Couples reveal the best Christmas gifts they've ever received

Eight married couples tell us about their favourite Christmas gifts, reminding us that the right sentiment makes for great gifts and even greater memories.

By Shannon Christie

The best Christmas presents
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

Page 1 of 2 -- From cameras, festive celebrations to family additions, find more heartwarming stories from couples' merry gift exchanges on page 2



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