Amber Housley

Gift Giving.

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So when it comes to gift giving with my fiancee, I’m not the best shopper.

My intentions are always 100% good, but somehow along the way they fall flat.

Example #1:

Circa three years ago, Brandon was living in a condo and ‘fixing it up’. I knew he needed a place for his tools, but he didn’t have a garage so I knew he couldn’t have a full standing Craftsman special tool box. So I find what I think is the perfect tool box! It’s bigger than your average size, and EVEN HAD ROLLERS and a handle like ones on carry on suitcases. It’s PERFECT!….

Oh and did I mention it was MADE OF PLASTIC?? Tools + plastic toolbox = NOT COOL. (though I didn’t know at the time of course). I guess I was thinking all about "function" and organization. OH and somewhere in transportation after it had been wrapped, it cracked. Yeah, go figure. So we all reference that Christmas as "the time Amber got Brandon a BROKEN PLASTIC TOOL BOX."

I could go on to retell more stories of other bad presents, but I’ll save you the laughs.

19357481_fl_lrg This year however, was going to be THE BEST GIFT GIVING YEAR EVER. I had done SO GOOD. I thought of purpose, of quality, of need, and it was a very, very nice and expensive gift. I was so smug with myself! AND the most perfect thing of all, HE WOULD NEVER GUESS or have any clue what this present was (which he USUALLY does)…

Fast forward to this week….

At work they were doing a Christmas exchange and one of his co-workers emailed me who had drawn his name. This person wanted some ideas on what to get him. I offered up a couple, but they still came back asking if maybe he wanted some sort of tool? cufflinks? anything else? I replied no to the above items and offerred some more ideas up…..

And then yesterday, he came home with cufflinks.

And he proceeded to tell me the story of how I had told this person NOT to get him cufflinks, but someone else knew that he really wanted some, so they got him anyway. Then when they were opening gifts THEY ALL realized, gee, there’s probably a reason why Amber told you NOT TO GET HIM CUFFLINKS.

And he looked at me after saying all this with a smile…not knowing the wrath that was about to come..

So what did I do?

I STARTED TO CRY. I was SO furious. I mean this was THE YEAR I was going to give the best gift ever! And now someone got him practically the same gift!

And then (30 mins. much later) he calmed me down and said some nice things. And insisted I open one of mine. (side note: yes, I know I must sound like a 5 year old at this point).

And in the end, it doesn’t even matter what the gift he got me was (ok I really, really love it), but it was the Christmas Card that he picked out…

Little falling snowflakes and hearts were scattered on it.
And on the front read: "To my beautiful fiancee"
And on the inside: "sometimes everything just falls perfectly into place. Merry Christmas to us."

And then Brandon, trying to still cheer me up, said: "look honey, the card even has our wedding colors."



Amber Ulmer says:

So sweet Amber… Love Love the ring. I have a Tiff ring too… Need to get it cleaned badly…*note taken*…Any way!! I understand the whole “perfect gift” thing. I just buy Josh clothes/accessories and he is all good! Not into techy stuff or anything… more fashion… xoxo

Amber Ulmer says:

Amber, I saw the Banners u made… beautiful… Are they avaliable for others to use? Id love to since, u know… we have the same name… haha Let me know girlie

Hollye says:

A couple of years ago this happened on Brian’s birthday. His mother asked me what he wanted. I gave her a couple of ideas and told her I was getting him a new set of golf clubs. Fast forward to his birthday and his mom hands him a card with a gift certificate for a new set of golf clubs. I busted out crying right there. She knew she screwed up right away. It was all good in the end. He got his golf clubs and a membership to the golf course for the year. So, I know how you felt about being “upstaged” by someone. Don’t let it ruin your Christmas!

Ali says:

ahh sorry about that Amber! I had to laugh though!and Brandon has good taste too! Love that ring.. maybe he should give Mike ideas.. ha!

doris says:

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww . . . and my favorite is the little part at the end . . . our wedding colors . . . too sweet . . . :D

Traci says:

amber, that is the cutest story – one you could retell for years. what a sweetie you’ve got!!

kelli says:

such a cute cute story. (not the part about your gift to him:(
but what a great ending with a little aqua box;)

Kelley says:

Oh…oh my! I feel your pain…I am sure he will love your cufflinks better though! It’s crazy how things happen like that. (And no, you don’t sound like a 5 year old!) The part about him and the wedding colors just made me really smile! What a guy!

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