Happy 1st Blogiversary: Celebrate with a Gift Card Giveaway (CLOSED)

By Issy November 27, 2013

**Please note, this competition is now closed**

Angela, Dan and I (a.k.a. The Blog Team) all had a hand in today’s blog post, which marks the very first anniversary of the Red Letter Days blog, or ‘blogiversary’ as it has become known.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a £50 Red Letter Days gift card to one lucky reader.

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Before we get to that, we’ve been having a think about our own most memorable birthday experiences, and have a couple of stories to share.

Dan:

“The most memorable birthday gift I received was for my 16th. My dad kindly took me away to Holland for the weekend to The North Sea Jazz Festival. It was a great weekend but the part that really sticks in my mind is the journey home.

When queuing for the ferry back to England, a customs official made us pull over for inspection. As there were a fair few of us crammed into a transit van, Dutch customs seemed to think we might be trying to smuggle illegal goods out of the country.  When my dad explained where we had been, the customs officer asked if we were one of the bands performing, to which he replied “Yes”. The officer tried to call our bluff by asking us to open up the van and show him our musical instruments. My dad then rifled through the bags and coats, pulled out two small novelty maracas, smiled and shook them in the officer’s face. Customs weren’t amused but we got home safely and all in all, it was a brilliant trip.”

Issy:

“My favourite birthday experience and surprise was being taken to France for a long weekend via Eurostar – first class. It was champagne all the way for the journey and Paris in summer was very romantic. I’m scared of heights so we admired the Eiffel Tower from the base and if it doesn’t sound too morbid, my favourite place was the Père Lachaise Cemetery, glamorous resting place of a variety of greats such as Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Marcel Marceau, Jim Morrison and Edif Piaf”

We would like to hear your stories too so…

For a chance to win a £50 Gift Card, leave us a comment below over the next week, telling us about the best birthday experience you’ve ever had (don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch if you win). 

The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 4th December and comments are moderated, so don’t panic if your entry doesn’t show up straight away!

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries, but as we reckon you are likely to come up trumps with your birthday experiences, we’ll aim to put together a subsequent post including some of the best stories, so we can all share the fun.

Good luck!

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  2. THIS PRIZE DRAW IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE UK AND EIRE, EXCEPT FOR EMPLOYEES OF RED LETTER DAYS, THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS, OR ANYONE ELSE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GIVEAWAY.

  3. YOU MUST BE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE TO ENTER.

  4. THE PRIZE IS A RED LETTER DAYS £50 GIFT CARD.

  5. TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. USERS WILL BE ASKED TO leave a comment ON this blog post with THEIR BEST BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE.

  6. The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 4th December. Entries submitted after this point are not valid and will not be counted.

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Comments

nicola stott says

My 7th birthday still stays with me. I had a party at my house and had about 6 friends around ( was a big deal 30 odd years ago!) One friend tried helpfully opening one of my pressies so I pushed her and had a paddy and was sent to my room for the rest of the day. I am an only child so don't think I understood the sharing thing then- I do now!!

Hazel says

My best birthday experience has to be Pink Birthday cake for my 30th birthday in the middle of the Masai Mara with Masai warriors guarding our camp - they loved sharing the cake and were amazed by glow sticks I had for my birthday xxxx

Lyndsey B says

The best birthday experience I had was on my most recent birthday just a few weeks ago. My boyfriend told me it would be a surprise, and although I cant stand surprises ( whats a girl to wear?) I was patient and let him run with it. On Friday he took me to a fabulous bar with my friends all invited for cocktails and dinner, home for the most perfect gifts, cooked me an amazing breakfast, then whisked me off to a spa hotel for dinner and treatments. It was just utterly perfect , I felt so special and so blessed.

karoline latchman says

As my mother died when she was 43, my 44th birthday was a really emotional day which I had mixed feelings about. However my family pulled out all the stops for me and I was lucky enough to go to see We will Rock You with them and then have supper in London.
They made me feel so special. I appreciate even more how lucky I am to be here and that beneath all the testosterone my boys and husband love me very much

Lynn Evans says

During a freezing cold January, I spent my 50th birthday in a cosy remote cottage with a woodburning stove in Mid Wales. For my birthday treat I went to see a local farmer feed the birds....Red Kites, Ravens and Buzzards. An amazing experience.

John Burrow says

My best birthday was my 30th, on my honeymoon in Hawaii with my wife. We had arranged a day trip to Pearl Harbour to get the tour of the USS Missouri, a sombre but unforgettable trip to the USS Arizona memorial and the Punch bowl national cemetery. Amazing unforgettable experience. To lighten the mood and finish off the day we had dinner at Planet Hollywood before some drinks at our hotel. Great day

Sandra Clarke says

For my 50th birthday I didn't want a fuss so my sister arranged a family trip on the local steam railway. We had champagne, chocolates and birthday cake whilst we chugged through the countryside on a lovely summer day.

davidfendick@googlemail.com says

The best birthday experience I ever had was walking on the great wall of China with my late father. It was his lifetime wish and we saved for 5 years to go out as a family.

Catherine McAlinden says

For my 30th birthday, my husband arranged a flying lesson for me. I always claim to be scared of flying, but it's actually only the take off in those huge planes that frighten me. It was fantastic, I taxied out myself, and under instruction, I took full control of take off and landing. Fantastic experience and I totally recommend it!

Amanda Steel says

Mine was when I was a 12 and me and my sister got to go swimming without our parents, I felt like a grown up :)

greig spencer says

got a helicopter flight over london! it was amazing lol

Sharon Wormald says

My most memorable birthday was my 40th. I had a breakdown in my relationship, broke my back and was still having treatment. I just wanted a quiet drink. My best friend agreed, i went to our local to meet her.i popped into the loo and when i came out there stood a rather hunky fireman",Sharon?" he said,"Yes" and with thats he whisked me to a waiting fire engine outside.On the engine was all myfriends and family..including my dad.Champagne and a disco!...it was brilliant to see the look on my dads face when the "firemen" started to strip!!Huge thanks to my bestfriend who really lightened my mood!!

Philip Traynor says

My big Birtday memory would be fore my 18th, went on an all day bender with all my friends and it was the first time i felt properly grown up.

claire woods says

My 30th when my other half hired a limo to take us out.

aj says

For my 21st I went to Teneriffe and whilse on the plane stewerdess anounced my name over the speaker, as they had a surprise for me it was a bottle of champayne from my dad. It was a lovely surprise because at the time I had not spoken to my dad for five years.

KEVIN COZENS says

I couldnt possibly say here!!!!!!!!

Angie Hoggett says

For mt 30th Birthday my mum took me to a spa for a spa break. She had secretly arranged a bottle of champagne and some gorgeous flowers for our room I was so overwhelmed, it was a brilliant weekend and really relaxing!

Francesca says

Last year - and the best birthday experience to date - involved a trip to Huntington Beach harbour with a group of friends, a dinner of crab legs and margaritas while watching the sunset. Then night time kayaking seeing all the Christmas lights the families that live there put up for a competition (December birthdays have their advantages as well as disadvantages!).

Chris Williams says

The most memorable would be spending in it San Francisco watching Stereophonics in Fillmore Hall the night before my Birthday and they and the atmosphere was amazing. After a very short sleep had breakfast on the morning of my Birthday in the hotel,we flew home and had breakfast on the plane, and then getting home UK breakfast time and having it again. My Birthday went by in a couple of hours because of the time difference. Amazing though.

Nicola McC says

I was volunteering on an excavation up north on my 19th birthday. I didn't tell anyone it was my birthday but somehow they found out. Firstly they hid a box of chocs in the spoil heap for me and I thought that was the end of it but they contrived to get me out of the youth hostel we were staying at and when I came back they'd arranged a little party for me including a cake baked by one of the other excavators. :)

Laura Pritchard says

My best birthday experience was when I was 7 and got a pet rabbit!

Hannah says

My favorite birthday was my 18th we played loads of silly games and the house was full of really fun people who I loved.

sue Seaman says

my best birthday present or i thought at the time was getting engaged, sadly it didnt work out x

monika s says

Actually, my best birthday celebration was thanks to Red Letter days.
My other half won a voucher by becoming an employee of the month so he took me for a day full of attractions in London.
It was truly a magical day!

Claire Eadie says

To be honest I've never had a proper good birthday knees up, and we didn't do a great deal when I was younger either, but I do remember going to Butlins around my 10th birthday and getting stuck on a ride- then it started raining torrentially, that was an experience!

Laura Caraher says

I had a big birthday party when I was 6 and for some reason I had a tantrum and got sent to my room & missed the rest of my party, the following year I made sure I behaved myself :)

LINDSEY CLARK says

My birthday was always closer to my brothers so we had a joint party all the time when I was small. My best birthday was when I was 20 and I went to EuroDisney with my friends on the Coach. It was only a cheap holiday but I was the only birthday girl and in the restaurant they came out with a cake for me with a candle in it - my very own cake for the first time!

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Thank you for all your fantastic comments. Sharon Wormald, with her great story, is the lucky recipient of our £50 gift card and we shall be in touch shortly to arrange delivery. Congratulations from The Blog Team!