Improving your quality of life as a couple is something that fitness trainer and expert Bob Greene values. The author of '20 Years Younger: Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger' and Oprah's personal fitness guru suggests the best presents might not be easy to wrap.
'While so many of us are tempted to splurge on gifts for our spouses or partners, it is more beneficial for everyone when we choose items that will benefit our overall well-being,' says Greene. 'When couples join together to identify a gift that best fits them, it definitely adds to that return on investment.'
Here are some gift ideas that can benefit both of you and create memories that last beyond the holiday season. Ribbons are optional.
* Get physical. While plopping on the couch may be tempting, working out together will keep you connected mentally and physically. A dual membership to a fitness club offers access to activities you might enjoy from weightlifting to yoga to ballroom dancing. Sharing playlists will keep you moving and grooving to the same beat. Bonus: You'll motivate each other to actually get there.
* Add some sizzle. There's no better place to heat things up than in the kitchen. A cooking class turns a date night into an experience you relive at home. A meal you've made yourself ensures that you're not only eating nutritious food but all of that boiling and broiling as a duo strengthens your bond. Learn to roll sushi or whip up the perfect chicken paillard and turn your kitchen into a place where you share fresh ingredients, red wine and conversation.
* Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary for two. Your bedroom tells the story of your relationship and a dream-worthy mattress is the foundation. TEMPUR-Choice Collection beds from Tempur-Pedic allow both of you to customize your side to your personalized level of firmness and support. TEMPUR material continuously adjusts to each sleeper's body shape, weight and temperature. So you don't need to compromise and you'll wake up fully refreshed.
* Do date night right. It's time to turn off the TV and go out on the town. A special night that involves tickets - as in planning - leads to memories that will last. Try season tickets to your favorite venue or comedy improv or a trip to the opera. From Shakespeare to John Legend, hand-holding is part of the deal.