Tiffany Lamp: My FIL loves these lamps and has them all over his house. Including a lamp like the one he has sitting next to his spot on the sofa made it very personal.
Coffee Cup: I know that he loves his coffee and drinks several cups a day. I couldn't let him have his retirement without a nice cuppa!
To Do List: It's a family joke that my FIL has a never-ending to do list thanks to his lovely wife who always has to keep busy. Their home is an ongoing renovation project so most likely he will be more busy in his retirement than he has been at work! So the long to do list is a bit of an inside joke.
Tartan Rug: My in-laws were discussing putting in tartan carpets when renovating their living room. Luckily, we managed to convince them that it might not be such a good idea for the resale value of the house, however, a fondant tartan rug is completely acceptable - and delicious!
The point of this post is that the more details you can add to a cake, the more personal it becomes, and the more joy it will bring to the receiving person. If you are making a cake, or having a cake made, make sure you give as much detail as possible and it will be sure to be a hit!
Shout out to Zoes Fancy Cakes for their awesome armchair tutorial here.