In my last post, I discussed 5 things a man should never buy his wife for Christmas. (If you haven’t yet read that post, make sure you do because it’s absolutely hilarious and can be found here: http://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/5-things-a-man-should-never-buy-his-wife-for-christmas-2/
Ok, so, husbands, what do you get for your wife for Christmas? Here are eight excellent (more serious) ideas of things she’ll love for all budgets:
1. A massage. The benefits of massage are numerous. It relaxes sore muscles, assists in stress relief, rounds out a fitness program, and improves the quality of life for those with diseases. Nearly every person can benefit from a massage. Ask around and find a reputable massage therapist in your town or log on to http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/locator.aspx for some suggestions in your area.
2. A book. Does your wife have a favorite author? Has she been eyeballing a book at the bookstore? I couldn’t not suggest a book since I’m an author myself! If your wife loves to read, but you’re not sure what book she’d like, a gift certificate from a local or online bookstore would be a great gift!
3. A month’s worth of housecleaning. What woman wouldn’t love a break from housecleaning if only for a month? Why not hire a cleaning service to come in for a month and lighten your wife’s load? Trust me, she’ll appreciate this and it will for sure earn you “husband points!”
4. A vacation…just the two of you. No, it doesn’t have to be a 7-day cruise, although that would be nice (Lon, if you’re reading this, hint hint!) A weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast works too. Ask a family member or friend to take care of the kids and sweep your wife off her feet by planning a getaway for just the two of you. Be sure to plan this ahead of time and have the date set in stone as life gets busy. You don’t want her Christmas gift to be forgotten altogether.
5. Purchase a pamper kit. Choose a day and declare it your wife’s pamper day. She will be ushered first to the salon for a manicure or to have her hair done. Secondly, she will be treated to a no-interruptions bubble bath. That means that if you have small children, take them out for a Daddy Day while your wife relaxes. Third, she heads to the massage therapist for a much-needed massage (see #1). Fourth, take her out to a romantic dinner at a nice restaurant. Pull this off and I guarantee your Christmas will be very merry!
So what if you’re short on cash during these strained economic times? Check out these economical suggestions that can mean so much:
6. A coupon book. You may have heard of this before…it’s a homemade coupon book full of kind things to do for your wife. Cleaning her car inside and out would be a kind gesture, especially if the constant hauling around of children and pets has left the floor in your minivan stained and dirty. Offer to check her oil, check the tires, fill it full of gas, and wash the outside as well. Other suggestions can range from lovey-dovey romance to thoughtful items (use your imagination here, guys!) There is no expiration date and perhaps some coupons can be used more than once!
7. A promise to grow in your walk with the Lord together. Offer to pray with her and study the Word together. Plan, on a weekly basis, to put the Lord as the top priority in your marriage and watch how He changes you both for the better!
8. Renew your wedding vows. Have you been married any length of time? How about a renewing of your wedding vows? It doesn’t have to be fancy. Enlist your pastor’s help and have a small wedding where you rededicate your lives to each other.
There you have it! Now hurry…you only have a few more shopping days left! Oh, and Merry Christmas!
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