The past few days have been filled with all sorts of celebration. Â My dad turned the big 6-0, and the Young One graduated high school. Â Three cheers, two milestones, one present wrapping, partying, driving, cheering, cake and ice cream sort of weekend. Â (Next weekend will involve lots of naps.)
It’s been a reflective time… words of clichÃ©d wisdom sifted through cards and speeches, and the simultaneous looking forward/ looking back that naturally happens during moments like these. Â And a time of gift giving. Â Trying to find the perfect –Â something —Â that sums up all the love, pride, and admiration of a lifetime, while still being smaller than a breadbox. Â
While the Young One is quite adept at dropping hints, (come to think of it, she’s quite adept at dropping lots of things) my dad has always been a bit more challenging when it comes to presents. Â His hobbies are selling stuff on eBay and taking trips to see his grandkids. Â What do you give the person who is getting rid of everything??
I’m a big believer in making it personal — if I can’t think of what to get, I try to give something that celebrates a memory, or creates a new one. Â SoÂ I dug through the family photos and found this great picture of my dad and my daughter. Â I printed it on etched zinc, and lined the back with thick wool felt and a snazzy label and turned it into a coaster. Â I knew he’d love the photo, and if there’s one thing that is part of my dad’s routine, it’s a cup of coffee — and the age-old joke about only two kinds of coffee, black and ruined. Â I think he liked it, or maybe he just got a little something in his eye.
Father’s Day Gifts
Father’s Day is approaching, andÂ if you just so happen to be looking for a custom gift that celebrates a memory while still being smaller than a breadbox, let me know if a metal photo coaster would fit the bill. Â Just send me your favorite picture of your dad/ kids/ dog by June 10thÂ and I’ll email you an invoice and do the rest.Â Cost is $35 including shipping (within the U.S.) Â I’ll make the coaster, you can make the coffee — so long as it’s black, just like it should be. Â Â Click here to Contact Us
The Burning Question
And now to answer the burning question that is on at least some of our minds — what is the Young One up to next? Â
I’m sure it will be fabulous.
Take care, and have a great week :)