My friends, our anniversary is coming up on July 4. It's our five-year anniversary of being together (we met in 2005) and our four-year anniversary of being married (we got hitched in 2006). We actually got legally married on July 5 and our wedding wasn't until a year and a half later, but whatever. July 4 is the day we met and we consider it the most special of our three anniversary days.
Anyanniversaryhoarders, I have a problem. My husband is impossible to shop for!
Last year we had just moved into base housing, so we weren't in anniversary mode at all. We didn't do gifts, but we did go to a Navy keg party at Jason's old LPO's house. In 2008, he got me a camera, I got him tickets to see the Dropkick Murphys, and we went to Maine. That was a good year. I can't remember what we did in 2007, but it must have been crappy because we were in Massachusetts.
I don't know if we're making a plan to go anywhere or do anything this year because every time I bring it up, Jason falls into a coma.
My original gift idea was to surprise him with tickets to see Green Day when they're on the West Coast this summer. Naturally, the concert that we could have attended falls on his duty weekend (the Navy's form of being "on call"). Scratch that! So then I checked out the Dropkick Murphys' summer schedule, and they'll be out here, too!
...On a different duty weekend. FML, you guys, FML. His schedule is always clear when I want to go to a concert (remember NKOTB and Pink last year?), but never when someone he'd like to see will be within a few hours' drive. Curses!
Unlike him, I am easy to buy for once you know my quirks (for example, I don't wear wool or leather and won't use products from companies that test on animals). My Etsy favorites and my Amazon wish list are out there for the world to see, so even if you don't know quite what to get me, you can browse my hand-picked items and choose something that appeals to us both. And honestly, I was gleefully excited when we bought Rubbermaid trash barrels for our recycling last summer, so even the most mundane things bring me joy.
Jason likes video games, cars, and electronic equipment that only he understands. He does not like sports or most mainstream music and it takes him months to drink his way through a six-pack of beer.
So... I can't get him beer because he's still working on the last six-pack of Amstel Light I picked up for him. I can't get him electronics because I don't speak technician. I can't get him car stuff because he got rid of his Corvette.
And I am so sick and tired of buying him video games! Seriously, what a crappy gift. It's like saying, "Here, I couldn't be bothered to get you something personally meaningful, so I went to Gamestop instead and got you 40 hours of time during which you'll ignore me."
What do you recommend, internet people? How do you shop for the men in your life?