Sunday, February 28, 2010

Things I Wouldn't Mind Having

Superheroes secrets from The Conscious Shopper

I really love giving gifts, but I'm not so good at receiving them. I'd much rather go out and buy myself something I really want than hope the person buying me a gift makes a good guess. I'm also different from the stereotypical woman in that I loooove practical gifts. When my husband proposed, I tried convincing him that we should buy some really nice couches instead of an engagement ring. He didn't go for it. (Bet he regrets that decision now that I never wear my ring.)

Not surprisingly, my husband doesn't think I'm the easiest person to shop for, so recently I started emailing him "Things Erin wouldn't mind having" whenever I see something I like. This is a little out of the norm for my superheroes secrets posts (not super green oriented), but I thought it would be fun to share some of the things on my list.

  • One of my favorite food bloggers, Smitten Kitchen, wrote a guide to building "your own smitten kitchen" last December. My kitchen is such a sad, sad place...I want every item on her list. And one of those money trees, she mentions.

  • If you haven't seen Lisa Leonard's jewelry, you don't spend much time on the web. She's everywhere these days, and she deserves it. Her custom jewelry is beautiful and inspired.
  • I think I'm in love with these t-shirts from rosiemusic. This one reminds me of the "dates" my husband and I sometimes go on to Borders. I also like the one with boy and girl working on laptops side by side. And the one with girl knitting while boy plays guitar...

  • My husband bought me a couple prints from Marco Suarez for Christmas. I love them because they are so interesting, unique, and amazingly beautiful. Now I just need to get them framed.

What's on your "Things I wouldn't mind having" list?


concretenprimroses said...

Great list!
I give my husband what to anyone else would be really obvious "hints" and he's so proud thinking he thought up the perfect thing on his own.
I had fun looking at the kitchen and art links.

thesimplepoppy said...

I give my husband a list too. I don't like froofy, do like practical - and he thinks I'm hard to shop for. Great list, Smitten Kitchen is the best(!) and I'm off to check out those beautiful prints; I've never heard of Marco Suarez before.

Debbie Maynard said...

Just love the list idea. Especially love the link to the vintage jewelry. I think an anonymous email to the hubby for Mothers Day may be in order.

Wonder-ful said...

This is what makes birthdays so hard (for others). I know what to get for others... things that they'll love.

I'm a bit more pragmatic, so when it comes to gifts people are stumped.

They just can't understand why I'd want a composter over jewelry when by outward appearances, I just don't seem like a gardening type.

For graduation, I was asked if I wanted a car. I was just happy to have the $200 graduation fee paid. Having one less bill or something that improved the quality of life of our house was gift enough.

But if someone does break down and ask "What in the world do you want for your birthday?" I now have a list of links under "Gift Ideas" saved in my favorites. All are practical.

Marco said...

When you do get them framed and hung, send a photo my way. I'd love to see my work "in the wild". Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This list idea is great. I always thought I made life easier for my husband by telling him I don't really like gifts, which is true. But he said that sometimes, a man just likes to buy his wife a gift. So, you opened up a conversation here... thanks! I am going to adopt your list idea.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Marco - I will! Thanks for the beautiful artwork!


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