Hello People! I am Joseph Saunders. The past month has been a tough one for me as I spent almost a whole year contemplating what to gift my wife, Michelle for her 50th birthday. There are several months still let before she hits the half century mark, but the pressure of getting her the best and the most perfect gift ever keeps building every passing moment. I don’t know why, but for some strange reason, thinking of the perfect gift for her this year is turning out to be more difficult than ever before. I wonder why.
So far, ever since we started dating, it has been very easy for me to get Michelle a birthday gift. It was the easiest thing I had to do every year. She used to simply tell me what she wants, and then I had to just go and shop for it. She would even give me a list of stores at the different malls that would sell what she wanted. Not just that, she would also print out directions for me if the gift was to be bought from a place I have never been to before. If she wanted something online, she would send me an email with all the directions, URLs, item numbers, etc. She has been a blessing. I used to come out shining as she would always love her gift. Why would she not love it? She picked it out herself.
This year, she has thrown me a curveball with a vengeance it seems. When we were talking about her 50th birthday last month, I nonchalantly asked her what she wanted for this birthday. She said she will have to think about it. The next morning after breakfast, I asked her again what she wanted for her birthday. I should have never, ever done that. For the first time in our lives, she replied, “I want whatever gift you want to give me. You can pick on your own this time honey.”
I couldn’t believe what she was saying to me. I sat there wanting to hit rewind. Rewind, I couldn’t and I can’t. So now, I need to come up with a gift idea. I am willing to get help from anyone and anywhere. I have had several brainstorming sessions on my own, with friends, with peers; but, still haven’t found the right gift.
Do you have any good ideas?
So finally I have one thing down on the list of gift ideas for Michelle’s 50th. I was talking to her sister and she mentioned how Michelle has been complaining about her car. It has been several months now that the car she uses is giving her problems. So, maybe a new car for her would be just the gift she would love. But, buying her a car is not that simple.
Michelle doesn’t like to drive brand new cars, so we have always bought old used cars for her. She likes her cars to be just as unique as she is. She thinks that it is important that the car you drive should have your character. There should be a story behind each car you drive. Also, she has an aversion towards the newer models of cars and all the technology that is added to them.
The car she is currently driving, we bought from a used cars dealership in Las Vegas during our last trip there. We were walking around and she saw this car and got pulled in. She inquired about the car and ask the salesman about the who, what, why, where of the car and immediately exclaimed, “Jo, I love this car, it has such a character.” I couldn’t help but buy it for her.
Maybe I will have to go back to Vegas to her gift!
Parents are such a blessing. My dad just gave me a brilliant idea for Michelle’s gift. Michelle is a very proactive individual when it comes to the whole “environment friendly” concept in life. She is the true meaning of going green.
Dad gave me this idea of setting up the trash system at Michelle’s restaurant. He was talking about these solar powered trash compactors that we can buy in different sizes and create a trash and recycling system at the restaurant that Michelle would not only appreciate, but also absolutely love and feel proud of.
I do think that this is a great idea, but want to keep thinking to see if I can find something that she would love even more, that would make her feel like she is the most special person on the planet.
Michelle’s friend Sonia called me up after reading my posts and offered to help brainstorm for ideas with me. After several calls, we concluded that I could do a basket or a collection of gifts instead of just settling for one right gift.
Since this is for Michelle’s 50th birthday, Sonia suggested that I come up with 50 gifts to give Michelle. So now, it is up to me to think of the 50 things that Michelle loves most in this world that I could give to her.
So here they are.... Purple Roses, Chocolates, Diamond Jewellery, Painting by Gaudi, A Watch, Cookbook, Shoes. ... The list goes on.
This might be the best idea so far. I can definitely do this. I just need to keep in mind to get started in acquiring these in good time, so I don’t run out of time to go shopping for all 50 of them.