questionswhat is a good birthday gift for a woman?

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you are in sooooo much trouble

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lol you are telling me. I have plans of were to take her out to eat and even the cake, but i can't freakin think of anything to get her to save my life. I am trying to stay around 200 or less.

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jewelry always works. or a rice cooker. or maybe that's just my wife.

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Alright this is from a non-married person, but have you thought about one of those ice-less ice-cream makers?
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-21-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice-Sorbet/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349928811&sr=8-2&keywords=ice+cream+maker
This is not the one I purchased, but it is a close example.
I got one for my mother last year, and it has been a great hit around her place since then.
If your wife isn't into ice cream (or already has one,) you can always go through the drawers and replace all the utensils that are wearing out (spatulas, tongs, serving spoons, etc.) this has worked for me in the past.

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My wife just gets excited that I remembered her birthday. 3 dozen roses from Costco helped her feel good. Have I mentioned that I have a wonderful wife? She's a very special person. And I'm very fortunate to be married to such a wonderful woman (for about 20 years now).

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There's no standard good gift. She's your wife, figure it out.

Women, along with everyone else, generally want to be appreciated and listened to. Kind of ironic in your situation, right?

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What a happy coincidence that all of your wives have the same birthday, iceman.

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Women don't typically have a "one size fits all" kind of gift. She's your wife, you should know better than us Random Internet Folks what she'd like. Some ladies love to get flowers, I think that flowers are silly and pointless, since they die after a week anyway. Some like jewelry, I only like it when I get to choose it myself. Has she been hinting about wanting anything lately? If she has, I'd go with that.

If you want something that most women would appreciate, why not a day at the spa? Even I would have a hard time complaining about a nice facial and full body massage. Check around to see if you can get any good deals.

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Just don't do what my husband did because you'll regret it in the future. For one of my milestone birthdays he gave me a Lowe's Home Improvement Card with a whoppingly large credit allowance. Our new kitchen should be finally complete by the end of next week. Hurray! Running water in my kitchen, We've missed you so! Poor man didn't know the true meaning of sweat-equity until we began this project.

If he had only given me a Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven instead...

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Things aren't remembered as well as experiences, so buy her one of those. If you married her on purpose (i.e. didn't wake up hungover in Vegas to find out you were married) you should have SOME idea of what she likes. Something that she remembers from childhood, something that she wishes she had done, or something that one of her friends has recently done would be good choices. The more that she can make her friends jealous with it, the more points you get.

A few suggestions to get you started:
Horseback riding or lessons
a day spa
live theater
shooting range or lessons

You could always check her browser history to see if there's anything she's been looking at.

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Or - revolutionary idea! - you could just ask her about things she would like. Then you can give her something she really wants.

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1. Kindle Fire HD
2. 50 shades
3. DiaB

Win-win!

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@stark: bahaha, I was thinking the same thing when I read that!

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Definitely have to agree with the "experience" suggestion.
I'm taking my wife to a dinner/theatre playhouse for her birthday in January. It's how I proposed to her initially and it will be very sweet.
I'll probably get her a little something else just for fun so that she has something to open -- she LOVES opening presents.

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@stark: lol. thanks for the catch. Thank you all for the great ideas. i will dig around and take some time to think. i like the ice cream maker and spa idea.

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I'll agree with the experiences thing - that's something I'd like. I know my husband struggles with what to get me often but always comes up with something amazing. Someone mentioned checking her browser history - that's a good idea (but could be dangerous especially if she has started holiday shopping), does she have an Amazon wish list? Another thing I often suggest is if she has a Pintrest account. Many women have boards for things they like (jewelry or products).

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If she likes kitchen stuff, a serious chef's knife might be good, with a nice cutting board. I would say stay away from gadgets (unless she really likes them) and go with something of real quality that demonstrates respect for the work done in the kitchen. A different route would be to install one of those drop down portable DVD players under the cabinet where she stands to work, so she could watch movies in the kitchen. Or if she's a music person a good stereo, also under the cabinet, so she doesn't give up counter space or have to worry about it getting wet.

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@sgrman05: I had a friend that liked opening gifts once. One year for her birthday I wrapped and hid the nice gift I'd bought her. Then I wrapped five or six small gifts (costume jewelry, box of chocolate, framed photo), and hid all but one, which I gave her. Along with the small gift it had a clue leading to the next, which had a clue leading to the next, etc. She really had a good time running around finding all the hidden gifts and unwrapping each.

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How about a *large" gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond?