Here's a tip: never tell someone their birthday gift on the morning of their birthday while they're still in bed.
I'm sure you're thinking, "Really? Who does that?" Well, my friends....I do. I did that yesterday to B on the morning of his 28th birthday.
I'll be honest, the night before had been a little rough "relationally" [I hate to say we were fighting cause it sounds so dramatic and we really love each other! But we were. We all do, right?] and it was completely selfish of me, but I woke up the next morning in a really terrible mood. I let B sleep until right before I went to work, and then I woke him up to let him know A) he needed to put the dishes in the dishwasher away and fold the laundry, B) Happy Birthday and C) that I looked for him a hunting coat, couldn't find one, so he had a gift card in the living room with a card.
I am mortified I acted like that, just so you know.
I got to work and immediately felt like the biggest jerk in the world, so I called him and apologized. Profusely. Then I drove back home [from work] and hugged and hugged him and said I was terribly sorry for how I acted.
The rest of the day went much better. We had a great dinner on the patio of our favorite restaurant with some friends. We came home and B fell asleep on the couch while I took a Skinny Cow in the bath with me. It was a good ending to a day that didn't seem so promising at first.
And all I have to say now is, I'm never going to hear the end of how I woke up him the morning of his 28th birthday.