As discussed in this tip, studies have found that people usually enjoy money spent on experiences (going out together) more than spending the same amount of money on buying “things”. So, something to consider for Christmas instead of exchanging gifts with your bride; take the money you would spend and use it for a trip together. This could be a trip over or near Christmas, or a trip at another time.
Along these lines, my bride and our 18 year old son spent last Christmas at the beach – and we loved it. We hit a casino buffet for Christmas dinner, saw some great lighting displays at tourist spots, watched a storm come in, and window shopped. We all enjoyed it so much we are discussing doing something similar this year. This won’t work so well with younger kids, but if you don’t have kids at home or have older kids at home it can work well.