Let me tell you about a conversation I have had with my husband. Many times.
Me: Hey, what do you want for Christmas?
Him: You KNOW what I want.
Me: No really, what do you want. I want to buy you something.
Him: You don’t have to buy me anything.
Me: Ok, but seriously- what (besides THAT) do you want?!
Does anyone else ever go through this conversation with their husbands? For every stinkin’ holiday?
But I don’t want to give him THAT for a couple reasons:
- We do THAT more than just on holidays, so it doesn’t seem like an actual gift- regardless of what he says!
- I don’t want to be held to any promises. (Are you with me on this one?) There have been plenty of times I’ll send him a text or promise him a night of fun only to find myself “not in the mood” when it actually comes time to make-good on my promise. My husband will tell you all about the strip-tease I never gave him. I blame Oprah- she had Carmen Electra on her show one day who made it look so simple and fun and SEXY. I told my husband (while thinking “I can totally do that!”) that I would put on a show for him… and then I realized this was me we were talking about. And I am not a stripper. Nor coordinated. So it never happened- and that was 10 years ago. Anyway, I digress………….
But last Christmas I decided it was about time I gave him what he wanted. And he loved it.
The planning and preparations were super simple, and it made the “gift opening part” a little more special so he didn’t think I just forgot to get him something. Here is what I did…
I got two small gift boxes and labeled one with the number 1 and the other with the number two.
In the first box, I included some lotion and one of those plastic back massagers. (Have you used these before? Best $1 I’ve ever spent!)
Also in the box, I included the following poem:
So, since my husband also LOVES having his back and feet rubbed, this was the PERFECT intro to a night that would be all for him.
When he opened the second box, he saw this poem:
Under this poem was a sexy negligee wrapped in tissue paper.
I will spare you the details on how the night went, but it probably goes without saying that he absolutely LOVED this Christmas present. What guy wouldn’t love a massage and an evening of fun??? He has already requested I re-gift this same thing for Valentine’s Day, his birthday AND our anniversary.
It was one of the best gifts ever- simple, meaningful and exactly what he wanted.
It only took me 12 years of marriage to finally get it right!
(This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in February 2014)