“He just asked me, ‘What do you want? Don’t you have an idea?’ ” the singer, 31, told PEOPLE on Wednesday. “He’s such a guy, but I really don’t have an idea I’m more into the giving than I am in the getting.”
Although she’s admittedly tough to shop for, it sounds like Cibrian, 40, hasn’t managed to disappoint yet in their four years together.
“I used to not at all like surprises, but now I kind of enjoy it, especially because he seems to always get it right,” says Rimes, who’s performing at the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday (airing nationally on Dec. 20). “He’s definitely a guy’s guy but he’s got something else in there in him that definitely can choose a gift.” Aside from gift-giving, it turns out the The Best Man Holiday actor has a couple other talents hidden up his sleeve. “He’s really good at decorating, too, which is crazy. He’s going to kill me for saying that, but he really is.”
This year, the couple plan to spend Christmas at home with Cibrian’s two sons (with ex-wife Brandi Glanville) – Mason, 10, and Jake, 6, – and just enjoy some downtime before heading to Aspen for the new year.
“It’s so nice to be at home in pajamas for most of the day,” she says. “Christmas Eve we usually open one gift and this year we’ll have [the boys] Christmas afternoon. It’s complete chaos in our house. I end up finding paper and ribbons for weeks [because] they get pretty excited.”
While the entertainer is passing along some holiday traditions she grew up with to her stepsons (“My godmother and godfather were big into decorating and gifts,” she says), she’s also creating some new ones with her family.
“I love the song ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.’ Gayla Peevey is the original singer. She sounds like she’s 5 and it’s so cute,” she says. “Jake knows every word to the whole song, so that seems to be our family song!”