Romantic holiday gifts for your wife
One year: love the lingerie
Let’s start with the ultimate romantic gift: lingerie. She likes it, you like it, it's a win-win. And with all the online lingerie sites out there you can save yourself the embarrassment of having to buy it in person. But remember, your taste may not always match hers in this department, so be open to those subtle hints she gives about what she likes to wear between the sheets.
Three years: gadgets for girls
We tend to think only guys love gadgets, but as the song goes, “it ain't necessarily so.” The trick is to personalize things. So get her an MP3 player, but be sure to fill it with her favorite songs. Another option: a tablet computer that you've stocked with plenty of pictures of the two of you.
Four years: plants that last
Flowers are a perennial favorite in the romantic gift department, but cut flowers never last. So why not find something that will? Plants with staying power can really delight the woman with a green thumb. One idea: small, potted fruit trees that can be moved indoors or out, depending on the weather. I speak from experience: I bought my wife a lemon tree one Christmas and she loved it.
Five years: a shopping holiday
Your fifth year of marriage demands an extra-special gift for the holidays and, at the risk of sounding old-school, women love to shop. So why not take her on a shopping holiday near or far, where she can buy exactly what she wants? Whether it's a trip to the local mall or to that holiday hotspot you've both dreamed of, you can't go wrong.
10 years: a weekend getaway
For many couples, these are the busy years of kids and careers. Chances are both of you could use a break. So leave the kids with the sitter and take her on a romantic weekend sojourn to the ski lodge, sunny island or mountain retreat you've both been dreaming of.
15 years: pamper her
You're both still busy—maybe so busy there's no time to get away. This may be the perfect time to treat her to a few hours of relaxation at a local spa, complete with hot tubs and massages. The best part? When you massage each other.
20 years: making memories
These are the years when the kids are starting to leave home. You may both be feeling some of the empty-nest syndrome, so take a moment to look back before you embark on the next stage of your lives. Give her a video slideshow of family pictures, stretching back to when the kids were tiny tots. You can create one yourself on the computer, using her favorite music as the soundtrack. Or have a pro do it for you.
25 years: jewelry
Chances are you'll buy her some serious rocks for your 25th wedding anniversary, but that doesn't mean you can't do the same at the holidays. But instead of the expected diamonds or pearls, try a necklace or bracelet with gems she hasn't worn before. Rubies, sapphires, tanzanite or jade…your jeweler can guide you toward just the right gift.
30 years: a room of her own
You may have your man cave, but does she have a place of her own in the house? If she does, freshen it up with some new paint and furniture (let her choose the colors, of course). If not, create one for her, maybe in a spare bedroom.