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- some old small sets (mainly late 80s and 90s) which were won on eBay - Good because they weren't expected or in my usual scope of purchasing but gave a great little bit of history to my collection.
- That one* set I've been eyeing up that is just outside of my normal budgeting system (*one meaning one at that point in time)
- A recently discontinued set that she managed to get from a reseller for a bargain price which fell under the category of 'the one that got away' for me
Great gifts I've received from other people;
- My brickset secret santa this year got me a great surprise in the way of this, which was something I didn't know existed but is entirely my sort of theme
- A really recent set that I hadn't seen discounted yet (most AFOLs love a bargain but often the wait for reductions kills the anticipation of a set)
Gifts I've given my other half
- I snuck a load of Harry Potter minifigures into her Lego Friends advent calendar (she loves Harry Potter but missed the Lego)
- Mixels - great as little filler presents - she loves the cute animals, I really like them as parts packs for other builds
- Minifigures - the main point that our collecting overlaps
Basically there is no perfect gift, tastes in Lego are massively varied. I recently picked up the #40120 Valentine's Day Dinner set which is a really nice little build, good value with a lot of rare parts and appropriately themed for the occasion - the only thing is you might have to go to a lego shop to guarantee getting one in time as they are out of stock on Lego's website at the minute with an expected ship date of the 10th.
hope something in all that helps.
I get why you've gone for the keyring type stuff (gear) before and see a set as the "easy" or "meaningless" option but from a Lego fan's perspective it's the other way round. The Lego sets tend to be what we want and the gear is nice enough but not something we'd be that excited about. Think of it as the "I know you like golf so I bought you a tie with golf clubs on it" type gift, connected is good but not necessarily the same.
I really enjoyed LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard - who are both really nice guys, regulars on the show scene and always more than happy to sign books too.
Or for something personalised, I agree about heading to the Lego store and building some custom minifigs at the build a mini bar and base them on things he loves, or that mean something to the both of you. As someone else said you can even throw a pick a brick creation in too. At least that way you know he wont have bought it already because it's based entirely on your imagination, which is one of the things Lego does well.
Possibly one of the adult targeted lego books may be interesting but anything else would just be clutter for me. I know it may seem that buying a set is the "easy way out" and is not personal or thoughtful, but really, that is what actually I want.
The blog is very well written by the way. Very entertaining and perceptive.
He used to lust after The Black Pearl (is that the right name? Pirates of the Caribbean?) I know it's long gone in the shops, but is it still easily available from resellers? If anyone knows, I guess you're the people to tell me!
While I'd love my family to get me Lego, I'm always torn between the fact that 1) I'm getting some new Lego yay! and 2) They'll end up paying more for it than necessary because they don't know where to look. But I guess if you have the Lego community on your side, it should make things easier.
Focus on the themes he enjoys, and whether you'd like to get something he could do alone, or something you could both do together, is really up to you, based on your past experiences with him of what he enjoys more.
Now one gift I'd really appreciate would be tickets to the Lego Inside Tour, and I suspect your husband may be the same if he hasn't been on it.
@CCC a six pack and a bit of peace sounds very do-able.
May be to late to get it ready in time but you actually just have to come up with the photo and the instructions. He is the AFOL so he gets to build it! Check out http://www.brickit.co/Home or explore the mosaic thread on this forum.
I also think you should show him this thread because I think HE owes YOU a lovely Valentines Day dinner, with or without the children, whichever you would prefer.
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I really don't want every aspect of my life to become LEGO themed. As it happens I have a LEGO keyring that my wife bought me so has special meaning, but thats it. No LEGO t-shirts, no LEGO cups, no LEGO slippers. I might have liked LEGO slippers when I was 10, but not in my 30's.
How about a Black Sea's Barracuda rather than a Black Pearl. Its proper old school.
And possibly a link to your brick wife blog. Even not knowing you, reading it I feel a bit of the disappointment and heartache you have over what we're very meaningful, presents which were cast aside without another thought. Until someone learns to be truly grateful, nothing you buy for them will fill that void. It's futile to try.
And before this comes off high and mighty, on our third year together I dismissed the third consecutive shaving set my wife had gotten me for Christmas thinking only about my wants. I didn't stop to consider how much thought she put into the gift and how meaningful it was for her to give. Since then, I've only gotten exactly what was on my list of stuff. Once I realized how much of a slight it was to her, I set the goal to be more loving and considerate to my spouse and came across this book. It changed a lot of how I viewed the world and, especially, how I act in our relationship. Hopefully, one day, she'll surprise me again with a nice shaving set that comes from her heart instead of Off a running list of thing I'd like to have.
In saying that, I have just now read the OP's blog post and my suggestions are probably along the lines of those that weren't received particularly well.
@brickwife The Art of the Brick is a great experience, and there is indeed a gift shop (assuming the set up is the same across all cities it is in). Some of the art is breath taking, and you don't need to have an interest in LEGO itself to appreciate it.
To get the right hair for my wife, I had to buy a Friends set. Otherwise, there is not enough variety for female hair in LEGO.
I got two sets, four pair, for Christmas. They are my new go to sock whenever I have to leave the house. Subtle. I love them.
Never seen them in the UK though.
Never seen them in the UK though.
And I do want to get him something that he really wants. He has a lot to put up with - he can identify any episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot at a glance, even though he'd really rather not have this knowledge. AFOLs are a tolerant lot...
Oh dear. I already have too many ideas!
(Think my favourite Poirot story is Murder On The Links and for Marple, The Body in the Library).
Luckilly I don't have that problem. I dragged my girlfriend down into the lego pit, although I'm not as fanatic as your AFOL. boxes are ment to be opend, as are polybags. (in my opignion) Your own suggestion of the lego birds set is a very good idea by the way. My girlfriend and I got it together, and build it together as well. Our problem was, we both wanted to build them all. (our funds are not sufficient to buy two). If you go for the 'build it together' option, go for the hummingbird, and you might just finnish in time with him building the other two ;). It is definately the easyest one, and the flower is quite nice to build.
Have fun, and good luck getting the gift!
and one thing you can't buy? ...pretend to be interested. i know my wife doesn't really care. but i still get warm fuzzies when she asks me about what i'm building, or feigns excitement at the tiniest little play feature i've incorporated for the kids. :smile: