Post # 1
Since our wedding is next year and we plan on buying a house in the next few months, my fiance and I decided to just have an “us day” for Christmas this year. We couldn’t think of any material gifts we’d want or need so instead we are getting a couples massage the Saturday before Christmas and then having a nice dinner at a restaurant we’ve never tried before.
This makes xmas a little easier on me, especially since fiance’s bday is 2 weeks before Christmas and my mom’s bday is 1 week before Christmas! Augh! Craziness!
Anybody else going the “non-traditional” route with gifts?
Post # 3
we went to a locally owned kitchen store, like a William & Sanoma, and ended up purchasing kitchen items we needed. (like a steamer ! everyone needs one)
After being together for so long, Christmas gifts became less about the traditional gift giving and nore about shared needs & memories.
I really want to get couple of nice bottles of wine and put together a gourmet dinner.
Post # 4
We stopped doing big christmas presents awhile ago. We dont really care about them, we just want to spend the day together.
So all we do is stocking stuffers. No big purchases. And i already have his done!!
Couples massage would be a FANTASTIC idea for next year!
Post # 5
@Swizzle: I’m trying to get my DH’s family on board with the idea of having stockings ONLY — no under-the-tree gifts, less stress. I know $$$ things can come in small packages, of course, but my point is just to have fun on Christmas and not worry about the gifts so much (gifts that we don’t really want/need at this point, right?). We’ll see if it works.
Post # 6
@stillme: We do secret santa with all the adults (minus our parents and children) and it works great! So much easier to buy for one person instead of 5!
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Love it! FI and I just decided we’re doing “experience” gifts. He’s taking me to a local botanical garden to see their Xmas exhibit and I’m taking him for dinner at a steakhouse he’s been wanting to go to 🙂 Our wedding is shortly after Xmas so I think we’ll enjoy the time together more than any phsyical gift we could’ve exchanged.
Post # 8
FI and I have enough “stuff” so we chose to have experiences instead. Every year we go to Starbucks to get holiday drinks, then go through a Christmas lights display. Starting in January I think we are going to write down all of our favourite experiences we had through out the year and share them with each other next Christmas.
Post # 9
I suggested doing a staycation or something similar instead of gifts, but DH vetoed the idea.