At my whits end...HEELLLPPPP!!!!

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Ok, it's not quite that bad.  It's my and Ray's one year anniversary on Sunday (yay!!)  we're spending the night in a hotel in Muskoka, going for a romantic dinner cruise on Georgian Bay, sounds great right?  Well he let it slip that he got me a present...

Oh. Crap.

Terrible me didn't get him anything!! 

Now I have 3 days to find something and I'm freaking out!  We never talked about presents, so I have NO CLUE what to get or how much to spend...the sneak musta used cash too because I couldn't find anything on the bank statement that looks like it was for me! 

Alright everyone...Suggestions please!!!  Bust out those thinking caps!

He's very much a country boy, loves working on his truck, camping, fishing, all that jazz.  He already has a nice watch, doesn't get dressed up too often.  The only thing I've thought of so far is cologne...too boring? Aaaghhhh...I need help!

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Saran Wrap and a big red bow

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Okay... Seriously ( yeah I am just so serious! LOL) If he loves to fish, you could get him some of those super duper fishing lures the guys seem to lust after. spinners, frogs, all things fresh water. I know it doesnt' sound romantic, but I betcha he'd really appreciate it a lot more than a new blender!!

P.S. Happy Anniversary!!

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Why Katie!!  LOL.   That and anything from the Sports Chalet or ANYTHING DeWalt.  Men seem to love that yellow and black motif.  Not romantic but seems to turn them on.....confusing I know.   Let us know, and congrats!

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He's probably the only guy I know who doesn't have a "favourite team" :p other than the leafs...but not religiously or anything.  Fishing lures would probably be good!  Nothing like a worm on a hook to get that fire burning! lol

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Our garage is full of dewalt!  lol

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i like the saran wrap and a bow idea :) ..... i know its not personal but a gift cert or card from somewhere that covers a wide variety of the things he likes in sporting goods....not walmart but bass pro or cabelas....i would play it off as the innocent wife who was only thinking of him and wanted it to be something he really wanted and needed and that's not ur specialty...or maybe it is for u but sure wudnt be for me...haha...besides ive learned they dont look at gifts like we do....trust me he'll love the bow ;)

Saran Wrap and a big red bow

THAT'S MY GIRL!!!!!

A guys P.O.V. (well mine anyway). If there's a fishing lure, tool, firearm, car part that YOU think of, chances are he already has it. If there's something he likes to do...done it or planning it! When a guy gets y'all a gift, it's been in the works for a while. You ladies don't know how hard it is to buy for YOU! If I get the perfume, she'll think I'm cheap. If I get the flowers, they're gonna die, If I get the jewery, will she like it or does it match. It ain't easy and quite stressfull might I add. I'm sweating just thinking about it. Oh! and if we forget a occasion! Tripple that stress level!!! And then we have to go to the ladies stores...BOOOORING. THere's not a fishing reel or muffler anywhere!! Besides, if and when we do get you a gift, it's cause we love you, we're not looking for anything in return. Except maybe that Saran Wrap and bow... Right up my ally

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Gunny!  SO TRUE!!!

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Congrats!!!! I would ask a buddy if there is anything he has had his eye that he may not have mentioned to you. I got Josh last year for our 1st, a  bagger caddy- so he can take the bags of the bike and hold them and wash them so they arent on the ground. He wouldnt buy it for himself. And he bitched constantly that the backs were getting nicked up. You woulda thought I gave him a million bucks. And he wore the Saran Wrap and big red bow

And he wore the Saran Wrap and big red bow

Ruined what I had in mind...lol

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Okay.. a little off subject, but still funny

My DH is color blind.. ( he learned at an early age while playing baseball in L.A. with all the smog that he just couldn't see the ball coming at him) Then there was the time he got an after school job at the telephone company to help re-wire old equipement.. hence the black out of 1975!! But I digress.. Mike has 'memorized' colors like 'periwinkle blue' and 'fuchsia' and sounds totally brilliant in a garden....

...but... 

All together now....

(... WE SAW IT COMING!!)

when it comes to ladies' dress shops.. he's in a big bad bind.

First thing he does is tell the sales girls: "Ladies, I have a problem, I'm color blind can you help me find something in a lovely shade of pale coral?"

Eyes get wide with anticipation, glimmering with thoughts of a lovely commission and a slam dunk sale..and immediately they all disappear into the bowels of the shoppe where all the cast offs, off color and otherwise rejected garments hang all alone and forlorn.

Out comes shades of stone, puce, horrid heliotrope and anything that has not sold in last millennium.

" Of course it's a pale coral.. she'll love it!"

" SOLD" he crows.

" Sweet" they weep! "We can gift wrap it for you!"

I love my husband.. he is as dear to me as anything I can imagine, so I don't have the heart to tell him.. "this is the ugliest damn dress on the face of the planet... get rid of it.. burn it.. I don't care, just never shop for me again".

No I can't tell him that.. so in  my closet it goes to join the other lonely and forlorn cast offs, off color and rejected garments..

Kate you bring up a good point. What the HELL is fuchsia! I have yet to see fuchsia in the crayola box. And that other one, toupe. Still, NOT IN THE BOX!!

We redid one of the bathrooms. I toiled away with replacing bathroome heater/vents new light fixtures, commode, sink...guys, you know the drill. So Becky and my daughter go out to get the paint. All I said was, "I need 1 gallon of white and two gallons of whatever color you want the bathroom to be. They bring me the paint, I open the can and it looks funny, PINK funny. I'm thinking, it'll change when I put it on the wall. Paint does that...USUALLY. So I spread me out about a 4x4 section and I call down the hall.."BABY, COME SEE". The first thing out of my daughters mouth was "OOOO I like that" then Becky,"Oh yeah, that's pretty". I said ,"IT'S PINK!". They told me," no it's not , it's...they came up with some word I've never heard of before. Well Becky tells me, while handing me my scotch and ice (smart woman)," I'm in charge of color, your in charge of application. So I shut my mouth and "applicated".

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Could it have been Pepto Bismol??

 

 

Urg..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I absolutely LOVED this thread this morning... thank goodness I'm not drinking coffee anymore.

The Saran Wrap?  Reminded me of something my GRANDMOTHER told me once about men.  The "only thing a man needs is for you to meet him at the door naked".

I struggle with gifts for Eli too Janelle.  Usually I get him a meaningful card, where I gush on and on about how wonderful he is.  I've tried buying car parts, that always fails because usually the day I'm buying them his brothers already have them purchased... or I try big fancy tools.. and I buy the wrong ones... because I price check and some tools need to be super expensive???? I once couldn't find this specific drill thing he wanted but knew how much it cost so I gave him cash.. lame I know.. but we do seperate money so I thought, "Hey! He can pick it out now!".  It never showed up.  I asked, "What did you do with the money I gave you?" he responded: "Bought food".

Gunny... I loved your description.  I can see Eli sweating every time he has to think of a gift for me.  And sometimes he panics and doesn't get anything at all (our 3rd anniversary on July 4th), makes me cry, then rushes out and gets me a whole slew of random objects at Safeway.

The pressure is too much!

I say go for a card, go buy yourself something you feel sexy in, and wow him with how beautiful you are and be done with it.  :)  And Happy Anniversary!!

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IDK if yall are big drinkers or not, but Kevin and I are. I have been trying to figure out a way to send him a bottle of Marker's Mark 46. They only made so many cases of this particular kind. It's aged longer and all that jazz. They don't have it in Germany, and Maker's is his favorite. A friend of his is about to go back over so I'm going to see if he can bring it. He doesn't have to go through customes since his flying military aircraft...

Fancy bottle of his favorite?

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Oh my gosh you guys!!  I'm pretty much peeing myself laughing here.  Oh Kate, poor Mike!  He tries so hard...did you know that 8% of men are colourblind?  (I secretly think it's higher...they just pretend that fuschias and corals are "girl stuff")

You men are harder to shop for than you think!  Me, if it's shiny and pretty I'm happy :)  Ray and I hunt and fish together so I know what he likes...I didn't think a new rifle was an appropriate anniversary gift :p 

He wants new headlights for his truck but those are gonna be a birthday gift on the 17th, topped with a red bow of course!  Jess, I learned long ago to just stay awaaayyy from the power tools...they know which one they want (always the most expensive) and all others are just junk to be scowled at in disdain!

Booze...always a good idea Jensen!  His favourite is Fireball whisky...I might save that for the birthday...don't want to be cleaning up THAT mess on our anniversary! 

So when in doubt, go with the lingerie!  Got it :)  Now where did I put that saran...

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HAAAAHAAhaaahHAHAHHAAAAA!!!

I love this thread!  I agree with the afore mentioned lingerie path and see where that takes you.  At the rate you've been training for this triathalone () event (which I know is only a couple days away) you ought to be lookin' maahhvelous!!  I used to train...I was a trainer...sometimes I imagine I train.  But I don't have that body anymore.

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He may not get dressed up too often, but I'm sure that he could use a new tie, and along the same lines of the saran wrap and bow, you could just wear the tie!!

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Kev and I share our booze since we're both whiskey drinkers. I just prefer anything Jack Daniels, and he likes Maker's Mark. So in the end we have twice the clean up, but twice the fun.

He's not a big lingerie fan. "There's no point in putting it on when I'm going to take it off as soon as I see you!"

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But it looks so good hangin' on the bed post..  

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I would just like to say...

His present went over very well

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you go girl! :)

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Hooray.. One year down and seventy more to go...