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10 Awesome Gifts for Married Couples

By Dustin | Book & Product Reviews

It’s always fun to make your spouse or another couple feel special with a great gift.

The problem is it can be tough to find a gift that is both unique and meaningful.

So, I thought it would be fun to assemble a “Top Ten Gifts” list of sorts.

Of course, this is an Engaged Marriage list, so the gifts here are a mix of pure fun and those that can enhance your marriage and family life.

Based on my own thoughts, input from my dear wife, a bit of research on Amazon, and some excellent responses that I received on Facebook and Twitter, I have assembled what I feel is a pretty nice list of ideas.

Rather than be a stand-alone list, I hope these ten ideas get you thinking a bit.  I really want to hear from you in the comments section of this post with your own suggestions as well.

10 Awesome Gifts for Married Couples

10. Dual Shower Heads

Dual Shower Heads

It can a lot of fun…and very “romantic” to share a shower with your spouse. These chrome dual shower heads make sure you can enjoy this special time together without fighting over who gets the hot water!

9. Luxury His and Her Robes

Luxury RobeLuxury Robes are a fun gift to receive. Especially if you give her a gift certificate to a spa or make her some homemade coupons to let her have reasons to use it!

8. The Love Dare

This is the book behind the awesome movie Fireproof, which I highly recommend despite Kirk Cameron’s less-than-stellar acting abilities.

If you are not familiar with the concept, the book provides daily activities that you do to show the extent of your love to your spouse. As shown in the movie, this book grew out of the recovery of a marriage in serious trouble, but its lessons can help any of us who want to take our marriage to the next level.

7. Art of Appreciation Gift Basket81M3mxmEKoL._SX522_Art of Appreciation Baskets come in many different varieties. From candy to meat to snacks, they’ve got you covered!

6. The Five Love Languages

In this best-selling book, Dr. Gary Chapman unpacks that five different languages that we speak in our marriages.  There may be no better resource for improving communication, and we know how important that is to achieving an extraordinary marriage.

This book is a must-have on every couple’s bookshelf!

5. Insulated Wine Glasses for Couples

Insulated Wine Glasses

Insulated Wine Glasses may be the perfect gift for the couple who loves to have fun! These can keep your wine or champagne chilled while you relax together!

4. Bluetooth Party Speaker

81A4-smoyQL._SL1500_Is your house the party house? Or does your family enjoy a dance party? This iON Speaker works well for all of those! If you have a device with music and Bluetooth capability, your party awaits!

3. Roomba Robotic Vacuum
RoombaRoomba robotic vacuums are a great way to help your family save time cleaning! This means more couple time for you….

…and if you’re buying this as a gift, you know they will love it!

2. Amazon Echo

Echo

Amazon Echo is a fun gift for those couples who love technology! Using voice technology, it can share information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more – instantly!

1. 15 Minute Marriage Makeover

15 Minute Marriage Makeover Christmas GiftThis book was written by me for the Engaged Marriage community of busy married couples. The 15 Minute Marriage Makeover is designed to help you Refresh Your Relationship, Add Sizzle to Your Sex Life and Be Happier Together in Just Minutes per Day.

Check it out today and see what 15 minutes can do for your marriage!  It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats to suit your gift-giving needs.

***BONUS GIFT idea: An overnight date without the kids***

In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to get wrapped up focusing on physical gifts.

Why not surprise your spouse with plans to get away from the responsibilities of home for an evening away?  Or if you’re buying a gift for your friends, offer to watch their kids for a night and send them away with these nifty coffee mugs to use the next morning.

For more awesome gift ideas and reviews of products that can enhance your marriage, please check out the following posts:

19 Gift Ideas for Your Guy This Christmas

24 Glamorous Gift Ideas to Wow Your Wife This Christmas

How to Write an Awesome Romantic Love Letter: The Simple 5R Approach (a Free option!)

Book Review: “No More Mondays” by Dan Miller

By Dustin | Book & Product Reviews

With a subtitle like “Fire Yourself and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work,” I knew as soon as I saw it that No More Mondays was not your ordinary career guidance book.  Of course, as a regular listener to author Dan Miller’s 48 Days podcast for several months, I should not have expected anything less.

The basic premise behind No More Mondays is that your work should not just function as something you do between weekends.  The “Thank God it’s Friday, Oh God it’s Monday” mindset that plagues so many is simply not healthy, and it is no way to spend the majority of the conscious hours in your life!

The career advice in this book is not as brazen and abrupt as the subtitle may imply.  Dan Miller does not suggest that you “fire yourself” immediately and live among the unemployed (although I suppose you could then use the tools found in his previous bestseller 48 Days To The Work You Love).  Instead, he is simply stressing that you are in control of your career and your life, and it is up to you to escape the rut you may find yourself in to pursue truly fulfilling work.

No More Mondays is filled with inspirational quotes and good general guidance, but it doesn’t stop there.  Along with many real-life examples of those that have escaped “Cubeville” to find work with a passion, many historic and even childhood metaphors are used to make key points.

One of my favorite lines from the book recalls a classic Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown complains to Linus that his lunch is the same every day.  When Linus asks Charlie who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown replies “I do.”  If you want different  results, you must do something differently.

But please do not get the impression that this career-guidance book is simply 253 pages of fluff and generalizations.  Far from it!  Dan Miller provides a myriad of practical, real-life examples of unique and fulfilling work.  And he provides tools for helping you to find your personal vocation (or calling) in life.

At first glance, it may seem like the entirety of No More Mondays is devoted to entrepreneurship, consulting, inventing or online business opportunities.  And while these types of work are covered thoroughly, the traditional model of work is discussed in detail as well.  The idea is not necessarily to leave your 9-to-5 job, but to revolutionize your job to ensure you are fulfilling your life’s passion with your work.

Why a Review of No More Mondays Here at Engaged Marriage?

So, I obviously enjoyed this book.  If you haven’t read the “About” section of Engaged Marriage, you may assume that No More Mondays must have transformed me into an internet marketer or a jet-setting freelancer.  Far from it.  I am an engineer with a fairly traditional work model.  Heck, I’m married to a teacher!

So, why would I write about this book, especially on a website aimed at improving marriages?  First and foremost, our careers and our finances have a huge impact on our quality of life and our relationship with our spouse (and others).  While I enjoy my “day job,” I know there are many others reading this who truly would benefit by “firing themselves” and pursuing a new direction in their career.  And their marriages would certainly be strengthened as a result of their improved mood, sense of fulfillment and financial success.

However, the real reason that No More Mondays holds such a special place in my heart is because it was this book that led me to create Engaged Marriage!  During a vacation with my wife a few months back, I felt a real calling to do something creative with my life (some “right brain” stuff to balance out all of my “left brain” engineering work).  I picked up No More Mondays to read on the beach in Cancun, and it truly changed my life and the paradigm through which I view work and life.

The specific idea of a marriage website was not quite formed in my head by the time we flew back home.  But the wheels were turning and I experienced the greatest flood of inspiration and creative thought that I can recall in my entire life.  As I spent more time thinking it over and clarifying where my real passions in life are found, I knew that I needed to do something to help others (and my wife and I) experience an awesome marriage.  And I thought that a website would be the perfect vehicle to engage a wide audience of those who shared my desire to live a fulfilling life with the ones they love.

It may be obvious, but I highly recommend that you read No More Mondays.  I would rate it a 9/10 on the EM Awesomeness Scale.

If you would like to buy your own copy, just click on any of the links in this post and you’ll be taken to Dan Miller’s site where you can pick it up at the best possible price.  He even offers autographed copies and extra goodies like electronic versions at no extra charge.  After you have given it a read (or two), please provide a comment on this post and let me and the readers know what you think!

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