Do you want to know what you're getting for Christmas?

@mommyboo (13174)
United States
December 11, 2012 1:37pm CST
I hear a lot of people gripe about their spouses not shopping for them for Christmas (or birthdays) or buying them things they don't want or don't like. Soo... would you rather know ahead of time what they are getting you for Christmas? Do you prefer to sit down and discuss something big you might really need or want, like a treadmill or a cruise, or booking flights to visit family, or a new tv or a specialty coffee maker? Do some of you just not buy each other gifts at all? Some people do that too. I like making a small wish list with a few things on it as a guide - so someone could definitely get one of those things, or something similar to one of those things, and I'd be happy with it. I like to ask for ideas but not necessarily need a gift registry. Of course, it's nice to be surprised too, especially with a little something you always love, like fuzzy socks or a Starbucks card too.
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14 responses
• United States
10 Feb 13
My hubby hates shopping and he isnt that great at gift buying hinting at things I would like doesnt work so I have to give him a detailed list of things I want I always know what I am getting because he never strays from the list he does surprise me periodically throughout the year though with trinkets and chocolates for no reason so its ok
• United States
20 Dec 12
Even though some people like surprises, as some have mentioned in previous postings, at times, it might not be as much of a pleasant surprise as they might think. At times it works well ... BUT - I think back to this story about where a husband sells his prized watch to get some something special for his wife's long hair, & the wife ended up getting a hair cut to sell her hair to get a chain for her husband's gold watch. It seems that giving a gift card to a favorite store of the recipient is the way to go. I even saw this news article that said that gift cards & gift certificates topped the list of gifts that get given. I read it several years ago, but I remember it saying that it was the easiest gift to think of, & the person receiving it would be able to actually get what they really want. I am thinking back to the cabbage patch doll craze from back in the previous century, & someone who wanted one. So the real deal was purchased & wrapped. Not only that, a miniature one, not much larger than a computer mouse, was bought & wrapped also. The smaller one was given to the person first. Even though they tried not to show it, they were disappointed. Everyone was in fits of uncontrollable laughter when they finally got the real thing.
@maezee (42003)
• United States
19 Dec 12
I don't really care at all. Anything is good. I love that my family, even though we don't have much money, always get each other something. It's fun opening presents. I don't ask for anything anymore, I just let people use their imagination - as I never really "need" anything. As a kid, I would always look through toy catalogs and ask for very very specific things. These days, I just appreciate whatever my family thinks I want or need. I look forward to spending time with my family and the champagne (he he) more than I do the gifts. We also play board games on Christmas, and I look forward to that too! Happy holidays to you!
@trisha27 (3494)
• United States
12 Dec 12
Before my hubby and I used to tell one another what we are getting the other for Christmas. Now this year, my hubby has no idea what I am getting him. But what we do is we drop each other hints and give each other list of what we like and then we pick from that list and just buy it. So, we kind of already know what the other would like. I think list are a good idea. I always ask my mom what she wants for Christmas because I never know what she wants. Or I just get her gift cards and she can buy what she wants. I always know what my brother likes, so I either get him something I know he'll like, or I'll give him a gift card to his favorite store. Either way he's happy. He has a lot of favorite stores.
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
13 Dec 12
I know some of what I am getting for Christmas because I've been shopping with my mother many times when she has found something that she wanted to get for me. However, that is about the extent of my knowing what I am getting for Christmas. Now I've told my husband that I don't really want anything this year for Christmas because of our financial struggles. I know that we will end up getting something for each other after we get our taxes back in February.
@Shavkat (135994)
• Philippines
13 Dec 12
I don't like surprises.lol I just wait if someone will remember me and share their gifts with me. I may give gifts to them but I don't ask any returns. It is the feeling of being Santa in their life.
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
11 Dec 12
My mum always asks me what I want for Christmas, that way she knows she is buying myself that I actually want, money is tight and I wouldn't want her splashing out for something that I don't like, but what she does is puts in a little surprise to go with it, like my favourite scent, candy, or something useful, but small, after all it's the thought that counts. I am 41 now and not a child, so it doesn't matter that I know what I am getting for Christmas, I still appreciate whatever I am given nevertheless.
@deebomb (15307)
• United States
11 Dec 12
Hello Mommyboo. I don't ant any thing big for Christmas and would not be upset to get nothing I would prefer to get what I can use or what I like to wear. When my kids gre up I stopped buying them clothes because it is to hard to find what they like. This year my kids and grandkids will get gift cards Easier on me and they get what they want. So every ones happy. Now days when people want something they usually just go get it. I have a son-in-law that I now get his favorite candy because he has no hobbies except mowing, fertilizing watering his awn and a fe foot ball games.
@34momma (13882)
• United States
11 Dec 12
I love love love suprises!!! but my husband is the kind of person who gives you what he wants you to have instead of what you will like! so i have to drop clues like no one's business!!! I am a simple girl and I wouldn't want him to ever spend more then he can handle.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
11 Dec 12
our 25th anniversary was in October and hubby bought me a tablet so i really don't expect too much for Christmas. i got my gift early! i know i will get stuff from my daughters and my mom though, so that will be nice.
@lilybug (21107)
• United States
12 Dec 12
I don't normally get many presents for Christmas, so I would rather NOT know what I am getting. Kinda boring if you know exactly what you are going to be getting.
@sender621 (14894)
• United States
12 Dec 12
I am not deveatated if i know what i an getting for christmas but it is nice to be surrpised and delighted by the gift,. only if there is something i truly am beguiled with do I want to suffer in the knowledge of my christmas present. I guuess i will always be a child at heart and hold christmad in that special place and knowing the cheistmas gift is not what it seems to be.
@Orson_Kart (5922)
• United Kingdom
11 Dec 12
I usually get grief at Christmas, so I expecting much of the same this year. I think I am more of a hindrance than a help when I am at home, that's the problem. Other than that I will probably get socks. You can never have enough socks. Never been bought fuzzy socks, but they do tend to go that way eventually anyway.
@ShyBear88 (59199)
• Sterling, Virginia
11 Dec 12
I normally just give people a list of things I would like to have or need and that way they know what I would want a head of time and weather they get it or not i won't know till I pen my presents on Christmas day. We do the same thing with the kids.