I was over-stressed at work and I had so little free time ... when my husband asked me what I wanted, I told him I wanted more "time" in my life. Talk about giving your husband a challenge!!! Boy did he deliver -- he gave me a "housekeeping service for a year" -- once every two weeks someone came and cleaned my house. It was PERFECT. I no longer needed to spend my Saturdays cleaning. That was 10 years ago ... my perfect gift has magically renewed itself year after year after year.
I had my first child just before my 19th birthday, a full 4-6 weeks early. Sadly, I hemorrhaged during childbirth which damaged my womb, causing some scar tissue to form; because of that, I miscarried my next three pregnancies, all lost by 4 months along. We prayed and prayed for another baby. Well, month after month went by with no pregnancy. Then... the end of December I missed my monthly period and was tested. For Christmas that year I found out I was pregnant and my doctor was very proactive to protect the pregnancy through the dangerous 1st and 2nd trimester. My daughter was born 9 months later, in September...conceiving her at Christmas was my best Christmas!
The best gift I ever received was on my 50th birthday. (my gosh my 50th was 15 years ago!) My mom got me a print of Rembrandt's "Nightwatch", we had seen the full painting (it is huge) when we went on a Riverboat tour of Belgium and The Netherlands which included a beautiful tulip festival and The Rik museum in Amsterdam in 2001.
When my husband and I were first dating in the late 1980s, he bought me an accordion! I am a piano player and never thought about playing another instrument, but a piano is not portable, so I was intrigued by the accordion. He bought me a student-sized Hohner which is plenty big for someone my size (5/2") and over the years I've continued to improve my skills, even with minimal practice. Since the pandemic, my husband and I have been playing music on our front porch, me on accordion, him on guitar, for the neighbors who gather on our front lawn to jam and sing with us. I have come to love my accordion so much, it was a brilliant present for him to give me, and has brought me so much pleasure over the years!