For the last few years, my significant other and I have AGREED that we should not purchase Christmas presents for each other; that we instead should save our money and put it towards practical things for our home or ourselves – smart right?! But apparently, this plan never works.
This year we were supposed to buy each other a heated jacket as Christmas gifts. However, he bought his on sale in September and I bought mine a few weeks later, so I thought that evened out and that was it. We had already agreed to pool our money to purchase a NAS (Network Attached Storage) system for our home in the new year, so presents really should have been off the table. BUT, we have agreed to similar arrangements in past years and he always breaks the rules. The first year that we agreed on no presents, he still got me something... The second year I said I really wanted to focus just on joint household purchases, but yet again, he had purchased a gift explicitly for me (though I suspected this time and bought a back-up gift for him too). We decided in the fall to the no present rule for this year too, but he implied that he was not going to follow the rules by constantly asking me what I want for the last two months. Each time I would restate that we were buying the NAS and were not supposed to get gifts. He even tried to get ideas via a mutual friend… men can be so sneaky. 😉
He is also a difficult person to shop for – he either buys what he wants himself (usually via Amazon), the item is excessively pricey or it doesn’t ship to Canada. I had picked up on a smart watch he was interested in but said he wouldn’t buy for himself, so I went out and snatched it. Again, anticipating that the rules would be broken, I wrapped up a gift for ‘mom’ just in case.
Long story short, rules were broken and I received several gifts, including a pair of onion goggles (which I haven’t yet tested, but really hope they work since cutting onions does invoke involuntary crying). So it looks like the no gift rule isn’t real in our world – it never really existed and was just an idea of the imagination.
Do you set any rules with your significant other regarding gifts? Do you do anything extra special during the holidays, birthdays, etc?
A millennial woman with 'old school' values, working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to. Seeking out my passions one day at a time.