As always, I am interested in other people's experiences of this. If you have ever gotten a big Hermes gift (a birkin, a kelly, etc) - how did it happen? Was it 1. A "planned surprise" ? (in other words, husband knew you wanted a specific bag, and then went to the store and asked them to try to get it for him. you didnt realize he was doing this. you were not surprised by bag, but were surprised at its arrival). 2/ A "non-planned, non-surprise?" (You were in the store with your husband, you saw the bag, you said, I really like this but I feel guilty spending the money on myself, and your husband said, well, how about it i get it for you. You not really surprised by the bag or its arrival, but surprised at the sudden gesture.) 3. A "planned non suprise" (you said, honey I really want a [whatever] for my birthday, and he said, ok, find it and i will buy it for you. You are not surprised at anything, but grateful for his generosity. You have probably been married a long time and are beyond surprises) Or - now this I would be really interested in hearing about: 4. A "Non planned Surprise" (you come home one day, there is a big orange box. you have no idea what is in it. turns out, husband went to store, asked to see your SA, made her show him some bags that she thought you might like, and then he just said I LIKE THIS ONE. I'LL TAKE IT. In this scenario, you are really surprised, if not downright shocked) Would love to hear the stories...as for me, I cant say I have had any Hermes surprises yet, but thats OK.