I have gifted my husband, the bibliophile, or book-lover, successfully for the past 8 years. I take pride in my gift-giving (love language = gifts all the way). I think a lot about what to gift, I pray about it, and then I execute with great excitement! I know it sounds cheesy or maybe crazy to say I pray about his birthday gifts, but I do. I think God gets great pleasure in giving blessings to my husband through his birthday gifts from me. I know God cares about every detail, including what material items are given to someone on the day of the remembrance of their birth. Boom.
Below I am sharing 3 birthday ideas I’ve done in the past for this book-lover. I hope to share all my birthday ideas with you in more posts but below are the most memorable ones. Yes, they all have a theme: books.
When I wrapped his gifts this year there was a more somber feel. I know a family whose newborn baby girl was only given a few days or weeks to live outside the womb. This family believed that every day and week this sweet child had on this earth was something to be celebrated and so, every week they had a birthday party. Their celebration of the life God gives is awe-inspiring and fills me with gratitude. While I was wrapping presents for Joey this year I was grateful for the 36 years of my husband’s life and the 7 years I’ve had to spend with him; I also prayed for the other smaller and sweeter birthday celebrations that were happening weekly for this baby girl, who is now safe in the arms of Jesus. Birthday celebrations and gifts for book-lovers are good things, good things that are meant to lift our eyes upward and see how great God is.
Birthday Ideas for Bibliophiles (book-lovers)
Antique Book Store Trail
This will take me back seven years to the first time I ever celebrated Joey’s birthday wth him. It may have been the best birthday idea. It was before maps were readily available on phones so I did a map quest trail of antique book stores. That we printed out. And had to take with us as we drove. Archaic, I know. Here are my tips below:
- Do this on your internet browser so you can do multiple stops
- Search the entire area you’re willing to drive; we had sometimes 30 minute drives between stops
- Make sure to call all book stores; keep in mind antique stores change and close frequently (out of the stores we visited many are unfortunately now closed)
- I would choose 3-5 stores, depending on how long the drive is between stores.
- Plan lunch before or near the first stop, and dinner before or near the last stop
- After you’ve completed the entire itinerary, you can print (and be archaic) or click “send directions to your phone” (brilliant)– see below!
Birthday Party, BYOB (bring your own books-to give!)
This was for Joey’s 30th birthday and I wanted to throw him a party. There were two problems, he doesn’t love surprises, and I didn’t yet know many of his friends. What I ended up doing was a get together at a restaurant where he knew everyone who was invited (and helped!) but then I kept him out of the rest of the details. I had each guest bring a book to give to Joey. It was hilarious, sometimes meaningful, and the perfect celebration for this bibliophile!
Browse (and Buy) Their Amazon “Saved for later”
This was this past year’s birthday gift and I was so proud of myself. Each year it gets harder to gift book-lovers something unique. I’ll be sharing more of some other ideas I’ve done, but this year I felt like I was running out of ideas. I knew I wanted to order Settlers of Catan and he has our Amazon prime account so I borrowed his phone to order (it was already getting down to the wire for shipping). That’s when I saw it. Hundreds of books were in his “Saved for later” on Amazon. It was like it was calling to me. That’s a little creepy–more like God was answering my prayer of what to get Joey that would honor him on his special day. And so, I ordered all the books I had heard him talk about or that piqued my curiosity, after all, they were already books he had picked out!
I wrapped 3 of the books separate, just to be sneaky! And then I wrapped allll the other books in a big box (above). He was absolutely shocked. We spent the rest of our time before dinner going through each book, dreaming and talking about the future. It was perfect.
Do you have any other book-lover ideas? His birthday is in 322 days and I would greatly appreciate the help.