How to get the gift you want this holiday season
By Sandra Beckwith
Tired of receiving the same old case of motor oil every Christmas?
Has a really bad gift— say, a cemetery plot—pushed you over
the edge? Would you like to open a gift from the man in your life this
holiday season and squeal, “It’s wonderful!” instead
of, “Did you keep the receipt?” Here’s how to get the
gift you want:
- Forget subtlety. Give him a list of twelve things you’'d like
to receive, and ask him to buy just two or three. Make your list very
specific: Include sizes, colors, where to buy each item and how much
- If he’s avoiding malls by shopping on the Internet, tell him
what you want by using the “my gift list” option at your
favorite Web retailer, whether it’s Amazon.com or Gap.com.
- Mark pages in your favorite catalogs: circle item numbers, colors
and sizes. Tell your mate any of those items would make a great gift
this holiday season.
- Tuck a small piece of paper with your clothing sizes and favorite
colors into his wallet, jacket pocket and glove compartment.
- To minimize disappointment, remember that gifts are more important
to women than they are to men.
- Don’t read too much into a bad gift. It usually means that
he’s careless, not that he doesn’t care.
- Reward him when he actually buys something you’d like.
- Remind him to keep receipts. You’ll need them to make exchanges!
Sandra Beckwith speaks
frequently on the lighter side of gender differences and is the author
of WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN? Learn more at www.sandrabeckwith.com.