What Do You Give Your BF/Partner/Husband That You Know He'll Always Like? Or Is He Difficult To Gift?

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    Sep 21, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    I was editing photos and came across some pics of gifts I had given my husband. Making me glance up at the 100+ stuffed bears on the ceiling shelf on 2 walls of this office. Which got me thinking about what we get for our man.

    I always give him a stuffed bear, themed for Christmas, Valentines Day, his birthday. Plus, less happily, during his hospital stays, a doctor or nurse bear. And something for the kitchen. Like I did for my Mom when I was a kid (Woman: "Oh, just what I wanted - another appliance.")

    But my husband DOES like appliances, when they're for the kitchen, along with cookware & utensils, because cooking is his hobby, if not a passion. And he likes chocolates and flowers for special occasions.

    So what do you get for YOUR man, that you know he'll always like? Or is he difficult to buy for? Thank gawd kitchen stuff always pleased my late partner, too, and my current one, a no-brainer for me. Keep 'em barefoot and preparing supper, I always say. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 21, 2014 5:02 PM GMT
    Beer
    Candies
    Food (take him to his favorite restaurant)?
    original/rare merchandising of something he likes (music, movies)
    Join them to some specific activities they like (ie: climbing, football, tennis, going to an opera! etc)

    Thats what I can think of right now
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    Sep 21, 2014 5:10 PM GMT
    I wouldn't want any stuffed animals but a trip somewhere would be nice or something made not bought like a card or some little thing, definitely a surprise
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    Sep 21, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
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    Sep 22, 2014 3:21 AM GMT
    When his subordinates came to me and asked what he'd want I said we already had too much stuff and he was tough to shop for but what he needed were golf lessons. I went to the local course and they reimbursed me for the gift card, which they presented at the surprise golf brunch I then planned for him. Genius.

    The real gift for his birthday came immediately afterwards - I told him he didn't have to come into the city with me to entertain my visiting relatives OR go a party we'd both been invited to. I went alone, he stayed home and watched bad Syfy Channel movies. Double genius.
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    Sep 22, 2014 3:24 AM GMT
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    Sep 22, 2014 4:16 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    I'm curious. What did you used to give your wife on these occasions?

    Very elaborate gifts. One time for Christmas I gave this huge wrapped box. She opened it, and 8 helium balloons came out and rose to the ceiling. Each one with a $100 bill attached. Just to give her some extra cash spending money. Of course she had other presents.

    In Berlin, Germany I gave my first wife (an Army Lieutenant) a banjo, I made with my own hands. Because she had said she wanted to learn to play one. OK, so I ordered all the metal parts from a company that rebuilt classic banjoes, and I got wood from the Army craft shop.

    She went off to Switzerland with one of her girlfriends for 2 weeks. I didn't wanna go, so I stayed home and worked every day on the banjo. I made it in the style of a 1920s flat top Mastertone, and did the fingerboard pearl inlays in that general pattern, with a touch of originality.

    I had bought an electric Dremel drill just for the purpose, and got Army dentists to give me their discarded diamond drill bits, which fit in the chuck. Because they were still sharp enough to deal with the hard ebony fingerboard. Ordinary steel Dremel bits dulled too quickly.

    Problem was, with my tin ears, when I finished it I couldn't tune it to my piano. I thought I had built it wrong. So when she got back home I presented it to her as a Christmas gift, with the proviso that it might not be tunable. I had never made a banjo before. I told her it might just become a wall decoration.

    She sat down at the piano, and instantly tuned it! I literally cried, that the damn thing worked after all. And 3 weeks later, she played it at an American church service, and sang too, she had a wonderful voice. She was, and I guess still is, incredibly talented.

    So I give people things they can use, and want. A simple formula. Easy if you know them. icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 22, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    ^
    Beats the hell out of a gift card!