I'm a little over-the-top like that.
Here's the thing you need to know. Once his birthday passed last year, he mentioned (more than once) that he didn't want a big party with black balloons and over-the-hill banners, with a cake all ablaze with a gajillion candles and people singing.
And, because I know him well, I knew he meant that.
Still, he knows me just as well, and so he knows that I struggle to not make every occasion, big or small, a major event.
Anyway, I was determined to make his milestone birthday a moment to rememeber forever, in a way he would love, and I had an idea, way back last fall.
I thought I would take him to a fantastic concert. A band or singer he hadn't seen and would be gobsmacked to know we had tickets for.
Only, I couldn't find such a thing.
And so, I moaned and groaned and whined quite a little bit, and thought and thought, and still, nothing came to mind.
And that's when one of my gal-pals at work ignited an idea that exploded into the perfect present for Mister I-don't-want-a-party.
I'll share her nearly-too-perfect-for-words idea tomorrow, but for today, I thought I would start by sharing the birthday boy's present's wrap job.
(Are you wondering what she came up with?)
So, let's talk gift wrap.
And making your presents extra special by customizing the wrap job.
My signature wrap is brown kraft paper, and then I embellish things from there. In this case, there were two very special packages to be wrapped.
I wrapped the first present in my kraft paper. I added black and white gingham ribbon, and shred. I layered torn paper streamers, and followed this with some black satin ribbon, along with a homemade tag that I knew would make him chuckle.
The smaller present came to me in a small white box, so all I did was find a perfect picture online. (I googled electric guitars in "Images" online and then added my own text in my cheesy print program, but sites like PicMonkey can do the same thing for you.)
Once I printed the picture, I mounted it on black paper and glued it to the top of the box. Once this was done, I turned the box upside down and added a ribbon and another great little homemade tag with a small clue as to what might be coming his way.
(Can you guess?)