3 Surefire Ways to Make Someone’s Birthday Special

There are three surefire ways to make someone feel extra special on their birthday, and that is a fact!

1. Be there. 

How can you tell them how special they are to you if you are not there for their birthday? My parents live almost 700km away so usually a phone call and a snail mail card (eons better than a Facebook happy birthday wish) has to do the trick, but this year, luckily, Easter was around the time of my dad’s and brother’s birthdays so I had an extra long weekend and was able to make the trek down to see them. Bonus points for me.

2. Bake a cake. 

Sweets are the secret to anyone’s heart, and that is also a fact. If someone tells you they do not like sweets, they are a lying liar who lies so make them cake anyways. Fortunately, my dad loves anything sweet. A couple of years ago, I made him this cake. It was supposed to be a sexy red sports car. Major fail. However, the old man mobile that it looks like is probably more age appropriate anyways. Just kidding dad. You are only as old as you feel and we all know you feel like a 22-year-old.


3. Get them a Thoughtful Gift.

Handmade gifts are so much more thoughtful than store-bought. I might be biased, but I think a personalized painting is the best gift. Ideally, not a surprise one. Always make sure you know what they like otherwise you risk this experience.

Awhile back, my dad asked for two paintings, and he got one about a year ago, so I figured it was time to do the second one.  Here is the step by step progression of said painting.



Audi R18 - 36x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Audi R18 – 36×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Can you guess what car this is?

I wouldn’t be able to in a million years, but I asked this question on my Facebook page when I was only on step 2 and several people guessed it and as a prize received a free 8×10″ art print of this painting (so if you don’t already follow me on FB, you probably should since I give stuff away!). Well done Dave and Adam!

My dad could not only tell you what this car is, but easily all the specs about it and every other car ever. He kinda likes cars. And here he is with his birthday present and newest car painting.

Vroom vroom. Nice hat!
Vroom vroom. Nice hat!

And here’s a photo of the painting displayed next to the bar in my parent’s basement because art and wine (or vodka, whatever, not judging) are a winning combination.


What’s the most thoughtful thing someone has done for your birthday? 

What do you do for someone’s birthday to make them feel extra special?

Do you think art and booze go well together? Silly question, of course you do! 

A limited quantity of prints of this painting are now available for sale through my Etsy shop in 8×10″and 12×18″. 

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