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The Dos and Don'ts of Buying for Your Guy

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | Jun 30, 2014 12:29 PM

I like giving gifts so much that my hubby and I had to set a special line item in our family budget for my presents. However, even I'll admit that buying for your guy can be complicated.

If you are married or in a long term relationship, gift buying may seem tedious or extravagant. Haven't you gotten him everything already? Does he really need that new gadget when the windows need replaced?

To simplify things, I have provided some dos and don'ts to help you navigate your next present purchase for your hubby:

Don't Buy For Yourself

The most common gift-giving trap is giving a gift that we want, not one the gift recipient would like. You are tired of looking at him with a slightly wrinkled shirt, but you know his office is very casual. So is that non-iron oxford for you or for him?

Do Consider His Interests

Think before your click “buy.”  Ask yourself “is this something he would really like, or is it something I would really like him to have?”

Memolink has a super helpful quiz that will help guide you to the perfect gift. Answer questions about his favorite activities and TV shows as well as his favorite room in the house, and you'll get solid advice about gifts for your man.

This pic is an example of one of the questions. My guy would probably be at the Apple Store or Happy Hour. What about yours?

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Don't Procrastinate

Do you always find yourself scrambling at the last minute? If you do, you'll pay extra for overnight shipping or you'll be forced to choose from what's available on the shelf. Kick the habit and start gift shopping early.

If you have a lousy memory, use tools to help you remember to start shopping for important events. With online features like Google Calendar, you can set reminders for yourself weeks in advance to alert you to begin looking for a gift. Giving yourself time to shop will make the experience so much more enjoyable for you and it will likely result in a better, more thoughtful present for him.


Do Set a Budget

If you fail to communicate about how much each of you will spend on gifts, you will likely regret it. What if his gift for you costs much more or much less than your gift for him? Think about the resentment that could cause. No gift is worth going into credit card debt. Six months from now, you don't want to say bitterly, “Yeah, well I'm still paying off your birthday gift, buddy!” Make sure you both agree on a price point within your means and stick to it.

Don’t Ignore the Signs

Start to pay attention well before his birthday or anniversary so that you pick up on clues that your guy gives you. On my iPhone, I keep a note open for potential gifts. When someone mentions an interest, desire or hints at gift, I add it to my list for easy reference later.


Do Think Outside of the Box

It's no wonder with the aisles and aisles of wrapping paper, pretty boxes and ribbon that we automatically think your gift must fit in a box or a bag. Some of the best gifts you can give are experiences that you won't be able to wrap. Keep that in mind before confining yourself to a more traditional gift item.

For example, think about activities your man would enjoy. Tickets to game or concert?  A road trip to a historical site, new hiking trail, beach or friend's house? Has he mentioned wanting to see or do something recently? Maybe there is a restaurant he'd like to try or a bar that serves his favorite-but-hard-to-find craft brew. By making a gift out of an experience, you'll create memories that you will both cherish for the rest of your lives.

Remember, gift-giving should be fun, both for you and your man. By thinking of his interests, listening for clues, setting reminders and sticking to a budget, you're on the path the perfect gift. Follow these rules and you'll be able to enjoy that special occasion even more!


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  • Sarah Khan img 2014-07-22 07:05

    Economists have elaborated the economics of gift-giving into the notion of a gift economy. By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favour, including forgiveness and kindness. Gifts are also first and foremost presented on occasions - birthdays and Christmas being the main examples.

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