After reading one of the recent comments on Meg's blog, I decided to start calling Matt my "Partner in Awesomeness."
So, the aforementioned partner has a birthday coming up at the end of November, and I need to get cracking on his present.
Last year, I planned out a special day and made him a shirt with his beloved bloodhound appliqued on it. I haven't really thought much about what I should do this year.
I know. Let me go check my list. I try to keep an ongoing list of present ideas for my loved ones throughout the year. That way, I don't go into panic mode when it's time for birthdays/Christmas.
These are the things I have associated with Matt's name:
- Banjo + lessons (he randomly mentioned that he wanted these earlier in the year)
- A quilted jacket that Matt saw during our marathon viewing of Grey's Anatomy (season five)
- The Big Sur marathon
- Tickets to a Jeff Tweedy concert
Matt is planning a party this year. He wants to have it at Chuck E. Cheese. That should be fun.
Is there anything he needs but doesn't even know he needs? Last year, my best friend got Matt a subscription to Runner's World. He loves it. I wonder if there's something like that. Maybe a book about how to train for a marathon?
Or maybe a list of all the quirky things to do in Houston?
Maybe I should enroll him in a class? Ooh, what about "Self-Hypnosis for Stress Release and Issue Resolution"? Quirky enough? Or maybe a woodworking class? He does talk about wanting to learn wood working...
Let me think about what makes him happy. Really happy: Running. NPR. Cool photographs. The Office. Arsenal.
Maybe I should get him a Roku player? That feels too much like an "us" present (unlimited Netflix movies on demand...).
So back to the things he likes: The Onion. His friends. Visiting his family.
Maybe I should get him a trip to see his family during the summer in Bloomington when they have a really awesome music festival?
And then Christmas is going to be right around the corner. Why did I have to marry someone whose birthday is so close to Christmas? (I'm kidding, of course.)
What creative birthday/Christmas gift ideas do you all have up your sleeves?