Since the dawn of time, men have been notoriously hard to buy for. They’re either too fussy or not fussy enough, and therefore drive you crazy during every holiday and special occasion. So, we thought it was about time we had a set of rules to follow when attempting to keep the gents in our lives happy during the festive season.
Do put thought into it
Just because they don’t share our love of spending hours roaming the shops searching for the perfect gift for the perfect person, it doesn’t mean they don’t try, and that they won’t appreciate our efforts. Also, don’t just buy him what you want him to have. For example, you might think he would look great in that bright pink shirt, but if he’s told you fifty times he doesn’t like it, get him something else. Think how horrified you’d be if he bought you something specifically to his taste and not yours.
Don’t just opt for the clichés
Sure, he loves aftershave, socks and ties as much as the next man, but let’s face it; none of these are going to fill him with much excitement on Christmas morning. Think outside the box and get creative. Really think about his personality. Useful gifts are good sometimes, but if you are going for something a bit more practical, try and go a step further by getting the item engraved/personalised if possible. That way it will show you’ve not just picked the first thing up off the shelf that you thought he might appreciate.
Do look online
Take a leaf out of the tech-lovers in our life, and opt for online shopping. Sites like GettingPersonal have ready-made suggestions for Christmas presents for men, meaning that peace and tranquillity are just a few clicks away. It’s also a great way of finding gifts that he’s not likely to find anywhere else.
Don’t leave it till the last minute
Aim to get the man in your life’s present first, to get it happily out the way. Then you can concentrate on stocking up on food! Being prepared always pays off. Same goes for after Christmas; keep the receipt for his gift, and don’t be offended if he asks to return it. You can’t get it right all the time, and at least that way you won’t have wasted any money on something he won’t wear/use.
Do make it a family thing
Whether you’re buying for your husband, partner, dad, granddad, or any other important man in your life, a sure fire way to make the gift you give him instantly more special is to get the family involved, especially if you have children. Dads and granddads will love personalised gifts like photo frames, prints and ornaments that are centred round the little ones. You can also get creative, and frame a photo of your kids holding up ‘We Love Dad/Granddad’ signs, in Christmas clothing, to guarantee a smile on Christmas day. It’s also a great, cheap alternative if your budget is a little tight this year.
In Collaboration with GettingPersonal