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Happy Birthday to HIM!

How about surprising your man on his birthday this year with something that's a little more original and unexpected. Here's some ideas I've put together for you.

"Birthday Wishes "
For my hubby's 26th birthday, I made a powerpoint presentation on the computer titled, "26 Things I Wish For You". (one wish per year he is old) For every wish, I gave him a gift which related to the wish. Some were tangible items, others were not. The powerpoints looked like this:

Example 1:

Example 2:

All of his wishes/gifts were small things like a new kite to fly at the beach, coupons for back massages, cologne, coupons for home-cooked meals of his choice, frozen Alaskan salmon (his fav), fishing license, and other intangible items (aka: romance stuff). And as he went from slide to slide I presented the gifts. I had "My Wish For You" by Rascall Flats playing as well.

If you're spouse is over 30, you're gonna have to be really creative with this one. But, my hubby LOVED it. He really did.

"Golden Birthday"
My friend, Anna Rose over at The How-To Gal, planned this super fun birthday bash for husband's 25th "Golden" Birthday. Check out the details HERE.

"Custom Candy Bar Wrapper"
If he likes chocolate, how about leaving a jumbo candy bar on his desk, by the sink for when he wakes up, or in the car for him to see while driving to work.
Make one up on your computer or with scrapbooking supplies and it makes for a thoughtful little gift.

Photo courtesy of {www.rachaelraymagDOTcom}

"Birthday Freebies"
How fun would it be to go from place to place collecting freebies JUST for being born on that day. You could make a whole event of it! Check out these links.

http://www.frugalliving.tv/free-stuff/birthday-freebies.html http://www.birthdayfreebies.com/

"Cable Upgrade"
So, you know how guys are always hoping for the latest and greatest in TV accessories and packages? I constantly hear about how cool it would be to have HD and better channels.... Well, a fancy cable package just doesn't make the cut on our budget...However, with a little planning and saving, you could check into giving him a cable upgrade for his birthday gift. Usually it runs about $10-20 a month more (so if you were planning on spending money on some hotel room or anything else upwards of $100), he may appreciate this more… If you already have those bells and whistles, how about TiVo? Blueray player?

"Gift Card Bouquet"
Get some card picks from a local floral shop and gift cards from his favorite stores and/or restaurants. (Home Depot, Subway, or even an Credit Gift Card to apply to anything he's been wanting). Wrap in tissue paper or make an arrangement in vase and have it ready to present as a gift.

If yours is anything like mine, he'd rather just get money so he can save up for something big. I love how Shana presented her husband with a "check" on his birthday. She made him think he was only getting a fondue pot, and then...

"I told him to go check the mail, which I had already done, and while doing so I had put my other little gift to him in our mailbox - a Special Delivery letter addressed to him from Mr. Playstation himself...Okay, the letter wasn't actually from Mr. Playstation (as if there is one), but there was a surprise check encloed to put towards the purchase of the game system."

Click on the image..notice it's a fake check?

"Beef Jerky Float"
The "Meat Float Bouquet" is sold by BeefJerkyBouquet.Com for $54.95 but how easy would it be to make your own?! Super Easy! Get yourself a mug (check the dollar store, then walmart) and fill it with some beef jerky.

What other creative ideas do you have?


missy said...

stopping by from SITS.
AWESOME ideas!!!!!!
and great blog....i will be back!!!!!

Melody said...

My hubby's birthday is next month. Thanks for the great ideas! Thanks also for the giveaway! I can't believe I won! Lisa contacted me and I emailed her my address yesterday. Thanks again!!!

Tiffany said...

This post hits close to home as hubby's b-day is coming up. I was thinking of planning a surprise party for him and this clinched it for me :P Thanks for all your hard work putting together these posts!

Rhiannon Bosse said...

wow Cher, what fab ideas, so easy and creative and sure to be a hit! I will use these for the fiances 27th birthday next year and hopefully he will love it too!! thanks!

Unknown said...

Awesome as always!! My hunny would appreciate the power point thing...and I'm loving the new style!

Debbie said...

How clever you are! I loved these ideas.
Dropped by from SITS.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful ideas...as always!

Anonymous said...

Super Ideas Cher! I needed these ideas last month!.. :)

Cher said...

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Shelley said...

Super cute Cher!! I'm using some of these ideas for my upcoming husbands 30th {gasp}! :) -Shelley (HowDoesShe)

Craven Corner said...

For my husbands birthday I'm doing the "12 days of his birthday." I give him a gift each day. I really like the idea of the "wishes for you". You could use these same gift ideas for the 12 days of Christmas to countdown to his birthday. My husband loves it.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog on Stumbleupon, and man, I wish I had found it sooner! My boyfriend's birthday was this last weekend, and I totally could have used some of your tips! But I'll be visiting him in a few weeks, so I'll be sure to follow a bunch of your advice then!
Thanks again!

Emilia edward said...

Getting birthday gifts for men can be challenging especially if you do not know what to buy.

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Frenie said...

Terrific idea you have here as always, from the birthday wishes up to gift ideas. They are all nice and very considerate. Keep it up !!

Ashlee Rolfson said...

Your description of the excitement and curiosity leading up to the unveiling of the present resonated with me. It's these moments that make life truly special. The carefully chosen gift, the waiting, and the eventual reveal create a wonderful story that brings smiles to our faces.
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Barbara Nimmo said...

I absolutely loved reading this heartwarming blog post! The way you've described the thoughtful birthday surprise is truly touching. It's incredible how the simplest gestures can mean so much to someone we care about.

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