How To Be Thoughtful and Creative When Christmas Shopping For Your Spouse

    Shopping for Christmas or Birthday gifts can be a daunting task. It's because you want to make sure you get the perfect gift for your spouse. With Christmas right around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones before the time crunch and pressure really kick in. There’s always that worry when they open your gift that they won’t like it and will have to fake love it for your benefit. The feeling you want them to have is joy and genuine love and appreciation for the gift you just gave them. Here are some ways to step your gift giving game up for this holiday season:

Get Crafty

    A simple google search of ‘crafty love gifts’ will bring up thousands of possibilities. The first site on that list, Pinterest. Pinterest is a gold mine for crafty gift ideas for your wife or husband. The only thing is that you need to give yourself time to get the job done. I know this first hand as I made Mama Bird a book with ‘Love’ folded into the pages (by the way guys, this is a great gift idea). It wasn’t difficult to make but it was tedious and time consuming. Trust me when I say that it was worth it. Mama Bird absolutely loved it. Here are a few different tutorials for book folding: first tutorial, second tutorial, video tutorial. When your on Pinterest you can take ideas for one holiday and apply it to any gifting occasion. Example: Using this site's 77 Valentines Day Ideas for Him That Are Really Cute you can take anyone of these ideas and give it as a gift for Christmas, it doesn’t just have to be for Valentines Day. Here are a few example sites with DIY gift ideas for Men and Women (and most of them can be done for either or):

If You're Not Crafty Pay Someone To Be Crafty

    Etsy. Etsy. Etsy. That place is FULL of amazing gift ideas for every type of person out there. Simple searches can bring up thousands of ideas for him or her. The people that have these shops are very good and can create beautiful pieces of work that blow your spouses mind. The only downfalls for etsy is that it can take quite a long time to get the product shipped to you and it can be quite expensive.  Here is Etsy’s handpicked Christmas Gift Guide and here are some other great pages for different gift ideas:

For the person who doesn’t want a “thing” give them an event

    For lots of people, gifts don’t give that feeling of love for a wide variety of reasons. They may feel that a typical gift is too impersonal and all they want is time with you. If this is the case, plan a date, series of dates, or a big event that shows you love them. This type of gift can showcase your love in a completely different way than they are used to getting. Below are some great ideas:

  • Recreate Your First Date: Did you do dinner and a movie on your first date? Go to the same restaurant and movie theatre that you did on your first date and have a little trip down memory lane. Whatever your first date was get creative and have fun with it!
  • A Year of Dates: You pick 12 different dates and print them out on different cards. Then you wrap it and give it to your spouse. They then get to choose 1 date per month for the rest of the year. On the first of every month they hand you the date card that they want that month. You then, together pick a day for that date and put it in the calendar, or make it a surprise and you pick the day and they won't know until the night of. You now have a gift that gives all year long. (Mama Bird loved it when I did this for her!)
  • A Romantic Hotel Night: Take the kids to Grandma and Grandpas and the two of you get a romantic night in a hotel. Pay to have roses, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries placed in the room ahead of time. Your spouse will love it!  AND so will you ;)
  • Feel Like A Kid Again: Plan a day filled with holiday activities that you haven't done since you were a kid. You could go ice skating, tobogganing, go for a sleigh ride, or build a snowman and have some hot chocolate or coffee...with a little baileys in it to heat you up :) 

Be Creative and Thoughtful

    Make sure they have something to open on Christmas morning even if there isn’t actually a “thing” that you’re giving them. If you're like Mama Bird and I, we want something to open up at Christmas. It doesn't have to be a big gift in the box. It's the fun of seeing presents under the tree with your name on them and getting to open them even if its only paper in the box explaining an amazing date you have planned. When I did the 'Year of Dates' for Mama Bird I individually wrapped each card so she had 12 things to open to find out all the dates.

    Be creative with it too. If you only have one huge gift for them this year you could make a little scavenger hunt around the house that starts with a gift under the tree and then sends them on cute (and easy, otherwise the excitement may be lost if its too difficult) little searches to lead up to the big gift.

    ***FOR THE MEN*** "Stalk" your wife's Pinterest page. Its no secret that women love their Pinterest and they pin everything. One year for Christmas I went to Mama Bird's Pinterest page and found sooo many ideas and bought lots of them. When she opened her gifts she was so shocked. She was all "How did you know? I never told you I wanted this. This is awesome!" 

Know Your Spouse

    You could put in all the work in the world into an amazing gift but if you don't really know your spouse then it won't work. If you know that your husband or wife only loves expensive things don't hand make them a craft. On the flip side if they often think your gifts don't show love then make sure you put some time into something crafty and creative. It's all about knowing your audience. 

    This is the year to go all out and show them you love them. Put in extra effort and when you see the joy and happiness that they feel it will all be worth it. Let me know what ways you were creative for your spouse in the comments below. If you like this post we encourage you to like and share this post using the social icons below. Also stay tuned for Mama and Papa Bird's 2017 Christmas Gift Guide coming soon.

- Papa Bird