Friday, February 5, 2016

Instead of Gift Giving

The fifth prompt for #LoveBlog is gifts. I started thinking about gifts and realized that my husband and I don't exchange a lot of gifts - especially now that we're married. And I'm perfectly fine with that. I thought I'd take a moment to give you some ideas of things we do instead of gift giving for holidays.

We take trips together.
I can't even begin to count the number of trips - short and long - that we've taken in our year and a half of marriage. One trip that deserves special notation since we're talking about gifts is our anniversary trip. The husband was deployed at the time of our one year anniversary so we definitely didn't exchange gifts. I got the bright idea that we should do something fun instead when he returned and found a spa for us in Calistoga near Napa Valley. So, instead of exchanging gifts, we enjoyed an overnight stay filled with massages, wine, and lots of memories.

We cook together.
We both love to cook and we often take turns during the week preparing dinner. Holidays are a different matter though. Holidays are the time when we plan a meal that we can cook together. It's a great way to spend quality time together without spending money on gifts that end up taking up space.

We shop together.
We go shopping together and while we're out, we'll often pick out things that we want. It's much easier than saving them for a gift list down the line. Every now and then, we'll also surprise each other with something small while we're out.

We simply spend time together.
It doesn't really matter what we're doing as long as we're together. In the end, this is much more meaningful to the both of us than gifts. In fact, the husband is constantly asking me what I would like for him to pick up in the countries that he visits. I typically tell him that I'm good without gifts as long as he makes it home safe.

I guess this goes back to my love language being quality time. We prefer to spend our money on things that will create memories because memories last forever and material things don't always.

On the other hand, I do enjoy finding the perfect gifts for people...

What about you? Do you prefer to give or receive gifts?


  1. I love this post! My husband and I are giving less gifts as our marriage goes on (but mostly for financial reasons).
    I love your idea of shopping together - it's quality time and everyone gets what they want.

    1. Yes! We did some shopping together this year for Christmas gifts and I think the quality time spent together was worth more than any gift.

  2. My husband and I are hoping to travel a lot this year. Maybe we can do that instead of exchanging many gifts. Although I have to say, I didn't realize I'd like getting flowers so much until he came along and spoiled me :P

    1. I love getting flowers too! I like to keep fresh flowers in the apartment from time to time and sometimes my husband is the one that picks out the next bunch and surprises me with it. :)

  3. I agree with you, gifts have not been a priority in marriage! My husband still likes to go pretty big at Christmas or my birthday though. We spend a lot of time together and that's the best gift of all! Thanks for the post! :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Going big definitely has its perks too. I've just learned to value our time together since gifts are often hard when he's deployed.

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