Now I like to think I'm on the forefront of creative, unique and thoughtful gifts, but my friend Melissa has outdone herself (and me) this time! And I just couldn't resist sharing this awesome idea with the world. I'm sure some of you have seen this before, but for those of you who may not have, you're going to want to remember this one. It really could be used for so many occasions... College Graduation, Baby Shower/New Baby, Wedding, New House, etc.
Here it is! Isn't that a beautiful basket? And check out the pretty ornament. She of course chose a cross to signify the holy sacrament of our marriage. If you were doing this for another occasion you could choose something more significant, like baby's 1st Christmas, 1st Christmas Together, Keys, etc. We are going to write the date on the back of it and will be reminded of this day, and gift, every year we hang it on our tree!
So what's inside the basket you ask? Well, let's open it up and see...
As a disclaimer Melissa had everything wrapped in pretty tissue paper, but the paper was thrown away before I was able to take photos so you'll have to use your imagination for that part. The first thing I unwrapped was this beautiful frame, which by the way goes with my decor perfectly. She printed on some pretty paper, that also happens to match my decor, "Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Valenti... Love, Jerry & Melissa McGrain". Here's a closeup...
WOW! A beautiful basket, ornament and frame... but wait, what's that hiding under the frame? There's more... And this is where the gift gets really fun!
Do you see what I see? Yep... that's a whole basket full of cheer! No wonder the basket was so heavy. The first bottle I pulled out was a bottle of Menage a Trois (which is one of my favorite wines... it's tasty and affordable). Attached to the bottle was a handmade tag which read,
The night you have dreamt of is finally here,
The future surrounds you with hope and yet fear.
You both have found your perfect mate,
Enjoy this wine while you toast this date.
This night is meant for you to share,
Enjoy each other, a perfect pair!"
The next bottle was called "Pink Truck". To give you a little side note, the McGrains own McGrain Land Services and they are known for the pink truck they drive, so this bottle was representative of them. It too had a handmade tag attached that read,
"First Dinner Party
You open your home to entertain and to eat.
A place for old friends, and new ones to meet.
When everyone leaves, share your bottle of wine.
Then roll up your sleeves, it's clean up time!"
The next bottle was 100 Proof Hot Damn! The tag on this bottle read,
When your first fight occurs and your tempers are hot,
Pour a shot, take a sip, and recall what you've got!
Enjoy this pint after your first fight,
Better yet, enjoy making up all night!"
Just so you know... this next bottle my husband and I wanted to pour down the drain as soon as we read the card (insert chuckle here). It was a bottle of Sparkling Pomegranate Blueberry Juice and the tag read,
The news that a baby will soon share your life,
will make you a mother not only a wife.
You'll see your sweet baby through good times and bad,
Jodie - The Loving mother
Joe - The Dearest dad
There is no more alcohol here, so both raise your glass,
And relax, how quick nine months will pass!"
The next was a bottle of champagne and the tag read,
"First Christmas Eve
A wise man turned to a friend and said, 'Wine is better than beer.'
And now is the season for friends, and fun, and lots of holiday cheer!
So pop the cork, relax a bit, and when the night is through,
Kiss goodnight and close your eyes and Santa will be good to you."
The final bottle was chocolate wine and the tag read,
You've been married a year, how the time goes,
No longer newlyweds, you are old married pros!
We hope this year has found you in good health and good spirits,
Keep saying I LOVE YOU, you'll always want to hear it!
Now toast this first, it won't be the last,
And as you build your future, always cherish your past!"
So there it is... the best wedding present ever! You can always add to it for other first's, such as New Years, Valentine's, birthdays, 4th of July, Halloween, etc. Really the ideas are endless, but hopefully this will give you a good starting point.
Thank you again to Melissa and Jerry for such a thoughtful and generous gift. We will enjoy and cherish it all year long!