Christmas pressy for wife

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


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

bebopanddoowop Wed 30-Oct-13 22:30:02

If she is quite into craft stuff and stationery perhaps a nice fountain pen. Lamy are a good make with modern designs, or Pellikan for more traditional style. Both offer engraving, too.

kiwidreamer Wed 30-Oct-13 22:32:35

Gifts are such a personal thing, I think the only answer is to spend the next month being attentive to any little clues as to what she might like, you've got loads of time to pay attention and find her something great that she will appreciate, you might get some ideas from the Christmas threads that fit the bill but I don't think it makes any sense for us to make suggestions for a person we don't know --just because we have vagina's too--

VivaLeBeaver Wed 30-Oct-13 22:36:51

If she's into card making how aout this for her pens

Pogosticks Wed 30-Oct-13 22:39:01

Pmsl at kiwi! I agree with listening to her and choosing something based on that.

BillyBanter Wed 30-Oct-13 22:42:15

Some sort of crafty course?

LineRunner Wed 30-Oct-13 22:42:22

Tbh I would like a new Stanley knife for Christmas.

LineRunner Wed 30-Oct-13 22:42:46

I'm not his wife by the way.

Primrose123 Wed 30-Oct-13 22:49:57

Has she got a die cutter? How about something like the cuttlebug or big shot? Or spend a lot more and get a cricut machine? I like scrapbooking and card making although I don't have the time at the moment. How about a set with embossing powders and a heat gun?

Give me a while and I will come up with lots of other things that I would like that she might like. smile

elQuintoConyo Wed 30-Oct-13 22:53:23

A puppy?
Weekend in Venice?
Cuddly toy?
Days of the week knickers?
Trip up the oxo tower?

MerryMarigold Wed 30-Oct-13 22:54:56

What I'd really like is something that shows my husband thought about me. Once it was a new washing up bowl and drainer! The reason I liked it so much was that a) he noticed the old one was horrible (or paid attention to the fact I moaned about it) b) it was a complete surprise! and c) he does all the washing up so it was just for me to look at really.

I agree with seeing what she'd like or noticing a need, like she moans her coat's getting old or whatever. Is she into shoes or bags? I'd be stunned if my dh got me something like that.

bsc Wed 30-Oct-13 22:55:41

I would be asking for a new husband tbh, if mine were to use such words as 'hubby' and 'pressy'.

A dictionary and thesaurus perhaps?

bsc Wed 30-Oct-13 22:57:09

Marigold- he does all the washing up, yet his present to you was a new washing up bowl and drainer? confused How does that work then?

BillyBanter Wed 30-Oct-13 23:00:11

I think that's quite sweet actually! Here is a new washing up bowl so you don't have to look a the old manky one you hate while I do all the washing up! grin

MiconiumHappens Wed 30-Oct-13 23:00:14

If she is crafty does she go on Pinterest. If so and you can sneak a look at her boards she may have a board of wish list type things.

RhondaJean Wed 30-Oct-13 23:03:47

Is a trip up the oxo tower a euphemism?

LineRunner Wed 30-Oct-13 23:05:09


cece Wed 30-Oct-13 23:07:50

I'd like some new running shoes and some spending money for the sales. <<helpful>>

MerryMarigold Wed 30-Oct-13 23:10:12

Exactly, billybanter. He does it, but couldn't care less what it looks like. I care. I have to look at it while I wash food/ cook, sit at the table. So it was thoughtful, which was the point I was trying to make!

MerryMarigold Wed 30-Oct-13 23:11:33

grin at the trip up the oxo tower! Or checking the view from the top of the Shard, perhaps? <snurk, snurk>

buss Wed 30-Oct-13 23:12:26

I second the weekend in Venice.
Or a lovely meal out.

BloodiedGhouloshes Wed 30-Oct-13 23:19:24

Yes, depends on your budget. For me, I would just love to be surprised......... a meal out where I personally did not have to organise babysitters, the taxi and make the reservation myself would suit me round about now. Back in my younger and richer days I treated us to a dirty weekend in Paris.... DH was told to just get to the airport with his passport.

My ideal fantasy Christmas present..... something where DH flipping arranged everything..... a nice weekend away, to a B&B perhaps a log fire, a glass of wine, a Sunday walk and a pub lunch.

SurvivalOfTheUnfittest Wed 30-Oct-13 23:23:08

For the first time ever, I'm going to say be nice to the OP! If my DH had ever come on here to try and get ideas, I'd have been really touched. Perhaps you should lead the OP to our Christmas bargain corner Kiwi so his wife can have extra presents for the budget and maybe a Christmas goat from IKEA?

LineRunner Wed 30-Oct-13 23:41:21

The other thing I want is some book shelves.

kiwidreamer Wed 30-Oct-13 23:41:38

I wasn't being very mean really, it just didn't make any sense to me... we could suggest things until the cows come home but without knowing his partner it would be silly... its not really the same as shopping for a pre-schooler etc what if she's thinking she's got enough crafty stuff to keep her busy all year but what would be great would be XXX, tho hapless gets kudos for even thinking about presents in October I must admit!

And I did suggest getting ideas from our Christmas threads, tho I could have been more specific I suppose.

--who is going to be the first to suggest a week at Center Parcs--

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.

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 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 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

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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