Vince and I don’t buy each other gifts for birthdays, Christmas or anniversaries. I know that would bother a lot of people but it works for us. I really dislike buying gifts for adults, unless it’s just a little surprise – like a pretty nail file for Nicole or if I see that she needs something knitting related and it’s a surprise or something she wouldn’t buy for herself. And, of course, gifts for Addie are always fun. But for most adults . . I just feel like anything I’m giving them is something (1) if they wanted, they would have bought for themselves already or (2) something they may never use and will just take up space.
I used to think giving quilts or handmade socks or knitted items was a nice gift but most socks have to be hand washed and dried flat and who besides a knitter wants to do that? Quilts . . many people have their own idea of decorating and don’t want a quilt unless I’m able to know what colors they want. With either quilting or knitting, for the cost of the materials, I could buy a pretty nice gift but . . anyway . . I find gift giving frustrating.
Long ago Vince and I decided we’d just buy our own gifts or, as is the case most of the time, we just buy what we want when we want it.
So, we have an anniversary coming up and neither of us had intended to buy a gift for the other. This morning, Vince said “I found something online I want to buy and it’s $100 so I’m going to buy it for my anniversary gift. You can spend $100 on yarn.” I said “I don’t need any yarn but I’m fine with you getting what you want.” Then I remembered that I have two sets of needles coming from Overstock, should arrive today, so I said “Hey, I have needles coming today. That can be my anniversary gift.”
I failed to mention that there are two sets of Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina coming today and a set of Knitter’s Pride Zings coming next week. I’ll just say “Oh, that was part of my anniversary gift” when they arrive.
Dodged that bullet. 🙂