When in doubt, send flowers.
That's what I did for one of my best friends. Yesterday was Micaela's birthday. I had some really great ideas for birthday presents, but the timing on everything just wasn't working out. Luckily I have them stored away in my brain for future gift giving days, like Christmas, but I have a feeling I'll be sending her a "just because" present sometime this year because she's awesome.
Flowers were always on the list of possibilities, but I wasn't completely sold on it initially because she had given me flowers on my birthday last year and I didn't want to be a copy cat. Then, I thought of a wine gift basket, or something of the sort, but it seemed so impersonal. Almost like I was giving her a gift on behalf of a company as so many do at Christmas. Original plans A, B, and C were feasible at one point, but with each passing day, it soon became clear that they weren't going to pan out.
Plan A was great. It was something she could use (I tend to gravitate towards useful gifts), and I just knew it was going to be perfect. Unfortunately, everything I looked at just wasn't quite her. So I nixed that plan and went on to Plan B.
Plan B was still somewhat useful, but I knew she'd like it because it was something she had previously expressed interest in. Plus, I knew it would be pretty. So I scoured the Internet for the perfect item for her, but everything fell just a little short. Not to mention, it was a tad dicey when trying to determine authenticity over the web.
Plan C came way too late for me to do anything about it. There simply wasn't enough time for me to pull it off. It would have been a handmade gift and one that she would certainly appreciate, but there weren't enough hours in the day and I couldn't make it work in time.
So, I went with flowers. I wasn't sure what kind to get her and I flip flopped between a bright assortment of flowers, tulips, roses, and ultimately landed on an arrangement that was predominantly bright pink and purple. They reminded me of a "Kate Spade" bag she bought on one of our adventures in LA. She loved them. Thank goodness because I was really nervous when I sent them. Would she like the colors? Would she be allergic to any of them? Would it turn out pretty? She told me they were perfect, so I'm pretty sure everything is fine and she's not sneezing up a storm. In fact, they are sitting on her table in Oregon and I couldn't be more relieved that the florist actually left them on the doorstep as I requested. Way to go OK Floral of Forest Grove!