Please help GL with his 4th Anniversary present! (in Off-topic)
So far, we've been following the Traditional list of yearly gifts, which has been;
Paper (I made some origami hearts and flowers, Claire got me a book I'd been after for ages), Cotton (A nightdress and boxers/socks) and Leather (A whip and a pair of leather handcuffs!).
This year I've struck out, and only got 4 weeks left.
The Traditional gift for the 4th anniversary is Fruit or Flowers... And Claire's just had a load of Roses. There's only so many bunches of bouquets she can take!
If we go by the Modern gift list, we're on the awe inspiring gift of Appliancies! I think I'll be seeing the gift of Paper again (in the form of a divorce) if I get Claire any sort of appliance for our anniversary...
I'm in dire need of assistance here! :(
March 25 2008 4:46 PM EDT
How about a juicing machine and a big basket of fruit?
Well that covers both bases! And is quite inspired! :D
March 25 2008 4:48 PM EDT
A romantic night completely alone with strawberries, chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, and any other favorite fruit.
Anything but Bananas! Claire hates Bananas! >_<
March 25 2008 4:53 PM EDT
I prefer Blarg's answer!
Onto wood. Jewelry box, flower pots, even drawer draws.
New mirror with a sappy poem?
A wooden desk moves nicely into the next modern gift, Desk Set....
Lychee: Fabled to be the world's most romantic fruit - a sign of love, affection and sensuality, lychee has been popular in the Orient for over 2,000 years. You might be surprised to know that the first fruit culture book, penned down in 1056, was about lychee. If you are planning to win your lady's heart, then you might try giving her a magnificently decorated fruit basket filled to the brim with fresh and luscious lychees.
March 25 2008 5:06 PM EDT
I've been very pleased with stuff I've bought at Edible Arrangements.
They've got some really cool stuff. :O)
a floral print something...dress, quilt, rug, robe, bathing suit, throw, shirt, skirt, soft cushions, comfy chair...
Ximinez [angrily hurling away the cushions]: Hm! She is made of harder stuff! Cardinal Fang! Fetch...THE COMFY CHAIR!
[Zoom into Fang's horrified face]
Fang [terrified]: The...Comfy Chair?
[Biggles pushes in a comfy chair -- a really plush one]
Ximinez: So you think you are strong because you can survive the soft cushions. Well, we shall see. Biggles! Put her in the Comfy Chair!
[They roughly push her into the Comfy Chair]
Ximinez [with a cruel leer]: Now -- you will stay in the Comfy Chair until lunch time, with only a cup of coffee at eleven. [aside, to Biggles] Is that really all it is?
Biggles: Yes, lord.
Ximinez: I see. I suppose we make it worse by shouting a lot, do we? Confess, woman. Confess! Confess! Confess! Confess
Biggles: I confess!
Ximinez: Not you!
it all comes full circle eventually, happy anniversary to the both of you and many more!
March 25 2008 5:58 PM EDT
I'll give +1 to Tezmac and Edible Arrangements. I've never purchased from them but I've seen the stuff first hand. It is very nice and its fruit AND flowers (sort of). Its FRUIT FLOWERS!
funny i thought the same thing about the appliance as a gift thing GL but i bought my wife a dishwasher as a gift once and she absolutely loved it. if you use it once or twice she loves it even more. :-)
March 25 2008 6:54 PM EDT
of course, The Spanish Inquisition by Monty Python makes a wonderful gift as well...
take her to the planetarium or something?
How bout a dinner in one of them domes where they project an image of how our universe looks like?
Ever thought about something more sporty? Like going swimming with dolphins, afterwards enjoying a romantic(fruitfull) meal with the 2 of you and plopping down in the comfy chair(where you can hand over some origami flowers)...and the rest is up to you, if you catch the drift.
Even simpler, ask another couple or 2 to come celebrate it with you in an uptown restaurant. Have them play your wedding song, swing a bit and tadaa, you've got an eventfull evening.
March 25 2008 7:40 PM EDT
Take her to an orchard? Even out of season?
Then home for some "Spanish Inquisition" involving fruit (sans bananas)?
Bottom line: better to make something small and real than to try to make something grand but unwitting. You know? 'Course you do, you've been married four years! Follow your instinct, man! *smile*
All you need:
1) Blood oranges
2) Two pairs of fake vampire teeth
3) A couple of vampire movies
Anyway, isn't there supposed to be a plastic anniversary? Maybe I'm getting traditions mixed up.
Thanks for all the great suggestions! ;)
Buy a dozen Roses, and a fake rose and tell her "I'll love you till the last one dies!"
March 26 2008 5:38 AM EDT
In thoery the plastic rose was never alive :P
plan a nice weekend at home, find a way to get the kids out of the house for the weekend, plan some relaxing social events and enjoyful things shes been meaning to do, give her a massage, make her dinner! the appliance wont ever say you love her, and besides she'll probably over analyze and think youre trying to say/hint something to her...not good.
best of all ahve fun and be creative, gl!
March 26 2008 6:59 AM EDT
Sounds like you've spoiled her for the last 3yrs so it's really time to stop. You're setting an expectation level that's too hard to maintain.
I gave the girl at work a fiver to get a card for me to write and went for a game of golf for no.16
Wifey did join for a beer afterwards so all in we had a fun day.
Who said romance is dead..?
March 26 2008 7:01 AM EDT
My wife loved out plastic anniversary.
I gave her the Discover card (plastic) and let her go shopping for what SHE wanted.
So ... according to this table, after year 15 of the marriage, you only celebrate every 5 years of marriage? :P
March 26 2008 8:48 AM EDT
or if you're clever like a friend of mine, you fly to Vegas on Feb. 29 and get hitched so you only have to buy gifts every four years!
March 26 2008 8:57 AM EDT
I like Tezmac's idea. We received a couple of edible arrangements at work, and they were really nice looking and tasted good.
Lychees are out, we both don't like them. :( The Edible Arrangements are novel! But not really claire's thing (Even though it would fulfill both requirements!)
We've already got a dishwasher, and besides, that's what I pay her for now! :P
We could go the the Planetarium, but something like a trip to Monkey World would be more to her taste (which we're planning to do over the Easter Holiday!).
Sporty ain't either of us! And we'd both love to go swimming with Dolphins, but that would involve flights and a major holiday somewhere. :(
I'd dig the Vampire thang more than Claire, but this is gonna be just as hard for her to figure out (if not more so!) as I'm not big on flowers (really!) and don't eat hardly any fruit!
Getting Emma out of the way is going to be tough, but probably a good time to do it. Claire is still very reluctant to go anywhere without Emma, or even leave Emma with either of our folks. But we're working on it. ;)
LoL G! You're into those missing 5 years, where you're not really expected to ever reach in a Marriage, so there's no planned gifts for them. ;)
But I like your style!
LoL Ranger! But Claire does that already. >_< She's in charge of our finances, and when I said I pay her above, I really ment she takes some money for herself each month before I ever see it! :P
There is a differnet list for the US, but Linen/silk ain't too hot either. :(
I suppose I shouldn't worry too much, I've still got Sugar and Bismuth to come!
Unless I take G's advice! ;)
March 26 2008 11:30 AM EDT
You could always go with the route my dad has chosen.
He has never bought my mum an anniversary present (sometimes a card). They'll go out for dinner to celebrate but that's about it.
His reasoning to my mum?
'If you need me to prove that I love you on one day out of the year then we'll know we're in trouble.' (he says it better)
Anyway, they've been married for 35yrs so he may have a point (and a relatively full bank account)
"I gave her the Discover card (plastic) and let her go shopping for what SHE wanted."
That's what i am talking about. I love how you roll, Comrade Ranger!
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