Beginning about 10 years ago I started purchasing for Mom a Barnes & Noble gift card in the amount of her age. I think I started around $72; let me tell ya, a few of the clerks over the years have given me rather STRANGE looks. You want $78?!? This year's gift card was for $82. And as per usual elicited the expected LOOK with the comment, "That amount must have some significance."
January also is the month of my son's birthday. So this year I made both cards in December before Christmas. Since my mom's not a particularly frilly person (and my son's definitely NOT!!!), I made a rather plain, non-frilly card. I scraplifted (can I use this word for a card?) this card from CARDS magazine. I went looking for the issue to credit the original designer, but I'm having trouble putting my hands on it. (Probably means I didn't put it away after using it.) My card looks pretty similar to the one in the magazine, except I cut the letters and present with the Cricut.
Striped paper: American Crafts; Happy Birthday paper: Flair Designs; cardstock: Bazzill. Ink: Ranger Sepia (maybe?). Letters and number were cut using Printing Press; present was cut with Beyond Birthdays.
Again, thanks for looking.