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Your partner is someone who you love with all your heart, you know everything about them, and they about you. So why does it sometimes seem so difficult to figure out what they want for Christmas? Even if you’re lucky enough to have someone who talks about what they want, sometimes you’ve forgotten what they said earlier in the year, or they’ve already bought the desired item for themselves, spoiling your plans for the perfect Christmas gift.
So, with the festivities around the corner, it’s time to knuckle down and start planning that all important gift. And while your brain is whirling with ideas or the lack of, let us be a shining light in the mass of tinsel and ornaments, with some gift ideas of what to get your better half this year.
Instead of a physical gift, why not plan a day out for the two of you? You might find that some of the best gifts for men and women can be memories – things that you do together that create memories that will be with you forever. Try something high intensity for a full adrenaline rush, like skydiving or ziplining. Or learn a new craft with pottery and cooking classes. There are so many things that you could do. It won’t hurt that you’ll be there experiencing things with them.
Perhaps it’s time to show your special someone just how much you love them. We’re not saying you have to get down on one knee, but there are some adorably romantic gifts you can give that show your undying love. On the luxury side of the gifting scale, you have the Eternity Rose – a real rose preserved in 24k gold. You can get a framed image of the night’s sky on a day that’s particularly important to both of you – like your anniversary. And if it is time to pop the question, take the time to make it personal and avoid the proposal cliches.
Get That Frivolous Gift
You know all those things that you see while you’re shopping that you’d like to get but know that you never will? Well, your partner has the same feelings. As their gift, why not take them to a store and pick up those things they’d really want but would never buy for themselves. They’re not necessarily life-lasting item or lavish gifts, they might be a pair of shoes or a fashionable shirt – but it’s the small joy in being able to give something they want that is the true gift here.
Not in the leave the room kind of way, but in a trip for two way. A short break doesn’t have to break the bank. Look at Airbnb for inspiration and prices that can fit your budget. A weekend away can be amazing for your relationship. Every couple is faced with the issues of work, money and family, that can easily lead to arguments purely because of exhaustion and stress. A weekend to get away and relax together, to spend time as a couple and not have to worry about all the other stuff could be a Christmas gift for your significant other.
How about a gift that keeps on giving? From Birchbox to LootCrate, there are many subscription box companies out there that send you a box of goodies each month. Is your partner obsessed with makeup? How about Harry Potter? Whatever their obsession, there’s a monthly box for that.
Pets should never be given as gifts unless you know, without a doubt, that you and your partner are ready for the commitment to take care of the pet for life. (The pet’s life, that is.) So many animals end up in shelters after the new year because the new owners weren’t prepared for the time and responsibility of a pet. But, if you both want a pet and will commit why not buy one together as a joint present to the both of you? Not only would a pet be a lively Christmas gift, it would also be become a valued member of the family and loved unconditionally.
What are you getting your special someone this Christmas?