Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Presents? Oh, Yeah...

For some reason, Larry is cleaning out the fridge. Doesn't he realize he's throwing out tomorrow's post? Now he's muttering something about "dinner." Dinner? Who is he kidding? We had our annual gingerbread-house decorating blowout this afternoon. The kids are stuffed to the gills with candy in various shapes and forms, and my blood sugar level is so messed up I'm seeing double. We don't need dinner - we need insulin. And maybe some tranquilizer dart guns to get the kids to calm down enough to go to bed...

Quick - what do y'all get your husbands for Christmas? Because I still don't have anything for Larry (hmmm, this sounds familiar, doesn't it?), and I'm desperate. Give me some ideas, will ya? Inexpensive ones, of course...

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25 comments:

  1. I'm getting him a guide to home brewing, because I think it's only fair that he have a hobby, too. Plus then I can drink his experiments.

    Also, the stars aligned and the baby slept by herself while Word Girl was on to entertain the boys. Merry Christmas to us.

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  2. i was about to answer pancakes or spaghetti, but then i realized you asked what to get him for christmas, not dinner.

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  3. I went for the no fail (although much disliked by me) sexy lingerie. I personally am grossed out by seeing my stomach roll over the top of a garter belt, but apparently my husband likes it.

    My husband, out of cheapness, has decided to cut my boys hair. He is atrocious, but I don't want to bruise his feeble ego so I bought him a nice set of scissors and a real smock from the beauty supply shop.

    And a cheese-making kit because the man has no hobbies (unless you consider watching old westerns on DVD a hobby.)

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  4. We got hubby that slider maker thing they keep advertising on tv. What? The kids picked it out. :-)

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  5. I got my husband a lottery ticket. It's the gift that keeps on giving, hopefully.

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  6. Oh I love the home brewing guide!! Actually I think this is what he is getting ME for Xmas :)))
    So I got him some nice warm gloves (very fancy IMO) a book (the Lord of the rings, hardcover and illustrations) and some food from France that he loves..

    I would go for a book. It's the best bet to get something personalized, not too pricey and fast. I went to Barnes & Nobles to get ideas, then I ordered online for cheaper.

    One present that was cheap but very VERY successful was a bottle of lavender oil, because he knows that means massages, and he loves feetrub after work :)
    But the real question is : what will he get you?

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  7. i think pancakes and spaghetti would be a hell of a christmas gift. or dinner. whichever.

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  8. Shirt and pants at the Gap. Total: $30.

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  9. Would that I knew what to get a husband for Christmas. Mine's impossible.

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  10. movie gift card--then he has to take you too, and you get some benefit from it also! Also, I favor socks when all else fails.

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  11. If I can get my *ahem* nether-regions together, I may pop into Picture People and use a freebie coupon for my portrait, then get a frame for it and hang it in our bedroom above his dresser. I don't think I ate anything I'm allergic to today, so my skin should be clear enough. And yes, I have 3 kids, but no I will not be tortured by them for this photograph. I prefer to leave that to trained professionals.

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  12. I told my older boys to make coupons for cleaning his car (vacuum, detailing).
    Does Larry like backrubs? Footrubs? You could get some supplies to go with coupons for that.

    I got mine a bottle of cologne (or whatever it is called these days) because he hasn't had any in a long time and he mentioned it a few months back. He's getting a bottle of Rain-X in his stocking.

    I like how Amy thinks...

    Merry Christmas to you & yours!

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  13. This year I'm making arrangements for his friends who have hobbies he'd like to learn to give him lessons. (I don't think that sentence even made sense. It's late.) One friend will give him 8 weeks of flyfishing lessons, another 8 weeks of guitar lessons, another 8 weeks of voice lessons, another 8 weeks of ballroom dance lessons, another 8 weeks of woodturning lessons. Hopefully it all works out. Most are doing it for free, but I'm bartering with others- babysitting their kids for a weekend so they can take their spouses away kid-free. That's what i came up with at the last minute this year. He's always saying he needs a hobby...

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  14. Ugh. A sweater and a DVD. I totally flunked Christmas this year.

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  15. My situation is a bit different - my husband is in Basic Combat Training for the Army, but came home for two weeks for Christmas. Since he has to go back and can't take ANYTHING with him, it was pointless to buy anything for him. He has further training after BCT, and can't take anything there, either. Anyway, I made up coupons for seemingly mundane things that aren't anymore. :-) Things like his favorite meals, dessert, various massages, time out with the guys (guilt-free, of course), etc, etc, for him to redeem while he's home for Christmas Exodus.

    Maybe something like this would work for you, too?

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  16. I heard Old Navy is having sales that are ridiculous right now---$5 fleece type of stuff. Good for around the house clothes.

    My husband also wanted a new razor (drugstore variety) so he's getting that with some nice shaving cream.

    Magazine subscriptions (you can wrap the latest issue and you don't even need to send in the subscription form until after the holidays---he'll never know), his favorite coffee place gift card, framed photo of kids for office, DVD's or CD's. . .

    Have a lovely holiday!

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  17. Buon Natale! We decided not to exchange presents this year as we've had a few big purchases lately for the house. I must say, that it's a nice feeling...no worries, no last minute running around...just enjoying each other's company. (okay, that was a little mushy, but it sounds Christmasy, doesn't it?)

    Seriously, blessings to you and your family.

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  18. My husband is hard to buy for. Anything fun he wants (DVR, new computer, new TV) is either out of the budget right now, or something he has to pick out himself. Actually almost anything he wants he has to pick out himself.

    So, I'm getting him warm woolly sheepskin slipper boots from LL Bean...which he picked out and approved. I'm also getting him new socks, which he does not know about. They may or may not be acceptable, we'll see.

    Having said all that, he is a wonderful husband and not at all nasty in his pickiness. He knows he's hard to buy for, and he knows he won't get many surprises.

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  19. Usually a CD or favorite DVD. This year he wanted some ridiculous 3 million candle power spotlight to take camping with us next year. If you see a strange light in the sky next summer, that would be my Rooster, playing with his new spotlight.

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  20. Give him that good old-fashioned gift they all love: Gift Certificates to the Car Wash.

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  21. Mine is getting the DVDs that he bought himself. ;-)

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  22. I was telling someone the other day that I always get my husband some kind of flying toy but that 12 years in I think he's starting to get tired of them. I picked out a purse for myself that I'm having him wrap for me, and then he told me he'd gotten himself something that I could wrap for him. It turned out to be a hydrogen rocket. I guess flying toys never get old.

    (I'm glad you asked the question because if I can remember to come back and read all the comments again it might help me to be less stumped.)

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  23. Merry Christmas... I got Ian a shirt, and some tool he needed... Yep, we are so romantic around here.

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