Ah, his fam. Whether you’re dying to impress his parents on your first holiday with them, or trying to win over his sister on your tenth, buying for his relatives can be nerve-wracking and complicated. These crowd-pleasing gifts are sure to make everyone happy—without breaking your bank account.
My husband cannot shop. He’s awful at buying gifts. He tries really hard, but it’s just not his thing. One year, I got socks. Then there were the years where I got electronic gifts – fun for him, but not for me (and no woman really wants a clothes steamer as her big Christmas gift, no matter how useful it is). Once I got a fishing pole. He’s tried to buy jewelry, but I never like it.
Thanksgiving seems to have become "Thanksmas" in our culture. What if we took the time to really nurture Thanksgiving? I would argue that it would be good for you and your marriage. Giving thanks, even when times are tough, is good for us as human beings. Here are some 6 ideas to put Thanksgiving back on your radar.
He has a million ties. And while you'd love to get him the iPad, you can't cough up that kind of cash. Here, some less-expected gifts that will wow him—for budgets big and small.
OK, so that gift card you got her last year was great because she got to pick out whatever she wanted, but here's a hint: Picking out an actual gift for her will win you more points. Sound daunting? Never fear, YourTango is here! We've got some ideas that'll please even the pickiest lady but won't make your wallet cower in fear.
Throughout our marriage, the tradition of the Halloween spreadsheet has helped us make the holiday our own. Thanksgiving and Christmas are constant negotiations in family demands and time management, but Halloween is all ours to enjoy. Together we carve pumpkins, play games and fuss over the spreadsheet. Often we are invited to parties, but we turn them down. Halloween is our night. And we do allow devils and witches, and all too often my pumpkins are sinister, but I understand now why my parents held so tightly to their traditions of Halloween. And no matter how crazy my future kids think the Halloween spreadsheet is, I going to make them do it.
If you're a mom, Mother's Day is your big day—the day when no one can complain when you ask them to do something, when people are supposed to show appreciation for you, when you're (theoretically) not allowed to cook or do housework or any of those other things that always seem to fall to mom. Looking for a little something extra this Mother's Day? Here are some creative ideas on what to ask for. Because, honestly? You deserve it.
She's cleaned up scraped knees, wiped away tears, soothed sick tummies, offered sage advice and a little bit of coddling. She teaches right from wrong, and put up with you when no one else would. She's a (constructive?) critic and your biggest fan. She's your mom—or your wife—and there's no way you can repay her for giving birth to you—or your kids. These gifts will at least show her how much you appreciate her, whatever type of lady she is.
Whether or not you're in a relationship, YourTango's got you covered this Valentine's Day. Wondering how to inject more romance into your relationship? Or what true romance actually is? Or what that gift he bought you says about your relationship? There's no better time to find out.
Valentine's Day is just over the horizon, and dudes will probably start thinking of gifts right around the 11th. While most ladies will try to read into what a fella means by a gift, I'm far more interested in what the presents have to say about the gift-giving guy. Here's what some very standard gifts reveal about your special guy. Read: Valentine's Day Traditions Around The World
Oh Twitter, how we love thee. You bring us the best content and the breaking news. You make the day fly by (it often flies by so fast, that we...um...forget to actually get any work done). And you bring the funny. Will you be our Valentine? For those of you who are feeling a bit lost this year when it comes to Valentine's Day, Twitter has something for you, too. Below, some of the quips, tips and holiday specials you'll find around the Twittersphere.
Valentine's Day. It's coming, and fast. Feeling nervous? We understand. After all, we've seen you—time and time again—attempt some grand, sweeping, romantic gesture, only to fall back on the same-old, same-old. And we want you to know: It isn't worth it. Because, when it comes to what we want, we're pretty easy. We swear. And flowers, chocolates and jewelry are nowhere on our wish lists (though there is that one necklace we spotted on Etsy...). What we really want?
Now that the Christmas trees and Menorahs are packed away, it's obviously time to start preparing for Valentine's Day. The festive among us have already put up red heart-shaped lights, and we're still not sure how to compete. It shouldn't be this hard. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and, well, we love love! For some reason, however, the thought of celebrating this Hallmark holiday has some of us feeling homicidal. How to get in the mood?