I do my best thinking on a motorcycle. Today, as I rode an hour to a distant courthouse, my mind floated in a blissful sea of calm. First, I solved Zeno's Paradox (a math problem), then I figured out how to negotiate peace in the Middle East and, finally, I came up with a blog-post worthy of your time.
Pick a loved one or friend and make a list of personal things you know about them. The name of their pet, their favorite food, inside jokes the two of you share. Then take that list and make a crossword puzzle for them!
It really isn't hard. You line up words horizontally and vertically and fill in blank spaces with black boxes. You create clues to the words that trade on your shared knowledge. The process is ripe with opportunities for humor and intimacy.
I made a crossword puzzle for Robin a few years ago and she was so impressed she had it framed. Some of the fun clues were: "Ralph's Second Love" (Motorcycles); "World's Greatest Dad" (Milton); Our Furry Friend" (Juno).
That fact that only the recipient can figure out the puzzle makes it special for them. And creating it is fun for you. If you decide to try this and hit a snag, write me and I'll help. I'm good at making words fit the puzzle.
Here's a shot of Robin's puzzle.