My husband finally caught up with me and turned 40 in October!
His actual birthday was on a Thursday and he spent the evening at our eldest son’s 1st school disco! Ha! I couldn’t make that up! But after the disco (and him showing those 4 year olds just how to bust a move!) we had some of his oldest and best friends over for pizza with their kids who are around the same age as ours. It was a lovely end to his birthday.
For the birthday CELEBRATION I organised a night out on the following Saturday night which included private dining at a Michelin Star restaurant with a great group of friends. I find my husband SOOOOOO hard to buy for and had been scratching my head and scouring Pinterest for ideas. I came across an idea of a memory book with messages from friends and family and took it to the next level by asking for pictures as well!
I feel my husband doesn’t realise how loved he is and I wanted him to know what his friends and family actually thought of him…..(mostly all good!)
I contacted loads of his friends and family, including friends from his childhood he hasn’t heard from in years, ex-work colleagues and crazy Uni mates. I asked them all to send me over a memory of their time together, a birthday wish or tribute…. and include a picture of them with my hubby (if they had any…no digital cameras or smart phones back in our school days!) When I got the messages I typed them up and printed them out on card stock and then printed out the picture that was sent and stuck it on the back of the same card. I hole punched the card and bound them together with a ring clip, so it was easy for him to flip through.
People said such lovely things about the hubster …I was touched reading them myself and I was so excited for him to get his present and see all the messages.
I presented the book to him at the beginning of his birthday dinner and he was so surprised! I think all the lovely messages did take him back a bit and I could tell he was very touched by all the lovely wishes and surprised at who I had managed to get a hold of! Some of his primary school friends he has now reconnected with on Facebook!
At the end of the day it was the simplest gift that meant the most to him. It’s been almost two months since his birthday and I still catch him re-reading the messages and smiling at the memories/stories and pictures. I’m so glad it’s a gift he will cherish for years to come.
Now…what am I going to get him for his fiftieth!?