After spending years with a significant other or spouse sometimes buying gifts can be daunting, especially if your husband or wife has everything they need.
My husband Walt and I are definitely in that boat this year. This will be our 9th Christmas as a couple and our focus for this holiday season is mostly on prepping for our second child together, that’s due three weeks after Christmas!
We’ve been renovating parts of the house, moving rooms around, buying nursery furniture and will soon have medical bills to add to the list.
I know other parents feel my pain, it can definitely get crazy around the holidays, especially when you have other children.
So, instead of putting a price limit on gifts this year, (I think it’s silly to do that. And it’s not because I have oodles of money to spend), it’s because I can find an awesome gift for him for $10-20.
So, I came up with an idea of having our gifts for each other share a theme.
Something They Need:
While it may not be as surprising to get a “necessary” gift, it’s definitely helpful and you can still get creative. For example, something I ask for every year and feel that I “need” is a new pair of slippers. Walt gets me a pair EVERY year, and I wear them constantly! This kind of gift would be perfect in this category. And for him, he’s mentioned how he needs a new power tool battery. Not exactly exciting, but he’s mentioned it a few times, so that might be something I buy him.
Something They Want:
We all hope to get a little something that we want but may not get around to buying for ourselves, so this is pretty much open to anything. It could range from new makeup to an electronic device to a massage. I can probably think of a few things my husband would want without breaking the bank.
Something YOU Think They’d Like:
This is a fun category because this gift can literally be ANYTHING. I like to buy Walt a new book every year, and it’s always been a success. I usually pick out something he hasn’t heard of and he ends up loving it. This category could also be tickets to an event or a new article of clothing. Anything works.
We just thought breaking gifts down into a theme this year could jazz things up and let us get creative. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I’ve lost the creative part in the past just trying to buy gifts in time for Christmas.
One thing we didn’t give up on doing this year was stockings. We both have some fun filling up each others stockings, so we are going to keep that tradition.
How do you and your significant other exchange gifts?