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shallow question!! For those with partners who are rubbish at gift buying

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ByThePowerOfGreyskull Fri 24-Dec-10 08:46:08

I know I know it is the thought,not the gift.


how do you prepare your self to face the dissapointment of another slightly ropey gift choice.

Only just getting over ropey birthday choice last week (which is going back as it was expensive and will never come out of the box)

just want something nice sad

arentfanny Fri 24-Dec-10 08:46:49

I have just sent DH out with my Christmas list.

bunnymother Fri 24-Dec-10 08:51:33

Have zero expectations? smile Else, be explicit about what you want. DH takes me at face value if I "don't mind" or "don't want anything", so need to say "I want X". Although there was the year he bought v lovely necklace as a surprise, so there is hope grin. Problem would be if, like you, I actually did mind and wanted a surprise.

Besom Fri 24-Dec-10 08:55:51

Give him list, go with him or buy it yourself.

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Fri 24-Dec-10 08:56:28

I do try to not get excited by the idea of a suprise, but each year it creeps into the corner of my mind <maybe this year he will have found something lovely>

anyway woe is me, I know I should be grateful that a) I have a lovely partner and b)we have some money for him to buy me a gift.

will go and try to put it all out of my mind.

(And spend the next 12 months compiling a list smile )

thereisthesnowball Fri 24-Dec-10 09:01:08

Console yourself that someone, somewhere, (ie me) is getting nothing whatsoever because her husband has decided that Christmas is too expensive.... though he is still nursing the hangover and £££ bill from taking his entire team out to dinner two nights ago.

He can't even panic-buy something at the last minute because he left his cash card at home today. So even though he works next to a big shopping centre with lots of lovely luxurious shops in it, I will be getting the £10 salad bowl that I bought myself and wrapped myself to prevent the scenario where I have nothing to unwrap and burst into tears and ruin Christmas.

Sorry, I do feel your pain. The birthday/Christmas double-whammy must be particularly bad. You are right that it's the thought that counts, but a badly-chosen gift indicates no thought, which is why it is painful, and a series of badly-chosen gifts can make you wonder if someone actually knows you at all.

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Fri 24-Dec-10 09:09:41

wishing you a very lovely christmas thereisthesnowball smile

thereisthesnowball Fri 24-Dec-10 09:18:15

Thank you! And to you!

(I was joking about crying and ruining Christmas btw. It will be lovely - the first one DD has really been excited about smile)

Horopu Fri 24-Dec-10 09:45:35

I told my dh I wanted him to build me a rabbit run - sorted!

greygirl Fri 24-Dec-10 09:50:27

there is the snowball - write yourself some 'favour vouchers' - eg a maorning's shopping without children, a day at a spa, breakfast in bed, a cooked dinner by husband - and then get DH to sign them.
think how lovely they will be to have to use during the year!

i am in the 'write a list, be exact, consider ordering it yourself'.
the dog also used to respond to this sort of thinggrin he got me a great washbag one year...

RustyBear Fri 24-Dec-10 10:00:32

For the last few years I have got beautiful well-chosen presents from DH - ever since DD started advising him!

This year though he has bought me an iPad in June and a new iPhone in November so I told him not to get me anything for Christmas.

MrsGetoutClaus Fri 24-Dec-10 10:07:54

Just keep thinking about the gifts you will buy for yourself with the money you get back from curious gifts he buys you. Be a bit drunk too, that can help to make things more merry.

Next year do what I do; I go online shopping and compile a helpful email with links of all lovely thing I would be chuffed to receive on Christmas day from DP and then send it to him. He has a choice of what he would like to give me and there's still an element of surprise for me because I don't know which one he will choose.

sarah293 Fri 24-Dec-10 10:12:07

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GetOrfMoiLand Fri 24-Dec-10 10:15:04

I wouldn't bother.

If you have to send a bloke out with a list it defeats the object.

Just buy the stuff you want for yourself and don't buy each other presents.

Me and DP don't - we buy what we want anyway, so would be a waste of money really. We are spending the money on going out to dinner at a really smart restaurant in January.

blackeyedsusan Fri 24-Dec-10 10:20:20

My Mum buys her own gifts from Dad. She could count how many gifts he has bought for her on one hand. She had 2 sisters to give her surprise each, and of course me once I was old enough. I think it is aweful. I hve dh who does manage some things himself and is fairly good, but, I have also bought a couple of things quietly for myself. (massive roasting tray ) <weird person I am>

potplant Fri 24-Dec-10 10:28:21

My approach:

1. Write a list and be specific ie I want this with links to said item (I might as well tell next door's cat than drop hints

2. Set a limit of £10 so if when he buys something awful I can take comfort in the fact that its only £10 not £250 (still makes me tear up that one)

3. Expect something rubbish then I wont be disapointed when it is and might even be pleasantly surprised if it isn't

4. Get stuck into the Bucks Fizz early on

I know its the thought that counts, but when the thought is 'shit I haven't bought anything, I'll buy the first thing I see in M&S' it takes the shine off somewhat.

thereisthesnowball Fri 24-Dec-10 10:48:57

Riven - no present in 21 years? shock

ShanahansRevenge Fri 24-Dec-10 12:40:28

Lots of experience with this...have trained partner to go into certan shops...NO others...and to say to the assistants "My wife likes vintage type things...can you help me please?"

And I always get nice stuff!

Have endured in the past, vegetable steamers, pans, weird crockery....he's with it now.

pipplin Fri 24-Dec-10 14:21:02

DP is insisting on buying me something to open tomorrow. He and I have had a rough patch recently and tbh, I really thought this was a 'thank you for supporting me, I love you' type gift.
He just called in a flap and said he couldn't find me anything. I text him days ago with a list of ideas.
I give up!
He also hasn't bought his Father's Partner anything. He was told to buy a big box of chocs. How flipping difficult is it?
In future I'll be buying all the presents. Hopefully I wont need the 'special' gift next year.
<disclaimer: I am pg and emotional today, sorry!>

greygirl Fri 24-Dec-10 14:53:57

oh don't worry pipplin, it will get better.
one year i got a pasta maker (as if i haven't got enough to do!). luckily he saw the funny side.
tell him to go to thorntons, and then to boots for you. send him to the chanel counter (or wherever you fancy a boxed gift set from).

at least he is trying - my father never bought anything till i was old enough to remind him.

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