My thoughts on Gift Giving

What did you give your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Whenever I buy presents for family and friends, no matter the holiday, I like to invest in experiences rather than material gifts. I’m not sure I’ve ever bought my boyfriend an item of clothing. (Except for a t-shirt with a Middle Earth subway map…I mean c’mon, how do you not buy that?) We like to buy each other tickets for concerts, comedy shows, vacations, Broadway shows, you get the idea. I take pride in my gift giving abilities, and I get so nervous watching someone open my present. Their reaction is my favorite part! I can confidently say I’ve never given a present that has been a dud. The one exception to that was the time I bought him tickets to Six Flags for his birthday just because I really wanted to go. He was a bit confused when he first opened his present, but once we got to the park it was clear I made a good call.

SIX FLAGS was ours to conquer

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Anyway, for Christmas, I decided I wanted to do something similar for my Mom, so I bought a “Painting with a Twist” class. (The BYOB painting classes that are really on trend right now. ) I made sure to extend the invite to Grandma and Aunt Mia too. I needed some normal human beings-no offense guys- to make me feel better about painting with Mom, the artist of the family. They weren’t too thrilled at the idea of a painting class, but once I mentioned the wine they seemed to be easily convinced. I made sure to schedule the class on a day that I was in town, so I too could enjoy the wine painting class with all my best gal pals. 😉

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Brie is always a good idea

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The artist at work

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Final products

 

Since I took care of the wine and paint, I had had my brother take care of my Mom’s other love, cake! We purchased a two part Butter-Cream Cake Decorating course for my mom. I conveniently could not find a set of dates that corresponded with the weekends I would be in town for this set of lessons. The only thing to do was to call upon Mom’s faithful sidekicks: Grandma and Aunt Mia, to join her for the fun.  Aunt Mia was the most thrilled I think. And by thrilled, I mean less than thrilled. There was a lot more prep that went into this course than I anticipated. Participants had to provide their own cakes, icing, and cake decorating kits. Which makes sense, being that these are integral tools to decorating a cake, but doesn’t make sense if you are trying to give people gifts that don’t require work on their part. Oh well, lessons were already purchased, so I just hoped my family would figure out a way to make it work. They didn’t let me down.

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Grandma’s butterfly creation

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Ant Mia’s Doggone Good Cake

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PEACE, LOVE, AND CAKESMYMOMMAKES

 

In my opinion, no matter how much wine consumed, curse words uttered, or eyes rolled, an experience is sure to provide more laughter, love , and memories than any gift card, article of clothing, or piece of jewelry.* I encourage everyone to give it a try.

*Exceptions include diamonds (a girl’s best friend) or Harry Potter related memorabilia.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post! I have another fun story featuring a birthday trip gift to Texas and a special guest appearance cake from my cousin. #cakesmycousinmakes

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