January 14, 2011

Birthday Present Ideas



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What should I get him for his birthday?!?! This is the question that runs through my mind EVERY time my husband’s birthday comes around. I want it to be thoughtful, fun, amazing, and something he’ll remember. However, often times it ends up being something he needs. Charlene, Corie, Erika, Lisa P., Tara, Lisa M., and Cami all pooled some of their best gift ideas to give YOU a starting point for a gift to give your man this year!


My husband’s birthday this year landed on an already FULL day :( We had plans to celebrate his birthday the following weekend.  But, with the weekend being 4 days away, I did not want him to feel forgotten on his actual birthday. So the Plan….  I had to think of something quick, easy, and inexpensive! So I ran to Wal~mart and picked up the GAME TWISTER and the MOVIE TWISTER!

After dinner and our daughter was down to bed, I presented him with the two wrapped “TWISTER” gifts. Before I let him open them I said, “I know it’s “TWISTED” we have to wait to celebrate your birthday but here is a little something so hopefully you won’t let it blow you down.”

Before we cuddled and watched the movie together we Played the Game Twister. I just have to say I have not played Twister since I was a kid but surprisingly it was better than I remembered! And it was so much fun playing just with my husband! He really is my best friend.

Blu-ray U2 Concert

My man is the ultimate U2 fan.  We have been to half a dozen concert over the years!  We were so excited when U2 was headed to our town, yet again!  We hurried and bought tickets and started the countdown.  Unfortunately, the lead singer, Bono, broke his back!  Poor Bono and poor us…especially my husband!  U2 cancelled the concert and we were devastated.  Keep reading….there is a happy ending!  Well, the good news…U2 had already been around most of North America and they were getting ready to release a DVD of the concert we were suppose to go to!  The best part is…they released the DVD TWO days before my man’s birthday!  So…for his birthday I gave him the U2 concert experience he thought he would never have!

Sports Fan

My husband is an avid Jazz Basketball Fan. For his birthday, I wanted to surprise him with a night he could remember so I purchased tickets to one of the ‘good’ games (I checked with my brother…I’m not up on all my NBA teams.) At the last minute, I bought him a Jazz hat to wear to the game and for everyday use afterwards. He LOVED this gift, and it gave us a date night to remember!

You could use this for ANY team…pick your man’s favorite and get him a small memento (hat, shirt, key chain, etc.) and tickets to see them play. He’ll remember it forever!

Pop Up Picture Book

Being sentimental is very important to me. I enjoy trying to incorporate real feelings into presents or cards that I make for my husband. It always gets a great reaction from my sweetie. We enjoy doing these nice things and I often see that he will try to beat something that I just created for him. Of course they usually aren’t as creative as mine but they are just as special because they come from the heart.

Well for his birthday a little while ago I decided to make a pop-out book to showcase some of the pictures(memories) that made me smile. He loved it and it was super easy to make. All you need is scrapbook paper, 4 pieces of cardstock, and pictures that you want to showcase. Then of course any embellishments or phrases that you want to include. This present took about an hour and a half to make and my sweetie loved it so much. We talked about all the memories that we shared from the pictures that I included.

Golf Pills

Everybody knows that in order to make sure your golf game is where you want it to be….you need to take your daily…GOLF PILLS!! I can’t remember where I saw this idea, but I laughed out loud when I read the outside of the pill bottle…and then I set to work making one of my own to give to my own talented golfer!  Here are the materials you will need to gather: (Hint: I found my “pill bottle” at Michael’s Arts & Crafts…it was the perfect size!!)

I created the bottle label in Photoshop (Since it was so similar to the example I saw…I didn’t feel comfortable giving out that download.) You can totally change it up any way you want. I loved the one I saw SO much…that I used a lot of those sayings. I then printed it and cut it out.

Onto the bottle – after emptying the sprinkles from its bottle (and hopefully using them on a YUMMY cake of some sort…) and taking off the label it came with, I spray painted the inside orange. (Hint: If the label is not coming off….you can spread peanut butter on it and let it sit for a few hours. THEN – wash it all off. It works, promise!) This was tricky….if you spray TOO much of the orange spray paint…it will drip inside. I would suggest doing a light coat, letting it dry, and then if it’s not to your liking…try it again. You may want to start on this before working on your Photoshopped label…since there are a few steps involved. After the bottle was ready, I adhered the label with spray adhesive. Be careful not to use too much! A light coat (if you work quickly) will work just fine!

And there you go! A fun little present for the avid golfer in YOUR family!

P.S. I also typed up a super cute “official” document (rolled up in the picture above) proclaiming who the “Top Ten” golfers in the world currently were…and you better believe my man was on top!

100 Reasons Why I Love You

A fabulous present that will work for any age birthday is a ” 100 Reasons Why I Love You” book! This is a picture of the book I home-made for my husbands latest birthday. He just turned 30 so that was the lucky number I used to make the book. It has 30 pages, each one with a different reason and picture to boot! Check back at the end of the month to get a step-by step guide to how I put this unique present together. It really was soo inexpensive to make because I just used items that I already had…….like cereal boxes, No joke! Watch for that post near the end of January to get the step-by-step know-how on how to make this book just as I did!


Shadow Box
My favorite part about a birthday is the PRESENTS!  I don’t only like to receive the presents, but I love to GIVE the presents.  My husband was an amazing example of this the first year we were married.  He gave me a sewing machine on HIS birthday!  Yes, you heard right, I was supposed to be giving him the present, but he turned it around on me!  It was such a huge surprise.  That year he taught me how important it is to focus on your spouse’s ‘likes’ and hobbies.  Ever since then I have really tried hard to focus on his hobbies, things he is interested in, or on things he is doing that year.  A couple years ago I really wanted to make his birthday present extra special.  Joseph is a former baseball player and I really wanted to do something with all his great memorabilia from his baseball days.  He also likes homemade presents so I got the idea to make him a shadow box full of his baseball stuff.



This box contained his old baseball jersey, a bat that he split in half (hitting a ball so hard), an old ball he used to practice with, and then I laminated newspaper clips that he kept on his stats/rankings in his state.  I had SO much fun putting it altogether because I knew that it would mean so much to him.  He of course LOVED the present, but he has told me it is mainly because of the thought and effort that went into in doing the present.  So, how does this translate to you?  Think of something that your spouse absolutely loves and create a present that builds on that.  Your spouse will not only be impressed with the present itself, but realize how much time and thought you put into making their birthday an amazing one!
What is the best gift you’ve ever given your guy?


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If you want to see even MORE details/pics on this LOVELY Birthday Organizer…..click HERE!  *sigh* I love it!   :)

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Hi, Diva Readers!!  My name is Colette and I am the gal behind a fun blog called My Computer is My Canvas.  My blog has allowed me to share my passion… and that is with digital design and PRINTABLES!!!  I share lots of freebie printables to help you stay organized, I love creating printable art for Seasons and Holidays; plus I like to post design tips/ideas and digital tutorials each month.  I opened an Etsy Shop last year to share my most *FAVORITE* printables and hope you’ll take a minute to stop by and browse around!


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63 Responses to “Birthday Present Ideas”

  1. Amy says:

    I am an official newsletter reader. Thanks for the ideas, you guys are great. I think i would pick the Valentines banner but everything she has is great! Thanks.

  2. Crystal B. says:

    I am an official newsletter reader and I love them. Also I love Collette’s Snowman Art bundle and I also love the Clipboard Calendars. She just has so many cute things!! Thanks!!

  3. Heather Hudson says:

    I’m an official reader. Thanks for introducing me to her cite! It is absolutely adorable!!! I am super in love with the Mailbox Job Cards. I think these would make great “love notes” or “I’m thinking about you” notes for my hubby! And thanks for all the fun birthday ideas this week!

  4. Angela says:

    It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to.

    One of my favorite birthday’s was my sweet 16. My friends and I all slept in my parents trailer, and stayed up all night just having a good time. It was wonderful.

  5. Dani W says:

    I receive the newsletter! :)

    I think the calendar bundle is awesome… such a smart idea and adorable at that!

  6. Valerie says:

    I receive the newsletter! The Christmas Advent Bundle is my favorite thing, aside from the organization stuff!

  7. Lachelle says:

    I am a subscriber. I like the Nativity bundle.

  8. I am get your newsletter!! I love the Young Women quote album they are super cute!!!

    Its my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to…..my favorite birthday memory with my husband was my first birthday with him. He went all out we got a couples massage and then went out for dinner. He bought me a beautiful necklace :)

  9. Its my birthday and I will cry if I want too….

    My best birthday memory was when I was turning 21. My husband (my boyfriend at the time) surprised me with a suite at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. We got there about mid day, checked in and went straight up to our room, changed went down to the pool for a bit. Later on, we got showered and all dressed up, went to dinner, then the blue man group show, then once it finally hit midnight we went down into the casino so I could gamble for the first time, and of course order my first drink!
    I did not win any money that night but I did have a blast, and will cherish this memory for a lifetime!
    Later on that day, We met up with my dad and had lunch. It was about a 1130am and he told me to order anything I wanted. So I ordered a drink, and of course the bartender knew it was my birthday. So she made it super strong! lol! After we had lunch with my dad, we headed home to rest for a bit, and after we woke up, we head out back down to the strip to a place called the yardhouse-which is were all my friends were meeting us. Since it was my 21st birthday everyone kept ordering me drinks because they wanted to get me soo drunk! Well they did accomplish that…lol! On our way home, I asked my husband so many different questions…such as “will you marry me?” and I remember his response was something like…leave that up to me babe! lol!

    Well that was my best birthday memory!! Hope you enjoyed reading

  10. Meaghan says:

    I am an official newsletter reader :) I love the Nativity Tree printable, it sums up what Christmas is about perfectly!!

  11. Sandi says:

    How the devil are you women so creative?!? Seriously! Are you all drinking the same water or something! I wish I could think of stuff this amazing on my own, but I’m glad I have y’all to do all the hard thinking work for me 😀

  12. I am a subscriber to the newsletter! My favorite thing on Colette’s etsy shop is the valentines/winter banners. Those would be so festive to hang up!

    I have also given you ladies a shoutout on my blog <33

  13. Brandi says:

    I am a newsletter reader and I would enjoy the YW Personal Progress Quote Album Images, although I love the calendar idea-a great one!

  14. Lindsey says:

    I am a newletter reader!! I love the calander bundle! It is super cute and since I try and have a calander for every month this would be perfect!!

  15. Lindsey says:

    It’s My Birthday and I’ll cry if I want too. . .
    My best birthday memory was my 16th birthday when I got to invite mt really close friends and stay overnight at a hotel! It was awesome! We went to dinner and then came back to the hotel and went swimming, played games, did nails, and talked until the wee hours of the morning!

  16. Jessica H says:

    I am a subscriber to your newsletter :)


    I love the Advent Bundle from Colette’s Etsy page.

  17. Jenny says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter and my favorite item is the 2011 Clipboard Calendar.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a subscriber to the newsletter AND I love the calendar bundle (anything to help get me a little more organized!) and the winter and valentine’s banners…it’s so hard to choose just one thing!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…

    On my 27th birthday I was about 12 weeks pregnant and on day 4 of bedrest…not fun. But my sweet hubby made the day so special by getting me my favorite treats, dinner (in bed, of course), and buying the newest season of Bones and watching it all night with me. It was wonderful!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I also gave a shout out to you lovely divas to all my facebook friends!


  21. Laura says:

    It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to! My favorite birthday memory is when my husband (who was only a friend at the time) surprised me with homemade cinnamon buns and my favorite book. So sweet – him AND the cinnamon buns. He still makes me cinnamon buns as an extra special treat!

  22. Heather Hudson says:

    It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to! One of the most memorable birthdays I’ve ever had was when my husband took me out to a secluded cabin for a “2nd Honeymoon” since we didn’t get much of a first one. He thought about everything and made it really special.

  23. Camille says:

    I am an official newsletter reader…and I love it! Oh- I LOVE all of Collette’s work! I love the Christmas Games and I think my kids would love those but I also love Calendar and the Job Cards…so so cute!

  24. Julie says:

    I am an new official newsletter reader and can’t believe what I was missing before I found this website! I really like the Birthday Calendar and Valentine’s Banner!

  25. Karina says:

    I love Dating Divas! i love it, i love it!

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