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Old 12-10-14, 07:57 AM
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The Christmas gift 2014 idea thread

My hard to buy for Wife needs/wants nothing but deep down always enjoys getting a small surprise or two.

What is everyone buying or wanting for their significant other? I had great success a few years ago in a similar thread when someone mentioned buying an ultra nice pen. I followed suit and my Wife loves her Waterman pen and uses it every day.

Any ideas are appreciated!
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Old 12-10-14, 08:01 AM
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A nice cashmere infinity scarf?
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
A nice cashmere infinity scarf?
Ah, good one, thanks! It's on my list now. You know...an infinity scarf makes riding a bike in the winter that much more safe. Nothing like a scarf in the spokes to make your face and the pavement meet.
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Old 12-10-14, 08:44 AM
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Ah, good one, thanks! It's on my list now. You know...an infinity scarf makes riding a bike in the winter that much more safe. Nothing like a scarf in the spokes to make your face and the pavement meet.
An infinity scarf won't get anywhere close to the spokes, being it's a big loop that you double or triple loop around your neck. And there goes my man card...which actually, I lost long ago.
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Old 12-10-14, 08:56 AM
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I almost bought my wife a new wheel set. But I didn't want to get hit one the head with a new wheel set on Christmas morning.

I'm plumb out of ideas this year. Last year I got my wife a new set of XC ski equipment.
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Old 12-10-14, 09:58 AM
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I want to buy her a new bike frame but in my size in case she does not like it :-) ala Homer Simpson...
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Old 12-10-14, 10:31 AM
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I'm going to buy her a new watch, she has many, different colors and styles. But I am sure she would appreciate another one.
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Old 12-10-14, 11:37 AM
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this year, I'm taking a bit of a gamble with my wife. She asked for a couple things, which she'll get, but I really wanted to give her something thoughtful, that was a surprise as well. A couple months ago, my wife, son, and I were talking about our favorite childhood toys/Christmas gifts. My wife mentioned that she had a Lite Brite when she was a kid, and loved it. Well, I went to the worlds online market place, and bought a mint, in the box, Lite Brite from 1978. I envision us getting a little buzz on, and playing with it once on Chrstmas day, before it goes into the closet forever....lol. That said, I hope that for just a second, she gets the same feeling she did when she opened up her Lite Brite when she was a little girl. Worst case, I figure that she'll at least appreciate the thought behind it, and that I remembered her mentioning it. If it's a flop, then I always have the boring stand by gifts ready; the electric frying pan, fuzzy socks, some perfume, a space heater for the patio......hey, she asked for it....lol.
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Old 12-10-14, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Number400 View Post
I want to buy her a new bike frame but in my size in case she does not like it :-) ala Homer Simpson...
That's just wrong. Sounds like something I'd do!
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Old 12-10-14, 12:39 PM
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My mom is the worst person in the world for receiving presents. She wants nothing. She needs nothing. She doesn't want me wasting money on her. Last year's smart phone fell flat. The previous year's dvd player is collecting dust. She did like the cat toys I brought for her cats. I asked her flat out this year "What do you want for Christmas and do not say World Peace because I don't have time for that.". Finally, after much complaining about it being Jesus' birthday but really it isn't because of ... blah blah blah... Mom made up her mind and said an old fashioned flannel nightgown. BOOM! Ordered from LL Bean a red plaid flannel nightgown just like they supposedly wore 200 years ago. *pats self on head and gives herself a cookie*
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Originally Posted by bconneraz View Post
this year, I'm taking a bit of a gamble with my wife. She asked for a couple things, which she'll get, but I really wanted to give her something thoughtful, that was a surprise as well. A couple months ago, my wife, son, and I were talking about our favorite childhood toys/Christmas gifts. My wife mentioned that she had a Lite Brite when she was a kid, and loved it. Well, I went to the worlds online market place, and bought a mint, in the box, Lite Brite from 1978. I envision us getting a little buzz on, and playing with it once on Chrstmas day, before it goes into the closet forever....lol. That said, I hope that for just a second, she gets the same feeling she did when she opened up her Lite Brite when she was a little girl. Worst case, I figure that she'll at least appreciate the thought behind it, and that I remembered her mentioning it. If it's a flop, then I always have the boring stand by gifts ready; the electric frying pan, fuzzy socks, some perfume, a space heater for the patio......hey, she asked for it....lol.
It's always the thoughtful stuff that gets remembered.

One year I gave my wife a bunch of different can openers... ranging from the crudest hand operated model to a nice robust electric model... each was a separate wrapped gift, and given in an order that went from smaller/crude to larger/nice... but of course they were all just can openers... an item that she had lamented about earlier in the year. So she was looking at all these can openers and thinking how odd, but golly, is that it... then I gave her the last gift... which was a wrapped can. The can contained a nice silver charm bracelet. She had to open the can with a can opener to get to the bracelet... thus "completing" the gift chain. (I had the bracelet sealed in the can at a local novelty store that did that sort of thing).

The only issue is now each year she expects me to somehow "top" that surprise. GRIN So while I have not yet "topped" it, I do shoot for the avant garde.
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Old 12-10-14, 01:44 PM
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^ Your can opener/sealed can gift reminded me of a can safe which took me on a search for a cool one and I wound up ordering a book safe which is sure to be an interesting and different thing to open at Christmas. Now, what to put in it?

I love how these idea threads work, keep them coming!
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Originally Posted by cyclokitty View Post
My mom is the worst person in the world for receiving presents. She wants nothing. She needs nothing. She doesn't want me wasting money on her.
I had an ex-girlfriend like that. She only wanted really really inexpensive things and If I got her anything nice she'd just feel guilty. I ended up just buying things I thought looked sexy on her. It was practically a gift to myself.
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Old 12-10-14, 02:26 PM
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I simply go to her wish list on Amazon and clean out the list. I'm assured of getting her what she wants. If she doesn't like it, it's not my fault.
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Old 12-11-14, 08:50 AM
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I want a new kitchen door, but hubby is totally ignoring that idea. But, to answer your question, when in doubt, buy jewelry. Or a new whatever-it-is that she loves and uses every day and is beginning to look worn. Coach satchel bags are always really, really nice. If she likes skin care products, DHC.com has some lovely gift packs of wonderful products.
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My wife is a tiny person and usually cold when it's not particularly cold out, so I bought her a battery heated jacket from Milwaukee tools. The batter in it will also charge your mobile devices.

She likes cooking with wooden spoons,We used to have a carver that showed up and one local craft show every year and she bought her spoons from him. He's no longer coming to that event and she seemed a bit heartbroken over it. So I spent the summer (unbeknownst to the wife) learning how to have carve a nice looking wooden spoon.
by the end of the summer I had carved about 30 decent looking spoons for her. Turns out I rather enjoy it and will most likely continue carving but not until after Christmas. It was a pain hiding it all that time.
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Ok, it appears I am the lone woman out there who does not like jewellery. Not a bit. My mom is the most irritated about this and has done her best over the years to turn my dislike with plenty of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings that now sit quietly in my safe deposit box. Make note of my HAVING TO PAY TO SAFELY STORE GIFTS I NEVER WANTED. Sheesh. I'm easy to shop for too. Bike stuff, iTunes gift cards, and tshirts with neato graphics. Seriously, it takes me minutes to shop for myself.

My best friend is also easy to shop for presents. Give her a handful of Sephora gift cards and some home made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and she is happy. This year I am buying her new bike tires, happy face tube valve caps, and yellow pedals that match her bike. She complained that the knobby tires on her yellow mountain bike are a drag on the roads and she wants to commute in her neighbourhood more. I found a nice set of tires that are great for pavement. I'll even install them and the pedals for her once the weather is better outside for hanging out on the driveway. Oh, she's also getting home made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

That's Christmas done! Yes!
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My wife is a tiny person and usually cold when it's not particularly cold out, so I bought her a battery heated jacket from Milwaukee tools. The batter in it will also charge your mobile devices.
In a heavy rain, nothing could possibly go wrong.
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Not a holiday present idea but I was recently faced with buying a birthday present for a friend who "has everything." I ended up getting her a gift of a "23 and me" subscription. Spit into a tube, mail it in and get all kinds of info about your genetics and heritage. I did it myself years ago and found it fascinating. BTW I have no connection with the business. Just another subscriber. My friend loved it.

https://www.23andme.com/
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Rowan and I get each other travel. We go places ... we spend days, weeks, or months travelling. Our 8-month trip a couple years ago was probably Christmases, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and every other special occasion for several years. But of course, we've travelled since then too.

And bicycles. We get bicycles too. Our most recent acquisition was a pair of Bike Fridays ... which we collected on a 3-week trip to North America in September.

That's Christmas sorted!

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Perhaps you'd like to get your wife a long weekend (or longer) trip to somewhere warm and sunny this coming February.
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