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...