This is the age old question, what do I get for my guy. I have spent many hours, days, MONTHS it seems like, trying to come up with the perfect gift. Let me give you a little recap of Franky's past anniversary gifts...
- Matching sweaters (which never got worn at the same time haha)
- iTunes gift card
- "50 things I love about you" cards
- Another sweatshirt
As you can see, it has not been going great for him lol. I have decided to ask my lovely ladies in my Council of Brides for their best tips on gift giving.
My husband doesn't ever tell me want he wants as far as gifts are concerned. However, he does love to just do random activities together. We don't always have the money to do bigger trips, although I have taken him to Chicago and did various activities there before. Sometimes it's something smaller, like dinner and a movie he wants to see or a show he wants to go to. I think just making memories together is the greatest gift.
I found the best way to figure out what my husband Matt wants as a gift is to simply listen. I try to listen to things he says in day to day life and then when it comes time to get him something, get it! I also try and just get what he wants. You want a pack of Pokemon cards for Valentines day...? Not very romantic, but it makes you happy so, DONE! I try not to overthink it.
My husband always says don't get me anything which is never helpful. We are also tight on money, so I made him a coupon book. Coupons like "I will cook your favorite meal" or "You pick movie and I make popcorn night!" It's great because you can be creative and make as many as you want.
I feel like I do a lot of DIY gifts! For a whole year I wrote down memories and put pictures into a journal and then gave it to him for his birthday and he loved it! That's been one of his favorite gifts that I have given to him. Another one of his favorite gifts was actually an email account. I set one up about 8 months before our wedding and I would randomly send emails to it and then on the day of the wedding I have him the email account with the password. It was fun reading those and remembering different aspects of the "wedding planning period" I also try and remember him saying stuff he wants when we're walking through a store or something. I make sure to get him stuff that I know he'll use. I'm probably the worst gift giver around so I definitely tend to buy random stuff but he never complains.
Kaley Bickel Alber
I just about need interrogation tactics to get a gift idea out of my husband.
I've really bounced around on gifts I've given him. Some of his favorite gifts I've given him were something nostalgic (a BB gun like he had as a kid), something to do (concert tickets), and most recently I made some gifts for him (a shirt with our business name on it and some personalized drinking glasses). Right now, I'm working on pooling money from others who give him Birthday/Christmas gifts so we can give him a special gun he has wanted for a long, long time but that none of us can afford on our own.
Most of the time I just have to write down something he mentions in passing throughout the year and save the idea for his birthday or Christmas.
My husband never asks for anything and does the whole "no gifts" thing too, but I'll just listen and wait for him to mention things throughout the year. I have a secret "note" in my phone of stuff I hear him talk about with his friends or in passing. I'm not a big planner or DIYer, but when it comes to him, I like to go all out. He appreciates when I remember little things and he loves romantic lovey dove stuff, so I usually get on Pinterest for some inspiration then put in my own twist.