The gift was this pillow.
Back in 2009, my mom and I went on trip to Paris and London. While in Paris, we saw an amazing embroidered pillow that was a "map" of Paris. My mom and I considered getting it, but decided against it in the end due to price.
Fast forward to this birthday, my mom had MADE me her own version of the pillow. This pillow is so much more amazing because it includes a lot of the specific things that we did on our trip, including our hotel, a visit to Angelina for hot chocolate, the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, and many others.
I especially love the ric-rac ribbon for the Seine river.
Basically, I just needed to share with you guys how amazing my mom is. Her love shows up in so many ways in my life, and this is such a creative one. A tear came to my eye when I saw this gift. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.
I love you, Dee Dee!