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Christmas gifts for your partner don't have to be the same-old same-old. With extended family around, or if visiting parents - why not take your partner out for a special date, doing something he loves? There are sure to be enough babysitters around to help you connect. 

Maybe it's a trip together to the pub to watch his favourite sports team, or a romantic date night for the two of you. Do something that he would enjoy and take some time out to reconnect.

Perhaps instead of a card, you could write the man in your life a letter, let him know how important he is to you. We often take it for granted that our partner "just knows" we love them, before the busy new year starts and the cycle of work and school picks up- use this time to refocus on each other.

If money is tight, why not set up some date nights for just the two of you. Maybe it is a movie night at home watching his pick or favourite movie, or a BBQ for two once the kids have gone to bed?

Smart gift ideas

New gear: From wallets, to Summer PJs, to smart shirts and accessories, there is plenty of kit for dad.

Summer cooking: Dad will feel like king of the BBQ with a new big (or small) BBQ. If he is a keen fisherman, he can cook his own catch with a fish smoker.

Hobbies galore: From his car, to paddling, to music, to Poker (and even chocolate Monopoly) there are plenty of ideas for dad, whether it is music while gyming, or some down time out on the water, have a think on what dad would really like to do (or do more of) ion the new year and get him something for that.

Tech fun: A mouse shaped like a car, headphones, iPods, or an eReader; there are plenty of tech options for dad.

R&R: When was the last time dad got some time to read a book and relax? John Grisham is always a good choice, or an autobiography of a sports hero dad loves, Whitcoull's has a great range.

DIY Dad: If dad loves to work on projects in the garage, or wants to do some work on the house, there are plenty of affordable DIY tools available.

Think outside the Christmas box

Something selfish: Similar to a pamper pack for mum, why not do a similar thing for dad? Maybe include tickets to a game/concert he really wants to see. Or, if he wants to have the guys around for a BBQ and the game, get the kids to help out with the outside summer chores, so he can have some downtime.

Something helpful: Why not make a book voucher for dad with the kids? They can have simple redeemable vouchers for tasks dad takes care of, like putting out the recycling, or cutting the lawn. Maybe dad enjoys working on his boat, or keeping the vege garden going, add in some fun vouchers for Saturday afternoon time together doing something dad enjoys.

Some time together: For older kids, when was the last time they had a chat to dad? A real one, not one interjected by texting, or mono-syllabic answers and a shrug. Why not, instead of a present, gift some time together, maybe it is learning a new hobby together, like rowing, or cycling. We often learn how to communicate better and more about each other when we engage in an activity together. With Christmas, comes a new year and new beginnings. Make the most of it.

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Tell us: What is the best gift your partner got? From you and/ or the kids?

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