My husband and I have lived in Georgia, on and off, for 10 years. And in all that time, we have NEVER been to a game for any major sports team. We had tickets to an Atlanta Hawks game one time, but something really important came up and we gave the tickets to friends. So when I had the opportunity, via the Make-a-Wish Foundation, to get some tickets to an Atlanta Braves baseball game on Father’s Day, I know it would be the perfect surprise for my sports-loving hubby.
But given that I don’t actually have the tickets in hand, I had to figure out a hands-on way to reveal the surprise. Lucky for me, Walmart gave me the freedom to do something special for my husband for under $25. I decided to go all in on the Braves theme.
Every Walmart in every state I’ve ever been through has offered licensed apparel and accessories for the local sports teams. My current local store was no exception, and I knew there would be a ton of Braves gear to choose from, particularly in the height of baseball season. There were, in fact, so many items that I had a hard time choosing. I went through everything from pajama pants to boxers, jerseys and more before finally settling on a pair of Braves basketball-style shorts for $19.97, because I know my husband loves the way they fit, and a coordinating Braves t-shirt for $14.97. I went over budget by getting two items, but I figured my hubby was worth the extra money spent out of pocket 🙂
Lastly, I grabbed some mini red velvet cupcakes from the Walmart bakery because, well, they cost less than $2 and my hubby loves red velvet.
But this gift had to be all about presentation. Since we won’t have the tickets until game day when we pick them up at will call, I put my graphic design talent to use and designed some faux game tickets, complete with the official Braves logos.
Next, I designed a
fancy simple cardstock pouch into which I could insert the tickets with a simple message: “We’re going to the Braves game, Dad!”
Finally, I made a “Batter Up” marker for the cupcakes. Get it? “Batter up?” Cake batter?
OK. Maybe that was only clever in my head 🙂
We put the cupcakes on a platter and the clothes and “tickets” in a basket, and we were good to go! Please ignore the fact that the basket clearly has a Fall theme 🙂 It was what we had on hand.
My daughter wanted to get in on the fun too, so she designed a sign that her Dad can take to the game to cheer on the home team.
Now we’re patiently waiting for Daddy to get home so we can give him our game day surprise. Wouldn’t the sports fanatic Dad in your life love something similar?