Hubby and I don’t typically give each other major gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. We prefer large shared expenditures over small ones: vacations, dachshunds, paying into the savings account, etc.
When he told me in mid-July that he was working on my anniversary gift, I was all “WORKING on my anniversary gift?” What in the world could it be? I got nervous, especially when he said he made a pit stop at Archiver‘s for some materials. Was this one of those cute artwork pieces that you gush over the moment it’s given to you and then think, “um, what am I going to do with this now?” Let’s just say that in Husband’s past gift-giving experience, this has happened…with a 20×30 canvas…of our heads. That’s another story for another time.
THIS anniversary gift ROCKED. It was so much fun because it was not just a gift, but a fun codex-based scavenger hunt. He planned and set the whole stage as soon as I left for Colorado for the bachelorette party. As soon as we returned from Colorado, he drove out to Michigan (to cover his dad’s steel fabricating shop) with Kate for two weeks, and returned on August 3. He was therefore gone in Michigan for our anniversary on July 31. He brought the first envelope with him to mail the day before our anniversary to initiate the scavenger hunt.
I was seriously impressed with his planning skills. He literally planned it and completed the whole thing 2.5 weeks in advance. I am so proud of this man!
I’ll bet you’re ready to see how this went exactly…
He mailed me the first (brown) envelope. The codex was written inside with the very first clue and a sweet note. It should be stated that EVERY envelope contained an incredibly sweet note covering different aspects of our relationship. I won’t brag – but he’s a pretty amazing husband and I’m more than lucky to be his wife!
The first clue led me to the red envelope. It read “memories of the emerald city.” I headed straight to the album I created of our trip to Seattle from 2011. It’s funny, because I did a lot of cleaning while he was in Michigan and the album he hid the red envelope in was temporarily relocated. Can you imagine if it had fallen out?!
Inside the red envelope was the clue to the next envelope, which lead me to “beneath the veil.” Currently, my sister’s bedroom is being used as our second storage space, and my wedding dress and veil live there! I found the pink envelope right under my veil as instructed.
It’s a good thing my mom was home when I solved the pink clue of “tea time table north drawer.” My mom has a lot of little tables that could pass as tea time tables. Nonetheless, with a few extra hints I found the blue envelope.
The blue clue was also a bit difficult. It read “Sangiovese nine hundred forty two.” My mom the wine blogger has lots of wine in the house, but I know she doesn’t have any Sangiovese from the year 942! It had to be a page in her Wine Bible! With a little help from her on the book’s location, I found the orange envelope.
The orange clue led me to “watering can with painted forest” and yes, I knew where this was on the screened-in porch. The green envelope was a little damp after sitting there for a few weeks, but I got it!
Green led me to my first “gift stop” with the clue “behind the little chairs.” This could be a very vague clue, but I knew exactly the little chairs he wanted me to find – I bought them at a garage sale last summer with the intention of refinishing them. They are still in the basement!
I found a bunch of adorable gifts including:
» iPhone case with two little dachshunds on it: I needed a new iPhone case after my previous one stopped having any meaning to it (long story) and Husband paid attention!
» Camera necklace: for obvious reasons of the fact that I’m a photographer with no camera necklace!
» Pitch Perfect: a few weeks prior it was on TV but I was too busy. He took notice and made sure I had it whenever I wanted to watch it next!
» Nashville Volume 2: my favorite show! I can’t wait until it returns for next season. Until then, I’ll listen to the CD over and over again!
» Black, and final, envelope: this led me to gift #5 which was wrapped in the brown wicker basket you see above. In this photo, the “special” gift is below the CD & BluRay…but I can’t share it on the blog. Let’s just say Husband bought his own gift this year. ;)
There you have it! My Husband the creative scavenger hunt / codex maker of extraordinary anniversary experiences! I couldn’t be more proud of what he created here. He could have filled my gift box with absolute crap and it would have been absolutely perfect because he put so much time, effort, and forward thinking into spoiling me with a fun anniversary while he was away.
We celebrated together with a date night out on August 3rd. We went for sushi then I let him pick the movie to see: Wolverine. He was so worried I’d hate it, but it wasn’t half bad. I was probably still elated over his amazingly creative anniversary gift. I love you, Husband!!