This Christmas I had an idea to put together couple gift bags for some of our family and friends with a sample of our favorite things of 2011. It was a lot of fun coming up with and narrowing down our favorites.
Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon. They started off by doing a bicycle tour in 2008, biking from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California, carrying their instruments on custom bicycle trailers they fashioned themselves. Seriously, how cool is that? After listening to their new album (which we added to the gift bag) and then seeing them live in Memphis this fall, we were hooked!
This year we have tried to drastically improve our diets. One of the ways we did that was by doing all of our grocery shopping at Whole Foods. Their 365 store brand is both delicious and affordable. We are also big fans of reusable bags, so we threw a rolled up Whole Foods bag into the gift bag.
I read The Hunger Games trilogy last summer and absolutely loved them! At some point, Ben decided he wouldn’t lose his man card and he read them right before Christmas. I, of course, had to reread them too so we could talk about it. Ben suggested we name our future daughter Katniss, so obviously he was a fan:) We dropped the first book in the gift bag to get everyone hooked!
Our friends who already owned The Hunger Games got the 2nd season of Parenthood instead. This is our favorite TV show of 2011. I was originally interested because it has Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls, but the entire cast and writing on this show is phenomenal!
Since I launched this blog back in Feb blogging 3 x’s a week, I’ve spent more money at Starbucks on no-water-chai-tea-lattes than I care to admit. They’re like Christmas morning in a cup. Hazelnut coffee at Panera is good and free wifi at the library is nice, but Bucks is my “happy place” so I had to throw in a gift card.
Last but not least, Ben compiled his favorite quotes from this year and wrote out a short explanation explaining why each of them resonated with him. This was by far my favorite part of our gift bag! I married a genius.
So, who’s jealous that they didn’t receive a “Ben and Monica’s Favorite Things 2011” gift bag? Maybe next year I’ll give one away on my blog. What are your favorite things of 2011?