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Forum topic by stefang posted 12-22-2009 12:55 PM 2474 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2009 12:55 PM

I know it’s pretty late to come with this, but I am desperate. Once again (the 44th time actually) I still haven’t purchased my wife’s Christmas present. The fact is, I haven’t got a clue what to get her. We just bought her a lot of new clothes, but she more than deserves them and it won’t be a gift. Besides, jogging shoes are out since she’s still using a crutch to get around after her operation. I thought about getting her a Kindle book reader, but she doesn’t like high tech. stuff. We have enough china to serve dinner to the entire U.S. Navy. It reminds me she got special crystal wine glasses with pewter bases for Christmas a few years ago. They cost a fortune and now she won’t let me use them because she’s afraid one of the 12 she got might get broken! This is just a brief description of what I am up against. If any of you, especially the gals have any ideas, please let me know. Please keep in mind we are almost 70 years old. ( you would think I should be wiser by now, but I’m not. A real loser when it comes to wife gifts).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 01:12 PM

Last year I got my wife a nice new lathe…...... I think see has really come to appreciate having this machine in the house. ....... But that’s me !

I have never missed with jewellery. ......

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 01:24 PM

Make a nice donation in her name.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 02:13 PM

Mike, how about making her a box and putting a gift certifcate to her favorite clothing store in it? Maybe my wife is the exception but for some reason, that after 33 years together I still do not understand, is that she cannot resist buying clothes, purses and shoes. I gave up long ago trying to pick out something that she would like and simply give her a gift certificate or money to buy herself something. She enjoys buying these and enjoys spending long hours browsing the aisles and clothing racks.

But I do draw the line with handing her my credit card however since she would probably enjoy herself way too much. :)

Although Brian’s idea does have a lot of merit. Maybe a new LN plane or a new tool from Festool would be sufficiently appropriate.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 02:38 PM

Does she have any hobbies? My wife has embroidery (she always wins first place at our regional fairs), knitting, and gardening, so anything relating to those always seems to be appreciated.

Last year, I promised her a greenhouse and then built it for her in the spring.

I do agree that wives are very difficult to buy for.

Good luck!

-- John from Hampstead

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 02:44 PM

Mike, Many of us won’t ever understand the cloths and shoe thing. I think it makes up for our tool thing. Balances out somehow. Scotts’ idea is a good one.Good Luck

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 03:01 PM

Does your wife have a hobby ?
Diamonds are forever…and a girls best friend.
Something warm and woolly.
I think any choice you make will be well received by your wife.
I enjoy getting gifts that are related to what I enjoy doing.
Woodworking- hubby gets me tools. It tells me he supports what I like to do.

What does she do when you are in the shop ? I would go in that direction for a gift.

Hope this helps- and hurry it’s almost Christmas !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 03:01 PM

You can never go wrong with gold and diamonds.
I’m just saying.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 03:02 PM

CASH…...............lots of it, always seems to make a woman smile

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 04:53 PM

maybe someone to do deep cleaning once in a while ?
( carpets , curtains , windows , junk room , bathrooms ) ?

build her a shoe organizer she can reach ?

coupon for a book store ?

a swiss lath with diamond bearings ?

a hallmark card with some money in it ?

a Norwegian sweater ?

a baby monitor , so she can call you in the shop ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 05:34 PM

Bread machine, art vase, fancy mixer, fur coat, table top loom, digital picture frame photo viewer, spa day, hobby lessons for whatever, new car, greenhouse, Aerogarden, fur topped mittens, fancy boots or especially warm ones, remodel of hobby room, rocker, pet frog, aquarium, pet iguana, airline ticket, vacation trip to exotic destination, anniversary ring, wooden handmade picture frame, cruise with grandkids, cruise with you…...........

...........just brainstorming….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 05:37 PM

PROBLEM SOLVED!! Just got back from shopping and I found her a fantastic (expensive) crystal piece. I’m 100% sure she will love it. She told me she definitely didn’t want jewelry this year ( unusual woman). She’s just got lots of clothes last week. I also got her some nice things for her stocking including a nice silk scarf, some warm lambs wool socks, some special custom candy treats and a good pocket book. How did I do girls?

I wouldn’t make her anything out of wood because that’s about all I talk about and as you know, familiarity breeds contempt.

Thanks to all of you who tried to help out. I’ve learned something from this experience, but forgotten what it was. I’ll be back next year for more good advice! Have a Merry Christmas all!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 08:12 PM

You did fine work, especially the lambs wool socks, I hinted for those for myself this year.
You are a good man, no wonder this is your 44th Christmas, you’ve obviously done something right. LOL

Merry Christmas !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 08:23 PM

Depends how she treated you during the year,I will give an idea mine is getting NOTHING at lease from me.

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 08:31 PM

Thanks Lisa. GMman if I took your advice, I probably wouldn’t live to see the new year, but thank you anyway for the bold advice. You’re not really going to do that are you?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 12-22-2009 08:36 PM

Something like 80% of people polled this year wanted gift certificates.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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