M. turns 39 this week and I have his solemn word that he will not peek at any posts before then… so M. if you are reading this:
You only have yourself to blame!!
Buying gifts for men is so hard! Either they don’t want anything, or the stuff they want is so technical they have to buy it! Which is why- men- you get socks, ties and chocolates.
M. falls into the “wants nothing” category but perversely I think he actually would be disappointed to get nothing! I now realize that when he says he doesn’t want anything he means he wants me to think up what he might enjoy… that is almost worse than him wanting something highly technical.
So this year I am giving him a year of presents which works like this:
12 cards all labeled with the date he is to open each card. Each one contains a note and a gift (gift cards/ tickets/ planned days out/ etc). On every month’s anniversary of his birthday he gets to open a new card from his stash. Thus giving a whole year of gifts in one small slim packet. Because one of his jobs is planning and paying for date nights more than half of his cards this year have date nights- prepaid or gift cards (cinema gift certificates/ dinner out/ money for drinks at a free concert). The other cards have ideas for things we can do as a family (picnics/ swimming/ hiking/ camping/ etc). They can be free gifts like- M. loves cooking over a fire out of doors so its easy to incorporate that into a free date night or family fun day.
The cards I’m using are an SVG design available through my Etsy Shop– which includes the 12 card designs card lining (which are cut from patterned paper) and envelope pattern. Obviously you could use any 12 cards!!