A Tattoo Would Make a Most Excellent Christmas Gift

tattoo on foottattoo on footA friend of mine recently asked what to get his girlfriend who has everything for Christmas. We threw out suggestions. Pajamas. Lingerie. A trip to the spa. Jewelry. Nothing was clicking for him. Then I thought about it, and what his girlfriend really likes. What about a tattoo? I asked him. That was it. The perfect gift for a gal who loves tattoos.

Of course this gift would be perfect for a guy who has been wanting to visit a tattoo shop but just didn't scrape enough money together. And we all know how pricey tattoos can be, so instead of buying that sweater that might get returned or lingerie that will be worn once, why not get something really memorable.

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I have some ideas on how to present this gift and how to make it even more special ....

Obviously you can't wrap a tattoo. (Though how cool would it be to have a tattoo artist pop out of a box ready to give you a tattoo?!) Since that won't happen, instead find an image online of a kind of tattoo you know the recipient will love. Print it out, write something sweet on it like, "This voucher is good for your next tattoo so you can remember this gift forever", put it in a box, and gift wrap it.

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Then have fun talking about the kind of tattoo your partner wants, where he or she will get it, and then make the appointment! On that day, you watch the kids/walk the dogs/whatever needs to be done so your partner has a clear calendar to spend a few hours at the shop. Or you can get a sitter and tag along, take some pictures, and go out to dinner after.

Maybe, just maybe the gift is matching tattoos and so you'll both get inked that day.

My husband and I got matching tattoos when we got engaged -- two stars on our wrists. He also bought me a tattoo on my birthday and it's one of my favorite gifts ever.

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All this talk makes me want more tattoos. I wonder if my husband still needs to buy a gift for me. After finding this photo of this girl's foot tattoo, it makes me want one there, too. So pretty!

Would you ever give a tattoo gift? If you were to get one as a gift, what would you get?

Image via mytat_2s/Flickr

Written by Michele Zipp on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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