So, my parents are kinda crazy. Crazy as in “crazy awesome!”
For my 30th birthday last month, they decided to send me not one gift, not two, but…(wait for it)…thirty. Yes, thirty individually wrapped gifts to be opened by yours truly over the course of 30 days. 30 gifts to celebrate 30 years of life. I told you they were crazy awesome.
I got permission to share their card with you all. In it, my Mom explains, “There is a gift for each of the 30 days surrounding your birthday! … We suggest you open one a day starting March 1st and until March 30th. 30 days of gifts for 30 years of life….”
And then she shared the inspiration behind this gift, which traces back to her childhood. She writes, “A sweet lady gave me a package like this before I went off to kindergarten…for the 7 days before school started. I have never forgotten — one was a lunchbox, one a box of pencils, one a new dress. It really helped me get excited for going off to kindergarten.”
I couldn’t believe how much she remembered from those early years! Clearly, those gifts had a lasting impact.
So, starting March 1st, the gift opening began! The experience of opening one gift a day brought back childhood memories of opening up the tiny doors on our Christmas advent calendar in anticipation of Christmas, only it continued after my official birthday ended. Instead of only one day to celebrate my birthday, it turned into a month-long celebration…one I’ll not soon forget.
I couldn’t help but think how this concept could inspire gift-giving for so many other types of celebrations. Here are a few ideas I came up with:
- Back-to-school prep. Just like the woman did for my Mom, you could give a child a gift for each of the seven days before school starts, as a way to build up anticipation and ward off the end-of-summer blues.
- Retirement celebration. If a co-worker is retiring after 20 years at your company, you could invite your colleagues to each contribute a gift to be a part of a “20 gifts to celebrate 20 years” celebration.
- Baby shower in a box. For that pregnant friend who lives far away, invite friends to contribute individual gifts for a “baby shower in a box” care package…perhaps, 30 gifts for the month before she’s due. ***Click here for my post on a New Mommy Survival Kit.
- Anniversary celebration. 10 gifts for 10 years of marriage…or even “10 things I love about you” written on 10 different slips of paper to be posted daily on the bathroom mirror. ***Click here for my 12 Months of Date Nights Gift & FREE Printable and 30 Last-Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine.
- End-of-year teacher gift. Before the end of the school year, collect gifts from each student in the class to give to their teacher for the first 20 or 30 days of summer (depending on how many students are in the class). As a teacher myself, I can attest that this would be #themostepicteachergiftever. ***Click here for my KEEP CALM T-Shirt Gift for Teachers.
The individual gifts don’t need to be big or expensive; in fact, if you were coordinating this type of gift giving for a group, you could set a price limit of $5 or $10.
And to help inspire you, here’s a glimpse at some of the special gifts I received over the past month:
Thanks, Mom and Dad, for an incredible month of thoughtful gifts. It was, for lack of a better phrase, crazy awesome.
Dear reader, what other ideas does this spark in your mind? Have you ever been the recipient of a barrage of gifts? If so, I’d love for you to share your story in the comments below!
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