Post # 1
we discussed not exchanging christmas gifts this year because we just took a 2 week vacation and considered that our gift. we did the same thing last year and no gifts.
well, my dh told me that he picked me up something while we were on vacation. i have no idea what it is. there is nothing that i told him that i wanted. besides, if i want something, i usually just get it right then.
here is the problem…i didn’t get him anything. in fact, i don’t know what to get him. anything he wants, he gets himself. i told him that i will feel bad if i don’t get him something and he told me not to buy him something just for the sake of it.
what do i do? i am sure that the gift he got me is not a big gift, just a gesture but i am torn. i would like him to open something, anything, if i am too.
any ideas? they don’t have to be materialistic items. help?
Post # 3
@mypinkshoes: What about a couple of his favorite chocolates/chocolate bars? Maybe some stocking stuffer type things like liquor minis? A DVD of a movie he loved as a kid? A home made ‘love coupon’ for a massage or you’ll cook dinner or do something racier ;)?
Post # 4
Could you do a framed photo from your wedding, or a photo collage? Maybe a shadow box of pics and stuff from your vacation? Some of my absolute favorite gifts were collages and shadowboxes from one of my friends who was a college student (aka POOR!).
Do you have any crafty abilities? My mom crocheted me a hat & scarf set one year that I love. One of our wedding presents was a framed drawing of our three dogs and it was by far the coolest, most personalized gift we received.
You could also do a date-night-in-a-box. Get his fave beer, a DVD, some popcorn or a snack, and maybe some massage oil or other ‘risque’ item and box it up for him.
Post # 5
@canarydiamond: his favourite chocolate is thorntons from england. i would consider ordering some but we are currently in mexico so it would melt. that would be a good idea though.
i was thinking of a coupon for something. i’m not sure for what though. maybe secret datenight. but to where?
Post # 6
@mypinkshoes: You can just do something sentimental. Regardless of the price tag of your gift, a heartfelt, meaningful gift will stack up nicely!
You married this year, correct? How about an “Our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.” or some other type of personalized gift…
Post # 7
@DaneLady: good ideas, i am quite crafty but i can’t knit, besides, we are in mexico now. the photographer made us beautiful collages from our wedding…we haven’t even taken them in to get printed. we aren’t picture people.
i am liking the date night in a box idea. maybe take him somewhere as a surprise and then back home for more surprises.
i can just wrap up a big box with a question mark inside.
thanks, you got my wheels turning now.
Post # 8
@JemmaWRX: i love that idea!!! i don’t know how i didn’t think of it. what can i personalize though?
non related, do you drive a wrx?
Post # 9
@mypinkshoes: Yes I do drive a WRX and I LOVE IT! It makes me feel like a bad ass. It is actually pretty bad ass.
Anyway… one year I got my ILs a peice of wall art. It was a family of three snowmen and I personalized with their names for each snowman – MIL, FIL, and husband. It was really adorable! It was a few years ago so I can’t remember where I got but you can try currentcatalog.com, Hallmark, Bronners, Oriental Trading, etc.
Since penguins mate for life it would be really cute to incorporate that somehow. You could also do personalized stockings. A door mat with your new last name. Just do a google search, I’m sure you’ll see a lot of good ideas.
Post # 10
@JemmaWRX: my dh has a wrx, it’s his baby.