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Old 12-19-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default When it comes to a gift for my wife... I receive an EPIC FAIL!

Happens every time I need to buy her a gift. It is depressing. I REALLY want something thoughtful but I can never come up with something good. So usually I just buy a bunch of stuff that I hope is thoughtful and hope she actually likes something. Even when she gives me ideas I don't feel like I do a good job.

I suck.

This year is even tougher. We agreed to be frugal (isn't everyone?) and only get a small inexpensive gift for each other. Then one gift we will get together. I asked her for ideas but she said, "Surely you can come up with one small thing".

Nope. Wrong.

FAIL!

Thankfully she is getting gifts for the kids and relatives or else I would probably be done for.

I guess when it comes down to it I don't even know my wife anymore. I have no idea what her interests/hobbies are or if she even has any. I racked my brain trying to think about what they could be. I try and pay attention. All I can think of is her work as far as what she "does".

No wonder this time of year is depressing.

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Old 12-19-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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My trick is to start paying attention when we're out starting back in October or so. Make a quick note in the phone or something. Something she's commented on, or said was nice, etc. And then get it within the week so you don't forget. Isn't fool proof, but it often gets the job done.

I'm double cursed though. SWMBO's birthday is the 22nd!

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I hate shopping for the SWMBO. Tell me what you want or just let me buy you a gift card so you can get something you want.

Have you considered jewelry? Don't all women like jewelry? Honestly I wish you the best of luck and hope she isn't too hard on you.

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Dude. I could have written that. Maybe I did and just don't remember.

We're getting all new hardwood flooring after the first of the year and have decided to just get inexpensive little trinkets for each other for Christmas. Number of trinkets I've purchased so far: 0. Number of ideas I have: 0. Number of days left: 5.

She'll have 10 or 15 cool little things for me. I guarantee it. I haven't a clue what to get for her. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Here's where you and I are headed:

Beware of the Doghouse

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I hate shopping for the SWMBO. Tell me what you want or just let me buy you a gift card so you can get something you want.

Have you considered jewelry? Don't all women like jewelry? Honestly I wish you the best of luck and hope she isn't too hard on you.
My wife likes jewelry, but isn't super into it. I have bought her much of it. She does not wear that much jewelry.

That is the trouble she is not hard on me about it. I am probably harder on myself. I want to get something she will enjoy.
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My trick is to start paying attention when we're out starting back in October or so. Make a quick note in the phone or something. Something she's commented on, or said was nice, etc. And then get it within the week so you don't forget. Isn't fool proof, but it often gets the job done.

I'm double cursed though. SWMBO's birthday is the 22nd!
I have been paying attention almost all year. Just thick I guess.
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I have been paying attention almost all year. Just thick I guess.
Maybe that's the problem. Too much info to compute in the old hard drive. What she commented on in January ain't gonna mean squat in December!
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My days left are 1 by the way.

We exchange gifts on the solstice.


Think I'm gonna go find some rope...

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I have opted to give the wife a gift card for $160.00 worth of rubbins at Eden Salon and Spa.

This girl loves massages almost as much as I hate giving them. Well, that or the guy at Eden is smokin'.

$160.00 equates to (4) Half hour rubbins (no happy ending) or (2) One hours and a $20 vanity purchase.

How can I go wrong here?



I can't, when I ask what she wants she says "MASSAGE".

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SWMBOs are easy to shop for. You get them things that have to do with pictures. Either do one of those calendars or photo books online that you can upload photos to or you go get one of those pictures frames that have 3 or 4 openings. Toss in some pictures of you, the kids and the rest of the family.

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