My guy is a total cheapskate when it comes to gifts. I don't want to hurt his feelings, but my birthday is coming up and I don't want to unwrap another dud. Help!
Cluelessness could be the real culprit here. He probably has no idea what to get you, so he ends up going cheap. Why spend a ton on something you may not even like? Fix it by giving him a wish list with gifts at every price point, so even if he still pinches pennies, you'll get something you like. And to avoid coming off as a "gimmie, gimmie" brat, tell him to get to work on a wish list for his birthday.