On Present Giving

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A lot of people I know spend a lot of money on meaningless physical gifts, and while that’s fine, I personally feel that even if you do have the money and want to splash out, a present should be something special, something that wouldn’t make sense if you gave it to anyone else.

Now I can’t say i’ve always been a great present giver, i’ve always loved getting people gifts, and enjoyed organising surprise birthday parties for my friends, but I think it takes love to really inspire you.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that my gifts for my boyfriend will make him happy!

He’s half Chinese-Malaysian (from Malacca) and when I was over there recently I was told in a museum that a traditional birthday gift for Straits Malaysian people was a red box with eggs, candles, sugar and noodles inside – so that’s exactly what I got him!

Sugar – to ensure your life is always sweet

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Candles, to light up your life
(28 birthday candles to put on the cake after)

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Noodles, for longevity
(It was seriously hard work finding some that fit into this tiny box!)

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Eggs, to bless you with many children and grandchildren
(Chocolate eggs)

I nested the 4 boxes of gifts in a larger box (all bought from Paperchase) and had quite a bit of fun with the shredded tissue!

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Underneath the four boxes and plentiful shredded paper was a slip of paper: a voucher for a full day woodworking lesson. It was something that he’s really been wanting to do and I know he’ll be amazing at it since he has an incredible eye for aesthetics. The course will show him how to make a planter pot which I hope will look great on his front porch, at the moment there’s just an assortment of tiny flower pots which don’t really match.

Birthday card:

I couldn’t decide between 2 birthday cards so I decided to get both and stick them together! I absolutely love Quentin Blake’s drawings so loved this card straight away. Also, my boyfriend has a giant dragon tattoo on his arm which I call Custard (after the Ogden Nash poem) so it seemed appropriate. The second card had a bunch of old men on with the line ‘have a right laugh with the lads on your birthday’. He’s going away with his friends for his birthday weekend, so equally appropriate!

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And finally… the cake!

Chocolate (the first cake I have ever made!) with kaya as icing – which is a Malaysian coconut jam that we both really love :)

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