Sunday, September 15, 2013

What to Get Your Wife for her Birthday - A Great Example

Today is my birthday.  I do not know what I expected today, but I have to say, my husband surely delivered above and beyond my expectations.  And no, it was not in a flashy, over the top way, but in a fun and thoughtful way that he knew I would appreciate and that reflects his creativity and humor.

Like most weekends, he woke up early to take care of our daughter and let me sleep in.  He then brought me my mail, and I proceeded to open my birthday cards.  I came to the one pictured here to my left.  As you can see, the names on the return address are just barely legible but not really.  I couldn't figure out who it was from, but the zip code was in San Diego so I figured it must be from some of our friends.  Anyways, I figured I would find out soon enough, so I opened the letter.  Later I would reinspect this envelope to find that the stamp was re-glued from another letter and the wavy lines are not, in fact, from a post office meter but from my husband's pen.

Inside that envelope, I found the following cover letter from my wonderful husband.  I asked "Did you make up this return address?"  He laughed and asked me to think about it.  That is when I realized Santiago Courtyard is the location we got married on the grounds of the Rancho Bernardo Inn.  And duh, the 53010 was the date we got married.  Very clever indeed.

At the end of the letter I was given a clue and told that he had left multiple comments on the Facebook profiles of our friends and family today.  I had been given a birthday scavenger hunt!  I quickly opened my iPad and started my fun present adventure.  The first clue spoke of salamanders and a collision during softball.  This of course led me to guess my dad.  He was the only one I knew who used to carry salamanders in his pocket as a kid and who I coincidentally knocked unconscious while going after a fly ball.

On his wall I found a post written by my husband.  It was clever enough that my dad probably had no idea it was a clue in my birthday scavenger hunt, but it was also random enough that I'm sure my dad had a moment when he read it and had to shake his head a little bit and laugh.  And that's how it began.  The Facebook clues would lead me to wrapped gifts in our home.  And then those gifts would include more clues that pointed me back to Facebook profiles.  It was quite fun.

Through the course of it, I received my favorite flowers (orchids), gift cards to two of my favorite stores, an adorable framed photo and tickets to Cirque Du Soleil.  I gotta hand it to him.  He outdid himself.  He even shared a video he made of our 7 month old daughter signing the card he gave me from her.  Too perfect for words.  Today I am thankful for my amazing husband and how he made my day so special.  I hope this provides some inspiration for you when you think about what to get your wife for her birthday.  This great example surely scored my husband a lot of points.


  1. Awwwww look at Jerry go! What a great gift!

  2. That is the cutest thing EVER!!! What a great guy ;)

  3. Thanks Bri and Jennifer! I do feel super lucky and blessed to have such a thoughtful guy :)


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