Well, it’s that time of year again. Our Wedding Anniversary (49 years this year) on 20th December, Christmas, and her birthday on 9th January. All the shock comes within a 3 week period!
It’s always been a problem what to get her.
I’ve been through the various options over the years :
Jewellery - usually bought as matching ring/earrings/necklace given one piece at a time for each event.
She put a stop to that, saying that she rarely wears them, so they just sit in a box (must get them appraised for insurance purpose)
LPs, CDs, DVDs (used to be VHS tapes) - but she often never played them and they tended to finish up in charity shops.
Books - she doesn’t really read them, so a waste of money. She has requested gardening books in the past, but they sit on the bookshelves unread.
Clothes (making sure I kept the receipts). She almost always returned them and got something else, and has asked that I don’t get her any more.
For the last few years she has liked to get yet another garden ornament, which she she insists on picking for herself at one of the local garden centres - but that is probably not an option this year with the Covid restrictions.
I usually solve the Anniversary problem by flowers - must remember to book a delivery (by phone) with our local village florist.
She has no interest in electronic apparatus and such.
I did take her on a Northern Lights cruise a couple of years ago (never saw the lights - always cloudy). I hated it, but then I can put up with a cruise for a few days if I have to, but again, probably not an option this year.
I’d buy her a new chair, but she probably wouldn’t let me plug it in (I’ll get my coat now … )