Around the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to give my husband 30 gifts for 30 years. One gift for each year of his life so far.
This birthday present has been months in the making & I’ve been working on a list of gifts since the start of the year. I’ve asked friends for suggestions & even called upon the help of Google.
RELATED: A Different Birthday Gift
It was really hard coming up with 30 different yet useful things. Lets just say I’m just glad that I didn’t wait until he was 40 to do this! I did my best to try to find things that were useful, but I ended up needing quite a few gag gifts. I also did my best to keep track of how much each item cost because I was curious what the total might be.
I was originally going to give him a gift voucher for the Apple Watch so he could pick out the one he wanted. However once the series 3 was released he decided that he really wanted one. I had no choice but to reveal that was what I was going to buy one for his birthday. He chose the one he wanted then I ordered it online.
It was quite a feat to wrap everything but it was well worth it. The dining table was covered in gifts and what a spectacular sight it was. My husband was so surprised by all the gift and the amount of effort involved.
My friends have just finished building their first house & have finally moved in. I know when we moved in we had to do a massive trip to the supermarket to get everything we needed from cleaning supplies to fresh food. We were lucky enough to receive a huge hamper for our engagement party that had the majority of the kitchen utensils & oven trays.
• Dishwashing liquid
• Rubber gloves
• Kitchen wipes
• Glass wipes
• Air freshener spray
• Pain killers
• Bathroom/kitchen cleaner
• Tea towels
• Blue loo
• Kitchen cloths
• Hand soap
• Bunnings voucher
Some things I will include if I make up another basket:
• Tissues – always handy to have in a few spots around the house
• Toilet paper – you can never have too much
• Candles – for when the power goes out
Some other great ideas for housewarming gifts are:
• Indoor plant – because they are generally difficult to kill
• Lawn ornament – they make a great talking piece. Although I suggest putting it in the back yard to save it from getting stolen.
• Door mat – my grandmother purchased ours
My third niece arrived into the world on September 21. I had a bit of a mad rush to crochet as much as I could before the baby shower which was back in July. The baby shower is done and dusted now, I can finally take a bit of a break from crochet.
Here are some photos of the things I made (both food and crochet) as well as links to the patterns and recipes.
Owl Blanket – My mother in law found this pattern & knew it would be perfect as the baby’s room was being decorated with an owl theme. It’s probably the most effort I have put into anything crochet, beside’s my Krista blanket.
Ugg Boots – This was the first pattern that I paid for. I struggled at the start but it really helps to pay close attention to the pattern. I’m incredibly happy with how they have turned out and I have made a few more since.
Bunny rattle – This is a baby shower staple, everyone that invited me to their baby shower is guaranteed to get one of these. I put a bell inside the head when I was stuffing it.
Owl Snuggle Buddy – This was actually requested by the mum to be. I’m happy with how it turned out & will probably make some more in the future with different animals.
I also volunteered to make some food. I think I may have bitten off more than I could chew as I was up until midnight the Thursday before icing the shortbreads & crocheting madly at 7 am the day of.
Owl cupcakes – These were so simple to make! Again, I’m glad I made the cupcakes on Wednesday night. I iced them with a tub of Betty Crocker icing, halved Oreos, orange and brown M&M’s.
Iced shortbreads – I have a stack of different cookie cutters that I have hardly used. I used the butterfly & flower shaped cutters. There were too many dramas while trying to icing them. I borrowed my mother’s icing set which just happens to be her grandmother’s. Unfortunately, the plunger part came out!! I was very lucky in that I had another icing set, but the same thing happened!! As a last resort, I used a ziplock bag which worked a treat.
Breakfast Bites – This was also so simple to make. Baguette cut on an angle, smashed avo, scrambled eggs & chopped cherry tomatoes.