Tip Junkie dollar coatShe’s the friend who makes every girlfriend’s birthday special!

Meet LAURIE TURK – aka: the Tip Junkie. Laurie is a creative, caring friend who recently dropped by Girlfriendology to be our guest on our weekly BlogTalkRadio show. (Listen in – she has lots of creative tips on gifts for girlfriends, creative home decorating and how to be a better friend!) She also has some fabulous and frugal friendship ideas.

Here’s Laurie’s guest blog on creative girlfriend advice to be a better friend:

One of the ways I show my girlfriends how much they mean to me is by doing something fun for their birthday. Usually we are so busy taking care of others that our big day can go unnoticed.

I usually take into account my friend’s personality.  For instance, one year a girlfriend wanted a fabulous new coat for her birthday that was a bit out of her price range.  Being the frugalista that she is, she had mentioned to me how much she wanted it but just couldn’t splurge this year.  Therefore I put together a “group gift card” of sorts and we all gathered for lunch and gave her this money jacket!  She loved it and made her feel so special.

Tip Junkie girlfriend gameI have another friend that is so outgoing and the life of the party.  So for her birthday, I thought it would be appropriate to play a game!  I made a ‘Julie Rocks’ game for a  birthday party I hosted. I learned more about Julie while making this  game than I had the entire 2 years I’ve known her. It was a huge hit at  the party and made the party focus more around the birthday girl rather  than veer off into casual conversation.

tip junkie girlfriend birthday bouquetFor a friend who’s loves one-on-one time with her girlfriends, I’ll put together an “Around the Clock” birthday.  Arrange for friends and family members go to the birthday girl’s house every  hour on the hour and bring her a flower.  The very last person to arrive brings her a flower with the “Friends are like Flowers” poem.

Friends are Like Flowers Poem

Friends are like flowers each unique in their own way,

put them all together what a wonderful bouquet.

Some are really brilliant full of light sharp and clear,

while other are more subdued to both you can adhere.

You are a flower in my garden that makes up my bouquet,

my friends you all make a very impressive display.

Laurie is owner of Tip Junkie, Executive Homemaker, and partner in Chic Chick Media. She’s also cruise director for her family and all around girly-girl.

What are some fun things you’ve done for your girlfriends on their birthday?

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