6.11.2012

papa's day.


Given my exit out of the country just a few weeks shy of Father's Day, I had to get my gift-giving act together sooner than usual.  But after getting rid of 90% of everything I own, I have mixed feelings about giving "stuff", unless it's something I'm sure is wanted, or a consumable that will be enjoyed + used up within a short time.

Because let's face it: almost all of us have WAY too much stuff. So much stuff that we forget about half the stuff we own. Then when we find it again years later, we somehow convince ourselves that we need to keep it..."because it was a gift". Or, "because I'll use it someday". It's crazy to me. And yet I've lived that way for 25 years...and am just realizing it now!

So, over the past two months, I've been giving gifts of cash/gift cards toward an experience I know the individual would enjoy. Not just a tacky wad of cash in a drug store birthday card...but a well-thought out, heartfully created, intentional gift. Something that clearly shows time + care were taken to choose something personal, and yet won't sit around collecting dust. 

Gifts for my mom and sister have been easy-peasy. But dads? Dads are so hard to shop for.


Then I remembered how much my Dad loves the Chicago Cubs and recently told me he hasn't visited Wrigley Field since he was a boy. It just so happens that I'll be home in late September, and my fam planned a weekend in Chicago for a family wedding. And there's a Cub's game scheduled. There were plenty of seats available for the game...I tracked down the best my wallet could afford....and BOOM. I booked those tickets faster than anything.

And then began the hunt for a way to not lamely hand my dad two freshly printed Stub Hub tickets. After searching through my packed-up apartment, I unearthed a basket, and jazzed it up with spare ribbon + a striped piece of wax paper. A quick trip to the store to pick up root beer bottles, Kettle Corn bags and peanuts filled the basket to the brim. The tickets were slid into in a manila envelope, then covered with more red + white stripes, and cut out photos of Wrigley Field. Finally, I doodled a little baseball stitching along the corners of his card and called it a day.

All told, I think he really loved it. And turning what would have been a card + two tickets into a cute little basket only cost a few more dollars and a trip to the grocery store. :)

What's your gift-giving style? Do you ask what an individual would like or just guess? Go the safe route with cash or gift card?

17 comments:

  1. This is really adorable! What a fun and special gift. :)

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  2. Love it! And how great that even though you've moved so far away, you know you're coming home to visit in September...

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  3. THANK YOU! I will absolutely be getting my dad and I some baseball tickets for father's day. You are brilliant.

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  4. THANK YOU! I will absolutely be getting my dad and I some baseball tickets for father's day. You are brilliant.

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  5. super cute!! I was just at the twins game yesterday and they played the cubs ... sadly the twins lost. Great gift idea Bethany!!

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  6. dear lord woman you're creative! john's 27th is coming up in august...i need to start brainstorming something fabulous like this soon! hmmmm...

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  7. Love this idea! Shopping for my dad (and now my father-in-law) is the hardest thing ever! I plan on catering something like this to their interests...you're a life saver!

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  8. So cute, love how you put the basket together.

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  9. this is the sweetest gift. you're such a clever one :)

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  10. This is such a great idea and you put it together beautifully. I hate giving gifts I know the receiver won't use too--this is perfect!

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  11. i love it! you make the most simple things look so elegant and important!

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  12. I love this!! I love when people get creative with how they deliver a gift. Very cute.

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  13. What a fantastic idea! I love how you presented it. Are you sure you don't want to go into some sort of event planning/gift buying business?

    My gift-giving style depends on the person. I have some friends/family that love to be surprised, and some that want things only on from their list, and some that love money/gift cards.

    My Dad is ridiculously hard to buy for. If he sees something he likes, he buys it. That includes, clothes, guitars, concert tickets etc. He even buys big items like guitars the day before his birthday (yes, he received two very similar guitars that year, haha). What do you get the man who has everything and wants nothing?

    x Jasmine

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  14. This is really lovely!! So cute and a great idea. Glad your Dad enjoyed it xx

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  15. what a wonderful gift idea!! When giving gifts I like to put my time and love into it and really try to think about what would put a smile to that person's face. Recently, for my boyfriends birthday, I tweaked an idea I found online and I secretly asked a few of my bfs friends and his siblings to write an appreciation letter to him for his birthday. I wanted to make this gift special and not just from me but from everyone, he loved it!! those are the gifts that really make me feel good, the kind that touches their soul. And I'm sure your dad felt the same way bethany :) :) *cheers* p.s you are right about the "stuff" there are things I should get rid of myself! haha have a wonderful..wednesday? (is it a day ahead there?)

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  16. I like to know that I am buying them something that they would really like and appreciate. I for one have had gifts from friends especially clothes that don't suit me and i have had to give away and I feel awful so know I ask for a list and work from there. Generally I like a theme and so buy a few things centred around one item of interest ... that is depending on the cost of the main one lol ...

    xxx

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