Mighty Life List
Mar 31 2009

Mighty Life List: Grand Loving Gestures

For Bryan’s fortieth birthday, I gave him forty presents.

I lost a few days to wrapping, but it was worth it.

37 Responses to “Mighty Life List: Grand Loving Gestures”

  • Becky Says:

    Dying to know what they were. And did he open them all at once?

  • April Says:

    Holy wow do I feel like an inadequate wife. I only made my husband peanut butter bars for his 40th (he was out of town). But then again, we’re not really gifters. We do the whole “buy it when you want it, no exchanging gifts for holidays” thing… I am dying to know what they were, too!

  • Megan Says:

    No way he looks 40. Good choice!

  • beyond Says:

    gosh, this makes me feel a bit incompetent. and cheap. even though we don’t really give each other gifts. i really love the way you wrapped them. lovely.

  • Danabug Says:

    My Mom did that for my 30th birthday (15 years ago!). We didn’t live in the same city so she mailed one thing per day for 30 days. It was the most fun! Sometimes it was just something silly, like a stuffed animal, other times it was a new outfit. As a recipient, I can say that I really loved it!

  • Molly Chase Says:

    I love this. My husband is turning 38 in a few months. As I am both due with our second child and planning on moving to another state within a few weeks of his birthday, I should really get on this now if I’m going to properly gank this idea from you.

  • Kim Says:

    As everyone else…would love to know what the list of 40 was….

  • Jessica Says:

    Oh my god I feel like the worst wife ever

  • desiree fawn Says:

    omg cute!

  • Chelsea R Says:

    Please tell! Our curiosity is piqued!

  • Stacey Ball Says:

    Oh I sooooooo want to know what you got for him! That’s a fantastic idea :o)

  • Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com Says:

    What a cool idea! For the first birthday my husband and I spend together, I gave him 28 birthday cards – one for every year I’d missed.

    That sort of thing is alot of work, but it’s always sooooooo worth it =)

  • Bryan Mason Says:

    I have no idea why I am making that face – I loved them. It was a grand loving gesture, indeed.

  • emma james Says:

    Too friggin adorable! Do please reveal what was inside each one!

  • kara Says:

    I always complain when I get too many presents….bah humbug!

  • Auntie Says:

    What? You didn’t make your your own wrapping paper??!!

  • Meegan Says:

    I’m hoping that if enough of us beg you will at least give us a partial list. Puh-lease? Because I really want to give my husband 40 gifts for his 40th birthday and I only have 2 years to prepare and I’m a terrible gifter and LADY I need your HELP! Inspire us, per usual.

  • Marge Says:

    Absolutely awesome idea! It gave me the shivers and made me smile!

  • Assertagirl Says:

    I did the same thing for my mom when she turned 40. I let her open a gift every day for forty days leading up to her birthday. It was fun for me and for her!

  • auntjone Says:

    How sweet! We celebrated our 2nd anniversary on Monday but didn’t exchange gifts. I did give him a package of Reese Peanut Butter Easter eggs yesterday as a “happy 2nd anniversary of our wedding reception” gift- we married on the 30th and had the reception on the 31st. I got a smile and a kiss in return and I was happy.

  • tara Says:

    i love this idea and am also dying to know what the 40 gifts were…

  • denise Says:

    Is that your handmade ruffly pink sweater in the background of that pix? Looks like it is finished! We need an update! Model it for us!

  • tootie Says:

    What a wonderful idea!!

    My husband’s 50th is next year… I guess I better start soon. Or today. Or right now. ;)

  • lindsay Says:

    I agree w/Denise… Bryan is wonderful and all, but my eye darts over to the left-hand side of the picture to that flowery DIY project you mentioned in the past!

  • Nancy R Says:

    I too would love to hear about some of the items on the birthday list. My husband turns 40 next month and I have three girls that would be OVER THE MOON at finding 40 presents for Dad. I need a jumping off point, so spill it woman.

  • Kristina Says:

    My aunt either did this for someone, or someone did this for her, but I remember being really jealous of her. I was 8 or 9 at the time, so you know.

  • brie Says:

    What a great idea!

    I did something similar for my significant other. For the week leading up to his birthday we celebrated “Seven Days of Sean” and each day I gave him a little gift.

    Lots of little, thoughtful gifts are always so much fun.

  • amanda Says:

    That is phenomenal! He is a lucky guy.

  • Kara Says:

    Just have to add my name to the petition for pictures of that gorgeous jacket. And, uh, maybe instructions on how to copy you? Pretty please?

  • Heather-in-Australia Says:

    Ooooooh!! Pretty peek at the Astrid jacket in the background there!! :)

  • ryan Says:

    List List List! come on Mason, give the people what they want!

  • Courtney P Says:

    Seriously woman? You are simply amazing!

  • Little Gray Pixel Says:

    That’s such a great idea!

  • kimblahg Says:

    you are one hell of a gift giver. the handwritten book is my favorite- it is priceless.

  • linda n Says:

    This works from a spouse or partner. Never let a parent do this, ever. My mother did this for my 30th birthday, except she recounted 30 lovely stories for me and my closest friends. Stories NOT of my choosing. One of which was a mortifying memory of something inappropriate that happened at the town lake when I was 12. Did I mention my mother is crazy??

    Also dying to know what the presents were.

  • HappyHourMom Says:

    Fabulous You, Lucky Him!

  • Joles Says:

    Love the Paper Source wrapping paper…though, you know, they’ll wrap for you if you ask (might charge you a bit…times have changed). I used to work there (except here), and there’s lots of services no one will tell you about if you don’t ask for them.