questionsanyone have good gift ideas for my wife (not…

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Is she allergic to anything?

we might need more to go on than not Jewelry. Like what does she like, not like. Or you can just send us your credit card info and shipping address and I can go shopping for you because you have basically left it wide open.

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As a jewelry-opposed woman, I suggest tech gifts -camera, laptop, etc.
But we don't know what she likes. Does she have any hobbies?

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What kind of wife is she? A stay-at-home mom? A "professional woman"?

Details!!!

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We're doing art instead of jewelry this year (the rest of my list is "boring" stuff like a 20 qt. stockpot, electric kettle, etc.). The economy has been very hard on small/local artists so it's nice to know that I'm directly helping someone as well.

Do you have kids? I'm having a local artist do a painting of my daughter (he's not a standard portrait artist...I would enjoy one of his paintings even if it wasn't of her). Even better, he is willing to do prints of it for me (which will be future gifts for the grandparents & her Dad).

We had another artist do a casting of her hand in glass (the whole hand, not just the handprint) as a gift for my parents (she's the only grandchild).

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Buisness Owner (Pet Grooming) Doesn't like jewelery. Not allergic to anything that I know of. Of course pet things are neat, tech ideas are good too. We are never home because we both have demanding jobs. No kids either.

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crock pot? so she can cook a meal during the day while you are both working?

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@ryry2410: the obvious/cliche: ipod nano with video cam function.

or maybe 'dog lovers monopoly' ?
http://www.amazon.com/USAopoly-MN058-000-Dog-Lovers-Monopoly/dp/B000NJH3CG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1260293869&sr=1-2 heh.

is it mobile pet grooming? GPS?

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Does she have an ipod/zune/whatever? Does she have a nice small stereo system to hook it into at work?

She spends all day pampering pets...would she enjoy a day of being pampered at the spa?

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@glindagw: I like the stereo for the mp3 player idea.

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I got her an Ipod touch for her birthday and a bluetooth headset for when she is in the shop and in the van. Good suggestions though....What else? She tells me that she doesn't need anything and not to worry about Christmas.

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@ryry2410: Thats a lie. she wants something and wants you to figure it out. what about your mother-in-law, co-workers; maybe they have heard what she wants.

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I got my sisters gift cards from visa. This way they can buy whatever they want and you don't have to pull out whats left of your hair agonizing about what to get.

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What about digital picture frame? No kids..but you can run other images up there.

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@ryry2410: What Glinda the Good Witch said is excellent advice (that's what you'd expect from a good witch, right?). Spa treatments... Quiet background music, steam facials, a manicure (a real one, not just one of those things they do at the fake nail places), a pedicure. Wait. I talked myself into it. I want one of these too.

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@sgoman5674: Sure, but I would think she is sick of seeing animals. Before and after shots might be funny. It's not the most creative gift, but its something. Spa suggestion is a winner.

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@shrdlu: Agree with shrdlu, go with the spa treatments. It makes sense, seeing as you said you both have a hectic schedule, something relaxing might be good.

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Perfect thread to make Popular.

Here's another suggestion. She says she doesn't want anything, so get a very nice card, and find someone who does calligraphy, and have them write up something like this:

Dear wife;

I give you the gift of my time. I will do the following (and then you fill in items that she's wanted you to do, and that you haven't got around to doing).

You can even just offer 40 hours (or your choice of amount) and let her choose how to spend them.

Time is such a precious thing. Give her your time as a gift.

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Kind of in line with the spa idea, I suggest a weekend getaway. Even if it's to a nearby hotel/bed&breakfast/resort.

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If she reads, how about a Kindle?

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A friend just emailed me a similar question, I'll share my reply:

Make a date night basket:

- Dinner reservations + babysitting (if applicable) that you arrange;
- Gift certificate (or make her an appt.) for a pedi/massage/haircut (pamper her);
- A "pretty" top/outfit that she might consider a splurge (something that doesn't double as athletic wear).

You noted having demanding jobs & a lack of time at home. Would a truly relaxing evening in (or even more than one) be more of a treat?
- Have dinner delivered (not pizza) or pick it up from a catering shop (those meals are prepped to be warmed at home and seem much fresher than restaurant take out). The kitchen remains clean!
- Get a movie that she'll enjoy/board game/cards/puzzle,etc.
- Different kind of luxury - plush slippers, a luxurious robe, etc.
- Spa services still fit!

A girlfriend recently shared that her workaholic husband buys her extravagant gifts but all that she wants from him is some time devoted to her.

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Get on her Ipod & see what she listens to the most & see if that band/artist is on tour - get tickets.

I'd skip the Spa thing unless you know she likes it - it's like flowers, a crappy 'I didn't know what to get you so I got you this "special" gift'- gift, it's an apology.

The bottom line is she wants something that shows you are paying attention to her, that's why I suggested the tickets to her favorite band on her ipod. You ought to know what she is into - Sports? Antiques? History? Purses? Movies? Vegas? If it's sports there are a bunch of college football bowl games coming up, those are fun and yes I am a chick. Bottom line is the gift has to say "I am listening to you, you matter to me".

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gift certificate to a maid service (so that she doesn't have to worry about that).
Personal chef
Spa
planned weekend getaway

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turn off your phones, tell everyone you will be out of pocket for 24 hours. Run a bath for her, set out her favorite treats, learn a new massage technique and use it without letting it turn into pleasuring you. remember its all about her for 24 hours. be attentive to her mood and be what she needs/wants you to be. small meaningful fun gifts hidden around randomly for her to find. such as new over the knee socks for being fun, maybe some accessory she likes. scarf or small bag, earrings, favorite candy, cd, but most of all you. all of your attention, ALL OF YOUR ATTENTION

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I told my husband I wanted a night at a local hotel that has a slide in the pool and all that cool stuff so I can take my Grandkids there for a night and spend some time with just them and me. That's my ideal gift at this point in my life but then I'm stuck at home 24/7 taking care of my Dad who's in a hospital bed in our dining room so I need a break and to take it with my Grandkids would be great.

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Maybe combine several suggestions here? One of my friends is a business owner of a dog grooming shop, and she works hard. She loved it when her husband sent her to the spa for a mani-pedi and massage. He fixed her dinner, making her favorite things. Then they drank wine and watched a rented funny movie they both enjoyed.

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Sounds simple,but it works everytime here.....

What about a "coupon"? Massage coupons are good.
"This coupon is good for a 30 minute massage of your choice"
"This coupon is good for a 15 minute foot rub"
etc......
Works good for both of you.

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@tmmswoman: ALL YOUR ATTENTION ARE BELONG TO HER!!

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Ok - disclaimer - this is a working project of mine - but you can ask her what she wants anonymously with the Meijer.com GiftCracker. It will let you send her a secret email, show her items within your price range, and help her narrow down her choices. http://www.meijergiftcracker.com

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@msumimi82: I'm a bit confused. Are you saying that your project is associated with Meijer.com? Meijer seems to be yet another deal site, almost a link farm of some sort (I can't tell without permitting flash precisely what's going on), and is probably okay, but your "gift tracking" site is written entirely in Adobe Flash.

Consider having an alternative page, at least, please.

I might not be too quick to click on that link, myself (I am ever the paranoid).

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My spouse made a donation of 21 dollars (the years we have been married) each to 5 local charities - the Angel Tree christmas for children, the food pantry, a hospice group, a scholarship fund, and Feline Hope. He is the best husband and I love the gifts/donations because they are dear to my heart.

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I just thought of something that I keep asking for but no one thinks is exciting enough to give me. I would love to get my car detailed. I don't mind doing it in the summer but I hate doing it in the winter! I mean the works: carpets scrubbed, leather conditioned, glass cleaned & rain-x applied, washing & waxing. It always makes me feel like I have a new car (and unlike the house it's just for me).

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I know my wife is very difficult to shop for, but she seems to like purses and shoes. Coach handbags, stuff like that. Or a gift certificate to a place that sells that type of stuff, (no chance of her picking out the wrong style this way).

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@nuklhed: click on my name - I put up a coupon for %20 off Coach good through Sunday. A good leather bag from Coach is a great gift for your mom or mother-in-law too.

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Slippers or a portable foot bath maybe, if your wife is on her feet all day.
The Human Touch iJoy Massage chair is a great gift. Plus you can take adbvantage of it too, when she's not in it.

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Everyone keeps saying iPod/Zune, but I personally enjoy my Sirius/XM radio. If you get the Starmate 5 you can get a pretty good deal on it right now. The cool thing about the Starmate 5 (it's what I have) is you can do an a la carte feature so you only get the stations you want (50) for under $10 a month. If she has a nice stereo sat. radio can really be a great gift depending on what market you live in and if she's a music lover. (deep down, most people are)

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Buy a 2010 calendar and attach 2 movie tickets to January, restaurant gift card to February, spa certificate to March, sport event tickets to whatever month ect.... you get the idea. It's the gift that gives all year. Just make sure its tickets for two so that you both can enjoy it. She'll think your a hero for wanting to spend time with her too

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@tighty: great great idea. women (at least myself and friends) love to hear/see that you're thinking about more than just tomorrow, so filling a year is great. also, who doesn't love a bunch of presents in one. this has the potential to get pretty pricey, so mix in some personal coupons/ideas as well - the massage coupon could work, etc.

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So, do we get to find out what you've decided on doing?

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Divorce papers would be an excellent gift idea.

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Ballroom dance lessons for the two of you. There's very few women around that won't jump at the chance to "go dancing",dinner and drinks at a nice spot in town. The time spent as a couple at a studio works wonders for re-connecting people.

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My husband never "needs" anything for his birthday or Christmas or our anniversary, either. For his birthday last year, I suprised him with a trip to NY and tickets to a play on broadway.
Since your wife owns her own business, is it feasible for her to take a quick extended weekend away? Wine and dine that busy lady!

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a spa gift cert. that includes, massage, mani, pedi, and maybe a hair wash and blow dry

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How about an MP3 player. Tigerdirect is selling the Zune for just $69

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Thank you for all of your advice. I am still looking. She has ipod touch and we have a friend that she exchanges masages for grooming for. We live in a realitivly small town that does not have much to do. I thought about the vacation idea but we have a trip overseas booked for August. More ideas please!

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Does she cook a lot? Is there anything in the kitchen that she is missing, or needs to be replaced? For example, has she ever said, "OMG, this __(insert kitchen tool) really sucks!" ?

If you get her something that will make life in the kitchen easier, she will love it.

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Take some sexy photo's and send them to her.... not of you... someone thats inshape, maybe of the firemen down the street or your neighbor Sean.... and no this is not your neighbor Sean... I promise. By the way - your out of Vodka.

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Just be a sweet and gentle husband! You can do some cooking for her, do a little bit of cleaning, and spends some time with the family if you have one.

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Take it from a man. Adult Emporium.