Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything
Recently I had a birthday party. At my age, just getting to see family and friends is a wonderful event that fills me with gratitude. And since I am already the recipient of about a dozen people’s downsizing treasures, I asked for there not to be any gifts.
Well, I did get gifts — a lot of wonderful consumables I could share with the party guests (including a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate curls), but also some inexpensive, upcycled, and even free items, that were creative and thoughtful. Maybe the next time you need a gift for that person who already has everything, one of these will spark an idea for you.
In no particular order:
- My husband spent the weekend before my party, up on a ladder with a hose and a brush, sweeping away all the brown spider webs that cling under our eaves. You can’t use a pressure washer on these things, they are made to withstand hurricanes, and a little spray hardly even moves them. My daughter pointed out that at this time of year, I could have claimed they were just ecologically-sound seasonal decorations.
- Speaking of seasonal decorations, my house is now completely decorated for Halloween, with this refrigerator art by my grandson who is in pre-K.
- My older daughter crocheted reuseable produce bags and a scrubbie! She also made me Greek yogurt.
- My younger daughter brought home-canned jalapeños (one jar of which has already disappeared), seeds for the garden, and printed-out baby pictures.
- My brother didn’t come to the party — he lives in another state, where he is renovating a two-story stone house that was built in the 1920s. Since he lives alone, I worry about him getting injured. Most weekends we discuss plans for both his up-coming projects and my husband’s projects, especially as they apply to my stress levels — for example, only one of them is allowed to be on the roof at any one time. For my gift, he took a project-free weekend, so that I could enjoy all my company without listening for the phone.
- My cherished neighbors had our grandsons over to show them their rescued turtles and lizards. (Of course they would do this anytime, but it seemed like an extra special birthday event.)
- My sister was unable to come to the party, but over the phone, she granted me a nap. I took it, and it was wonderful.
- My son-in-law took home our empty wine bottles, to fill with homemade mustang grape wine.
- All the kids ate dinner without fussing, played together nicely, said, “Yes, ma’am,” and gave hugs!
My two daughters combined efforts to give me the very best gift — they took things! A sewing machine and accessories, a box of Christmas village houses, craft supplies, and the Chips and Salsa quilt all found new homes! Now I have a tidgy bit more room for new fabric. 🙂
The one bad thing is that we were so busy, we didn’t take any group pictures, but it was a great weekend.
Today is ScrapHappy for October — I don’t have any creations of my own to show, but I encourage you to go check out the other ScrapHappy posts from: Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Hayley, Johanna, Joanne, Jon and Dawn