It's getting near Christmas and lots of ladies are wondering what their significant other is going to get them. They are wondering ALOT. Of course it depends on what type of relationship you are in and how long you have been together but they want to receive something that is not going to make them smash it over your head. Boys, you have your work cut out for you.
I've been lucky with the gifts I received from my husband because at least when it's important, he comes through. He listens and probably values his manhood more than others. But there were guys before him that were not quite as intelligent. Like the guy I dated for six months, spent a fortune on a new wardrobe for him and he showed up at my door drunk with an unwrapped gift. It looked as though he had stolen the Stanley Cup but it was actually a wine bucket. One I'd seen for $19.99. Didn't get it then, don't get it now.
We want to understand the gift you are buying us. We want to know your reason; your thought process. Not "I've known this gal for six months and I think I will get her something she has never asked for, never indicated she would like and will most definitely NOT get me laid".
Although some women may argue this point, it doesn't always have to be jewelry. It's certainly nice but if you have only been dating a short time, you can get away with something else. You may want to listen closely to her when she talks, even if she is telling you during a key play in a Bears Game. Because if you don't listen and take note, you will suffer.
I wish there were a class for this but in lieu of that you just have to pay attention to a few things. There are levels of personal that you either want to reach or don't dare cross. If you've only been on a few dates and want to get her something, don't buy her underwear. She may not like you enough to sleep with you yet or at all so be careful.
Try to recall what her tastes are. Is she really into music? Does she like the theater? Concerts? Does she enjoy sports? What do you have in common that you both enjoy doing? Does she love to shop at a certain place where you could pick something out for her? What's her favorite perfume? Does she have a favorite actor/musician/celebrity/comedian? If your relationship is more serious, does she have a favorite kind of jewelry? Does she wear a watch? Does she wear underwear? If you've slept with her, the whole underwear thing is okay.
If it's your wife I have always been a firm believer that appliances are not a romantic, loving gift. If you buy her a washing machine, you are just telling her that you want her to do your laundry forever. An iron? I'd make sure that that wrinkled thing between your legs never got straightened out if you know what I'm saying.
It all boils down to listening. It doesn't always have to be the most expensive thing either. Take mental notes during conversations about what she likes. My husband has always been unusually good at that. He may not listen to me all the time (okay hardly ever) but ironically always hits gifts right on the head. And at times they are more thoughtful than expensive. And I have no problem with that. So ladies, if it pisses you off that he didn't spend enough on that very thoughtful gift, he should dump your spoiled ass.
One of my most memorable Christmas gifts ever was from a boy I dated in high school. We were walking through JC Penney in Golf Mill Shopping Center, circa 1974. He asked me to help him pick out a Christmas gift for his sister. She was only a year younger so that made it easy. I picked out a groovy silver Speidel chain bracelet with a round disc in the middle for engraving. I LOVED it. Come Christmas he gave ME that bracelet. He had tricked me into picking out my own gift. There's a reason I never forgot. It was THOUGHTFUL.
So boys just listen. Be smart. Shop thoughtfully and early. Get to that store now or you may regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.