This (last minute) gift idea would be fun to give just about anyone!
One of my sons lives in a different state and is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at a college located there. Because his busy season runs into spring, he hasn’t been able to come home and celebrate his birthday with family in a long time. But this year, his season ended early, enabling him to head home for his birthday (as part of trip to scout local, stand-out high school players) and I was able to give him a HUGE hug and wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, in person…. YAY! The last minute dilemma: I had already decided to pitch in on a birthday gift he’ll receive once he returns, which left us without a small gift to actually hand him on the one year he would finally be with us…. figures! LOL
Anyway, not to be defeated, I thought of something creative & fun, but as low cost as possible I could pick up for him… last minute. Remembering my umbrella gift idea (http://seasonalhome.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/one-of-the-best-traditions-in-my-book/), I came up with a new twist on it! Because they are always open, I ran up to our local convenience store and purchased the same amount of scratch-off lottery tickets as the age he was turning. Then, using double-sided tape, I temporarily adhered each of them along the length of a long piece of curling ribbon.
I cut the ribbon end and tied it to a balloon weight (you can find these at dollar stores, if you don’t have one hanging around) and placed that into the bottom of a gift bag, feeding the ribbon ‘o lottery tickets in behind it.
Then once I was done, I tied the other end of the ribbon to the top of my gift bag and added a note of “what to do” instructions, made on my computer using clip art and a text box.
Needless to say… he really liked it and that made me happy too!