It’s about this time of year that panicked friends and relatives start begging you for Christmas pressie ideas! Fortunately for them :) I always have a list as long as my arm of things I would quite like but haven’t gotten around to buying myself. These invariably, are all house related items (of course – what else?!) and I find this doesn’t always go down well. So that’s led me to ask, are housey things acceptable Christmas presents?
Last year, Chris bought me (along with lots of other lovely things) a rug for the living room. It was actually very sweet of him, the rug had been sold out for weeks leading up to Christmas and I was desperate for it. He managed to track one down in a store somewhere far away, bought it for me and snuck down on Christmas morning to put it out while I was still asleep. I was thrilled. But when people asked what we had bought each other and I excitedly told them he’d got me a rug, it was met with “oh dear, so I take it he’s in the dog house?”
He wasn’t, of course. But so many people seemed to think that that was not an acceptable gift for a husband to buy his wife. Whenever my mum begs me for ideas and I send her links to cushions and bedding, she’ll reply with ‘I need better ideas please. Things for you.’ But these are things for me?! Nothing makes me happier than new cushions and as for new bedding, well that makes everyone happy doesn’t it?!
I see nothing wrong with getting things for the house as gifts. I honestly prefer them to clothes or make up, neither of which excite me like they used to. So why are people reluctant to buy them? As I’ve been shopping this year, I have found myself wary of buying people things for the home, perhaps they don’t get as excited as I do and do see it as a boring present?
What do you lovely people think? Would you be upset if you found a new rug waiting for you on Christmas morning? And do you think twice about buying people things for their homes?