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Some people are easy to buy for, and some are difficult to buy for. And sometimes, the ones that should be the easiest to buy for end up being the most difficult to buy for. Say, your significant other, for example.
We all know how this goes. You’re convinced that this year will be the year you get your boyfriend/fiance/husband the best gift ever. But then somehow it’s the week before Christmas and you still haven’t bought it–nor do you know what it is.
If you find yourself in that position, here are some ideas to help you out.
A Year of Dates.
Why it’s a good gift: It gives him a chance to go on dates all year long without having to plan or pay for them.
How to pull it off: Buy 12 big envelopes. Think of 12 dates he’d like to go on in 2015, then pre-pay for all of them. Label each envelope a separate month, and stuff them with a note about the date and then the money or cards for the date.
For example, you could do drinks and appetizers in January, take-out and a Red Box movie in February, a movie and dessert in March, etc. So at the beginning of every month, he’ll get to open an envelope that has a date already planned out, plus cash or gift cards to pay for the date!
A Scavenger Hunt.
I did this for Chris on our second Christmas together, and it was such a fun night.
Why it’s a good gift: It gives you a chance to be sentimental, plus it’s an activity and not just a second of sitting down and opening up a gift.
How to pull it off: Think of all the places around you that are special to your relationship: Where you had your first date, where you had your first kiss, your favorite place to get coffee or ice cream. Make up different “clues” for all those places.
At each place, give him a small gift and a note about why that place is special to you. It makes for a fun night of reminiscing and opening presents!
Why it’s a good gift: It’s a keepsake that’s special to just you guys.
How to do it: At first glance, this is no easy task. But trust me, it’s not at all as complicated as you may think.
Send tons of photos to be printed at Walgreens. Then, head to the nearest Hobby Lobby and buy a scrapbook. Next: The sticker aisle. Grab alllll the stickers you like. The more, the better. Then go down the scrapbook aisle and throw everything you like in your cart. Swing by Walgreens on your way home, and voila, you’re basically finished.
Throw it all in the scrapbook and call it a day–it’s impossible to make it look bad when you use fancy stickers. No one will ever know you’re not a scrapbook pro.
Fix a Problem.
Why it’s a good gift: You know the things in your life that you are vaguely aware that you need, but you also know that the chances of you buying them for yourself are slim? Those are the kind of things I’m talking about. It makes a good gift because it’s not something he would buy for himself, and it’s something he actually needs–and guys are weird, they like getting gifts that they actually need.
How to do it: Think back over the last few months–what did he complain about? If he’s always complaining about his computer screen being dirty, get him a laptop cleaning kit. If his shoelaces on his favorite shoes are dirty and frayed, buy him new shoelaces. If his car has black leather seats that feel like the surface of hell when he drives home from work, buy one of those windshield guards that keeps the car from getting too hot.
Alone, those don’t seem like great gifts. But if you can make a little collection of gifts like that, it can be a thoughtful present that’s incredibly useful.
Have you bought your significant other a Christmas present yet?
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