The Minority Report actor, 41, has hailed his relationship with Cruz - who he describes as a "beautiful human being" - as very romantic, but says he is not yet ready to walk down the aisle with her.
He says, "I love Penelope and I have a lot of fun with her. She's a beautiful human being but in terms of marriage there are no particular plans at this time.
"It's not going to happen this Christmas. We do a lot of nice things together. I'm a romantic so I do things that I know she likes."
And Cruise gave a rare insight into their two-year romance, revealing his Spanish belle, 29 - who he met on the set of psychological thriller Vanilla Sky in 2000 whilst he was still married to NICOLE KIDMAN - has no interest in expensive presents.
He adds, "I know that she likes red roses so I'll come home and give her a red rose. Penelope is someone to whom gifts don't mean a lot. She doesn't really want jewellery or big gifts.
"She likes written notes and a letter or a phone call at a particular time while she's away. Those kind of things mean the most.
"We like going out to dinner and hanging out, you know, going for hikes and just having fun."24/11/2003 16:13