That’s right, he’s been a bad boy. No gift for him! I kid.
My husband and I flip-flop every year on what to do for each other for gifts. I mean we live together, have combined finances and are at the point that if we want or need something we just buy it (or save up for it). Gone are the early wooing days of pretty small boxes and endless hours of picking out the perfect gift.
We have everything we want or need. In the past few years when it comes to Christmas gifts for each other, we have done everything from set a $100 budget to not getting each other anything and instead put the money towards our wedding/vacation/house. This year we’ve decided to put our Christmas budget money towards an experience instead of gifts. Our experience will be a well overdue date night and sleep.
Since having our daughter 18 months ago, two things haven’t happened:
1) A real date night, alone.
We decided that this year for our gift to each other we would get a hotel room for the night, have an honest-to-God date and sleep the eff in! My sister will be babysitting for the night and we got a wicked hotel deal online ($105 for a nice suite with breakfast, though I plan on sleeping until lunch). Our plans include some shopping for a few things we need spending the rest of our budget money, as well as hopefully knocking off some Christmas shopping since we haven’t finished (but have a list completed).
Oh, did I mention I plan on going into a coma to make up for the lack of sleep-ins in the last 18 months?! It will be glorious.
We’ve been pretty tight with our money in the last few years when it comes to buying anything for ourselves. We’ve worked hard this year and though I dare say we deserve it, know what? We do! Every now and then we need to enjoy our money. This is a budgeted event but it’s needed. I need it for my sanity. I need it for my marriage. I need it to keep my financial resentment at bay.
It will be the best gift we’ve given to each other in a long time…as long as I remember how to sleep without the hum of the baby monitor beside my head or internal clock waking if I’m not woken by 7am.
Do you and spouse always exchange gifts?