Mr. BalletMom is really really grateful to get specific requests. He gets frustrated if it doesn't last (wilted flowers at Valentine's) etc. He does come up with really wonderful surprises if I don't want anything in particular.
This year, he got himself a flatscreen tv for his study.
The girls are giving him a gourmet vinegar/oil set and casshew tray.
I like to give little surprises just to keep the spirit alive. Makes it a win-win for everyone. You get what you really like or wanted, but you get a little extra thing to feel specially loved. What's it called in New Orleans? Lagniappe, I think? Correct me if I'm wrong.