Here we are – less than two weeks away from Christmas and there are people out there still pondering what to buy for a person of the opposite sex, be they husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or that co-worker you barely know whose name you drew this year. Well, you’re in luck; you’ve come to the right place. Of course I cannot tell you exactly what to buy but I have helpful tips of a very general nature – which may not apply to all individuals, your mileage may vary, etc, etc, etc.
What men most want to receive as gifts are the things they were going to buy for themselves but haven’t got around to buying yet. Often the biggest problem is getting them to not buy these things before Christmas. What women most want are the things they would not buy for themselves – things they admire and lust for but rarely buy for themselves because they’re impractical, possibly expensive, and it feels too self-indulgent to “waste” money on.
Men want practical gifts – things they can use. Women want things that have no purpose other than to look at and admire and fondle. Most women do like some kinds of practical gifts as long as they’re not in any way related to housework. One possible exception, if she likes to cook, would be high-end kitchen appliances, utensils, and dishes, but be careful.
Men will come right out and tell you what they want – model numbers and everything. Don’t be shy about asking. He would rather get what he wants than to be surprised. Women also will tell you what they want but they’re more subtle about it. In fact, your wife or girlfriend has been telling you all year what she wants; you just weren’t paying attention. If you have to ask you’re probably in trouble. Women do want to be surprised and they want to get what they want.
Men do not care about gift wrap. They expect some kind of wrapping but they don’t care about the color or design and they won’t even notice whether or not it’s neatly and expertly done. The important thing is that the package not take too much time or effort to open. Use paper that tears easily, don’t put ribbon all the way around it and use only barely enough tape to hold it together and even so they will complain and make fun of you for using “too much tape.”
Women, on the other hand, like pretty packages. Most will forgive you for lack of wrapping skills and probably don’t even care if you get someone else to do it for you, though it is a little extra nice if you go to the trouble of doing it yourself. But it must be pretty and it should be under the tree early enough that she has at least several days to admire it and anticipate the magic moment when she gets to find out what’s inside. So what are you waiting for? To the stores!