My nephew's first birthday party is Saturday. I have no idea what to get him.
I know, I know, they're kids - they outgrow clothes in weeks and get bored of toys within months (or days, even). What does it really matter?
On Monsoon's first birthday, my sister gave him a child-sized wooden rocking chair, engraved with a loving note. It's something he still enjoys, and maybe someday will give it to his children. It was a great gift.
See? There are some expectations to live up to here. I also have trouble finding gifts people actually like - or that are appropriate. It's just not something I'm great at.
For Prissy's first birthday, I gave her a necklace made of pearls and her birthstone. It's beautiful, and something she will treasure when she's older.
Had I known my sister would have another kid so soon, I might have thought twice about such an extravagant gift. Like I said, I have no idea what to get my nephew. No idea.
He loves to eat, he needs pajamas and socks, and he likes toys that play music, but those things aren't timeless. They aren't special enough for his first birthday from his best aunt, or at least not compared to an engraved rocking chair and fine jewelry.
I need help. Fast. Oh yeah, and cheap. I'm screwed.
Sanity or Patience: choose one.
Do you ever have one of those moments where you think, "HA! I am sane!" Then you step in dog poo with your bare feet and remember it was your idea to get the puppy...?