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Looking for some ideas. My partner is turning 30 in January and I’m at a loss at what special gift to get. Because her birthday is so close to Christmas, I usually just create a list of presents to get her then split it down the middle and give some on xmas day and the rest on her birthday. But because this is a big birthday I feel I need to get her something extra special. A lot of our friends and family are putting money together to buy her a nice watch and that’s lovely but that’s from them and I want to give something from me. I have exhausted the jewellery route over the years. She doesn’t wear much of it anyway apart from a few small necklaces and bracelets I’ve bought her. Then of course I’m proposing shortly before xmas and she will have her engagement ring. So jewellery is out. The watch is being covered by everyone else. She’s not one for girls shopping trips, in fact hates shopping altogether. For a while I was thinking ill take her out for a nice dinner but then my mum revealed she’s planning to buy us dinner vouchers for a nice restaurant for xmas so that’s gone now too. I thought about a health spa trip but good old mum has decided that’s what she’s giving her for her 30th too. I feel like all the traditionally good and special gifts have been taken.
Ive got lots if lovely things for xmas but am now at a loss for her birthday. Any ideas for that special 30th gift?
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Ps: any ideas about those experience dates u can buy?
Post # 5
Ooo an experience date would be fun. For FI’s bday last Jan, we went sea kayaking to spot whales. No whales, but a hell of a lot of dolphins and a few inquisitive seals. We’re both into nature, especially the ocean, and he likes to be active. I took those factors and put them on steroids, ha. Would she enjoy some sort of adventure like that (obviously based on her preferences, not specifically sea kayaking)?
Also, what about travel? You can put the tickets or an itinerary in a fancy box as the physical part of the gift. Doesn’t have to be a big destination or long trip. Maybe an overnight at a B&B in an interesting location? These are the first ideas that popped into my head. Good luck! Let me know if you would like someone with whom to throw around ideas.
Post # 6
@HisMoon: for all the reasons I love her, she is a bit of a wuss when it comes to the outdoors. She grew up in the suburbs where as I grew up on a farm and don’t mind the mud. I once dragged her out surfing with me – you’d think I was trying to drown her the noise she made when we got out in the sea!!! She also complains it was wet and cold. Any experience would have to be dry.
Post # 7
@anahappilyeverafter: Hmmm. What are her hobbies? Other important factors to note? I’m gonna throw some ideas that just pop into my head as I brainstorm:
Walking photography tour of cool/interesting spots of the city
Horseback riding in the moors (ha! I’ve always wanted to say something like that)
Ceramics painting and wine outing (or something else crafty like watercolors, etc)
Blu-ray(s)/DVD(s) of her favorite childhood movies and gourmet popcorn
A first (or early) edition of her favorite book
Extra special, upgraded version of her favorite board game (like how Scrabble has the version made of wood with little drawers and tile placeholders on the surface)
Bottle of wine or aged spirit bottled on her birth year
Itinerary for spring/summer winery and B&B trip
Cooking class for couples around her favorite type of food
Am I getting warmer? 🙂 This is rather fun!
Post # 8
@HisMoon: you pretty much covered everything I was thinking.
@anahappilyeverafter: You could also just do a night away in a B&B and pack a picnic basket to enjoy in the room. Nice champagne, strawberries, cheese spread with good bread. Her favorite foods and desserts.
Even bring the requisite checkered table cloth to eat on on the floor.
Or a surprise dinner/cocktail party at your house. Would she enjoy something like a mont blanc pen? (in some professions this is popular)