That special something that makes them stand out from a crowd.
For myself, I assume my writing and patience (with other people's children). While Bryan has near photographic memory and excellent navigational skills.
My best friend Ashley is a fantastic photographer, however her other skill only comes to play on special occasions. I assume there are others who have this gift. I do believe they are a limited breed. Some try to replicate this unsuccessfully or with limited success. My sister, for example, tries but has yet to duplicate.
What is this gift, you ask?
Why, dear Ashley has the super human ability to choose the most original and fascinating presents!
While this does not seem too big of deal at first, take a moment to think back to the last function you attended.
Were there any gifts received that stood out for originality or function?
Did the recipient seem to favor one gift over all the rest?
Chances are, if Ashley is at a function, it will be her gift that takes the cake!
For example, this past Christmas, Mo and Maeve received personalized pillowcases.
Not just their names, THEIR FACES on the pillows!
|Mo with Mo|
For our wedding, Ashley found a print of our reception site and had it framed. Not soon after Moira's birth, a framed sketch of a newborn Mo arrived courtesy of Ashley.
To say, I enjoy being the recipient of these gifts is an understatement.
The gift that seemed to get the biggest reaction was at my baby shower.
The collective swoon of the room was audible from the outside as I unwrapped her gifts. 12 items from bibs to Easter basket, frames to sleepers, for the 12 months of the year.
|Bry, my enormous belly & boobs, and me opening presents.|
It has been four years since that shower, and I will admit, that gift made quite the impression on me. I kept that idea deep in the recesses of my brain, hoping to copy it for someone myself.
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so Ash remember that!
Our good friends Lynsay & Steve are expecting their first baby, a little boy, the end of April.
They are a fun couple, as evident by the photos below.
Do it Jackie! Just do it!
My brain seemed to say.
She'll appreciate that you liked her idea.
Lynsay will love it!
The other guests will love it too!
You'll be that one that gives the gift that people talk about.
Yes, that was part of the motivation for this gift.
Other guests will talk about it, perhaps even copy it themselves.
Remember how I'm a bit of party planning nut?
Apparently something rubbed off onto me as with this shower I went a bit overboard! My enthusiasm for party planning was somehow transferred into this gift.
In the end, fourteen books and various gifts were collected as I started at birth and ended with first birthday.
|The Books for the Year|
May: Mother's Day
June: Father's Day
|July: Fourth of July|
February: Valentine's Day
March: St. Patrick's Day
To package it all, I purchased a tub at Five Below. Wrapping each gift, and adding a numbered card to the front, I ensured she unwrapped them in the correct order.
I could have left well enough alone. It was adorable. The colors coordinated with the baby's nursery.
I had to keep going.
I had to write something.
Okay, I had to write fourteen somethings.
For each gift I wrote a little rhyme, and at the shower made her read each aloud.
I'm that crazy, neurotic person, spending way too much time and putting forth way too much energy towards a baby shower gift.
And as a result the gift was appreciated.
Who am I kidding?
It was a huge hit and most definitely "The Gift" of the shower.
Sorry ladies, I did love those Polo onesies Sarah and the monkey hamper was adorable!
As Lynsay was unwrapping, I fielded a few questions.
"Is that from pinterest?"
"Did you find it on a blog"
"What a fabulous idea!"
Thanks (under my breath Ashley!).
"You should totally pin it!"
"I think you should blog about it!"
If only you saw me in my dining room taking pictures a few hours ago as I wrapped this sucker, you'd have realized that a blog post was under way.
"I totally am going to steal this idea!"
Feel free, I already did!
For a list of the books and rhymes click HERE!
And if a function comes up and you find yourself unsure what to give. Drop me and email and I'll ask Ash. I bet she has a great idea!!
|Ash & Jac|