I recently found myself out and about without my purse and with only $2 in my pocket. Rushing out of the house, grabbing a small bag and shoving my keys and phone in it and glasses on my head I made my way to my lunch date with Mr B, not realising I'd left my purse with cash and cards in the bottom of another bag.
It wasn’t till the bill came that I noticed my bag lacked anything I could actually use to pay for the lunch and I found myself turning pockets inside out and my bag upside down. Hoping a twenty dollar note had lodged itself somewhere in the bag I was disappointed when all I could muster up was $2 from my jean pocket. I feebly offered the $2 and did a walk of shame out of the cafe. Making a quick exit I began to wonder what I could actually get for $2 and this I what I came up with.
Things you can buy for $2
A song from iTunes
, mine in fact
2 hugs from a person selling hugs
1.5 litre of petrol*
30 minute massage in the Philippines
3 ice cream cones from Mcdonalds and with change left over
A Bic pen
A belt from St Vinnies
A beer in Africa
4 bread rolls from my local bakery
*could be more could be less depending on what's happening in the world and what day you go to the petrol station.
$2 can be a source of entertainment for a few minutes, freshen your breath, sate a thirst and more and if you're really lucky the $2 can become thousands if you buy a winning scratchie.
Buying a gift for your other half can be fraught with the possibility of disappointment by the gift receiver, which leads to unnecessary stress and running around for the gift giver. The key to buying a gift for your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend is to buy them something they would like, not something you like. I once received a vacuum from a boyfriend, yes it was a Dyson and very futuristic looking and did a great job but it just didn’t feel right. To this day I don’t know what the intention behind the gift was. A hint to vacuum more often? A sign of commitment?
Living with your other half or knowing them really well doesn’t make it any easier to come up with a great gift idea but it does give you an advantage to look for clues.
6 tips to help you buy a gift for your other half
- Think about what the other person likes. Jewelry, video games, board games, books, music, cars?
- Have they commented on a movie they want to see?
- Do they have a favourite colour?
- Do they like certain brands? Xbox or Prada?
- Is there something that would make their life easier?
- What makes them light up with a big smile?
Once you have an inkling of a gift idea, for example a video game, think about what kind, if you need to buy a console, does it need accessories etc.
An anonymous sage once said ‘the answers you seek to your gift buying dilemma are right in front of you’. If you can’t see them just ask.
The first gift I gave Mr B was a mix tape cd 5 years ago, when I was attempting to woo him with songs from my cd collection that best communicated my feelings in the form of a soundtrack. I spent days going through my music collection writing down names of songs that made the first list, which I then culled down to make a final list. Songs by Telepopmusik, Kylie Minogue, Massive Attack, Portishead, George Michael, Louie Austen and a few more made the cut and I was very pleased with myself, so pleased that I pictured it taking number one position on the cd rack.
I took great care in selecting the right songs and having the perfect cover to set the tone. The picture on the cover was one I had taken of the Brighton Pier in the UK on a moderately sunny day, with seagulls frolicking in the air. So cafe del mar. So prime position on a cd rack.
I think what impressed Mr B more than the songs on the playlist was that I’d actually made a cd mix tape. He couldn’t remember the last time he made or received one and didn’t think people did it anymore, people over the age of 16 that is. Mix tapes are a great way to capture what will become a memory and it enables us to relive the memory.
Today, there’s no need to sit in front of the stereo with your middle finger poised on the record button, waiting in a state of heightened anticipation for your song to play, hoping to get the start of the song without the intro by the DJ and the final chords of the song without it suddenly ending. In a few clicks on your keyboard you can create the mix tape of all mix tapes in the history of the world.
What songs would make your mix tape play list?
With Christmas around the corner I thought it would be fun to look at back at what gifts would have made you very popular on Christmas Day ....20 years ago.
Leg Warmers, which would have been worn over jeans of course.
Simon (it was a memory game, in case you had forgotten)
An Empire Strikes Back figurine
A Betamax recorder - yes they still thought they had a chance
An Atari 'computer system'
The first IBM PC !
Which ones did you have?
A few years ago I was given Papier d’Arménie as a gift from my friend Robert who had returned from to trip to France. Knowing that I was an avid incense user he thought this was the ideal gift for me and he was right. What I love about the Papier d’Arménie booklet is that it doesn’t look like your ordinary incense, I had never seen anything like it and the aroma is delicious.
I’ve been down to half a booklet for a while and had been trying to find somewhere I could replenish my stock for some time. This had become a challenge as I couldn't find it anywhere in Australia, so I kept an ear out for anyone I knew who was travelling to France, hoping they could buy some for me on their travels.
The Hostile Bacon team is very proud to bring Papier d’Arménie to Australia. We’ve spent the past couple of months talking to Papier d’Arménie in France and we are pleased and very excited to share this exquisite incense with you.
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