Fun Birthday Gift Idea

If you never know what to get a certain someone for their birthday try this fun birthday gift idea: get them a gift for every year of their life. I know, at first glance it sounds complicated, it sounds expensive but it really does not have to be. The result is a pile of gifts the recipient will never forget. There are not many fun birthday gifts ideas that result in more joy than this one.

The idea is to get a gift for every year of their life that represents that year in some way. Wrapping each gift individually and explaining them as you go makes for an evening of fun. Here's an example for a guy who's turning 20:

Year 1: Baby card filling him in on what is to come.
Year 2: Phrase fridge magnets for when he learned to talk.
Year 3: Find his old baby blanket or favorite toy when he was three.
Year 4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure. His favorite hero of the time.
Year 5: A pen set to signify his first day of school.
Year 6: A soccer ball because he played soccer.
Year 7: Tabletop pizza cooker for his favorite food then and now.
Year 8: A gross gag gift to show off the potty humor of an 8 year old.
Year 9: Sheet music to commemorate his first guitar lesson.
Year 10: "Simon Says" hand held game. A favorite as a child.
Year 11: Cookie in the shape of his 6th grade GPA.
Year 12: Will Smith CD, with his favorite song of that year.
Year 13: Mickey Mouse ears to remember the trip to Disneyland.
Year 14: Bag of taffy and caramels for the year his braces were removed.
Year 15: New climbing harness to show the year he took up sport climbing.
Year 16: Model car much like his first car.
Year 17: Coffee cup to signify that he met his first serious girlfriend in a coffee shop.
Year 18: Scratch off lottery tickets.
Year 19: GI Joe because this is the year he joined the military.
Year 20: A graphic tee shirt he's been wanting.

As you search for results, keep in mind important things that happened in this person's life as well as important world events. Did your dad see the first moon landing? Incorporate that. Did he break his leg skiing in '82? Add something for that. This birthday gift idea is less about the individual gifts and more about the fact that you are showing the recipient you love them and you actually did listen to all those stories they've told you.

Be sure to really mix the gifts up as well. Give them a few things that are good for laughs and a few things that they will really like. Also, do not forget the nostalgic touches. Anything you can find from their childhood and youth is a huge bonus. Their old baby blanket, their first report card, an old drawing, …

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Wedding Photography Inspiration

Your wedding photos are a huge part of your wedding and will provide memories for years to come. Your wedding photographer should provide you with lots of ideas when you visit for a consultation, and be sure to look through their portfolio to get some ideas of their general style, too. You might also want to invite your photographer along to your venue before the big day so you can work together to decide on suitable places for photos and explore some alternative shots you may not have thought of previously.

An important point is to stick to your personality, your comfort zone and how you'd like your wedding to be described. There are various different styles of wedding photography available, and many photographers will offer a good choice within their abilities. For example, there's the more traditional group or couple posed photos inside and outside the venue; candid or journalistic shots where the photographer captures natural moments through the day; detail shots of your wedding dress, preparations, rings, flowers and all the little elements that make your wedding so special; and finally a whole host of alternative shots which will highlight and make the most of the uniqueness of your wedding.

Here are a few ideas to give you some wedding photography inspiration:

Pre-ceremony shots

These can start as early as your engagement! Many couples today opt for an engagement shoot with their chosen photographer – partly to get to know the way the photographer works and also to get a batch of great, relaxed photos of you as a couple. These can then be used for invitations, save-the-date cards, or even as decoration at the ceremony or reception.

Traditionally, the groom is not expected to see the bride until the ceremony – especially not her wedding dress! – but there are some cheeky and fun ways to get around this for the sake of pre-ceremony photos as a couple. For example, why not find a way to hide from each other while in the same photo, such as standing on either side of the corner of a building or a door (possibly reaching out to hold hands), or be pictured in blindfolds!

Preparation shots generally cover the wedding dress, the bride's bouquet and shoes, and her bridesmaids as they get ready for the big day. If your photographer works as part of a team, you can also get equivalent shots of the groom and his groomsmen as they prepare for the wedding. A lovely touch is to show details without the actual bride and groom to create symbolic images such as the wedding dress and the groom's suit hanging next to each other, or the bride and groom's shoes or rings side by side.

There's also that all-important moment of arrival when the bride turns up to the ceremony that the photographer will not want to miss!

Ceremony shots

These are likely to be a mix of both traditional, posed and candid photos, while the photographer works in …

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