The first rule of surprise gifts – pick something you have absolutely no expertise in. To narrow it down a bit – this means going for something that you know your boyfriend is interested in but is too afraid to freely chat about, thinking you might accidentally fall asleep (football, anyone?).
In my case, everything around electric guitars can be classified as “ghost” subjects – I know he constantly browses the latest news, searches eBay for classic memorabilia and downloads records, but we never really discuss it. Ever. I suppose you can compare it to my night-time blogging that he tolerates as part of my evening routine 🙂
So guess what. Instead of giving him yet another fancy belt or a wallet (in fairness, he actually needed those) I decided to surprise him by organising a trip to Joe Satriani’s concert. For those not in the loop (myself included, until very recently), he is one of the world’s most prominent instrumental rock guitarists (15!!! Grammy nominations). He is so good, in fact, that he’s never really played in a band, preferring to perform solo or with selected musicians. On his own terms. Cool, right?
I’m not going to lie, it did require quite a bit of time and effort. Not only did I not know where to begin – my Google search started with a very generic “electric guitar show London” – but I also didn’t have a clue how he would react. After all, this is a surprise gift, so it could have gone wrong easily.
The reason why it didn’t fail is because I really-really tried my best and spent hours Youtubing different guitarists, I picked the best seats available and organised the entire trip. All while he was expecting a delivery from Hugo Boss 🙂
This is the card I designed to build up the momentum – giving tickets doesn’t really translate into anticipation, so a bit of visualisation is always a good idea.
Now a bit about Satriani’s tour. To my own surprise, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever gone to. Joe and his crew (well, I shouldn’t really call them “crew”, they all were extremely talented musicians) played for over two hours, with levels of energy increasing with every song. Bearing in mind that Satriani is almost 50, this made me realise how lazy I am at my 25.
If you are in London and can find a spare ticket, I would suggest you cancel your Wednesday plans and head to Hammersmith. Tickets are still available here.
For the rest of you, I am challenging you to a be more unpredictable with your gifts, you may surprise yourself too 🙂