our christmas gifts to each other.

you may have read a couple weeks ago about our plans for christmas gifts to each other for this year. without further adieu, here’s a recap of what we ended up getting each other!

1. a handmade gift
his: i saw a bottle opener similar to this for sale online awhile back, but thought it was something i could make pretty easily. we actually already had the opener piece, but hadn’t hung it up anywhere yet, so i used a piece of scrap wood we had lying around, screwed it on, made some stencils and painted on the letters. voila! we can’t wait to hang this up right next to our bar!

hers: k made me a weekly calendar using indesign that was similar to something i had liked on pinterest. i love making little to-do lists all the time, so i’m looking forward to using this!

2. a local gift
his: many of our omaha friends already know about the amazingness of lucky bucket, but those of you living elsewhere/under a rock in omaha, lucky bucket is an awesome craft brewery out in la vista whose beers we love. we’ve been to a couple local bars that serve their beers in these adorable mason jars, and a couple days before christmas, i happened upon these for sale at beertopia and thought it was the perfect local gift!

hers: the grey plume is an upscale restaurant in midtown crossing that roasts their own coffees. we’ve never been to the restaurant, but we’ve seen their beans for sale around town and have always talked about trying it. i was actually a little afraid that k and i were going to both get each other the mason jars for this gift, so i was so happy to see that i got coffee! we’ve already enjoyed the majority of the bag of coffee and it’s delicious!

3. a gift you can read
his: as you can probably now tell, all of my gifts to k were beer-themed. i was hoping to find two different beer magazines to gift him for this category, but i could only find one i liked, so the other half of the gift came in the form of several different beer apps for the iPad (they are: beer wizard, beer citizen, today’s beer, mybeernation, and beer trivia, in case you’re interested).

hers: k got me the iBooks version of “grow your handmade business” by kari chapin. i’ve been wanting this for awhile, but wasn’t expecting it as a gift because the paperback version would have exceeded our price limit. i was very happy to receive the digital version and can’t wait to read it.
*yes, we did wrap each others iPads for this gift :)

4. a date
his: i saw a blog post about a couple’s beer tasting party awhile ago and since then have always wanted to recreate that for kevin and i. i modified it a little bit to include pretzel making¬†and beer tasting, created a little invitation in illustrator, and even made place cards for us and attached them to little tasting glasses that we already owned. i can’t wait to have this date sometime soon. i’ve been salivating about fresh baked pretzels for weeks.

hers: for k’s date to me, we’re going to have a wine + cheese night! (can you tell we love food + alcohol?) again, the price limit for each date was $10, so i love that the invitation specifies that we’ll be buying $2 chuck from tj’s. when we do cheese plates, we usually go to whole foods where they have smaller pieces of lots of their gourmet cheeses so that it’s a little cheaper. super excited for this date, too!

5. a donation
his: i was a little worried that i wouldn’t find something beer-related to fit into the charity category, but as it turns out, charitable breweries and bars are sort of the new thing (WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!) i decided to make a donation to finnegans, a brewery in minneapolis that donates 100% of their profits to food security and hunger programs. i love that their mission statement is simply, “turning beer into food,” and event though they don’t distribute in nebraska yet, i’d love to visit and try it out if we ever ¬†take a trip to minnesota.

hers: k took a really different, but really cool approach to this gift. he went through a website called zidisha.org that allows others to help microfinance small businesses of low-income individuals in developing nations. together with many other lenders, we’re now helping a woman from kenya keep her cosmetic business open!

already can’t wait to do this again next year! anyone have any other unique or new ideas for categories?

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