Never be caught off guard by a forgotten birthday again! Elegantly wrap a little tin of mints, a tiny picture frame, a fancy pen, or a deck of playing cards; then keep it in your purse, glove box, or desk drawer. Some greeting card companies even make palm-sized cards and envelopes that you can tuck into your wallet for emergency situations!
Also keep a box of birthday candles handy. It's easy to buy a vending-machine cupcake, but the candle makes it look like you thought about it.
i stock up on christmas gifts marked down after the holidays so i'm never caught off gurad when something unexpected pops up
I use a similar idea, but for children. I work with preschool children at our church. I keep a gift for a child (appropriate for either gender) in a gift bag tucked away in my supply cabinet. I remember the birthdays of my usual attendees, but I keep the gift just in case I have a visitor with a birthday, or if one of the other workers in a different age bracket has forgotten a child's birthday or has a visitor with a birthday. It has helped on a few occasions!
I also keep candles, a lighter, birthday plates and napkins, tablecloth and anything else needed for an impromptu birthday party. My favorite addition to this has been a can of spray frosting... that way almost any sweet snack can be made instantly into a birthday treat (doughnuts, rice crispy squares, even graham crackers). Although I have never needed the icing for this, it was once the perfect thing for adding a child's name to a birthday cake in another part of the church. I just told the leader to wait a moment and came back with my can of frosting to write in the name!
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