The month of September & October seem to be month with a lot of birthdays celebration. I reckon, that’s because, these September babies are conceived during Winter where there is nothing better to do but make love. Since I’ve returned to the lowlands, I’ve already attended two birthday parties and one family day last Sunday. I’ve managed to politely turn down one birthday party because it is just too much for me. Yes, I can be anti-social like that and I am honest about it.
This week, we have Jos’ mum birthday coming out. This one is not one that I can turn down or ignore right? So that means there will another dutch birthday party for me to attend this week. I’m happy to be present for this one because I always feel very at home at Nelly’s. Yes maybe I will be over whelmed by the dutch language but no worries, I’m used to smiling at jokes that I hardly understand but I make do.
Going to a birthday party means you have to bring with you a present which means SHOPPING for me! And I totally liked that. But wait, shopping for someone can be quite a chore though. The truth is, no matter how well you know that person, you cannot be totally sure what he or she likes.
This is the conversation I had with Jos about getting present for his mum.
Me : What do we get for your Mum?
He : Hmmm… we will get something from Villa Augustus. (Note: Villa Augustus is an awesome place with a Hotel, a restaurant & a nice little shop – I will blog about that place soon.)
Me : Villa again? Boring! (I said that because, we always had to run to Villa Augustus to get present for anyone at a last minute!)
He : we will think of something.
Me : How about we get a voucher from the Garden Center since she is re-doing her garden.
He : My mum hates vouchers.
okay. so I get it. Nelly doesn’t like vouchers. that is not personal. I hate vouchers too… I think that must be the most insincere gift ever.
So… what do we get for her!?!?!?
The birthday is this Thursday, which is tomorrow! And we have nothing ! Me being me, I panicked. So Yesterday, I went to Loods 5. Loods 5 is an IKEA like kind of store but nicer and more pricey. I really love shopping at Loods 5 because I love everything and I really mean everything there. I’m definitely going to bring some stuff from Loods 5 to Singapore when I move back.
Anyway, while shopping, I remembered Nelly searching for new cushion for her green couch at the Garden Center I visited with her. So i’d decided to get her new cushions for her birthday! Brilliant idea? No?
I spotted two that I think would go well with a green couch, so I took picture of them and send them through to Jos right away… here are are pictures
Not so bad right? I think they are both lovely.
Anyway, Jos’ reply was… “Think she don’t like those, better bring her out to Loods 5”
Because he took some time to reply, I already paid for picture “one”,, infact I bought two of them! So, feeling a little disappointed with his reply, I place the two cushion in our bedroom when I return home. And I find them really nice! So that is that… I’ve decided I will keep these cushions for myself.
When Jos returned home from work last evening. He actually liked the cushions and the way it is being placed on our bed.
Long story short, we are still going to present the cushions as our present for Nelly anyway.
My point really is…. how can anyone buy anything and be very very sure that he or she would like it. Unless, that person makes a wishlist. But wishlist can be unrealistic because we all have a budget to keep to. And when the person has no wishlist, we make wild guesses and learn from mistakes. To be honest, there is no one thing i received from a friend that I’d totally love but I appreciate the thoughts.
On the other hand, I really love the burberry’s scarf Jos got me last christmas! But he already know I wanted a burberry’s scarf! so see….. unless I tell what I really want. There is no way for anyone to guess.
So, anyway, I do hope my choice of cushion is what Nelly likes, otherwise, we have to bang on the TWO cakes we are going to bake for her! We are going to make a cheesecake and a strawberry cream cake. I’ve no idea how to bake, yes I’m stupid like that. My sister always says, as long as you can read, you can bake. It is not true because I can read but I still cannot bake! Anyway, Jos taught me how and we already have the bases ready for both cakes, tonight we will complete them with the final details and touches… I will post pictures of the cakes when they are complete! 🙂
So what do you think? Do you also have the same problem with gifts idea?