Without further ado, the perfect gift for any woman is:
A Gift That You Know She’d Like Because You’ve Paid Attention to Her!
Women want to know that we think about them from time to time when they’re not around, and notice them when they are. Is that really too much to ask? To know her well enough to know her favorite flower, perfume, color, scent, time of year, activity, etc., things that give you serious guidance when it’s time to surprise her with a gift? Can you really say that it’s that difficult? You can know something as intimate and guarded as her dress size by simply looking in her closet and checking a few tags.
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Ahem, Men? This guy knows what he’s talking about. Just thought I’d give you a little nudge in case you were feeling stuck during this holiday season.
Now then, could someone please write a similar article regarding gifts for men? Truthfully, I’m feeling a little stuck this year….
winner-winner, chicken dinner 🙂
Thanks for the pingback. To return the favor, I’ll tell you about gifts for guys. Guys are wired to maintain a status quo, as opposed to women, who are wired to seek an emotional lift. You could almost say that we seek the boredom that women try so hard to avoid because we strive to reach an equilibrium point where everything in our purview is adequately protected and functioning and all persons in our charge are adequately fed, clothed, and content. That’s the only time that we get to relax or have fun.
That means that gifts for us can be anything that gets us closer to that goal, such as tools, or some hired help for a project you’ve been wanting that we’ve had a hard time getting to, like a closet build-out (which actually is a gift for both of you, because you get needed storage space and organization, and he gets something big off of his to-do list, plus you both benefit from the stress removal). It can also be something for us to have fun with once that equilibrium point is reached, which incidentally, can also be a tool, such as a tool upgrade that we have mentioned being impressed by but wouldn’t buy — or haven’t bought — for ourselves.
If we’re hunters, a better rifle scope, or a pair of fueled hand warmers, or some really comfortable thermal underwear (like Under Armor) instead of that “berber weave” traditional stuff that always ends up binding and itching. If fishermen, and you’ve noticed an empty stringer often enough to make you wonder if we need help, a really great DVD on catching the fish we like to go after most. Do-it-yourselfers always have their eye on some sort of tool. Car racing enthusiasts can always be counted on to enjoy a jacket, or a subscription to a racing magazine, or, well, who woulda thunk it, tickets to a racing event. Same goes for other sporting events.
Speaking of sporting events, tailgate grilling and cooking equipment can be great. Or a stadium cushion.
Or you can even help him start a new hobby he’s mentioned. If he’s a real coffee lover, an espresso machine and grinder or even a coffee roaster are great.
The main thing is to take advantage of YOUR natural assets, such as you nurturing drive, which makes you notice all the little things about a man. Then make a list of things that might either help him get to equilibrium or enjoy it once he gets there. Looks like a rifle scope is a great idea and you know nothing about rifle scopes? No problem. Google, Bing, et al, just love it when you type things like “rifle scope reviews” in their search boxes. They’ll cough up hundreds. I usually start by going to Amazon.com and making a short list by searching for the item (i.e., “rifle scope”) and then looking for things that have a lot of people rating them (meaning it’s very popular) and a rating of 4.5 to 5.
You don’t have to be an expert in order to choose a gift expertly. You just have to know how to find what people who are experts have left for you to read. And by the way, filter the reviews, too. If there are 500 reviews and four people say whatever they bought was junk while 450 give 4 or 5 stars, they’re disgruntled because something didn’t go as expected or the product was beyond their ability to comprehend. If you have 50 reviews, and 40 of them are 5-star but none of them indicate that they have used the product for any length of time (I REALLY hate it when I find people reviewing something that just came out of the box, and in some cases, you can even see people writing reviews who haven’t even bought the product, judging it based on a picture, or some other reviewer’s opinion!), you should extend your search, because things can be very impressive when the box is first opened only to become an albatross around the purchaser’s neck a week later when it dies and they can’t get customer service to do anything about it.
It’s not hard, and you’re actually a lot better equipped to do a good job than men are, so just grab it and growl. One other caveat: make sure you’re getting value for your money. For instance, a man might not have bought a tool upgrade, such as going from a $30 Stanley block plane to a $300 Lie-Nielsen or Veritas, for two reasons. The first is because he hates using the cheap plane because cheap planes don’t cut well and are often more trouble than their worth, the second is because he only does something that uses a handplane once a year and having the expensive one would be a total waste. Finding out which is simple: ask! He’ll never suspect you’re thinking about buying him an upgrade.
“Sweetheart, every time I see you get that thing out you’re red in the face and looking frustrated. Doesn’t somebody make something that would work better for you?”
Men have a pretty big propensity to explain things, often too much, so his answer will be revealing:
“I hate it, but I only do this when the door sticks, and it’s not worth having the better tool because it wouldn’t get used.”
“Yeah, it’s a pain in my butt. I get a blister every time I use the thing and I really should do something about it, but the good ones are expensive and I really don’t want to spend that kind of money without knowing what’s best.”
If it’s the latter, you’ve got him! “What’s that thing called, anyway?”
Now you get the name, what it does, and probably a bunch of other details that you don’t really want, like who invented it, and when, and all the other stuff guys tend to spill to try to impress you, but you now have what you need to do your research, so smelling something burning in the oven or hearing a noise you need to investigate to get away quickly before you’re bored out of your mind is fair game, but you might also find yourself impressed with how much he really does know about it, so don’t run too quickly.
I have a forum that was predominantly designed to help men understand women, and I invited a lot of women to join to help me train the men, but we also help women with their relationship issues, help them to understand men, etc., and it’s turning out to be a lot more of a two-way street than I originally envisioned, so everyone is welcome to join us.
Live well, be well, and have a wonderful day,
Wow. Thanks for the great ideas. I think this will really help, not only me, but others who read this blog. Living in China has really messed up my “relationship equilibrium” and I’m feeling really stuck this Christmas. It’s like we’ve been camping for a year-and-a-half and now that we’re moving back to “civilization”, I barely even remember what the standard amenities are, let alone the extras. However, I think I just figured out the “perfect gift”. I can’t say it here though, because Mr. Hot Stuff will see it. Thanks again.
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