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I celebrated my fiancé Ross’ 33rd birthday over the weekend and I had to get creative to make it special. The days are gone of big bashes with a communal cake, so I had to come up with a plan that would be fun for the birthday boy, and his birthday wish helped me figure out a tasty idea.

The only thing Ross wanted was a waffle maker. The man has quite the sweet tooth, and when he is not training for his next kickboxing fight, he likes to indulge in the sweet and savory, so I wanted to give him the sweetest brunch for his big day.

Never underestimate the power of a delicious brunch. It took one trip to the grocery store and less than $20 to snag some waffle mix, toppings, and breakfast sides. I went with mini M&Ms, chocolate chips, walnuts, granola, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. Operation Sweet Tooth was officially a go.

Before he woke up, I decorated the house with streamers and noisemakers to get extra festive. I put each of the toppings in its own bowl and prepped the waffle maker while I baked some home fries. I think the smells from the kitchen woke up Ross, and as he walked downstairs, he was surprised with a breakfast buffet made by yours truly.

I could have taken him out to brunch, but by gifting him a waffle maker and creating the brunch myself, the gift was much more personal and thoughtful. Not to mention, we can have waffles whenever we desire. It's a win-win.

The options are limited to make a birthday special, but it’s still possible to make the people in our lives feel loved. All it takes is a little effort and some whipped cream.

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