Birthday presents on the hour

5 February 2014


I’ve been meaning to write about John’s 26th birthday present since last July, and now seems as good a time as any: Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I know a lot of y’all are looking for sweet, low-cost, and thoughtful gifts for your significant others! (Me too.) Since his birthday fell on a week day last year, I wrapped up a few small packages — one for every two hours he would be at work — and marked them with the times they were to be opened. I kept the packaging discreet so as not to embarrass him in front of his coworkers :)

I can’t remember all of the gifts, but I know I included a can of his favorite limonata at 12:30 (lunch!), a gift certificate for a bucket of balls at our local driving range, a $10 Chick-fil-a gift card, an issue of a favorite magazine, and a can of tennis balls. The gifts kept rolling after he got home; I even put a late-night one in the freezer — a package of Dove bars! Yep, it was wrapped, too :)

I did get him a larger gift that he opened after work, but I think (hope) the best part of last year’s celebration was the hourly reminder that he was loved and thought of, even if we weren’t together.

P.S. Looking for Valentine’s Day goodies for friends? Here are a few I’ve made in the past: crepe paper chocolate, felt fortune cookies, clever cards, and wrapped chocolate.

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February 5, 2014 8:45 am

I love this idea! I’ll have to use this for my husband’s birthday soon. :)

February 5, 2014 11:18 am

What a sweet idea!

February 5, 2014 12:14 pm

What a cute idea! My husband turns 30 in May, and I’m totally stealing this idea! :)

February 5, 2014 5:07 pm

Love this! I think it’s a nice way to celebrate some simple pleasures that we can take for granted too :)

February 5, 2014 7:46 pm

This is such a clever way to make someone feel super special ALL DAY!

February 7, 2014 6:17 pm

This is adorably brilliant! You are, too!

February 10, 2014 9:15 am

I am LOVING this idea!! I definitely hope to borrow at some point this year :) xx

February 10, 2014 2:51 pm

This is so thoughtful, wonderful and creative. Love it!

February 12, 2014 1:18 pm

I love getting surprises! That’s a really sweet idea! I know your husband felt very loved by you. Great work, and thanks for sharing. It’s a must do!

February 15, 2014 11:17 pm

I remember this from last year and love it! My mom is turning 50 this year so I’m thinking of doing a variation on this…especially because it’s the first bday that I won’t be working with her all day long!