What to do for FI for christmas, I have no $$ to buy presents!

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bake things for my DH. Apple pies, pumpkin pies, cheesecakes…

And it costs a little money, but you can’t forget his two best friends–Ben&Jerry!

My DH is a glutton, and I love it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@elliptical2013:  So are you going to remain broke after you get married?  Or does he plan on giving you an allowance at some point?  Now is a good time to discuss money before getting married.

If you’re looking for an idea only: suggest to him that you take a trip together somewhere as your Christmas present to each other.  That way he doesn’t have to give you gifts that you feel bad about because you can’t reciprocate.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@elliptical2013:  Even if it’s his salary it’s both of your money and if you use it to buy something he wouldn’t buy for himself, then it’s definitely a gift.

I am in the opposite situation where my FI makes less than I do.  I have told him not to buy me gifts because I would prefer for us to make memories by taking trips or doing activities together.  However, he wrote a short story and dedicated it to me for Christmas last year.  I was pretty surprised and delighted.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

why do you need to give each other anything? DH and i dont do b-day or christmas presents because reality is, if i want something badly, i’ll save and buy it myself. 

The only thing i truly value from my DH is spending time with him. 

Alternatively, buy some lingerie and repay him in that way Wink

Trust me, he will like that better than video games

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Swizzle:  +1

One time in college I crocheted a red-and-white bikini and wore that + a Santa hat for adult time with a boyfriend for a Christmas gift. He seemed pleased, lol.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@elliptical2013:  What about making a photobook for this year’s photos?  You can import Facebook pictures or any digital pictures to CVS and order prints for about $0.17 each.  You can have them made into a photobook for under $20, and you can write little captions too.  I’m thinking of doing that for DH and maybe making one each year.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  no man wants a photo album. honestly.  girls think they are cute but guys will look at it once and it will be forgotten. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@elliptical2013:  In addition to the things other ladies have suggested, Maybe you could make him this chai mix to have a special drink on the trip. I know my guy likes certain creamers for his coffee and when we’re traveling he misses that sort of thing.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Don’t see the SoCal/Vegas vacation as a gift to you – but a gift to each other. 🙂 

For the past several Christmas’ our gift to each other has been a trip, since we enjoy event/memory type gifts vs. actual gifts.

However, before we were married (just BF/GF) my husband did take me to Cancun for our anniversary. Because this was an obvious gift from him to me, I did plan little extra things that were small surprises for him. 

So if you feel that you want to contribute a little bit more, what about planning specicial events/things you can do while on your Vegas vacation? Like maybe a scavanger hunt for landmarks in Vegas, and make it a fun competition with a prize. Or after dinner, have a surprise bottle of champagne in your hotel room. Little things like that.  

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@elliptical2013:  Similar to the idea of a photobook, take a posed picture of the two of you that you can repeat each year. It can be the start of a tradition.

Think of a place that will not change so the background is the same. Then you go there every year and take your pic-(set camera up on tripod with timer or get someone else to take your pic).

It is great to see the pics change over time, with age, children etc.

These ones just use a plain background, but you could use a building, park etc.

http://twentytwowords.com/2012/10/16/a-familys-picture-per-year-1991-2009/

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@elliptical2013:  You can format and design the photobook through CVS.com  It’s really easy.

@Swizzle:  LOL–understandable.  In our case though, both DH and I love photography and take tons of pictures.  He usually does black and white abstract stuff and I’m running around taking candids of people.  He loves the picturebooks because we both have horrible memories and he never prints his shots.

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