For the PH's birthday last month, he wouldn't let me buy him any gifts. Which I smoothly got around by not buying presents, but instead buying food and making him breakfast, lunch, dinner and three desserts (it probably would have been cheaper to just buy him a Wii game already!)
With my birthday and Christmas coming up, negotiations have been going at a feverish pace. We agreed yesterday to purchase garage door openers as our only Christmas gifts (which sounds lame, but I am so, so excited about them, which just makes me lame, I guess). As for my birthday, the PH tried to convince me to institute a ban on gifts, but I wasn't having any of that (especially because he can't bake to save his life so I'd basically be getting chicken for my birthday).
I told the PH I want a purse for my birthday (not even an expensive one-- one that costs less than $30 at Marshall's). I've needed a purse for awhile now, but have been holding off on getting one so it can be my gift. But then my electric toothbrush died the other night so I threw that onto the birthday wish list. Which led to the following email from the PH yesterday:
Do you want a toothbrush or a purse? One or the other, my friend. Choose carefully. I will still love you if you only have one tooth (if that helps the decision making process).
I would complain that it's going to be a pretty sad birthday if I get only a toothbrush or only a purse, but it's still better than the alternative-- a plateful of chicken as my only gift.