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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-07-2016, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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First Christmas together. I have a few ideas but looking for a different perspective.

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Do what I do.

Acknowledge that as guys we have no clue and ask her what she wants.

Have her send you a link to the item, buy it on line, have it pre-giftwrapped and all you gotta do is hand her a card.

Nothing says "I Love You" more than that.
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Do what I do.

Acknowledge that as guys we have no clue and ask her what she wants.

Have her send you a link to the item, buy it on line, have it pre-giftwrapped and all you gotta do is hand her a card.

Nothing says "I Love You" more than that.
Hmmm not so sure bout that one
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What does she like? Any hobbies? Any passions?
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Black convertible sports car! Full leather interior. The works! Merry Christmas, baby!

Not knowing how long you have been dating and how well/deeply goes the relationship but how about a Pandora bracelet? Get the bracelet and start with a Christmas charm for your first Christmas. If you progress down the road you can add more charms in the coming years together.

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What does she like? Any hobbies? Any passions?
She loves coffee, cats, pajamas, shoes, clothes, candles.

I was thinking some kind of coffee stuff but I am not a coffee drinker at all.

Thought about shoes but not sure what to get.

I am usually very good at gift giving.
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Black convertible sports car! Full leather interior. The works! Merry Christmas, baby!

Not knowing how long you have been dating and how well/deeply goes the relationship but how about a Pandora bracelet? Get the bracelet and start with a Christmas charm for your first Christmas. If you progress down the road you can add more charms in the coming years together.
That's a good one~!
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You probably missed it, but she has already shown you a couple of things that she would like. Took me forever to pickup on when my wife said something like, "Oh, that's cute" or showed a lot of interest in certain items. Now when I see her interested in something that she does not buy, I make a mental note.

EDIT: for the true coffee lover: https://www.deathwishcoffee.com/
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That's a good one~!

Let me say...you have a gift idea every holiday and birthday with a Pandora bracelet. There is a charm for just about anything. My W has two. One is completely Christmas charms. The other is charms that relate to vacations we have been on. Beach theme basically. It is hard to go wrong with a gift like this. The prices are reasonable as well.

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Oh if she likes wine...wine of the month club. Sign her up!

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Do what I do.

Acknowledge that as guys we have no clue and ask her what she wants.

Have her send you a link to the item, buy it on line, have it pre-giftwrapped and all you gotta do is hand her a card.

Nothing says "I Love You" more than that.
Hmmm not so sure bout that one
Yeah, not the best idea. The thing about gift giving... it's not the actual item that matters. A good gift shows that you listen and pay attention, that you're hearing her when she gives you hints about what she wants, and not making assumptions.

On the surface, it's about getting her something that she wants or will enjoy. But it's really about communication and showing her that she's important to you and that you listen to her.

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You probably missed it, but she has already shown you a couple of things that she would like. Took me forever to pickup on when my wife said something like, "Oh, that's cute" or showed a lot of interest in certain items. Now when I see her interested in something that she does not buy, I make a mental note.

EDIT: for the true coffee lover: https://www.deathwishcoffee.com/
YES!!!! LISTEN TO THIS GUY!!!!

There's a really good chance she's already been dropping hints. When she says she needs to go Christmas shopping, offer to drive her or go with her. She'll drop some hints for sure.

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Not knowing how long you have been dating and how well/deeply goes the relationship but how about a Pandora bracelet? Get the bracelet and start with a Christmas charm for your first Christmas. If you progress down the road you can add more charms in the coming years together.
This is a nice idea... but I would also be careful about jewelry. Make sure it's her style. If it doesn't suit her style, she won't wear it.

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I was thinking some kind of coffee stuff but I am not a coffee drinker at all.

Thought about shoes but not sure what to get.
Shoes are very challenging. I wouldn't recommend that.

For coffee, get a burr grinder where you pour the beans in on the top and the grounds come out of the bottom. Fresh ground coffee is better, and a burr grinder does a great job. Also look into a French Press, which makes a good tasting coffee (although it's a bit more work).

If your city has a coffee shop which roasts its own beans, get some coffee from there.

Hand paint something like a cup, bowl, frame, etc at one of those pottery places.

Get a high-quality accessory from a place like Brighton, Coach, Dooney and Burke, etc. They also have wallets and purses which are great gifts, but you have to really know her preferences to be able to pick one she'll like.

How old is she?

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Gift giving can either show that you know someone or expose that you don't.


Put some thought into who she is, not just what she likes. eg for me I am not a gifts type of person, I don't like stuff just for the sake of it and much prefer "experiences". MrH has given me some fabulous gifts over the years, season tickets to the Opera, concert tickets, hot air balloon rides etc. Unfortunately I have figured out what he has bought me for my BD but I would die before giving it away that I know it is tickets to my favourite band.

Like FIP said, be careful with jewellery, it is such a personal choice. I really dislike the pandora bracelets and would never wear one.

It is ok to ask for suggestions from her. Have you thought about an "experience" instead of stuff? A holiday or tickets to something she likes.
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She loves coffee, cats, pajamas, shoes, clothes, candles.

I was thinking some kind of coffee stuff but I am not a coffee drinker at all.

Thought about shoes but not sure what to get.

I am usually very good at gift giving.
You mentioned she likes pajamas, here is the perfect pajama ... for her of course



Otherwise, for coffee, here is a good company to maybe try out some of their fresh roasted coffees (I am not a coffee guy but know several people who rave about them)

West Coast Roasting Company - Exquisite Hand-Roasted Coffee
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Put some thought into who she is, not just what she likes.
Absolutely agree!

If you're unsure at this stage, this could be a good way to find out by blending a couple of things you know she likes with the experiences. An example could be a coffee tasting experience (and gift her nice coffee with the voucher, something like that), or book her into a candle-making workshop along with a physical gift such as personalized candles (your message printed on label / lid of candles - find someone on Etsy).

You could get creative and combine all the elements you listed for a 'Pampering Weekend Package' Includes pajamas, candles, breakfast in bed with her preferred coffee (served in a cat mug), then day out shopping together for shoes and clothes.

My husband recently selected a pair of shoes for me that I adore. We have been together a long time and he knows me well. A friend complimented the shoes at a party, told her hubs had chosen them, she looked a bit shocked and asked if he could get her some shoes too. The personal taste can be a risk, sometimes it's worth it, eh sometimes it's how you learn. I'm not a fan of the Pandora bracelets, myself. My husband would know this. Hope this helps!

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