What a great question. And as my husband would tell you, I’m probably the best person to ask this as I’m not a big fan of any of these gifts from my special loved ones. Now don’t get me wrong, I love flowers and I think there is nothing better than walking into a florist and being hit with that fantastic, fresh, beautiful aroma that’s always present in their stores, but to receive flowers as a gift? Come on hubby you can do better than that!
Same applies to candy, or lollies as they’re called in Australia. I can buy these anytime I like, and unfortunately as my hips would tell you, I do. So, candy is sort of boring and jewellery, well, although its nice, whenever my husband has bought it for me in the past its usually not ‘really’ what I wanted. The thought was there, just not the consultation with me. ;p
So, what should our loved ones buy us? Well, what you want would probably be a good place to start. Be honest with them. If you only want books, get them to give you a gift card. A day of pampering at your local spa, a day out shopping without the kids! I know I’d love a gift like that every now and then.
Or what about a night away together to a fancy restaurant and five star hotel? I think the most romantic gift anyone could give you, especially if you’re a mum, is some time for yourself. To pamper and have a little pick-me-up just for you.
As a mum, this post isn’t probably helping those who aren’t parents, but the same applies really. I think you have to tell your loved ones what you like and don’t like. To be given endless gifts of things you don’t really need or want is a waste of money.
I’ve taught my husband well and he always asks me first and I tell him exactly what I want. Like this Christmas he’s buying my Downton Abbey Season 3. I can’t wait to watch this show and it’s what I want. In all honesty, this type of present is the most romantic gift he could give. I’ll not only watch it without my kids jumping all over me, but I’ll (hopefully) get to see Matthew finally marry Lady Mary. How more romantic do we need get?
Happy holidays and I hope you all get what your heart desires.
~ Tamara Gill, author of A Stolen Season and Defiant Surrender