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post #21 of 43
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I think I'll ask dh for a wishlist. Except for Castle in the Sky and an LL Bean shirt, I have no ideas for him at all. Those are both fine, but they're kind of...boring....

post #22 of 43

I'm stumped on DH this year... Although I've gotten him a few really cool things that I know he'll love. 

 

I got him two tshirts. One that has * "That's what." - She * on it and another that says *Respect the 'Stash*. I think he'll love both of them. 

 

And then I got him a shot glass display case. People are always going to really cool places and buying him shot glasses. He displays them hoping to go to the places one day ;) But when we moved recently he just got his own "man cave" with a space for a future wet bar so he'll have the perfect place for it! 

 

And I got him a whole box of the handwarmer things Storm Bride was talking about. They had big boxes of them at Costco and he loves them! 

 

And for his stocking I got him a Hangover (the movie) mini box set that has a shot glass, quote cards and Stu's tooth. I thought of him right away and knew I had to get it. And then I'll get him an iTunes card, some toiletries, maybe a small bottle of booze and hopefully some other cool stuff. 

 

And for his Christmas cracker (I make my own... because I totally have all the time in the world nut.gif) I got a talking mustache key ring. 

 

Past that I'm stuck. We've just moved and because of the move we've pretty much had to buy all new winter wardrobes (when from where it snowed maybe two days a year to 10+ months out of the year) and he's had to buy all new tools... So there's nothing really to get him nor that he wants. Well he wants a new TV (so we can have one in the living room and in the man cave) but we're not sure it's in the budget at the moment. Plus he hates stuff just for "stuff". He'd be happy to not get any presents as long as there was lots of lights on the tree and good rum in the cupboard :)

 

His birthday is two weeks after Christmas and I don't know what to get him for that either... maybe a Golf store GC :)

post #23 of 43
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Why? How? Is it fear of disappointment, or...? That baffles me. I love surprises.

 

He's on the autism spectrum (He has Asperger's Syndrome), so surprise is unknown, and change, and... yeah.

post #24 of 43

Bah. DH and I are both on the spectrum, and we like surprises... well, he doesn't mind expected presents, and he does make a list with specific brands and links, and he did buy his own chess set this year... OK, you may have a point.

post #25 of 43
Also stumped for DH this year. He's very picky and wants things that he knows he'll like - i.e., not random stuff that someone thinks he might use, but things HE actually wants and will use. headscratch.gif He's also sort of obsessive about things... He's the coffee snob/coffee geek (so people get him random coffee things that, in reality, are generally useless), but there's nothing there to add to his collection... Etc. So, last year a I did a bunch of research and decided to get him a classic, old-school, 'safety razor' - the kind with real razor blades, soap, the whole deal. That actually went over pretty well, especially as he realized how much I'd learned about it and how much HE could still go learn about it. He still uses it, anyway, and I like it when he shaves. lol.gif

But this year? No ideas! I'd love to take him on a getaway or send him on a photo expedition (something he really wants to do), but a real photo expedition is $$$$-$$$$$ and that's NOT anywhere near in the cards. I think he might enjoy a getaway but it's also at least a little selfish. lol.gif

I *love* surprises and really want to give and receive them. It's tricky, though! I actually make DH put any gifts for me out last on Christmas Eve, after I've finished arranging everything, so I don't have to touch anything - because I will figure it out, whether I mean to or not! redface.gif

So, any ideas for the hard-to-please, technically-minded guy?
post #26 of 43
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So, any ideas for the hard-to-please, technically-minded guy?

 

Have him send you links of specific things, and pick a few of them to give as gifts. You will know what you got him will be perfect, and he will be surprised (since he won't know exactly what's coming). Win win.

post #27 of 43

We mutually decided to not do gifts this year. We are spending 4 nights in NYC for NYE at a concert and we are putting our extra resources towards that instead. 

post #28 of 43

Ooh, just remembered one other gift I'm doing for DH. I've been saving all my tiny fabric scraps from various sewing projects, and I'm going to make him a shooty-beast, to shoot with his bow and arrow. It'll be denim and an unusual shape, and I'll applique organs of various sizes on it, and it'll have ears and tails and limbs and things for him to practice killing. It's not exactly a surprise - I told him about it months ago - but he's probably forgotten, and if I sew it when he's out of the house, I imagine he'll be quite surprised.

post #29 of 43
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I have yet to find that something. orngtongue.gif But DF *hates* surprises, and would rather my not get him anything then get him something and not tell him what it is. Not that that stops me, though. orngtongue.gif

 

 

My dd is this way. Surprises cause her enormous anxiety and are generally not fun for her at all. If she knows then she can relax and enjoy herself. It doesn't take away from her enjoyment of the gift if it is not a surprise. It is a bit less fun as the giver not to surprise her but I'd rather she was feeling good.

post #30 of 43
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My dh doesn't like surprises. They don't cause him any major mental stress or whatever, but he doesn't care for them. He lets them go at Christmas, because he figures it's just part of the way it all works - and he knows I love that "I hope you love it" moment when he opens them. In his case, he says that he just hates to delay gratification (this is true).

 

I don't like surprises, in most parts of my life, even a little bit. But, I'm good with...expected surprises, if that makes sense. If someone just gave me a random, surprise gift, I'd have trouble with that. But, I have no trouble with not knowing what my Christmas gifts actually are - it's enough that I know they're coming.

post #31 of 43
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So, any ideas for the hard-to-please, technically-minded guy?

 

Heather, you said your DH would like a photography trip, would he be interested in a book in digital photo editing.

 

We bought this one for FIL's birthday and he's enjoyed it. There are plenty of photoshop ones too but with the expense of the software we went for the GIMP one as GIMP is a free download and pretty good.

post #32 of 43

My DH is hard to buy for. He's liable to just go out and buy himself whatever he wants. I don't think he minds surprises, but it's hard to come up with a good one for him. He doesn't collect anything. Loves music, but buys his own and knows so much more about what he likes than I do that it's hard to come up with a new band/album that he hasn't already gotten. Plus he's almost all digital now and to me that's just not as much fun to unwrap!

 

As for wish lists, neither one of us is into those. To me that just takes all the fun out of it. I'd almost rather get nothing at all than have to do a wish list. I want someone to give from their heart, not my wants. 

post #33 of 43

DH is impossible. He is into quite a bit; making art, video games, making music...but he doesn't really need anything. If he's very much wanting something he buys it himself...

 

But I managed to snag him some things! 

 

I got him Make Magazine's "Fitness for Geeks" book, and a few others on Paleo eating, and some Lego sets he can do with DS and DD. He loves Legos and it's something the kids + him can do together so it's sort of a combined gift (although my kids are young so they mostly watch and hang out..) I also got him some Lego storage for our "Lego" room, which is technically just a spare bedroom. For his stocking I have bacon chocolate, and some little robot type kits...

post #34 of 43

Probably an e-book.
 

post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by mommariffic View Post

DH is impossible. He is into quite a bit; making art, video games, making music...but he doesn't really need anything. If he's very much wanting something he buys it himself...

 

But I managed to snag him some things! 

 

I got him Make Magazine's "Fitness for Geeks" book, and a few others on Paleo eating, and some Lego sets he can do with DS and DD. He loves Legos and it's something the kids + him can do together so it's sort of a combined gift (although my kids are young so they mostly watch and hang out..) I also got him some Lego storage for our "Lego" room, which is technically just a spare bedroom. For his stocking I have bacon chocolate, and some little robot type kits...

 

1. That's a really great idea!

 

2. Seriously? Where? I *love* bacon! And if bacon sundae is good, I can only imagine how tasty bacon chocolate must be. eat.gif

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post #37 of 43
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I found it on this website

 

http://www.baconaddicts.com/products/bacon-chocolate-sampler-pack

 

They made me a website!?! With everything bacon-y goodness, all in one spot?!?! Thank you! I *love* bacon, so much! :D

 

I forgot a few things that I realized a long time ago that DF needed, but he refused to let me buy, so I'll be buy it for his Christmas! He has *no* pants, outside his work uniform. Well, he has two pairs, but one doesn't have a zipper or button, so he can't fasten it (and I'm not skilled enough to fix a zipper like that), and the other one has a huge hole in the crotch, that I've mended several times, and by now, it's too far gone to be repaired, so I'm going to get him a few pairs of pants, and (try to) find a couple of shirts for him, or either get him a gift card. (He has sensory stuff that makes a lot of shirts uncomfortable to wear. I hope I can find a couple Hawaiian style shirts, because those he said are pretty okay, but if not, I might get him a gift card and make sure he spends it on shirts.)

post #38 of 43
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So, dh is getting Porco Rosso (was gong to get Castle in the Sky, but he said something that made me think Porco Rosso would be a better choice this year) and an Orval beer glass. I still want to get him one more gift - his "big" one...but I'm not sure what it will be...maybe a sweater...he only has a few, and he feels the winter chill here a lot more than I do.

post #39 of 43
DH and I got each other a new fridge after our old one bit the dust a couple of weeks ago. That was $800 we weren't planning on spending so we're not getting each other gifts this year. I'm kind of glad not to have to try and find a gift for him. He's impossible to buy for.
post #40 of 43
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My husband emails me links to things he wants, and I pick and choose from the list. 

 

 

What a great idea! Too bad my dh doesn't like to email very much.

 

I don't know what to get for him. He recently got a great job and is buying all kinds of things that he should be waiting for. I may buy him a beer-making kit.

 

Being the geek that I am, all I really want is a new power cord for my laptop. But alas, I already know I'm getting some things from Nordstrom judging by the presents for me under the tree. Boo hoo! LOL.

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