With Valentines approaching I start to think about what gifts I can give to loved ones that they will not only like but will let them know how much I love them.
So over the next few days I want to share some gifts that I both have given and received that are inexpensive, handmade, personal, and heartfelt. (And that you could personalize and give to your loved ones this Valentine’s season.)
The first gift that I want to share is one that I received for Christmas this year from my sister in law Stacy. (And I love it!)
Anyone who knows me knows that (among other things) I love soda, salsa, and my music…my strange, beloved collection of music…where Neil Diamond is king. And so for Christmas Stacy put together for me an entire Neil Diamond themed gift:
And I love it!!!
Here’s what it included:
*An I love ND sticker for my mini van (a.k.a. “The Neil Mobile”)
*A CD with that includes all my favorite Neil Diamond songs
It’s an entire recipe file full of Neil Diamond Songs and corresponding recipes!
*”Forever in Blue Jeans” with a recipe for Chicken Pockets
*”Song Sung Blue” with a recipe for Blue Cheese Dip
*”Love on the Rocks” with a recipe for a Mojito Mocktail
SO fun! So personal. And, I just love it. It was by far one of my favorite gifts from Christmas.
Now…I understand that not everyone shares my love for Neil (what’s wrong with you people?) but a gift like this could easily be changed and personalized for anyone who loves a certain musician or band. Find them a great new CD, a bumper sticker, a DVD, an iTunes card, etc. and then add in the recipes!
For example, what if they like The Beatles (and who doesn’t?) what about the Octopus’s Garden with a recipe for shrimp scampi, Back in the USSR with a recipe for Hot Borscht, and Strawberry Fields with a Strawberry Cheesecake recipe?
Or maybe they are into Elvis and you could do You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog with a great hot dog relish recipe (if there is such a thing)….Or if they like The Carpenters you could do We’ve Only Just Begun with a great appetizer recipe…Or, well I could do this all day but you get the picture.
I love stuff like this…and I think whoever is on you list might to. (And if you need help matching songs to lyrics…leave a comment…I’m not kidding when I said I could do this all day….)
PS: Thanks again Stacy for all the Diamond goodness!