Gift-Giving for Husbands and Wives, Lovers or Significant Others

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Do you throw your hands up in the air in frustration when it comes to giving your spouse a gift?

Throughout your married years together, there will be certain times that you probably expect to receive a gift from your spouse and your spouse will expect a gift from you. If birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, or the winter holiday season pass by unremembered, your feelings and your spouse’s feelings will probably be hurt. Gift giving can be a challenge, but it is a good way to show your love to your significant other. 

Give What Your Spouse Wants – Not What You Want to Give


Even when the occasion is remembered, the type of gift you receive can still cause disappointment and strife.

I remember feeling very upset with my husband on our first Christmas together because he gave me a sewing machine. He knew I didn’t like to sew. He knew I wasn’t very good at sewing. Yet because he had this expectation of a happy little wife sewing homemade clothes, drapes, and slipcovers, he bought me a sewing machine.

I still have that sewing machine. Fifty years later, it is in like new condition because I still hate to sew.


Gifts That are Remembered

The types of gifts that truly touch someone most often are the gifts that come from your heart. Your spouse will always remember the hours you put into making a mini rose garden because she adores flowers or that you baked from scratch his favorite cake. 

Throughout the year, pay attention to comments your spouse makes about items and notice when shopping together what items your spouse looks at. With today’s smartphones, it is easy to quickly snap a quick picture of the item or put the idea in a program like Google Keep or Evernote.

Ideas for Alternative Gifts

Note that many of these gift ideas are great for the person who seems impossible to buy for, has everything already or can afford to just go buy everything on their own. Thinking outside the box (and into your partner’s head) is the way to go!

Hopefully, as you grow closer and learn more about one another, your gifts to each other will be more creative and sensitive. Gifts do not have to be elaborate or expensive. It is often the simple, spontaneous gifts that are the most memorable.

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