But it wasn't easy. Especially not for the men in our families. I always struggle to find good gifts for men. For some reason I feel like the options are more limited. I mean, women love to get clothes, but do men really love to receive a new shirt? And there's always jewelry for girls, but what's the male equivilant? Tools? And who can afford to get new power tools for all the men in their life?
So here are some tips I've found along the way that might help any of you that are still struggling with finding the elusive perfect gift for a man. Remember - not everyone falls in these little categories, so you might not be able to use all this advice for everyone.
- Think Function, Not Sentiment - Men tend to think of gift giving in terms of an exchange of goods. For women, the meaning behind the present is usually just as important as the actual gift - this isn't the case for men. A man is probably going to appreciate an item that he can hold on to and use.
- Listen to What He Wants - If he's been saying for the past 3 months that he would like a certain book, or new tennis shoes, or a day of golfing - it's ok to get him that exact thing. You don't have to go out of your way to surprise him with something "he's always wanted, but didn't know it." He'll be just as happy to receive the thing that he knew he wanted. The key is to pay attention and buy the item he wants, not the item that you think he should want.
- Think of His Interests - If he's really into sports, get him tickets to an event you know he would like to attend. If he's into history, get him a book on a topic you know he likes. It he likes sailing, get him a boat. Ha ha - just kidding. Maybe you can get him something to do with sailing - like a book, or lessons, or a life jacket.
- Avoid Generic Token Gifts - This actually applies to both men and women. You never want to give a gift that says "I took little effort in getting you this gift." If it's a gift you could give anybody, then it's not for a special someone.
- Make It Something Fun - While some men enjoy practical gifts (I'm related to a lot of them), most men want a gift that's fun. The key is finding something that the man will use, but that will be fun to use.
I hope this was helpful for someone. I'm still learning a lot about gift giving, but this few guidelines really helped me this year.
Enjoy the pleasure of blessing others this season!