I gave a sneak preview of a birthday present my bother, sister and I recently gave to our mum. Trying to think of a really unusual and thoughtful gift idea, I remembered something my good friend Sue friend had done for her husband.
12 months of surprises
Each month she planned a different day out from driving a train to a weekend break away Cornwall, It seemed such a lovely, thoughtful idea so for our dear old mum’s 60th birthday last year we decided to do the same.
Each year she tells us not to waste our money on her but as she’s more often than not our first port of call when we need something or someone, helping us emotionally, financially and physically over the years(her cooking and cleaning skills are always a welcome gesture!) She is nearly always chief organiser in family get togethers we thought for 12 months it was time to let the kids do the organising.
If like us, you’re doing this as part of a team, we found it easier to allocate each month to a person. Ours runs on a 3 month cycle, so each of us know who’s doing what and when limiting confusion. It also helps if you’re planning ahead.We’ve also put a limit of how much each spends over the course of their 4 months and now we’re 5 months in with the months going a little like this;
November – Posh wellies and a family walk
December – A weekend away visiting Totnes Christmas market staying in a friends holiday let
January – A picnic hamper
February – High tea in a posh hotel
March – A magical mystery tour including a steam train ride and lunchFor each surprise, we write whats happening on some pretty paper bought from the scrapbook section of eBay and we introduced the whole surprise via a poem my brother adapted which was then made into a certificate on Canva.
There really is no limit as to what you choose. It can be a homemade picnic in the local park to a month of weekend breakfast in beds or a hot air balloon ride, this is one gift where your imagination can go to town. For us, some months are going to be lower key than others but the key thing is the thought and it is a really lovely way to show someone how much you love them.
If your thinking of doing the same and need some ideas why not pin the image below to remind you.