Shirts, ties, tools, slippers. They’re all fine gifts, but face it – they don’t scream “romance.” Differences between men and women aside, it’s fair to assume that everyone appreciates a gift that represents thoughtfulness and a consideration of the recipient’s interests, hobbies and preferences. Something purchased at the last minute from the local discount store is considered by many to be an insulting gift. Even if it’s not insulting, it definitely doesn’t score points in the romance department!
So, rethink the tie, manicure set or slippers from the last-minute sale on December 23rd, and get your guy something he’ll love!
The Gift-of-the-Month Club
Is he a wine lover? A coffee snob? Or maybe chocolate, a steak or a beer is the way to his heart. Whatever he loves, make sure he gets a new one to try each month with a subscription to a gift-of-the-month club. He’ll remember where it came from each month when a new one arrives. Shop around, as there are several sites that offer gift subscriptions and many provide free shipping and user reviews, as well. Simply Google “gift of the month club.”
Green & Sustainable Gifts for the Environmentalist or Wildlife Lover
Adopt a sea turtle, a gray wolf, a polar bear, or any of 97 other endangered animals from the World Wildlife Federation as a gift for an animal-loving guy, and he’ll thank you for helping to support his passion. People can also give the gift of an “adoption” of an acre of land or a coral reef from the Nature Conservancy for a $50 donation. He’ll get a beautiful certificate, and the knowledge that this gift helps protect an acre in Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, Australia, Mexico or the U.S., or a coral reef off New Guinea, Palau or the Dominican Republic.
A Spicy Weekend Gift Basket
Add some sizzle to his gift! Assemble a basket with wine, a book for lovers, some intimate “toys,” and a love note written on some beautiful red or deep purple paper, all layered on top of several feather boas of different colors. Other ideas for the lovers’ basket? Try massage oils, scrumptious-smelling homemade bath salts or body scrubs, candles, or lingerie.
Fuel His Habit
Is he a hiker, a climber, a runner, a tool freak? Is his car his baby? Is he a sharp dressed man who can’t get enough Diesel or Roberto Cavalli? Ask some questions and find out what he really loves, then buy a gift certificate to a store that sells the goods he needs for his current hobby or obsession. Go with him to spend the certificate, and cook him a homemade meal after the shopping trip.
Don’t Wait – Last-Minute Gifts Usually Impersonal, Expensive
Shopping for a husband or boyfriend can be great fun, as long as there’s plenty of time. The chaos of the holidays, coupled with the pressure to buy a great gift for one’s beloved, can cause a person to overspend and can wreak havoc on one’s credit card debt management.
Shop early, comparison shop, and include some homemade touches in the gift, to create a gift he’ll love.