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Thursday, April 17, 2014


My Mother-in-Law recently celebrated a significant milestone birthday and I wanted to do something special in honor of this important event.  I mean after all, who knows how many of us may make it to celebrate 80 years on this earth and not only did she make it, but she's been very healthy along the way!

I opted for a personalized gift basket with a number of treasures commemorating her special day.  Let me show you what I put together.
1.  New York Times Jigsaw Puzzle
     This was cool, you can find it online.  It is the actual front page of the paper on the day you were born.

2.  Movie
     "It Happened One Night",  the Academy Award Winning movie for 1934.  Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

3.  1934 "Remember When" booklet

4.  Ritz Crackers
    You guessed it, they were first introduced in 1934!
    (I really love the small boxes of crackers you can get at Walgreens)

5.  New York Times crossword puzzle book
     My mother-in-law religiously tackles the crossword puzzle in the weekly Sunday paper.

6.  Wine
I bought two bottles of wine; one red and one white and made personalized wine labels.   I did this last year for my daughter/son-in-law's 1st wedding anniversary.  I decided to finish them off with "wine bottle sweaters" made from leggings.  I bought the leggings on line and then sewed the bottoms closed and added a bow!

7.  Eight Decades of Music
I put together a compilation of eight decades of music on CDs; including personalized CD sleeves and labels.

I had so much fun putting this idea together.....I love being pampered on my birthday; in fact, as I get older I like to celebrate my birthday on more than just the day.  If it's in the middle of the week, I celebrate the weekend before too!  My husband on the other hand, wants his birthday to be treated as any other day of the year.  So, he wasn't much help.....but, I will share that he was very touched with the amount of thought and time I put into making his Mom's birthday extra special!

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