• Greg Baker

Happy Birthday to Me

Ah, the advantages of a summertime birthday….That’s probably something you might not expect to hear.  I can attest from experience that most folks gloss over summertime birthdays.  Honestly, I can’t blame them.  After all, it’s summer!

But that’s why Leo’s were born in the summer.  We can handle it.  Fun, adventurous, playful – Leo’s share all the characteristics that make summer so great.  Who needs a special day to celebrate when every day is a celebration?

Practically speaking, a summertime birthday provides quite a few distinct advantages.  The timing, of course, is impeccable.  Since summer birthdays are completely out of phase with Christmas, the “present gap” is minimized.  To think that some kids have to wait nine or ten months between their birthday and Christmas, well, that’s just unbearable.

The smaller present gap also yields a subtle side effect – minimizing the gift “hold back.”  Kids, don’t doubt me on this.  Every parent holds back presents if they know another gift-worthy event is approaching.  If your birthday is only a couple of months away from another major celebration, you’ve experienced the hold back.

Summertime toys are always the best.  Hiking, camping, biking, fishing – really, do I need to continue?  Now granted, I understand that snowmobiles, ice fishing and electric socks provide a fair amount of enjoyment.  However, I’m of the opinion that the combination of a 4-wheeler, a gas grill and flip-flops provides a superior experience.

One problem does exist with summertime birthdays.  This problem becomes more pronounced as you get older.  The price of those summer toys increases.  I mean, significantly more expensive.  By the time you reach adulthood, the prices begin to reach some quite disturbing levels.

Needless to say, these astronomical prices decrease the amount of your celebratory bounty.  Somewhere between the ages of 25 and 30, you discover that you’re buying all the cool stuff for yourself.  Not long after that, you realize that the only person that is still sending you a gift is your grandmother.

But don’t worry, it’s a nice card.  (No money, though.  Sorry.)

Fortunately, I’m here to point out a few great summertime presents for you to share with the Leo’s in your life.  As it turns out, a number of affordable options (less than $50) are available.  Please feel free to purchase one (or more) of these great gifts for a loving, caring and most importantly, deserving, family member.

  1. Everybody needs a drone, and the perfect starter drone is the AUKEY Mini Drone.  It’s only a couple of inches square, and at 3.2 ounces, it’s well under the FAA registration limit.  No GPS, no camera – just a lot of drone flying fun!

  2. Every great summer comes with great music, but it’s better if you can take that music with you.  The JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker connects with your smartphone to play music anywhere – including the pool.

  3. Being outside doesn’t mean being out of touch.  At least, it doesn’t if you can keep your phone charged.  The Anker PowerCore 20100 portable charger provides enough juice to charge your iPhone 7 times!

  4. A good tactical flashlight is always useful.  The new generation of LED flashlights is very bright.  Hundreds of brands exist, but something like the Saitec 878 CREE XM-L T6 could be very useful.

I have no doubt that gifts such as these will be received with great enthusiasm.  Just be sure to wrap the present with lots of love!


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