Bil Browning

Don't tell Jerame I asked you!

Filed By Bil Browning | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living
Tags: anniversary

I need some help. Big help.

gay-clipart-a3.jpgNext Monday, October 6th, Jerame and I will celebrate our ten year anniversary. We know we're going to one of our favorite Greek restaurants for dinner that night, but that's about it.

The "proper" gifts are either diamonds (which we can't afford!) or tin/aluminum. While I guess I could give him a box of aluminum foil, I don't think that's what they had in mind. Any suggestions? I'm stumped.

And I'm running out of time!


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Give each other a big glass of Greek wine, and a big kiss. More affordable than diamonds, and meaningful too.

Bil (and Jerame!) - congrats on ten years together!

there are some very cool cast-aluminum pieces available for not too much moolah:

http://sfmoma.stores.yahoo.net/jewelrytree.html

http://www.umbra.com/ustore/product/299031/c412/ringling_jewelry_holder.html

https://server.deltazeta.org/store/customer/product.php?productid=1009&cat=0&page=10&js=n

http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/forest-jewelry-display-4

or cookware if he's into the kitchen arts:
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&pwst=1&q=cast+aluminum+cookware&revid=2041066798&resnum=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title

or maybe an old tintype photo from an antique store, or find a place to get an old-style tin-typey photo taken of the two of you - you see them at all the touristy type places, i think they usually run $20-30.

just some thoughts :)

Hey Bil
Beer comes in tin/aluminum cans, but only if it was a very special beer! Pots and pans can be out of tin/aluminum but not a great 10th anniversary present. My So gave me a business card holder made of aluminum that I love. If he golfs then a score card holder? What do you two like to do that could use something made out of tin/aluminum? A set of Chairs? A Table? Hope this helps! Regina

I think you're too worried about fitting into tradition. Patricia has the right idea. I'd get him something meaningful, but not necessarily expensive. He'll love you regardless.

Congrats on Ten years Bil and Jerame.Since when do you have to follow with tradition? You know Jerame better than anyone.What do you know that he would appreciate that is within your budget or can be gotten within your budget but maybe on a smaller scale? Good luck and congratulations again

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 29, 2008 10:03 PM

Or something in a 'tin.' Such as Ferraro hazelnut, chocolate covered individually wrapped joyful moments. A pewter tastevin from the wine making shoppe on Keystone opposite Glendale shopping center and a bottle to go with the tastevin. Hey, it is a set!

Happy joyful moments!

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 29, 2008 10:04 PM

Or something in a 'tin.' Such as Ferraro hazelnut, chocolate covered individually wrapped joyful moments. A pewter tastevin from the wine making shoppe on Keystone opposite Glendale shopping center and a bottle to go with the tastevin. Hey, it is a set!

Happy joyful moments!

But Robert, since Bil mentioned aluminum foil, I was sure that given one of your prior posts/comments you would volunteer at least five good ironings!

I hate to tell you this Bil, but unless you start to simplify the gift, the "what to give" just gets more difficult. Next year my partner and I have our 25th anniversary, but if I gave him anything silver he'd assume that I was some kind of pod person doppleganger. He hates silver: Turns his fingers green and then there's all that constant polishing. He'd sooner have a boil implant.

My suggestion is simple: You've known him ten years and you know what he likes -- You. Have a nice dinner, drink some decent wine, talk, go for a walk through town, take in a movie... Any quality time that you spend together is better than any present you could ever get him. Make a memory -- Memories last a lifetime.

Happy 10th, lovey!

Thanks for the tips so far... I should be clear, btw...

We will have Paige with us for the evening; she's 14. It won't be an "alone and intimate" evening as much as a "celebrate the years" evening. She will be going to dinner with us too.

The gift should be something small. Most years we just get one co-gift - something for both of us or for the house, if you will. We usually don't spend more than a $100 on the gift and often the meal costs more than the gift.

I'm looking more for an inexpensive idea to incorporate tin/aluminum into the gift - whether getting him something small for himself or picking something for both of us.

Happy 10th!

Express optimism, aluminum futures.

How about a tin box (or any kind of box wrapped in tin foil) that contains a letter from you sharing what these past ten years have meant to you, or a handful of items that represent moments from the last ten years (ticket stubs, cards, buttons, photos, song lyrics, etc.)? A gift from the heart is always the way to go.

Check this out:

http://ambiance.com/shop-product.cfm/ProdID/3301/

Of course Paige could not take part in the fun- you'd have to wait until you were alone!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!