Christmas pressy for wife

(49 Posts)
Haplesshubby Wed 30-Oct-13 22:27:20

Hi

I'm looking for some of you lovely ladies to help me with some ideas for Christmas present for my wife. She is just the wrong side of the big 5 oh, and enjoys making cards, beading, but have done that in previous years, so looking for an 'original' ideas

Thanks in advance

BloodiedGhouloshes Wed 30-Oct-13 23:43:29

I want a picnic hamper. Became quite the conversation the other day.

LineRunner Wed 30-Oct-13 23:45:29

I'd like a picnic hamper, with Pimms inside. And maybe some champagne. You get the theme.

cece Thu 31-Oct-13 00:12:55

I suggest the OP asks his wife. I really am not keen on getting a surprise from my DH. I usually email him a link to what I want. Somehow though he usually ignores it and gets me something else. hmm

BabyMakesFour Thu 31-Oct-13 00:32:08

A trip up the Oxo Tower sounds like a MN Friday night thread!

Fancy a trip up the Oxo Tower tonight love? winkwink

ELR Thu 31-Oct-13 07:11:50

bloodied and line DH got me a picnic basket for my birthday last year it is lovely. Then on Mother's Day he helped the kids to do an indoor picnic which was actually afternoon tea as they made scones and cake ect. It was on a picnic rug in our conservatory they even had bird music and flowers.
The picnic basket is from John Lewis and has 2 carry handles.
www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-water-hyacinth-picnic-hamper/p231403423

Splatt34 Thu 31-Oct-13 07:35:22

I'm with the organised night out/ weekend away.
One year for my birthday (before children, sigh) he TOTALLY surprised me for my birthday with a trip to London. Shopping, dinner, theatre. Had the best day. Now not possible as he wouldn't arrange someone to look after DDs (only my parents could be asked, they lice 2 hours away so.he wouldn't).

So OP if your wife is like many of us we just buy what we need. Surprise her with something she wouldn't buy......theatre tickets, weekend away, posh dinner out, spa day. National Trust membership with the promise of going with her for several nice days out over the year.......it doesn't have to be a thing, i find experiences I wouldn't get otherwise better.

BloodiedGhouloshes Thu 31-Oct-13 07:45:10

ELR your indoor picnic sounds really lovely!

yeghoulsandlittledevils Thu 31-Oct-13 07:49:11

On the thin hope this might be my DH (not likely in October...or November) a week at Centre Parcs with the just our kids would be great. Tickets could be tucked in a good book. Decorating the book wrapping could be a lovely little box containing beautiful jewelery. Something gold or platinum. We're only doing one present each this year and Im already resigned to getting something jokey (which would be better than the car I had to give back after a couple of months last year).

Go on, get her a comedy onesey OP and I'll keep he company having a moan on here Christmas afternoon, when you're having a snooze!

SurvivalOfTheUnfittest Thu 31-Oct-13 07:49:49

I'm just rubbish at linking! I think I appreciated his sentiment (and, yes, bonus points for Christmas shopping in October - that really is true dedication!!)

SurvivalOfTheUnfittest Thu 31-Oct-13 07:52:26

Still think she might need a festive goat - how could that be wrong?

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 31-Oct-13 07:58:45

Like Splatt said....despite the fact that, if asked what we wanted, we'd probably say something v practical for around the house or directly linked to our hobbies etc...I think the best presents are the really indulgent surprise ones - the stuff you would never ever 'waste' money buying yourself but are just lovely to have.

That's often girlie stuff. Or romantic.

Beautiful jewellery (but she might find this OTT indulgent, especially if she doesn't really wear any?)

A lovely jumper or coat in luxurious materials ...something that feels super soft & would be lovely to wear

If you have children who don't live too far away, how about a family photo shoot for all of you with a framed picture for the wall?

A proper old traditional hamper. But not one pre-bought filled with stuff...fill it up with lots of personal things & little treats. Her favourite foods & drinks, little trinkets, a book by her favourite author etc... You get the idea.

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 31-Oct-13 07:59:17

Failing that, a festive goat is clearly the way forward.

MerryMarigold Thu 31-Oct-13 08:41:41

Oooh some great ideas here. I also second the indulgent surprise that you wouldn't ask for, if you have the cash. Frankly, I buy my own craft stuff if and when I 'need' it and wouldn't really want presents of it or trust dh with it. Saying that, last year I got pyjamas (which I needed).

Maybe it would just be easier if we all posted what we would like and he could see if something jumps out at him - there should be a cross section of interests and incomes on here so if we post something that our partners could realistically afford to buy that would make most sense. i.e. I'd love a trip to New York but that isn't in our income bracket so i'm going to say:

A piece of Danon jewellry
A couple of novels
A bottle of perfume
some new leather gloves
A dvd/cd
A new winter jacket
A bottle of booze

any of the above would be great grin

BloodiedGhouloshes Thu 31-Oct-13 12:40:46

Picnic hamper. smile

A gold necklace with a heart on it.

A facial and massage

This bike www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_14552_productId_871172_langId_-1_categoryId_null

BloodiedGhouloshes Thu 31-Oct-13 12:51:40

Oh that's nice! I scrolled down and saw a pewter one with two hearts as well which is nice. Have never heard of Danon before.

RonaldMcDonald Thu 31-Oct-13 13:11:15

i like the idea of the OP giving his wife a stanley knife

I really like their stuff bloodied, it has a good solid weight to it too and relatively inexpensive - makes great leaving/special birthday presents etc for colleagues - well female ones anyway grin

LineRunner Thu 31-Oct-13 16:03:54

Well you know, Ronald, needs must and all that.

ELR Thu 31-Oct-13 16:35:54

I would like:
a DKNY Astoria rose gold watch
An Alex Monroe Bee necklace in silver
A purple Nikon coolpix camera
Some mid calf hunter wellies in slate

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 31-Oct-13 17:33:39

Has OP been back after starting this thread?

In an ideal world (lol) i'd like any of the below:

A Joules dressing gown
A Mulberry bag (wouldn't we all :p)
Swarovski jewellery
A full house deep clean smile
Real mohair throws for the bed / lounge
A French bulldog
The latest collection of Booker Prize short listed titles

You can bet I won't be getting any of the above smile

Haplesshubby Thu 31-Oct-13 22:36:06

Wow thanks. Lots of good ideas, as I originally said, over the previous 30 years done all the usual, jewellery, cloths, shoes, trips, meals, watches, etc. I have asked her, & she as usual doesn't know!

So was looking for original ideas, looking to spend up to £100 ish.......she normally buys her own main present, so this is just something from my own very limited money, not our joint account

buss Thu 31-Oct-13 22:37:46

oh I'd love the alex monroe bee necklace <hopes OP is my dh>

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