What's the Best Gift You've Ever Gotten?

An iVillage Top 10

Get out the Kleenex, ladies: This one's a five-tissue weeper. We asked iVillagers to share the stories of the very best presents they'd ever received from their husbands, boyfriends and partners. From sweetly practical solutions to grand gestures of generosity and love, our guys give good gifts.

  1. My husband was deployed to Iraq just seven days after we got married. It was a very hard, emotional time for us. He hid slips of paper all over the house that said sweet little things, and I found one almost every day throughout his deployment. Every once in a while I come across another one, and it always makes me smile and feel very loved. He hid them everywhere!
  2. I fell in love with a Cocker Spaniel in Maryland that I saw on a Website — but we live in Canada. For Christmas my husband took two trains to the States, rented a car, picked up the dog and then drove all the way back (in a very bad snowstorm) to Canada.
  3. He gave me a set of golf clubs! Not romantic sounding I know, but my SO is a total golfer and he got the clubs so we could go out more together. I'm not a great player, and I always thought that he was just tolerating me tagging along. But this let me know that he really did want me there, sharing something that he enjoys so much.
  4. Three years ago at Christmas, he jury-rigged a special water hose that I needed for my darkroom work. None of the available models fit our taps, and he found all the fittings necessary to make me one. I treasure it like you wouldn't believe.
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