‘Tis the season for giving and some men sure know how to spoil their ladies! GalTime asked readers to share what they felt was the best gift a man ever gave them. Some of the responses from these lucky ladies might blow you away and some may even move you to tears.
If you think your guy could use a little inspiration from these gents, you just might want to print this article out and leave it by some milk and cookies!
Here's what women told us about the favorite present from their partner.
“When he proposed to me on Christmas Eve.”
Submitted by Trish Cherrington
“As a little girl, I always dreamed of owning a horse. I took horseback riding lessons and even leased a horse for a year, but never did I have a horse to call my very own. Fast forward about 20 years, I’m married with two small children, a husband (who as a cop, works crazy hours), a full-time job of my own and not enough land nor enough discretionary income to own a horse. Truthfully, as an adult, I had never even considered owning a horse. It was a dream of the past that I never thought would ever come to be a reality. And then, Christmas 2011 changed all of that. When it came time to open my Christmas present, my husband took me out to his car where, out of the trunk, he pulled a feed bucket, horse brushes, and a halter. With my mouth wide open and a confused look on my face, he confirmed that his gift to me was a horse. As if that wasn’t enough, he had been arranging this for months. He found a pasture close to our house for us to keep the horse for free. He found a low-cost, trusted horse from a friend of a friend. He had done all the legwork so I could have ‘time to myself, and a place to de-stress and be a kid again.’ The gift is the gift that truly keeps giving. Every time I am able to ride, I feel carefree and reenergized. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more thoughtful gift.”
Submitted by Melodie Ray Griffin
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“Last Christmas, Pat surprised me by building me a vanity area in his bedroom because I never had a place to get ready when I stayed over at his house. It was special because, not only did it show me he listens to me, but he also made me feel like his home is my home, too -- which now it is since I moved in in May!”
Submitted by Julie Gravener
"On Christmas morning of 2006, my husband gave me my favorite hobby back—photography. After we bought a digital camera back in '99 (the kind with the floppy disks), I found I used my 35mm less and less. Since the quality wasn’t that great, I stopped taking pictures like I used to; the convenience of the digital pictures won over in my busy life rather than getting the film out and getting pictures developed. But one Christmas morning, my husband surprised me with a new Nikon digital SLR, a top-of-the-line camera at the time. I was so shocked that he bought it. Yet, I had tears of joy from that gift. Since then, I have taken thousands and thousands and thousands (I'm not joking) of pictures with that camera, and I've had the opportunity to photograph some friends’ weddings with it as well. I brought it back to the store to get looked at and the owner said, ‘Wow, this gets used a lot!’ and it does. I will never forget that morning—the day I fell in love with photography all over again."
Submitted by Carolyn Kingman Javick
"Last year for Christmas, Bobby spent his spare time going to his uncle’s house, where he built me a wooden chest to place at the foot of our bed. Last year sometime, I had seen a tool he made for his beer brewing, and I told him I was impressed with the woodworking, and I'd love for him to make something for me. When he asked what I would want, I semi-jokingly told him a chest, and that's what he made! It's absolutely beautiful, and it makes me happy—always! He put so much work into it. It was definitely the best gift ever."
Submitted by Ashley Lamb
"My husband Dan knew that I was a huge fan of my favorite author, Pat Conroy. One day, my phone rang, and it was Pat Conroy himself. He called, and we spoke for about 20 minutes. Dan managed to reach Pat through an arduous process, and he agreed to call and speak to me. It was an amazing gift, and it meant so much to me that my husband went to great lengths to have someone I admired so much call me."
Submitted by Kelly Raines
"My husband remembered that one of my favorite toys when I was younger was a Mork doll from the show Mork & Mindy. I remember the doll's voicebox broke when I was in kindergarten, and I was very upset. A few months ago, I was surprised with a Mork doll. Unfortunately, I do not have many items left from my childhood, so the gift gave me a bit of my childhood back."
Submitted by Vanessa Rodriguez-Messina
"My husband and I always go to The Field Gallery on Martha's Vineyard each summer. So for Christmas, he bought me an original photo piece of the island by one of the artists. It was incredible because he combined my favorite place in the world with my love of art, and he said it reminded him of my aunt’s house that used to be there.”
Submitted by Kris Krusel
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