Birthday Season! Birthday Season! Birthday Season is in full swing over at la casa de Holbrook, and so far it's been chock full of good friends, phone calls, cards in the mail, and frenzied researching of home wifi speaker set ups. Brandon Holbrook is traditionally impossible to shop for. Brandon's love language is a rather complicated mix of thoughtfulness that's hard to pin down just right--not too thoughtful, but just thoughtful enough that he knows you were thinking of him, without thinking too much and making him feel weird--and I think I'm getting better at it. Every year Brandon decides what he wants his gift to himself to be, and then it's my responsibility to get it for him. (This year, wifi speakers. Any tips?) For my part, mostly I consider birthdays and Christmases a good chance to bulk up Brandon's wardrobe for him, because Brandon isn't the kind of guy to buy clothes for himself, though he is the kind of guy to buy lotto scratch offs for himself, which is a lesson to you that there's just no explaining what other people find exciting.
I'm working with ACCOMPANY this year and they are the best. The best! I went through the site a few weeks back to cull a nice collection of gifts for dudes that are Brandon Approved™ as well as good for humanity at large. Knock it all out all at once. Also bonus: all of these things I wouldn't mind borrowing in a pinch in case it turns out that Brandon loves it but doesn't love it enough to wear it right away and so somebody may as well love it in the mean time (why do boys do that?). I don't know what it is about that leather wallet, but it is calling to me rather loudly.
Other good gifts for a Brandon Holbrook type, should you be blessed with one: some beard wax, to aid in his Captain Hook 'stache styling; a mophie, because nobody should ever be without a mophie, these suckers are life savers; this sweatshirt, which is lovely; some sweatpants because every guy loves sweat pants, and obviously a Pearl Jam record, because maybe every guy's love language is Pearl Jam and/or Dave Matthews Band?
Happy Birthday, Brandon! It's a pleasure being your wife. And with that we close out the BH portion of the HBS '14.