My husband and I are both procrastinators, so it wasn't a shock when we realized neither bought gifts for the other ahead of time. Last year (because of said procrastination) we started a tradition and I'm thrilled we did it again this year, mostly because it means we didn't have to do any extra planning ahead of time.
Here's the deal: We go to a store that has a wide variety of stuff (in America we'd call this place Target or Walmart; in Italy we call it Emisfero) and buy things on the spot for each other. We have a budget (€20) and a time limit, and the only rule is that we have to stay clear of each other in the store. This involves lots of sneaky looks and peeking around the corner before you go down a new aisle. See? Lot's of fun!
So what did we get each other? (excuse our messy coffee table, please)
What he got me:
- A can of "Mexican" chili beans. Ha! I'm curious to see how they'll be.
- Nail polish (with a base coat, for free!). He did good with this one; I love the color!
- Socks! My feet are always cold and I can never find my comfy socks, so he bought me new ones.
- A basket. He knows I like trying to be organized, and I'm always looking for baskets to put things in. Funny story: so in Italy, a "chi" is pronounced "kee." So I saw this and said, "Keek? I forgot all about English for a second and then realized it said "Chic." Ha!
- Tiramisu. Basically, tiramisu is the one thing out here I REALLY can't eat. It has alcohol, espresso, and raw eggs...all big no-nos when you're pregnant. Well, he found a frozen version that didn't have any of that! Unfortunately, it wasn't very tasty, but it was the thought that counts. He also got a "3" candle since we're three years old.
What I got him:
- Three glass carafes. When we eat dinner out wine usually comes in a glass like that, so I bought three in different sizes.
- Spicy salami. I wanted to get him a better quality piece of meat, but I was running out of my money, so that one had to do. It was pretty tasty!
- Flannel shirt. He has a thing for flannel, especially in the winter, so I couldn't pass up getting him an Italian flannel shirt!
- Lemon cookies. He likes lemon and he likes cookies. They were in my budget, so it seemed like a good idea!
So that's how we celebrated our third anniversary! Do you guys swap gifts or do anything nontraditional like this?