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Old 03-06-2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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My first wife and I will be celebrating our 11th anniversary in early April and I have ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE what to get her. To date, she has given me (and herself) 2 son's. The youngest is nearly 3 months old. And last x-mas she bought me a Brew-Magic. Yes! SHE bought me....

So, in preparation I have stashed away $500.00 from a recent equipment sales and would like to use it for her Anniversary gift. BTW, she has been hinting about the day but not the desired gift.

Some guidelines;

- She loves jewelry but DOES NOT like being gifted jewelry. She'd rather shop for it herself.

- She loves shoes, bags, and clothing in general but EVERYTHING I suggest is just wrong. No matter what. Yes, boys and girls, we don't even go there with the "How does this look" BS.

- She has NO HOBBIES!

- She doesn't care for "Chotch-kies" or "Bric-a-brak". She says it's just more crap to dust.

[Edit] - She'd not tolerate having her children in the care of others for more than a few hours. She's a Mother Hen to the extreme.

[Edit] - She's also Muslima.

Over her pregnancy I got her a $200 gift card to the local masseuse. She loves massage but hasn't had the time. She loves to shop but hasn't had teh time or cash.

I could go the easy route and just drop the $500 in a nice card but, I know she'll just bank it anyway.

I have also considered just hiring the neighbor (good friends) for a couple hours to baby-sit and take her out to dinner. We haven't done that in nearly 2 years (seriously).

What to do?

Thanks for the suggestions.


 
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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How about dinner and an overnight stay in a nice hotel? You could even arrange for the hotel to have champagne and strawberries waiting, or something like that? Very romantic!

And congrats on the anniversary and your new son!

 
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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Given what you listed that she doesn't like, the hiring the friends thing sounds great. You can wine and dine her and you can both enjoy your anniversary together along with some much needed you guys time.
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #4
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How about dinner and an overnight stay in a nice hotel? You could even arrange for the hotel to have champagne and strawberries waiting, or something like that? Very romantic!

And congrats on the anniversary and your new son!
that's what i would do.

get the kids taken care of for a full night, take the lady out to a nice dinner and then a bed and breakfast.
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:49 PM   #5
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How about dinner and an overnight stay in a nice hotel? You could even arrange for the hotel to have champagne and strawberries waiting, or something like that? Very romantic!

And congrats on the anniversary and your new son!
I would agree with that. Maybe a little bed and breakfast place though.
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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Definitely a night or weekend get away. Leave the kids at grandma's. 2 Years! You definitely need this. $500 should be plenty for a nice hotel/Bed and Breakfast, Dinner, and Go karts!

Or whatever other activity she'd prefer I guess.
But I'd push for the go karts.
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:18 PM   #7
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How about dinner and an overnight stay in a nice hotel? You could even arrange for the hotel to have champagne and strawberries waiting, or something like that? Very romantic!

And congrats on the anniversary and your new son!
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:22 PM   #8
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:33 PM   #9
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Go karts!!!

I've never been to a nice B and B (or a crappy one for that matter). I've just always been leery of going somewhere where I have to face people that have heard my marmot-like mating calls the next day. I like the hotel idea because it provides more anonymity for rambunctious good times, vs. sleeping in a cozy bedroom potentially next to another couple.

But a B and B does seem more charming and cozy.

 
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:36 PM   #10
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washing machines or garbage disposals tend to make nice anniversary gifts, right? huh, maybe that's why I'm single...

 
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