Perhaps I should have titled this post: My husband thinks I’m awesome & now I feel awesome. Because he does and frankly I do. I can’t lie, I love it.
Each year I struggle picking out gifts for my husband, Joe. With Christmas, birthday, anniversary, Father’s Day and even Valentine’s Day, it feels like I’m buying him gifts quite often. And most of the time I feel like a gift slacker. A totally safe gift giver who probably doesn’t take many risks. I try to be thoughtful but man, oh man, it can be tough buying for a guy.
My husband thankfully has hobbies like running and reading. Buying items which satisfy both will always be a winner. But at times I feel like I’m playing it too safe for him and I usually just ask what he would like or pick from the usual choices. Don’t get me wrong, he was overjoyed when I surprised him with his Garmin Forerunner a couple of years back but the running gear gifts now are always appreciated but don’t typically have that wow factor. (Unless of course you are my sister in law Heather who came through and bought yet another two pairs of SmartWool running socks that cost a whopping $20 a pair and made my husband squeal with joy like a little girl. No, I’m not exaggerating.)
But this past Christmas I decided that while I needed to stay at a lower budget than in years past, I would take a chance and not ask him what he wanted for Christmas. And neither did my mother. And we scored. Yep, a total slam dunk. My husband loved all his gifts and we rocked his own personal Christmas tree so to speak, even though I included safe items like clothing and a book.
So how did I do it? I paid attention to Amazon. If you were reading my blog or following my facebook page before the holidays you would have seen me posting deals left and right off from Amazon. I checked out those lighting fast deals which lasted only minutes sometimes whenever I could steal a moment.
And with it, I caught Mass Effect 2 for the XBox360 for only $9.99. Granted this game is regularly only $19.99 which in video game land is cheap since I’m used to buying him $50-$60 games. But I read the reviews carefully and determined it was probably a game my husband would like.
If he didn’t like it I was out much money even though I was breaking a fairly unspoken rule. Do not buy a game unless my husband asks for it. And it paid off. My husband has been playing that game every spare chance he gets since Christmas and just beat the game yesterday. Now he’s on to playing it a different way. This has been totally worth the $10 and my husband was thrilled to get a new surprise video game.
And then of course was the New Syma S107 Mini Indoor RC Remote Controlled Helicopter. When I saw it, I figured what guy doesn’t love something with a remote control? So on a whim I bought it after seeing the rave reviews.
This was a hit with my hubby on Christmas day and all the kids loved watching him fly it. The only thing that stops the fun is when it runs out of a charge. My husband is like a big kid with this thing. Jackpot. Unless your guy is a total stick in the mud, he will think this helicopter is cool and it will bring out his inner child. Trust me.
And my mom bought him the mother of all gifts, the Kindle Wireless Reading Device from Amazon. Now while I can’t take total credit since it was entirely her idea, she did ask me if I thought she should.
My husband has never shown an interest in a Kindle. In fact, he has admitted now that had he been asked he is not sure he would have said yes. But my husband adores that thing. He thought he’d never get away from liking the feel of books but that has long passed and now he enjoys the conveniences of a Kindle. And with so many books out of copyright , he has been reading classics like Tom Sawyer free of charge.
So the next time you are stumped what to get your spouse, look around. Do some research and watch for deals. Take a chance sometimes. Worse case scenario is you have to take the gift back. The upside is you have the chance to surprise your husband with something that he’ll love. And that my friends, is so worth it!