02 January 2012

Funday Monday: Happy Birthday Jubilee

We are celebrating Husband's 39th birthday soon.  The for real 39, not the one you use when you are really 40 but don't want to admit it.  We always celebrate the whole week and call it Birthday Jubilee Week.  Thanks to my friend Emily for starting that tradition.

It is a fun way to get the kids involved, because we usually make some decorations and give a small gift every day.  We do sometimes get tangible gifts, if there is something desired.  But most often we enjoy giving gifts of consumables or experiences.

For instance, this year for my husband's birthday, we are staying on a houseboat.  It is something he has always wanted to do, and the Netherlands has plenty of houseboats to choose from.  The whole family will have fun celebrating together, and it will serve double duty as a mini vacation.

Giving an experience is a great way to let your loved one try something they wouldn't normally do, and it breaks the cycle of bringing more unnecessary clutter into the home.  What kind of experiences make good gifts?  Anything!


  • a class or lesson (horseback riding, dancing, cooking)
  • a visit to a spa
  • a favorite meal
  • a night in a hotel or bed and breakfast
  • a ride in a unique vehicle (hot air balloon, steam train, race car)
Some of these ideas can get a little expensive, but you can always go in together with another family member.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get creative and have fun.  Oh, and 



  1. Love the idea "gifts of consumables or experiences." Our family discussed this after Christmas, but I have now put a reminder note on my calendar for next September - we will set the parameters: "real" consumables, not processed yuk; no sugar-laden temptations… Thanks for the idea that I will flesh out during the next few months!

  2. It's a great solution to a multitude of issues, isn't it? Thanks for commenting.

  3. We've been moving towards gifts of experiences with extended family. I hope to create lots of memories for years to come.

    Funny story for you. A friend of mine celebrate her birthday Christmas Eve. Her mom gave her the gift of a massage, and then said, "By the way, the appointment is in 10 minutes." Great gift, but poor delivery! My friend felt bad for rescheduling, but she was so uncomfortable with so unprepared.

  4. @ Barb: you said it well - gifts of experiences create memories. Couldn't agree more.
    And how funny about your friend. I'm sure she could appreciate her mother's effort, but let that be a lesson to us all to space the timing of the gift and the appointment a little better! Funny!