Washington (CNN)Is she trying to send a hint?
Asked by a patient at Children's National Medical Center Monday what Michelle Obama was getting her husband for Christmas this year, the first lady revealed she was buying the commander-in-chief some decidedly unromantic gifts.
"He's going to get some workout stuff," Michelle Obama said, warning the press not to reveal the secret. "It's not going to be very interesting this year, honey. Sorry."
As for her kids, Obama said the teenaged daughters seemed most interested in getting money.
"They don't want me to waste my energy picking out something they don't want," she said. "So it'll just be the money."
Flanked by the family's two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, Obama continued a decades-long tradition of first ladies visiting the Washington children's hospital around the holidays.
She also said during her event that she was looking forward to her annual trip to Hawaii.