The idea of buying a bet as a gift stemmed from our love for sport and the struggle to find an exciting or fun gift for a man, the man in this scenario was my brother Tom. I always found it hard to buy something good for him and usually just told him to go out and buy something he wanted and I would pay for it, this often meant I had to fork out way more than I bargained for and Tom had nothing tangible to open on his birthday.
So I thought I’d be a maverick and buy him a bet, I had so many good ideas, it was during the time Cardiff had flirted with promotion season after season. I thought I would buy him a bet on Cardiff to get promoted that season and then stay in the premier league the season after, but no betting shop had odds for this. I bombarded the cashier with a number of different options but every single one wasn’t available, I could only bet on events happening right now. While the queue built behind me in the unwelcoming and stuffy bookies I finally found one that was available, Wales to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. At the time 4 years in advance but in hindsight the only one of my suggestions that is still in the running.
After this long and decidedly unpleasant encounter in the betting shop I still had to get a card. I then thought this would be much easier online and all in one place wouldn’t it? There is no more to this story, I chose a card and placed the betting slip inside then posted it to him in time for his Birthday. Once Tom had received the gift he called me and asked why I chose that bet specifically and from that question something clicked in both our minds and Giftmybet was born!