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Couples reveal the best Christmas gifts they've ever received

By: Shannon Christie

Author: Canadian Living

Relationships

Couples reveal the best Christmas gifts they've ever received

By: Shannon Christie

The holidays are a wonderful time to show your better half just how much you care about them. But it can sometimes be challenging to know just the right thing to get that special someone -- especially if you've celebrated many Noëls together!

For inspiration, we asked 8 Canadian couples to share the most memorable Christmas gifts that they have ever received from a loved one. Read on for inspiration:

1. Sun and fun
"Our best Christmas gift to each other was our honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico in 2005. We left the snow and cold weather for hot sun and gorgeous beaches. There is nothing like spending Christmas Day lounging by the pool sipping cocktails. It was a great way to spend our first Christmas together as husband and wife."
-- Luke and Cathy, London, Ont., married six years

2. Movie magic
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my wife was a DVD of my childhood home movies. She had spent hours transferring them from the old VHS tapes to DVD, and I had so much fun reliving those memories with everyone that year."
-- Charles, Calgary, married to Brenda 14 years

3. Cherished collection
"My husband gave me a Christmas tree ornament when we first started dating. Every Christmas since then he has given me a new ornament to hang on the tree. I love getting out the collection every year and anticipating what the new one will be."
-- Brenda, Calgary, married to Charles 14 years

4. Novel newlywed
"The best Christmas gift from my wife was from our first Christmas together. She bought me a book I wished I had purchased years ago that had become hard to find. I only ever made a passing comment about it to her. I was surprised and touched when I unwrapped it."
-- David, Toronto, married to Johanna 18 months

5. For keeps
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my husband was my pearl earrings. I had never asked for jewelry,-- he knew, without me telling him, that they were my favourite."
-- Johanna, Toronto, married to David 18 months

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6. Keeping time
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my wife was a wristwatch the first year we were going together."
-- Patrick, Belleville, Ont., married to Nancy 36 years

7. A real gem
"My best Christmas gift from my husband was a blue sapphire necklace the year he had to be away from home so much for work."
-- Nancy, Belleville, Ont., married to Patrick 36 years

8. Surprise splurge

"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my wife was after we had bought our first house and money was tight. When the time came to exchange gifts, I didn't expect much, so when she surprised me with the DSLR camera I had been obsessing over I was shocked."
-- Jack, Halifax, married to Mimi four years

9. Girls getaway
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my husband was a trip to Florida to visit my best friend who had moved there for work. I missed her, so he planned my New Year's Eve in Miami. It was one of the best trips I ever took."
-- Mimi, Halifax, married to Jack four years

10. Special delivery
"Our best Christmas gift we ever received was when we found out we were expecting. A baby was way better than anything we had on our Christmas lists."
-- Amanda and Matt, Ottawa, married one year

11. Band mate
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my wife was Guitar Hero. I was coming home on leave during the holidays after being deployed overseas, so she knew it would be perfect for me to be able to have fun and decompress while I was home."
-- Justin, Oromocto, N.B., married to Nicole 12 and a half years

12. Picture perfect
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my husband was less about the gift and more about receiving it in person. He was deployed to Afghanistan at that time, so when he heard I had dropped my camera down the stairs, he researched online and ordered a replacement to be sent to a store near our home. It just so happened that his two-week leave was during Christmas that year, so he picked it up himself when he arrived home to give it to me in person."
-- Nicole, Oromocto, N.B., married to Justin 12 and a half years

13. Something borrowed
"The best Christmas gift I ever received from my wife was an actual Christmas celebration. We were both raised Hindu; my family didn't celebrate Christmas but hers did. The first December after we were married she decorated the house, baked cookies, wrapped gifts and invited both of our extended families to our home. Now our new tradition includes everyone."
-- Sameer and Hina, Montreal, married 10 years

What about you? Do you exchange gifts with your significant other? What was the most memorable Christmas gift that you've ever received from your partner or a loved one?

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