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Xmas Gift Help For Desperate Clueless Bassist

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Thor, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member


    I'm really stuck for ideas for Xmas gifts for my wife.

    Last year she wanted a coat, did that. I also bought the
    day at the Beauty Spa for her as recommended by Jive1.

    I have been forbidden to buy clothes. Jewelry she has enough
    of, to the point where a couple of years ago I bought her
    something I liked, which apparently was exactly the same
    as something I had bought 5 years earlier, so I am not good
    at remembering what she already has. Apparently enough
    earrings anyway. She doesn't play bass or music, so that's out.

    So throw some ideas at me! I still have time to order stuff
    on the internet before Xmas, but I can't see poking around all
    day clueless on the computer. I need a mission.

    Fire away!
  2. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    Strange as it sounds, a nice roll of cash with a "honey, I want you to spend this on yourself" note has always worked wonders for me.

    Those big baskets of weird bath chemicals and funny sponges is another one that never seems to fail.
  3. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    How about a cell phone? My wife's is on the verge of dying, so I picked one up for her.

    A night for two at a nice hotel (with dinner at a fancy-schmancy restaurant.) Maybe on New Years Eve if you don't have other plans?

    Theater tickets?

    Compose a song? :)
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    How about a nice purse/bag? Something like a Coach or Dooney & Burke. They are spendy, so watch out.

    You could also go for this years hot gift, an iPOD.

  5. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Did she like the day at the spa enough to get it again?

    My wife wouldn't mind that. There's probably stuff at the spa she hasn't had a chance to try out yet and another trip may appease her desires. Or maybe try a different spa altogether? Or maybe do a couple's spa? She might like the quality time. I've never done that - it's just a little too "metro" for me.

    She's a mom so she probably gets plenty of soaps, lotions, candles, etc. from the kiddies and friends. Unless she's REALLY into that stuff, can it.

    Since you're an old geezer and married for a long while, here's something you can do to bring out the weeps at Christmas and score Thor gazillions of points. Here's what you do:
    Have a casual conversation with the old lady about Christmases when you were kids. Then figure out a way to find find out the thing she wanted when she was a kid but never got. Then my friend, go on a frantic search for that item. It may be an old doll, a music box or whatever. Find it and give it to her for Christmas. That's a mission worthy of Thor. Do this and you'll be her super sweetie, who knows her like no-one else and makes her dreams come true. It will take some work but the payback will be well worth it.
  6. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I asked her in August or so and she still hadn't used it
    Can't say that I run into a lot of 'metro' bassists, that's for
    sure. qSmiley.

    Yup. Soaps = 0 bankable points

    Funny, this came up last night, there was some old doll she
    had wanted as a kid. When I started to take an interest, she said, "DO NOT GET ME THAT, THAT WAS 19x7!"

    She says she wants a cruise sometime, but I am remodelling
    the house so I am unsure of the timing. Also, people keep
    disappearing off these ships, and I may never come
    back ... :ninja:

    Keep'em coming!
  7. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I take it that your old lady is like my mother-in-law, a stoic New England lad. Her people are from Palmah and Wooster MA. The funny thing is that my ma-in-law had a similar reaction before she got her "Sparkle Plenty" doll. When she got it years later, she opened up the gift and simply said "oh it's a doll". My wife said, "but what kind of doll?" She saw it was a "Sparkle Plenty" and she burst into tears. It's one of her most treasured gifts.

    But you know your wife better than any one of us. At least we hope so. ;)
  8. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I got my wife a pair of front rotors for her car....they came in yesterday, but FedEx put a big "we damaged you package" sticker on one of the boxes, what a drag...

    Next, a year membership at Krav Maga...

    Today, she'll get ordered a complete set of James Avery "things"...

    I still haven't used the spa thing yet...that's for when my ass is in trouble.

    I'm just happy she got me a gig bag for my GK 1001 and is making me a cover for my Aggie 112... :D
  9. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Too bad she doesn't want a used Lakland Skyline HB.
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Wide Screen 56" HDTV with the NFL/NHL ticket?

    ...hey, at least she knows where you'll be at night + weekends.
  11. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I got my wife a table saw and jig saw last year...she loved them! :D ;)
  12. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    So what did she get you?
    Flowers and a box of chocolates?
    A teddy at Victor's Secret?
  13. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member


    56"? Naw, then she will need a new entertainment center
    to fit it into. THAT will be expensive. I was hoping to keep
    it UNDER 5 grand.

    Actually, a grand or less is a good target.
  14. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    She got me gear... alot of gear.

  15. Haha :D
  16. How about a night out on the town thing.

    You could go all out, start off with a limo, go to a nice restaurant, then take her to the PPAC Right now they have quite a few different things on the January, trough March schedule.

    Of course it won't be much of a gift If you do this thing on occasion (minus the limo), but the idea is adaptable to something she might like to do.
  17. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Hey! I resent that. Whatever it is you're talking about that is.

    brad cook

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

  19. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    A gift certificate for a tandem skydive with an experienced jumpmaster. She'll curse you to hell before and thank you *ahem* well, well later, I'm sure :D
  20. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    You beat me to it! I was busy at rehearsal last night!

    I like the limo with a night on the town idea. Or a weekend away for just the two of you. Give her a disposable camera with a self made gift certificate for the outing.

    I gotta go, so I can't tell the story right now. But don't get her a Chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy unless you know she really wants it. He's a lovely dog, but my Vet has been able to move into a larger house since I got him. I call him the gift that keeps on costing.