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Old 04-29-2013, 11:43 AM   #76
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I'm more practical myself so do prefer something like that to flowers and candy, which while lovely, seems a little wasteful. If I asked for it (and I have asked for stuff like that), fine. If I didn't and that's what I ended up with, it would be returned.

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #77
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What is with everyone thinking that not wanting housewares as a gift means that you are not practical, or that you want Jewlery and Flowers?

I don't think buying something for the house is a gift. I also don't wear Jewlery, don't want flowers, and don't eat candy.

Buy me something for me. Last year DH sent me to WDW for my 40th birthday I had a few days solo (Heaven!) and then him and the kids met me for the last few days. Best gift I ever recieved.
Oh, I think there are lots of other gift possibilities, but my XH only knew about jewelry or flowers...or nothing, LOL. I would have loved even a gift of 2 hours alone without guilt (doing whatever I want, without being made to feel like I should be at home, or that my chosen activity was weird, or calling me all the time to ask if I was coming home yet). That would cost nothing. My point was about the thought, which if someone gets you something you don't like or won't use, there isn't much thought there. Conversely, if someone would love a vacuum, and someone gave it to that person, its a very thoughtful gift.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #78
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I wouldn't be happy. But then there are people who probably wouldn't like what I consider gifts. As long as the gift receiver is happy, all is fine.

I always tell my husband a couple of things I would like so I'd hope he'd get one of those things. He doesn't always. One year I got a lawn knome. A very ugly one. It was kind of funny. I'd shown him some garden statues I liked so I think that's why he decided to give me that.

This year I let him know that I would really like an Amazon gift card so I can buy a bunch of books for my Kindle. I love to read. And a new birdfeeder and I showed him which type I really like in a couple of different colors and designs.

I'm hoping he paid attention this year. LOL
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:15 PM   #79
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I would love it, but then again, I love to vacuum. Lines in the carpet make me happy...

...as long as it was one that I really wanted. Not an oversized duster.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:32 PM   #80
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I would be happy with it but I am tje type that would much rather receive something I would use than to spend money on flowers and going out to eat. I'm a total clean freak so I have received cleaning/houseware type gifts. I think if a husband put time and effort into buying a gift he thinks his wife will like then its just flat out inconsiderate for her not to at least smile and say thanks, and vice versa. With that being said my husband and I don't really do gifts for each other very often since we both pretty much have everything we want. For birthdays and Christmas and mothers/fathers day we spend money on vacations or little mini trips or some home improvement project. My point is...everyone is different. What works in one relationship will not work in another. Last mothers day I was thrilled that my gift was for my husband to finally get around to painting the trim on the house. That's what I asked for. To some people it may not have been much but to me who has been looking at the peeling paint for years was thrilled. After he spent all weekend painting we as a family cooked my favorite meal together since I'm not a fan of restaurant food and he made chocolate covered strawberries for dessert like he does every year. One of my cousins was shocked that I had such a boring mothers day. Lol
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:34 PM   #81
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My husband does not give me a gift for Mother's Day.... I'm not his Mom (thank God lol) but when we were broke it would have made a great gift... now, not so much.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:58 PM   #82
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It's not that I don't like vacuums, they serve a great purpose. I just think the idea of giving your wife a vacuum as a present is kind of insulting. The vacuum is for the entire household's benefit, it's not really for the recipient.
Well, that would depend on who normally does the vacuuming, now wouldn't it? A gadget that lessens the work that a person has to do around the house can be a wonderful gift, because it makes that person's burder lighter.

I remember the year that my father bought my mother a floor waxer for her birthday. She LOVED it -- because it meant that she would never have to get down on her hands and knees to wax the hardwood floors ever again.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:34 PM   #83
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I sit on both sides of this topic. On the one side, I too was raised where house items were NOT gifts HOWEVER my husband has purchased practical gifts for me that I really couldn't gripe about. lol

He bought me a clip on bookmark light when we first got married so I wouldn't keep him awake (this was pre kids when I'd stay up and read late), an iPod nano auxillary cord for the van, a watch, etc. He has bought me some non-practical gifts as well but I am just saying that none of these was a vacuum
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #84
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My husband does not give me a gift for Mother's Day.... I'm not his Mom (thank God lol) but when we were broke it would have made a great gift... now, not so much.
So true. We don't give each other mother or Father's Day gifts. I always thought that was strange. A push by the diamond companies started that new aspect of the Hallmark holiday push!
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #85
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I would LOVE a new vacuum for Mother's Day!! I really need one. It is funny this has come up because my husband is in OPs camp. He always feels like he shouldn't get me appliances for gifts and he couldn't be more wrong. It's like his mom brainwashed him into thinking he can't! But after 13 years of marriage he is finally coming around. There is nothing I love more than an appliance. Heck if he bought me a new food processor I would be over the moon! (Mine just broke. ) But that is me. And I get why others would not want it. I have no need for candy, clothes or jewelry. Now a trip to Disney, maybe.

I do want to say that although he has given into giving me appliances he always gets me something else to go with it. And this year he got me PINK tickets for my birthday which is probably the BEST gift he has ever given me, so he can get away with giving me nothing for the next 36 months and I will not even care.

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Old 04-30-2013, 07:49 AM   #87
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The thing I hope people to take away from this thread is that gifts don't have to be either "housewares" or "Jewelry and flowers" There are plenty of fun gifts out there that don't fit in either category.
There is not enough room to type every unpractical/fun gift out there and jewelry and flowers are the most common, so that is going to be what is talked about the most.

You mentioned clothing- not everyone likes clothing and would hate a shopping trip. I have to drag my mother kicking and screaming sometimes just to get her to pick out new items when hers are beginning to look very, very worn.

Trips- Not everyone likes solo trips. I personally love them but I can't afford them plus a family vacation, so they don't happen very often.

Spa trips- same thing as clothing, certain people have to be dragged kicking and screaming and would not appreciate the thought behind the gift.

I personally don't get why someone would care one way or another what someone else got as long as the someone else was happy with it. Just because someone else finds vacuums to be wonderful gifts doesn't mean you have to get one yourself. Obviously your husband understands what you like for gifts, so I don't think you have to worry about it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #88
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If it's more expensive than something I would normally buy I'm OK with it. I asked for and got a Roomba a couple of years ago for Valentines Day!

Although I do have to admit my husband bought me a canopener as one of my Christmas gifts this year. It was thoughtful, I was having issues with the hand opener I had and he thought this one looked nice enough to be on the counter

I've also gotten Kitchenaid Mixer and a Kitchenaid food processor as Christmas presents and was thrilled with both. Again, not something I would go out and buy myself, but loved them and use them all the time!

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I would be thrilled. I love a good vacuum.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:57 AM   #90
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I don't want any gift that entails me doing more work.

If my dh wanted to buy me a vacuum, it better have a maid attached to the end of it.
Exactly!! Things that are required to keep house are not gift, they are household expenses. Only appropriate if I specifically ask for it and tell him exactly what I want.
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