40 Things Beginning With B - Final Update

Monday, 13 July 2015

It's time for a final update on the Novel 40th Birthday present that we did for Mr MoaB's sister for her 40th Birthday. The challenge was to get her 40 things beginning with 'B' (her initial) and I set a budget of £40.

I am so very chuffed that we actually did it! Yeay!

Total spend £39.83 so I managed to do it within the budget including the wrapping paper! The present actually included a £12 Boots voucher as we were well within our budget. I thought it would be nice for her to be able to go and treat herself to some goodies.

Here's the new 'B' items we have got since my original 40 Things Beginning with B post and the update:

Bournville Biscuits - bought these when they were on special offer.

Botany Toiletry set - my Mum won these in a raffle. She deliberately chose this prize so that she could pass on to me for this present.

Brit perfume samples - spotted this on a freebie website so filled in a form and got sent two samples (his and hers).

Blistex Lip Balms - after contacting Blistex, they kindly sent me some of their new range of lip balms. Really gratefully received. You can read a bit more about Blistex's new summer range below*.

Bramwells Baby Beetroot - chuffed with this one as I like that it has 3 Bs! And a big jar cost just 55p in Aldi.

Bilash Basmati microwave rice - bought from Aldi for just 49p.

Butterfly notepad - my Mum found this tucked away in a drawer so again kindly donated to me.

Baylis & Harding Bubble Bath - 3 Bs again. All the other 'B' branded bubble baths were a bit too expensive for the budget.

Bits & Bobs Box - didn't have this down on my original list but a nice little find in QD Stores as it actually says it's for 'Bits & Bobs' on the label.

Bubble swords - a bit of fun that she can give to her 2 kids.

Butterfinger Bites - chocolate sweets from Poundland.

Batteries - she's got 2 kids so I'm sure she'll get through these quickly with all their toys!

Battenberg cake - apparently there's a funny 'family' story about Battenburg cake with Mr MoaB and his sisters. Think it's one of those you had to be there, but seemed appropriate to get her some.

Batter mix - hopefully she can have fun with the kids making some pancakes for breakfast with this mix.

Boots voucher - with so much of the budget left over I managed to get her a £12 voucher so she can go and treat herself.

So the final list of all 40 things was as follows:
    1. Brandy snaps
    2. Butterscotch sweets
    3. Brazil nuts 
    4. Stick of Brighton Rock 
    5. "Things to do now that you're 40" Book
    6. Wooden decorated 'B' 
    7. Bic Biros - kindly sent by BIC.
    8. Banana Bread and Berry Burst Nakd bars 
    9. Bracelet 
    10. Bizzybee Cleaning Products - kindly sent by Bizzybee
    11. Bouquet garni, Basil and Bay leaves - kindly sent by Schwartz
    12. Bloo cistern block
    13. Branston Baked Beans
    14. Glass with a 'B'
    15. Brush
    16. Bear
    17. Boost chocolate bars
    18. Bounty chocolate bars
    19. Broccoli seeds
    20. Beef Bourgignon sauce
    21. Blu-tack
    22. Bazooka Bubble gum
    23. Banknote tissues
    24. Backgammon travel set
    25. Birds Blackboard pegs
    26. Bournville Biscuits 
    27. Botany Toiletry set 
    28. Brit perfume samples 
    29. Blistex Lip Balms - kindly sent by Blistex
    30. Bramwells Baby Beetroot 
    31. Bilash Basmati microwave rice 
    32. Butterfly notepad 
    33. Baylis & Harding Bubble Bath
    34. Bits & Bobs Box 
    35. Bubble swords
    36. Butterfinger Bites
    37. Batteries 
    38. Battenberg cake 
    39. Batter mix 
    40. Boots voucher 

All wrapped up, this is what 40 things looks like!

A couple of weekends ago we spent a fantastic weekend with Mr MoaB's family celebrating his sister's birthday. We gave her the presents on the Friday evening. She was definitely surprised and it became a real family event with everyone helping to open them!

I'm so pleased that she loved the presents and had a whole box of goodies to take home with her. I'm sure this present will be a talking point for some time to come!

I highly recommend doing this present for a special birthday but be warned it does take some effort and you need to have enough time. It's quite a relief to no longer have to scour the shelves for 'B' things every time I go into a shop! It was thanks to some great companies who sent me items to include and a few donations from my Mum that I was able to do it well within budget. I think we were lucky having 'B' as the letter as there are actually a lot of 'B' things around. There are definitely some letters of the alphabet that are easier than others! There are still about 40 things on my list of possible ideas that I didn't include, but no I'm not going to do it again for her 50th Birthday!

*Blistex were kind enough to send me some of their lip balms from their new summer range to include. With the hot weather, it's easy to forget to take care of your lips in the sun. The Blistex range is ideal for prepping your lips for days in the sun and making sure dryness, peeling and flakiness are nowhere to be seen. For healthy-looking lips, there's the Daily Lip Conditioner with SPF 15, olive oil, grapeseed oil and collagen. Or there is Lip Brilliance, also with SPF 15 and hyaluronic filling spheres which provide a natural fuller lip effect along with a subtle pink tint. Alternatively, there's my favourite which is the brand new Blistex Happy Lips in Mouth Watering Mango and Simply Sensational Strawberry which add a fresh, fruity twist for extra protection on sunny days.

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16 Responses to “40 Things Beginning With B - Final Update”

  1. Wow what a fantastic idea, loved reading this and the list of what you got x

  2. Love this, what a great idea. Never heard of this before, but it's so much more thought put into it. :D

    1. Thanks Bea. It did take quite a bit of effort but definitely think she appreciated it more!

  3. Wow this is brilliant! What a fantastic idea! I love it!

    1. Thanks Leslie! It was definitely worth the effort!

    2. Decided I'm going to do it for my nans 80th in december. I'd better get cracking! lol

  4. This is such a great idea & well done for finding all those thing's beginning with B!! x

  5. What a terrific idea! I am so nicking this for my husband's birthday. Well done on finding them all.

    1. Good luck! Hope you have an easy letter for your husband!

  6. I love this idea, although I can manage it must have taken alot of planning! Gonna 'try' and do something similar for when my mum turns 50. Perhapes not an inital as 'N' might be a bit tricky haha

    1. An even bigger challenge - 50! Maybe you could do one present for each letter of her name?

  7. What a brilliant idea, I love it! Might try this for hubby's 40th in 18 months xx

    1. Recommend starting early! Hope you have an easy letter to do!


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