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Approaching Christmas morning with trepidation!

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phoenix Sat 16-Dec-17 17:55:35

Evening all, hope you are well, and sending every good wish to all.

Well, Mr P has finally opened his own Amazon account, I think my irate response to being told that an air purifier that I had (not) ordered, was on it's way (In fairness to him, I had told him that I had been diagnosed with COPD, and he has a bit of a knee jerk reaction.) has finally made him stop using mine! )

But now the worry starts. He has proudly declared that he has bought "all" of my Christmas presents shock

On previous Christmas mornings, I have opened a parcel that by the shape I was pretty certain/hoping that it was some kind of tablet, perhaps a Hudl?

No, it was a digital air compressor, because I had had an unfortunate incident a few months earlier with a flat tyre. confused

On another Christmas morning, I was presented with a beautifully wrapped toilet seat.hmm In all fairness to him, I had been complaining about the seat in the downstairs loo, which had the tendency to try to throw you off sideways like a bucking bronco, or let the lid slam down on your back, so I suppose it did at least show he had been listening! grin

In his defence, some years ago when I was at the height of menopausal hot flushes, he bought me 2 gorgeous chrome sort of retro fans, one for the kitchen, one for the bedroom.

But I'm still a tad apprenhensive..................................!

Eglantine21 Sat 16-Dec-17 18:02:28

With cause, I think!
I had a long, flat, beautifully wrapped box. A bracelet? Chocolates? Tickets to a show?
A new battery for the laptop.
Can't beat the toilet seat though tchgrin

Chewbacca Sat 16-Dec-17 18:09:27

The first year I was married my husband bought me a steam iron. The marriage didn't last long.

vampirequeen Sat 16-Dec-17 18:18:29

One year the ex bought me a bottle of sherry, a bottle of port and a bottle of martini. I'm tee-total. He, on the other hand, was an alcoholic.

The toilet seat is still the winner though grin

Menopaws Sat 16-Dec-17 18:35:21

Blank video tape and a bottle of blue nun from a garage

Menopaws Sat 16-Dec-17 18:37:01

Black leotard with leopard skin pattern leggings both size 8, I was size 14 post baby at the time. I could go on.

Chewbacca Sat 16-Dec-17 18:39:08

Your presents look positively exotic compared to mine Menopaws! grin

kitlong Sat 16-Dec-17 18:44:06

A large (ish) very heavy box, beautifully wrapped with ribbons and bows, turned out to be a set of ugly outside lights - the old fashioned sort that looked like ordinary coloured bulbs

Chewbacca Sat 16-Dec-17 18:48:36

Just remembered another. A small jewellery box sized gift, nicely wrapped. It had an elasticated head lamp in it "for when I was out walking late at night". still dont know what he meant by that

BlueBelle Sat 16-Dec-17 18:57:43

First Christmas with my ex I had passed lots of hints out about a handbag I d seen with him in the local market just before Christmas he asked if he could borrow some money I was a bit pipped off thinking of paying for my own handbag but was happy it would be worth it- what did I get I got a bottle of bath gel

jusnoneed Sat 16-Dec-17 19:01:53

We stopped giving each other gifts after my OH gave me a gadget that fixed to the wall to hang the ironing board on and put the iron across the top! I'd spent hours finding a fishing rod he wanted, something which wasn't cheap. Never bought a present for him since lol.

phoenix Sat 16-Dec-17 19:17:22

I suppose in all fairness, I should post about the time I got it wrong blush.

For his birthday, quite some years ago, bought him a pretty expensive DVD player/recorder, the sort where you could watch one channel, record another (yes, they are quite commonplace today, but at the time it was around £300 shock

He unwrapped it and looked somewhat underwhelmed.

Suffice to say I ended up taking it back to our local independent electrical store, and explaining that I had made a mistake, and that it wasn't what he wanted for his birthday.

They asked me if I wanted to exchange it for something else, but as they didn't actually carry a range of tropical fish tanks, we were at a bit of an impasse! confused

kittylester Sat 16-Dec-17 19:18:43

I got a super duper steam iron once - luckily he got the message!

annsixty Sat 16-Dec-17 19:38:02

If you are used to being asked to buy your own or get nothing at all I think you are all lucky.

Auntieflo Sat 16-Dec-17 19:39:32

I once got a Kenwood Chefette back in the days, remember those? It is still going strong and so are we grin

hildajenniJ Sat 16-Dec-17 19:50:32

A beautifully wrapped slim rectangular parcel was given to me a few years ago. It was an electronic toothbrush! What was he trying to say?
He won't make that mistake again!😀😀

Jalima1108 Sat 16-Dec-17 20:08:51

I think you are being very mean Phoenix wink

Your DH obviously puts a lot of thought into the presents he chooses for you. Now think - what have you moaned about in the last few weeks? Be prepared!


SpringyChicken Sat 16-Dec-17 20:47:44

I dread opening presents from my husband.
One Christmas, he bought a checked blouse which was okay(ish) but I said if he didn't mind, I would change it as the fabric reminded me of the overall I had to wear when I had a Saturday job, many moons ago.
The following year, I couldn't believe my eyes - he'd bought the SAME blouse. Obviously it wasn't a best seller if it was still in stock after a year. I lost it at that point and said 'well, it looked like an overall last year and it still looks like a b****y overall this year'.

SpringyChicken Sat 16-Dec-17 20:50:17

Phoenix, even my husband knows that if he gives me a toilet seat, he will end up wearing it.

whitewave Sat 16-Dec-17 20:50:19

One memorable Christmas DH gave me a papier-mâché clown! It was absolutely ghastly. Anyone it was sat on the floor in the sitting room during Christmas lunch and when we went back in we found that the dog had chewed its nose off. So I never had the worry about where to put it etc grin

Sar53 Sat 16-Dec-17 22:11:06

Thank you all for making me laugh so much I cried. Some men have absolutely no idea !!

lemongrove Sat 16-Dec-17 22:26:11

I can’t believe ( I do really) grin the awful presents you have all had! What does it say about some men?
Can’t add to this funny thread, as my pressies are always lovely ( smug mode) but why don’t you start a thread after Christmas Day and say what your DH’s bought ?
For once it just could be a lovely handbag or diamond ear rings.Or not.

NonnaW Sat 16-Dec-17 22:43:51

Just read some of these out to DH, who did laugh. To be fair this one (2nd) is very good at gift giving. I have in the past had a deep fat frier, and a dinner service as presents, so I appreciate what “ current ” DH buys me!

GranEd Sat 16-Dec-17 22:58:18

My DH thought he'd give our DDs a laugh one Christmas morning. He bought me a dustbin!! The joke backfired as the girls were distraught that he could be so mean to me tchshock They weren't even mollified when I opened the lid to reveal my proper presents - chocolates,perfume and books. He certainly learned his lesson that year. (Well he must have because he's never tried anything like that again.) tchgrin

MissAdventure Sat 16-Dec-17 23:02:07

A boyfriend I had been with for around 9 years made a big show of fetching my Christmas card out of the cupboard where he had put it so it didn't get bent. Inside, it read: To missA,
Best wishes,