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Birthday Gifts for Any Budget

Do you remember this awkward rhyme from school days? Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest (except February) have thirty-one, including May, my birth month. Most people know exactly what they want for their birthday—golf clubs, a designer this or that, a party, a puppy—but, after casually pondering the thought all month, I haven’t come up with anything elaborate. I have, however, decided to give myself a basketful of gifts I can afford:

• The gift of health – My Monday night Zumba party is where I can strut my stuff in the name of keeping my heart pumping to a healthy beat.

• The gift of knowledge – A commitment to read more and watch less TV. I’m currently reading Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls for book club and recently picked up a copy of Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell. After watching the movie, Freedom Writers, about a week ago and seeing a presentation by Ms Gruwell at a leadership conference, I’m eager to know what else the students have to say. Thank goodness for gift certificates and library cards!

• The gift of inspiration – Membership to an online book club.

• The gift of companionship – Lunch on my birthday with a special friend that she’s preparing just for me.

• The gift of deviation – A night off from cooking dinner is a nice break from the norm.

• The gift of fellowship – Spending time with my extended church family giving thanks for the blessings God has given me.

• The gift of anticipation – I love getting birthday greetings and well wishes from family and friends, whether by email, phone or in person.

So when people ask me what I got for my birthday, I’ll have to tell them to sit down. It’s a l-o-n-g list.

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