Matt is one of those people who has a birthday (November 22) close to a major holiday we celebrate (Christmas on December 25).
That means his loved ones (at least those of us who subscribe to the idea that we should give tangible gifts on holidays) have to come up with unique and original presents within a very short time frame.
To work around this dilemma, I keep a centralized list of gift ideas and add to it throughout the year.
Here's what I have so far:
- Framed prints from the book Persepolis (if you haven't seen the DVD, I highly recommend you rent it!). For this option, I would simply buy the book and figure out how to frame pieces myself (professional framing is sooooo ridiculously expensive)
- A CD of cool images that he can use for free in his graphic design (do these things even exist?)
- A book entitled, How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
- A subscription to the Threadless T-Shirt of the Month Club (oops. I just learned it costs $200. Cool idea but not feasible for us.)
I really do think he would like the Persepolis prints. Maybe that will be his birthday gift (in 18 short days!) and I'll get more creative for Christmas. Then again, birthdays are a chance to really celebrate the individual. Maybe I should plan a super-special day. Or a surprise party. He does tend to like experiences more than tangible products.
Ooh! Maybe I could buy a used shirt from a vintage shop and add some embroidery or applique to it. When we wake up on his birthday morning, I can present him with his special birthday shirt (and maybe a birthday crown?--something to draw attention to the fact that it's his birthday) and the itinerary for his special day. The last item on the list could be bowling. Then, when we show up for bowling--surprise!--all his friends are there to celebrate his birthday.
Thanks for listening to me think out loud...