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Cotton Anniversary

In just over two weeks, J and I will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. Holy crap does time fly by!

I’ve been racking my brain lately to think of a good gift to fit the “cotton” anniversary theme for the 2nd year. Conveniently (of course), TheKnot.com emailed reminding me of my upcoming anniversary and giving me some “fun ideas.” Most of the 2nd anniversary ideas were just ehh – date ideas, gemstones, getaways…

This guide for cotton gifts basically recommended household items. Not sure about you, but that’s not exactly an ideal gift for my husband! What guy wants pillows, an apron or towels?! This guide for “traditional gift ideas” wasn’t exactly helpful either.

(Yes, this is exactly what he could use!)

So I’m back at square one. All I can think of for cotton is clothing but 1. that’s not overly personal or romantic and 2. he has SO much clothing, there’s nothing he really needs. There is this polo I saw but I’m on the fence about it.

Anyone have a creative “cotton” anniversary gift idea?



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30 Before 30 – #9 Done

As I blogged earlier this week, Sunday September 25, 2011 was our one year wedding anniversary. Accordingly to “wedding traditions,” the traditional first year gift is paper and the modern first year gift is clocks. So, anyone following these gift customs has a choice between something paper themed or something clocked themed. J and I both took the paper route. And I was a little selfish and also completed item #9 on my 30 Before 30 list at the same time 🙂

#9 – Attend Yankees vs. Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium

As luck would have it, the final Red Sox/Yankees series of the season was September 23, 24 and 25 at Yankee Stadium. If that’s not perfect, I don’t know what is!I tried getting tickets back in April or May, whenever single game tickets went on sale. And of course that was a bust. So I started stalking StubHub. I’ve bought tickets through eBay before but didn’t have any experience with StubHub. What I loved though was that you could you could set up alerts for certain games, ticket prices and seating. Whenever tickets matching your “criteria” were available, they’d email you. So I began stalking tickets that were in decent sections (without decent prices of course!). I didn’t want to pay a TON over face value so I waited and waited. Towards the end of July, I got lucky (again) and found the perfect tickets! I didn’t want to be with the Bleacher Creatures since that’s hardly an ideal place to be if you’re rooting for any of the Yankees rivals. Especially the Red Sox. I was able to find tickets in the main section near 3rd base. Sold! Literally and figuratively 😉 The hardest part? Keeping it a secret for nearly two months! I am SUCH a bad secret keeper. But I did it. And J was beyond surprised! He had no clue.

Despite the 9-1 ass kicking the Sox got that game, we had a blast!

(it looks like we were much higher than we were?)

Me and J – all decked out in Red Sox gear, obviously 🙂

My other boyfriend – Jacoby Ellsbury *sigh*

My Red Sox adrenaline was in high gear – I almost convinced J to buy tickets to Sunday night’s game. Good thing we didn’t because it went til the 14th inning (and they won!). I would’ve been one tired cookie on Monday! Despite losing miserably, it was so much fun! This might have to become a regular thing when the Sox are in town 🙂

Now I have until September 25, 2012 to come up with a good 2nd anniversary “cotton” or “china” gift. I better start brainstorming!


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Family Gift Ideas

How many of you still get birthday gifts for your parents? What about Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts?

J’s family isn’t really a gift-giving family so he doesn’t do either. I still do both. Mother’s Day is beginning to turn into a flowers holiday which my mom likes (I think?) since she doesn’t usually get flowers. But when it comes to birthdays, and even Christmas, I’m at a loss for ideas a lot of the time. With Christmas, it’s a little easier because I can straight out ask for ideas. But it’s harder with birthdays since they usually sneak up on me.

This year I went the online ordering route and decided to get my Mom something kinda NYC-related.

Ideas I considered?

Garrett Popcorn
While delicious fresh and warm, I wasn’t sure how it would be via mail. And while delicious period, it’s pricey. 1 gallon tins range from $25-59 but you can’t get mixed flavors at this size. 2 gallon tins range from $46-82 and you can get split tins (aka half caramel, half cheese OR divided in thirds). Add $9.95 shipping for either size (3.5 gallon and bigger cost more to ship) and before you know it you’re spending a pretty penny! Not to say my Mom isn’t worth it but for popcorn?

Junior’s Cheesecake
Similar issue as Garrett Popcorn. While definitely tasty, cheesecake is far from cheap. And I don’t think my Mom is a huge cheesecake fan. So I looked into ordering but nixed the idea anyways. Prices start around $32.95 for an 8″ cheesecake. All sorts of flavors are available too but some come at a price. Some options: $42.95 for Strawberry Cheesecake, $32.95 for Raspberry Swirl, $36.95 for an 8″ Sampler (plain, raspberry swirl, chocolate ganache, cherry crumb), $39.95 for Devil’s Food. You get the idea… Again, 2-day shipping is $11 for one cake, $18 for two. So the price adds up.

Cannoli’s from Caffe Palermo in Little Italy
Caffe Palermo is mine and J’s bakery of choice in Little Italy. We’ve taken my parents there before. And really, who doesn’t love cannoli’s?! If you’re ever in NYC, you must look them up! Or if you live here, try them next time you’re in Little Italy! They have a big sign over the front door that says “Best Cannoli on Planet Earth”. (Reminds me of the scene in Elf where he sees the sign in front of this little restaurant that says “World’s Best Cup of Coffee” – you can watch it here – LOVE that movie!) Anyways, I was excited to see they offered ordering. But by phone. And I’m lazy. And was trying to order her gift over the weekend. So I passed on that one.

As you can see, shipping ended up being a big expense. I tried signing up for online newsletters since some companies give you an immediate discount just for signing up but no luck there.

So, what did I end up getting her?

I went off the Garrett Popcorn idea. My parents sent me popcorn tins from The Popcorn Factory (btw, for a little care package gift, it’s really good and not super expensive!) in college and law school but I wanted something NYCish, if possible. So I took to Google. Because really, what CAN’T you find via Google these days?!

Enter Dale and Thomas’ Popcorn – straight out of NJ and according to The Today Show, “The Rolls Royce of Popcorn”. Now, I haven’t tried it first hand but it seemed to be a safe gamble and they had some awesome popcorn flavors! They have popcorn tins (like Garrett and The Popcorn Factory) but I opted for their “6 Bag Sampler”:

Each box includes 6 foot-long sized bags of popcorn and each bag serves approximately 2-4 people. Four different flavor combos are available (view website for list of flavors included with each combo): Country Munchy, Simply Scrumptious, Chocolate Overload and This and That. And, you can also select a “Sampler” with special packaging including birthday, thank you, congratulations, holiday-specific (Easter is currently available), anniversary and welcome themes.

We’ll see what she thinks!!

Do you still get your parent’s birthday gifts? If so, what do you get them? Do you ask them for ideas or come up with them on your own? Share your ideas!!

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