My Epic DIY Wedding Gift to my Best Friend

I love giving gifts. If I had a superpower, I think mine would be giving gifts because I kick freaking ass at it. I’m pretty much a black belt in present giving, and for my best friends wedding, I wanted to give a gift that was the equivalent of throwing a ninja star through her heart like any best friend would. And look she agrees!

The ‘postcard’ book is a book of postcards I collected for about two years with bits of love advice and congratulations from around the world using the website Postcrossing. It’s a send and receives a website that allows you to get a random postcard from someone in the world. I set up the account to receive cards the moment I knew he had purchased the ring. It was simple enough, I sent postcards out to people, and then after those were received, I got one back in the mail addressed to my friend and her now husband.

During this time I researched professional book printing and landed on Blurb which had the most graphically appealing look to me. There were more affordable resources out there, but at the end of the day, I just loved the samples and quality that Blurb produced. While I was collected postcards, I created a layout in InDesign for the book I’d eventually have printed, just updating as a new card arrived. Also, none of this is promoted but hands down, I will use blurb again for custom book printing.

A few weeks before their wedding, I ordered the 7”x7” hardcover book and had the book on time to give her on her wedding day and make her cry really good.

I might joke and not want to talk about feelings face to face, but the fact is when she and I were just moving in together we had a bonding moment at Costco. We both really took a chance because besides hating our ex-boss we both didn’t know each other, like at all, but we made a risk and went for it. Because what the hell is being in your 20s for if not moving in with random girls you end up being best friends and soul mates with? On this bonding trip to Costco, she told me all her personal rules (which I’ve forgotten now but also think they are embedded into my mind, so I’m not worried about breaking them) which I appreciated because I had an instant map of navigating any sort of personality conflict landmines. She told me what she liked and didn’t care about, and I probably came off like I had the personality of a wet blanket, but as long as you don’t touch my f*cking computer, I’m pretty easy to live with. She also shared with me this thing she loved called Postcrossing. She had done it with her mom and had collected hundreds of postcards from all over the world which was neatly organized into categories and hung up on the wall for quick reading. She also told me how her favorite experience from it had been a father asking for life advice for his son that he would gift on his 18th birthday.

So she literally told me what was special to her. It was the easiest and most fun gift I have ever had the pleasure to gift to someone who means the world to me.

Have a similar gift-giving power/gift giving story? Please share! I know I am always looking for inspiration!