Romance outside the Box: 5 Alternatives to Generic Gift-Giving

Memories in the Making

Chicagoan Christine Walker is looking forward to her sixth Christmas as a married woman. The 37-year-old author of The Smart Mom's Guide to Staying Home explains, "My husband and I love celebrating holidays out of the mainstream. Our goal in gifting each other is to focus on our relationship, not material goods. Our holiday tradition is to write each other a letter with the goals and dreams that we hope and plan to accomplish together."

Newlyweds Kate and Dick Roberts have a more conventional, but just as individual, approach to gift-giving. As soon as the first snow hits, they're out on the slopes, so it's natural that this year their holiday gift to each other will be new ski jackets and snowshoes. "We just paid for the wedding and a condo," says Kate, a 29-year-old dental hygienist in Boston, "so we wanted to get something useful and fun. There's a hiking-biking-cross-country trail right near our house. When we can't go skiing, we can go for long walks."

The gift Kerry Oates and her boyfriend are buying together involves another type of joint endeavor. The 35-year-old computer programmer from New Jersey giggles and explains, "We're getting a puppy."

This kind of mutual gift not only makes the holiday special, but it gives you a memento to remember as a couple. It's setting the groundwork for more happy years ahead.

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