Lea Michele Doesn't Know How She's Going to Top Last Year's Holiday Gift for Boyfriend Matthew Paetz

"Last year, we treated each other to tattoos," the Scream Queens actress told PEOPLE

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With the holidays right around the corner, Lea Michele is still unsure about what to give boyfriend Matthew Paetz.

“Last year, [my boyfriend and I] treated each other to tattoos,” the actress told PEOPLE during a recent #ActuallySheCan campaign event. “I surprised him with a session with Dr. Woo, who is the best, so I don’t know how I’m going to top that.”

“I might just have to call Woo again and be like, ‘Can you do it again?’ ” continued Michele, who got a small arrow on the inside of her finger. “But I don’t know anyone else that gives his or her boyfriend a tattoo. We each got them. Like who does that?!”

Now Michele, 29, says she has “to think of another surprise.” “Maybe we’ll just go get each other more tattoos,” she added with a laugh.

As for the couple’s alone time that doesn’t involve getting inked, Michele – who began dating Paetz last summer after the two met on the set of her “On My Way” music video in April 2014 – says their go-to is ordering food and watching a movie except for when Paetz, 30, occasionally “falls asleep watching 10 minutes of a movie that [Michele] was really excited to see.”

“Staying home and watching a movie is like date night,” Michele says. “That’s it for me and [it’s] the best night ever.”

The Glee alum also plans to stay close to home for the holidays.

“I’ve been traveling so much – seven months in New Orleans [while filming Scream Queens] – so all I want to do is be home,” Michele explains. “I usually take a little trip. We’re going to do something for New Year’s, but nothing far. Just try to stay local and just be home and mellow.”

And although it’s been a busy year for Michele, the star says that 2015 was “really fantastic.”

“I was able to wrap up Glee, start Scream Queens, my second book came out – it was a really wonderful year,” Michele says. “I had great times with my family and my friends, great trips … I really work very well when I have a lot going on.”

Moving into the new year, Michele – who has her second album coming out and hopes Scream Queens will get to come back for another season – says, “I want to just keep going for it [at work] and keep pushing myself.”

“I’ve had a great year, but I’m also really excited for 2016,” the actress adds. “It’s really the first year that I don’t have many plans.”

As for how she maintains a good work-life balance, Michele credits her “really small circle.”

“It’s not like I’m juggling a thousand friends,” she explains. “I’d rather have a strong, very small intimate group of people that I can really spend my time with, so I’m always making sure to have that time with my boyfriend, even if it’s just ordering in food and watching a movie.”

“Those are the things that are really important like making time for my friends, and I’m going to see my mom right after this, so it’s having that balance,” Michele continues. “Sometimes it does take a lot of work, but at the end of the day it gives me the energy to then continue to live that good life.”

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