Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Gift Idea

 Wondering what to buy that special someone?

How about a framed print of their favourite album cover.

I am finding it increasingly difficult to know what to buy the hubster.  The older we get, the less we need anything and the more we already have.  

When it came to Fathers Day this year, I decided to celebrate us as a couple which led to our children being born. Part of the celebration of us, is a story about Supertramp's "Even in the Quietest Moments" album.

The hubster and I met at Canberra Racecourse on Melbourne Cup day, many years ago.  I was going through a breakup at the time and he was fresh from a breakup too.  

We starting chatting to each other by phone at which point he suggested I listen to the Supertramp album.  Supertramp is his favourite band and some of the songs, especially "Downstream", hold special meaning. 

So he loaned me the CD and on a rainy day as I watched the greenery sway outside my lounge room window on my own, I listened to "Downstream" and began to appreciate the guy who had given it to me.

Fast forward a few years to a work trip we took to Melbourne as newly weds.  We walked into the hotel foyer to find a pianist playing at the bar.  Before we headed to our function, we asked the man if by chance he knew how to play "Downstream".  He played a few keys, hesitated, started again, got his rhythm and gave us our own private concert. 

Fast forward another year to another trip to Melbourne to attend the same annual function.  We walked into the same hotel foyer and saw the same pianist playing at the bar.  He recognised us and immediately started to play "Downstream".  


The above reflection is part of our love story.  Which is why I somehow managed to find the idea in the deepest recesses of my brain to have the soundtrack to our love story framed.

That picture now hangs in our lounge room above the hubster's electric guitars, between the comfort and warmth of our fireplace and the windows to our outside world.  Right where our love story can be found - in the middle of comfort and adventure. 

So if you're wondering what gift to buy that someone special in your life, see if you can find their all time favourite album and get it framed.  Whether as a print as I did, or by going onto EBay and tracking down the actual record and framing it yourself.  

My "Even in the Quietest Moments" print was bought via Redbubble (Australia) and came already framed.  There are multiple sizes, frame colours and mat colours to choose from.  You can purchase it with frame or without frame. With a thorough search of the inter-webs, I'm sure you'll find the album you're looking for. 

The big question is, now that I nailed Fathers Day, what the hell do I buy him for Christmas?

Do you have a great gift idea?

What gifts lie in your love story?

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? 

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  1. This is a brilliant idea. I'm in a Secret Santa and this would be perfect for one guy! (Alas I didn't get that guy!)

  2. What a lovely gift for your husband. I haven't started Christmas shopping yet. Should do it soon.

  3. How thoughtful and good to know of this idea. I admit, we stopped presents as such a very long time ago. Money for one reason but to be honest, we are very well sorted with what we have now. Mind you it is our Golden Wedding Anniversary on 23 Jan 2021 and although I am not a yellow gold fan, I want us to have a memento gift to share as a memory. Thanks for your link up as always dear Leanne! Denyse x

  4. I've struggled with gift-giving while not earning an income for 5 or 6 of the past 8 years. I don't have many people to buy for but have tried to give my niece 'stuff' that's been of value to me in lieu of gifts. A few years ago I gave her silk I'd had since I lived in Cambodia in the late 1990s (I'd been saving for something special). For her 21st I gave her a very expensive necklace I'd bought there (that I would have left her in my will anyway). And for her recent birthday I gave her my original Star Wars figurines from the 1970s.

  5. That's a fabulous idea for a gift for your hubby. My hubby loves Van Morrison but I'm not sure what his favourite Van Morrison album would be. I might have to do some digging!

  6. I love this Leanne - and the story that goes with it. I always associate Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" album with an old boyfriend (and still know most of the songs off by heart..."take a look at my girlfriend, she's the only one I got....") As for Christmas - I only buy for the grandgirls these days (and the husband - but he already has something in mind so he'll be easy).

  7. I have 1/2 of my Christmas shopping done (sounds so much better when I say it that way as really all my nieces and nephews requested money or gift cards!). LOL.

  8. That is so very cool. Love it. I don't have any gift-giving done. LOL. I know I am bad.

  9. Love that idea! My hubby is a music lover from way back. I know he would like a framed album cover of one of the Beatles' albums.


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