Great Husband - lousy at giving birthday and Christmas gifts
My husband is a sweet and kind man. Hard working, very supportive. He's an executive with a high salary, so money is not the issue. I also work full time (my income is a fraction of his since he has an executive's salary, but none the less, I work as hard as he does). He's super generous with everyone and we've gone all out with great and thoughtful birthday/Christmas gifts for family members, especially his mom and his 2 adult daughters, nieces and nephews. I'm all for that because I adore them and love making them happy.
Fast forward to my birthday last night. We went out to dinner at the nearby pasta restaurant. He gives me a card (I could tell he'd recently licked it shut as the envelope was still wet from being sealed). Inside the card was a printout from our ink-jet printer of a keyboard for my iPad. That was it. At Christmas, he'd gotten me a couple of prints to put up on our walls at home and a necklace from the bookstore (costume jewelry type). But for his family, we've taken them on ski trips, trip to Hawaii (flown first class), other trips and vacations to Disneyland.
A couple of years ago he gave me a set of pots and pans, a set of good knives, a vegetable chopper. Great items that I needed, but not at all sentimental. Last Birthday, at least he seemed to have gotten it and gave me a string of pearls. That was the only sentimental gift he's ever given me other than my wedding rings. But he's again back to the "practical" gifts that don't cost a lot or take a lot of thought.
Last night I was pretty hurt but didn't show it. We do a lot of nice things like go on trips. But I would like something that is a lasting reminder that is symbolic of us. Instead I have lots of things that help me do my work. Whether that's in the kitchen or my job (I'm a designer, so I use my iPad for my work).
Am I being ridiculous and spoiled? How would you react?