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Make that gift for your woman special
Something for her: When it comes to your partner, make an effort to find presents she will enjoy and remember that
quality is better than quantity.
Christmas Shopping -- avoiding the
mistakes that men make
We all know how disappointing it
is to get a present that is just wrong
-- wrong size, wrong type, wrong
colour or just something we simply
have no interest in at all. It is a bit
like giving a heavy metal CD to
someone whose passion is for
classical piano adagios. You can
avoid giving that special lady the
wrong thing by observing the
following simple rules:
If you don't already know, check
out her size first when buying
lingerie or jewellery. Do not over-
compensate and buy too big.
Receiving a tent instead of a petite
chemise on Christmas Day is not
going to make her feel special.
If you want to buy lingerie, don't
get cheap and nasty. Buy the very
best you can afford and avoid
Don't buy household items as gifts.
You may think you are being
practical but there are sure to be a
lot of things she would put ahead of
a food processor or set of kitchen
knives. It's all right to buy something
if she's specifically asked for it, but
she's probably not expecting she's
going to receive only that. Add
something that is just for her.
A department store may seem
efficient but it doesn't show much
effort; nor does buying the same gift
every Christmas, does it? Just
alternating between brands of
perfume isn't good enough either.
Make an effort to find presents she
will enjoy and that she has not seen
on a supermarket shelf while out
If there is something specific she
wants, you will get plenty of hints
well in advance. Failure to pick-up
on any of these may just reveal what
an insensitive clot you are. If you do
get the hint accept it quietly and
make a mental note. Do not attempt
to verify it. If she wanted to spell it
out to you, she wouldn't have used
anything as subtle as a hint.
Take the greatest care when
buying clothes. Are you really up to
date with the latest fashion trends
for women? Think back to the last
time you went clothes shopping
with her. You thought most of what
she tried on looked perfectly all
right, but she didn't buy any of it.
This alone should tell you that you
may not be qualified to buy her
Just because you like something,
doesn't always mean she will.
Christmas is not the time to give a
loved one a book by your favourite
author in the hope she will come to
like it. Don't give writing paper to
someone who only ever emails, or
gardening gloves to someone who
doesn't know a carrot from a
For wrappings, use plenty of bows
and ribbon and attractive Christmas
When you give it, don't apologise
first. Don't have a guilt trip over its
cost. Don't say that the man in the
shop thought you would like it
either. Leave her in no doubt that
you chose it yourself and are giving
it because you love her.
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