table. #wifeoftheyear
Now, let’s get started.
First things first — what are you celebrating? Dane was getting ready to switch out of command (a fancy term the Army uses for ending a very stressful portion of his career for something new). He was mentally and physically exhausted, so I don’t even think he was expecting a present, but the he had worked SO HARD for the last 18 months and I was SO PROUD of him, plus — who doesn’t like a good reason to celebrate?!
I decided on an iPad mini, a custom leather bracelet, a pair of boxers and a gift card to be used for dinner reservations I made at a restaurant we had been dying to try. Let me first say — the beauty of this gift idea is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Sure, the iPad mini was big, but the beauty here is the thought. More on that in a minute…
Once I had all my gifts assembled, I wrapped them up and created thoughtful cards for each gift. I tried really hard to make them something he wouldn’t be able to guess…and he didn’t!
As you can see, I also included cards from both Judy and myself. No, that DAD card is not some type of pregnancy announcement!
To celebrate the occasion, our neighbors also brought over a special bottle of whisky. Cheers to THAT!
But I had one more trick up my sleeve…
Dane and I have a tradition of unwinding our days with our favorite book. Our lives have been hectic and stressful, so we have fallen out of that routine a bit and we both noticed it. When Blogging for Books offered to send me Legend by Eric Blehm, I knew it would be the perfect “nightcap”. While the rest of his surprises were waiting on the dining room table, his final surprise was resting on his pillow.
|Verdict: He flew through this book in a single weekend and would highly recommend it.|
After it was all said and done, Dane told me it was the best, most unexpected surprise he had ever gotten and hearing those words made everything worthwhile.