Friday, December 3, 2010

All I Don't Want for Christmas...

Every year I have this discussion with ManOfTheHouse - what do I want for Christmas? 

Do I ask the same of him?  not usually - the fact is he's probably already chosen it, purchased it, and has been using it for the past month...

The answer - yes, every year - is "I don't know"...  not because I'm a wishy washy fickle female (although I do play one on TV) but because I'm honest is truly that I don't know. 

I read a lot - would I love a new book - sure, I always like new books...  which one?  I don't know... you pick.  Those e-readers?  well, yeah - sure...  but I don't want him to actually BUY one because I haven't spent enough research time deciding which is the best and won't kill my eyes.  A bookshelf?  Let's just not go there...  I still have a big blank spot on my wall that had an I.O.U. for a new bookshelf on it for Christmas 2 years ago.  That doesn't count as a NEW gift... (
Yep, same 2 year old photo resurfaces...

I wear clothes (shocking, I know) but do I WANT new clothes for Christmas?  'meh... I'm not opposed to the idea - but really, I don't need them so I can't see the point in buying them just for having something to wrap.  And shoes... let's just all agree that as a general rule - Men should not pick out Women's shoes.

Crafts?  Love 'em - have far too many supplies as it is though...  don't want to store more. 

Food?  seriously?  That is only a gift if the food is #1 - delicious and #2 - replaces a meal which I otherwise would be cooking.  Sure, throw a few candies in my stocking - but since I'd anti-chocolate the poor guy doesn't even get off easy on this one.

New Phone.  Okay - let's be honest - I have a bottom of the line phone... it makes phone calls (usually) and I can be reached in an emergency.  I can't update my facebook status, tweet, or blog from my phone.  So sure... it'd be nice... but the monthly bill?  yeah, it wouldn't be THAT nice.  I don't need a smart phone - my "recently descended from Apes" phone will do just fine for now.

I have a computer...  I wouldn't say no if Bill Gates were to show up with a much better one, but if the $ is coming out of ManOfTheHouse's pocket then I don't want it.  Same with a new camera... although maybe Bill Gates wouldn't be the best choice for choosing my new camera...

Furniture - other than a bookcase - my house is pretty full of furniture - and unless I'm the only one planning to actually USE said furniture, is it really MY gift?

Television - pardon the honesty, but I'd have to kill ManOfTheHouse for that one.  HE wants a new TV...  that would be like me buying him a really awesome sewing machine/serger for Christmas.

I don't really want a new sewing machine either...  I'd feel guilty for not using it.  at least the TV would get USED - not by me maybe, but used.

Car?  mine is fine, thanks.  Gym Membership?  only if you can provide me with a friend at the gym as well... one who will make me actually GO.

Kitchen Appliances?  just a question - do you value your life?

The ads are always asking "what do you get for the person who has everything?"

the real question is really - "what do you get for the person who wants nothing?"

Here's the answer - Peace (no, not peace on earth... that'd be good too, but I'm realistic) I just want peace in my home for a few hours (realistic?  whatever... okay fine...  one hour?).  Good Will toward siblings.  A back rub would be nice maybe?  and a Nap.

See I'm not hard to shop for? 

Just don't ask tomorrow...  tomorrow I'll probably be in full Princess mode and need a Mani/Pedi and a new pair of boots.   Until then - share with me all of the wonderful things in this world I'm missing out on... 

16 comments:

T said...

haha... just read that two year old post about the shelves (and Christmas in general) and had a good laugh because that's where the "ManOfTheHouse"/M.O.T.H. got started :)

Kristina P. said...

We don't really do gifts between me and Adam. My coworker, Charlie, was horrified. We will usually spend money to do something together, and we may buy each other a small stocking stuffer, but that's it.

Michelle said...

Kristina P. has a great idea. My ManOfTheHouse usually wants things that take years to save for, like a new shed or a video camera. Oh well, I'll just get him a nose hair trimmer and call it good.

Megz said...

It's not really Christmas unless you get something new to wear! And even better if it's somethingS new to wear.
I'm feeling very sorry for MOTH. You're going to be hard to shop for this year....

Cheeseboy said...

Get him a new TV. You really can't go wrong with men there.

Barbaloot said...

I'm with you on the phone thing. Sure it'd be cool to do things besides call and text people....but paying to do those things would not be so cool.

jessica said...

I am with you on everything! Seriously, I tell A to save the money and take me on a trip in February when I want to stay in bed in fetal position. My Christmas gift from A is letting me spend money on the kids and other beloved ones...

Happy Christmas to you!

Lisa said...

On the topic of kitchen appliances~received a FREAKIN' RICE STEAMER on Valentines. ALSO...on Mother's Day when I was pregnant with my first child, received a teddy. Not a teddy bear, but a flimsy piece of see through material to cover my exploding gut. Needless to say, this is the main reason I buy for myself and tag it from him.

starnes family said...

I'm the same way. I can reason out of anything my husband suggests. I actually did mention something relatively expensive this year.....Photoshop Elements.....but that will save us money b/c I won't be paying someone to do my headers anymore. Win/Win for everyone.

Love your link back to the bookshelves!

just the five of us said...

I agree with you too! If I want something I just go and buy it, so when it comes to Christmas, I probably already have it.

Connie said...

Having some peace and quiet is the best gift ever! I hope you get it!

cold cocoa said...

I can always think of something I want! You can call that greed or you can call it appreciative of many goods available for purchase. I also want to stimulate the economy, right?

What about those fit flops? Get your gym workout without going to the gym? And your in a hot(ter) area, where you can where them a lot more? And what about a gift card to your favorite place to shop, so when you do feel in the mood to buy, you've got your "money" ready in hand!

Sher said...

My problem isn't knowing what I want, it's trying not to buy it just in case my husband doesn't so I will not have to worry about whether I'll get it or not. I find this to be a pathetic fact about myself. I'm far more likely to buy myself presents near Christmas or my birthday. I've taken to trying hard not to want anything so I won't buy it myself and I will be happy with whatever shows up under the tree (well, maybe not EVery thing but that would be nice of me).

Garden of Egan said...

Well, I hope you get that backrub, peace, bookshelf thing.

Don't be disappointed though, if you end up with a chainsaw or cordless drill or something.

I may or may not be speaking from experience.

Erin said...

My husband buys whatever he wants for himself, which makes it hard for me to shop for him. I, on the other hand, am very easy to shop for. However, we're trying to get away from the material things, and quite honestly? Nothing would make me happier than to see him cleaning some toilets or vacuuming the house!

One Cluttered Brain said...

Hmm, what about a 6 pack of Diet coke?
lol.
Of just voting for ME and Debbie today.
Me to win 100 bucks and Debbie to WIN that Good mood gig.
Everything is on my profile...FB that is...
He is gonna get you diamonds...
A girl's best friend...