Woohoo! Christmas is only a week away. Are you done with Christmas gift shopping? Downtown Portland has been hopping with shoppers the last couple of weeks. It’s nice to see the economy rolling and shoppers enjoying the holidays.
This year, I only have to get gifts for two people – Mrs. RB40 and the kid. Christmas is a lot more fun with RB40 Jr. around. We are introducing him to Santa Clause and he loves our Christmas tree. I already got Gordon and Percy (Thomas and friends) for him, so I’m good there. It’s so easy to buy gift for little kids because everything is new to them.
The one that is impossible to shop for is Mrs. RB40. She already has pretty much everything she needs and I can’t buy the stuff she wants. I know she would like some new clothes and perhaps a new purse, but she is so super picky. It will be a waste of time to buy any personal item for her. She wouldn’t like what I pick out. Oh yeah, and she would like that $3.5 million house on the hill, but that’s out of reach for me (and her) unless I win last night’s Mega Millions Jackpot. She also doesn’t want any kitschy crap stuff to clutter up our small condo. She has been selling our stuff through Craigslist to clear out our place a bit.
So today, I’m racking my brain for some good Christmas gifts for those people who have everything.
Life can be crazy with a rambunctious little boy. We haven’t had a chance to spend any time alone since we went to the beach together for a couple of days in October. My parents were here so we were able to get away then. Now that he is going to preschool, there are more options for us. The preschool has parents’ night out a couple of times per month and it will be a chance for us to get away for a bit. A great gift for both of us would be paying for the night out in advance and planning for a rare date night.
Donate in their name
Mrs. RB40 has been looking at the UNICEF holiday card catalog and I think that will be a nice gift for her. A box of card cost $10-$15 and the money will go to a good cause. She has been donating animals to poor countries in her older relative’s names so I know she likes that. Donating to a cause they care about is a great gift.
A cooking lesson or some other interesting classes could be great gifts. You need to figure out what your recipient is interested in, though. We are still short on time so this probably isn’t the right fit this year, but it would be a great option in the future. I would love to take a photography class at our community college at some point.
Time out card – redeemable for 4 hours of alone time
Talking about time, here is an easy one. I’ll just give Mrs. RB40 a “4 hours alone time” card. She can redeem it whenever she needs to get away. A little kid can drive you crazy sometime and a time away card would be an awesome gift. She would probably redeem it immediately.
Hahaha, everyone needs a gym membership. Mrs. RB40 turned this down though. She doesn’t like sweat… On the other hand, I’m heading back to the gym after a long 18 months off. I’m way out of shape and I have a lot of work to do.
Not to brag, but I’m a world class masseuse. These hands are god’s gift to women. Unfortunately for Mrs. RB40, she hasn’t had a massage for a long time. I have been too busy blogging at night after putting Jr. to bed. I know she would love a 30 minute massage certificate from her hubby. I probably should get her a real massage, but as you know, I’m pretty cheap these days. Maybe next year, I’ll get her a spa package. 8)
Portland has a huge restaurant turnover ratio. It seems like a new restaurant opens every week. We like to try new restaurants, but we love our old favorites, too. A gift certificate to a good restaurant that she hasn’t been to would be a great gift both of us can enjoy.
Mrs. RB40 loves to see shows and the theater is right around the corner from us. I’m not sure which show she wants to see so we’ll have to confer a bit. She’d probably has to go to the show by herself though. I tend to snore at the theater shows.
Cash is always a great gift for those people who are hard to buy for. They can buy what they really want. Mrs. RB40 loves cash so I’m sure she’ll find some greenbacks in her stocking on Christmas.
Well, that’s all I’ve got. I’m open to suggestions. It’s hard to buy for people who don’t want any more physical stuff. Do you have someone like that in your life? What do you think about these ideas?
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