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View Poll Results: What type of gifts do you prefer to receive from your partner?
Shared experience gift (you are female) 5 29.41%
Shared experience gift (you are male) 3 17.65%
Exclusive usage gift (your are female) 5 29.41%
Exclusive usage gift (you are male) 4 23.53%
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Old 06.12.2011, 22:34
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Partners & birthday gifts

It's your birthday. Your partner in life has 2 options for the gift:

1) a shared experience type of gift (spa & wellness weekend, concert, travel, etc...) where you spend quality time together as couple.

2) an exclusive usage and personal type of gift (watch, pen, jewelry, ipad, etc...) for your own individual pleasure.

What type of present do you prefer to receive?

NB: i ask for a female/male differentiated answer.
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Old 06.12.2011, 22:55
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

None..surprise her otherwise. (I don't celebrate birthdays)
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Old 06.12.2011, 22:59
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It's your birthday. Your partner in life has 2 options for the gift:

1) a shared experience type of gift (spa & wellness weekend, concert, travel, etc...) where you spend quality time together as couple.

2) an exclusive usage and personal type of gift (watch, pen, jewelry, ipad, etc...) for your own individual pleasure.

What type of present do you prefer to receive?

NB: i ask for a female/male differentiated answer.

That's actually not an easy answer - I appreciate plenty of things, some of them are sole-use, some shared - I am happy every time hubby gets over his angst regarding gift-giving to actually get me something / do something nice.
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Old 06.12.2011, 23:04
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That's actually not an easy answer - I appreciate plenty of things, some of them are sole-use, some shared - I am happy every time hubby gets over his angst regarding gift-giving to actually get me something / do something nice.
Agree. One gift or the other doesn't matter, I'll be happy anyway.

Really.
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Old 06.12.2011, 23:10
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

My wife prefers shared type of gifts and I prefer exclusive usage type of of gifts. The problem is for birthdays I really expect type 2 gifts and "don't like" receiving type 1 gifts. It led to some long discussions on expectations actually. I was wondering if it's again a gender specific topic.
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

The cool thing is how clear you are with this.
Personally, while i like both, i enjoy getting a small type one anyway, as a mark of interest/attention.

Type two is great, as long as it is something i like doing.... Ie, giving me season tickets for a favorite baseball team is NOT a good idea ( can't say i am a fan of sport-watching), But ticket for a holiday together would!
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

I like the "experience" gifts, because I hate stuff. I try to get rid of stuff periodically. Unless it's some type of specialty food or ingredient (spices, etc.), lotions, products that you can consume and will eventually end and not lay around. But I do love handwritten notes and cards.

My OH appreciates both, but loves things that he can keep as memories. I joke that we'll always need two separate apartments because he would try to "invade" the space with all kinds of cr*p that I would invariably try to throw away every other second
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Old 07.12.2011, 12:53
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

I like experience gifts because we are financially comfortable enough, so if I really want something, I just buy it. And more importantly have joint finances, so any presents would be bought essentially for your own money. As for experience it's more about the time you take to spend together doing something interesting.
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

Concert evenings with the VIP package make a nice gift and include dinner. or a weekend away with friends or an afternoon getting treatments or shopping + cocktails + dinner with friends. A few of us are going to see mamma mia this weekend while the husbands look after the kids - i'm really looking forward to that!!

Over another item I'd prefer a made up "voucher" for a lie in when the kids wake up too early. Redeemable at any time I need it
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Re: Partners & birthday gifts

I clicked the wrong button. What I had in mind was a body massage/body scrub thing that Clarins does so well, which you can't really share in the experience with your partner. He has enjoyed this in Kuala Lumpur and so have I - only in separate rooms.

The one time we went for a couple's spa here, near Zurich - I thought it cost too much for the minimal service and private room. Didn't quite see the point in it.

I agree that dinner together and a concert afterwards is one of our most enjoyable shared experiences.
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