Admit it, ladies. We can be hard to shop for. I am sure there is more than one panicked husband out there who could use some help with his Christmas shopping list. So let’s give them some hints by sharing a few gift-giving do’s and don’ts.
I’ll start by telling men what not to give the love of your life for Christmas. Read on carefully, gentlemen.
1. Do not buy exercise equipment, diet books, or any other kind of “self-improvement” gift unless she specifically asks for it. And even if she specifically asks for it, you are obliged to protest that she is absolutely perfect exactly the way she is, marvel at her over the top efforts at self improvement, and then not only buy her the chosen item, but also get her something romantic and pretty to go along with the gift. No joke. It’s required.
2. Do not buy her something that you really want for yourself. You see, the night vision goggles you bought last year didn’t really count as a gift for her. And the gameday recliner? Same deal.
3. Do not buy her something that you also bought for your mother, your sister, your secretary, or the babysitter. A gift for your wife needs to be something you choose especially for her. No negotiations here.
I think it’s also important to note that the best gifts are not necessarily the expensive ones. In the end, it really is the thought that counts. One of the very best presents my husband ever bought for me was a gold locket. Months earlier, I had noticed the locket and remarked to him about how pretty I thought it was. And (here comes the important part) he noticed! He remembered! He had taken time to select a unique gift that he knew I would enjoy. I hadn’t thought about that locket since I had seen it in the store, but when I opened the box I cried at the sight of it. I was rather pregnant at the time, of course, but they were tears of genuine gratitude. I think … Oh, of course they were!
So ladies, time to share your great gift ideas and tips so that we can then print the list and leave it oh-so-subtly taped to the refrigerator door. Or send the link in an anonymous email to our ever-grateful husbands.