Give friends and family self-addressed envelopes with one balloon in each. (For a 28th bday, give out 28 envelopes.) Have them blow up the balloon (without tying it) and write a birthday message on it, then deflate it, put it in the already-addressed envelope and mail it. Your birthday boy/girl will receive the mail and have to blow up each balloon to read the messages.
While He Was Napping: Anniversary Gift Ideas: Break your gifts up into smaller gifts. I made a tower of gifts.They were small gifts. - A box of his favorite candies. - A blanket I found on clearance for $5 at Target - Some lingerie from my lingerie drawer (it didn't get used much living with my parents...) - A cookbook (he likes to cook) - A gift card to a local dessert shop we like. Stuff like that. The look on his face when he saw this four foot tower of gifts was priceless.