Dad 101 and I have been together for over 11 years now. Very early on in our relationship I established a rule – practical things, like kitchen appliances or home renovation paraphernalia, are not suitable spousal gifts for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries or any other personal or family celebration.
In my experience, men can be rather practical when it comes to choosing presents. But maybe it is just me. After all I grew up with a wonderful father who tried hard when it came to choosing gifts for my Mum. He really did. But I think the year he bought her a car aerial for her birthday or Christmas (I can’t remember which now) is a perfect example of why I felt the need to put the ‘rule’ in place 😉 (Oh, and just so you know, he has redeemed himself many years later by buying my lucky Mum an iPad!)
However, this year I decided that rules were made for breaking. I asked Dad 101 to buy me a knife and a frying pan for Mothers Day. A knife as I was tired of trying to prepare dinner every night with knives that were incapable of cutting through butter and a frying pan because our old one’s non stick surface was so degraded that I was sure it was a threat to our health. After a lot of reassurance that it really was what I wanted, I got my wish and two very practical gifts were graciously received and they make all the difference to the dinner prep I loathe so much. Maybe I was wrong? Maybe practical gifts aren’t so bad after all?
What do you think? Do you have any gift giving rules with your spouse? What is the funniest gift you have ever received from your partner?
P.S. Dad 101 – if you are reading this, no, this does not mean that I want a lawnmower for Christmas!
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