So, the title of this post may seem a bit unorthadox to most of you. But for me it is definitely true. Ever since I moved out of my Mom’s house 2 1/2 years ago, and even a couple years before that, when Christmas time came around I would tell myself that NEXT year I was going to start Christmas shopping at LEAST 6 months early. First of all, there is the stress factor that would be eliminated through that practice, second there is more time to figure out what to get everyone, third there is the crowiding factor. Yes, it seems like every person on earth is in the city at once at this time of year, since they made the same promises to themselves and forgot. Again. Every year I fail to keep that promise to myself. For me the hardest thing is figuring out what to get people. There are some people (thank goodness for kids) who are so easy to get gifts for. They will be happy with pretty much anything that lands in their hands. Yes, it’s the adults that wreak havoc on your minds during this crisp season. So many questions: What do you get the person who has everything? What do you get the person you essentially just met? What do you get the person who you share your living quarters with but for some reason when this time of year comes around everything you ever knew about them seems to have disappeared from your mind? What do you get a co-worker who isn’t just a co-worker but isn’t much more?
This year, I am struggling with the same old issues (you’d think I would have learned by now!). So, since I figured everyone feels this way, I decided to be merciful and make my boyfriend (by the way his name is Franz) a list, like my mom always used to ask us for. This year we are stuffing stockings as well for the first time. German tradition does not include stuffing stockings, but I decided that I really do miss it, so we have added it to our routine. Here is the list I made (modified a bit to fit the general public). I hope it helps!
Stocking Stuffers for your Girlfriend
(maybe subtly figure out what her favorites are!)
Back scrubber, bath bombs, bubble bath, bath oils, etc.
Don’t forget to pay attention to her preferences!
Sweets and Snacks
Be mindful of her diet (if any) and of allergies!
This does not mean stuff a $1,000 watch in her stocking, but
maybe some nice studs, or a bracelet, necklace or ring
Who doesn’t love a sweet, sentimental coupon for a romantic relaxing
massage, a date, chore duty or whatever else you can come up with?
Fruits and Nuts
The classics are mandarins and walnuts
We all know that socks are constantly unexplicably disappearing…
Nail polish, eye makeup, things like that (if you trust yourself
not to screw this one up royally!)
Maybe your gal is musical. Not just guitar picks are handy, any
accessories to the instrument she plays, or new music
See sock story.
The whole package (tweezers, file, clippers) is available at most
Cell Phone Case
Is your loved one prone to dropping their phone?
Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriend
Now you can reach for the nicer things!
A girl (most likely) loves to shop. An alternative would
be cold hard cash. In German there is a saying that, directly translated,
means cash is true! (Bares ist Wahres). I can dig that.
Some people frown upon Groupon. Honestly, all the e-mails can get
annoying, but they have got some jammin’ deals on there
sometimes! It doesn’t hurt to at least check it out.
If you trust yourself to know her style, then why not save her the
shopping trip? – Careful, some might want the shopping