When it comes to holiday shopping, most men find themselves feeling a little bit tight in the chest. Crowds and expenses aside, trying to figure out what to buy can often send the calmest man into a panic. If this sounds familiar, simmer down and pay attention; our holiday gift-buying series makes shopping a cinch, leaving more time to enjoy those holiday spirits.
What In The Hell Do I Buy…
My Mother/Mother-In-Law: It might be tempting to purchase something to add to her precious moments collection but ignoring the obvious and giving her something a little bit more glamorous will be appreciated. Give mama a chance to zone out by booking her a gift certificate to a local spa (let her choose her services) or sign her up for a monthly flower delivery plan such as this one offered by FTD. Purchasing tickets to a show such as the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is a great way to spoil her with both a nice night out and time with you (something most mom’s want more of). Just be sure to look for discounts on tickets. You can’t go wrong with giving her jewelry and the women in the Staggered offices love the Initial collection from Gemvara.
My Father/Father-In-Law: Toss the tie aside and ask yourself if you’d ever want to unwrap a “#1 Dad” cup. OK, then. Give Dad something he can enjoy and appreciate such as this beautiful calfskin wallet from Mont Blanc ($330) or a gift that will enhance his life (and his marriage) such as the Anti-Snore pillow from Brookstone ($100). A pair of leather, cashmere-lined Isotoner gloves are both stylish and functional ($63.00)
My Sister/Sister-in-Law: There aren’t too many women who wouldn’t love a gift certificate to Sephora ($50) placed in a pretty make-up bag from Coach ($68.00)
My Brother/Brother-In-Law: There’s no denying that giving another man a gift can be tricky. Avoid the awkward pause by handing over something that’s masculine and ranks below a five on a scale of 1 to sentimental. Most Scotch drinkers will appreciate being enrolled in a Scotch of the Month Club and tickets for the two of you to enjoy a sporting event or concert together will never go unappreciated.
Next Week: We show you what to buy your fiancee, your boss and the kids in your life.
Things To Keep In Mind:
- If ordering online, make sure to have them delivered at least a week prior to the day you plan to give it.
-Always ask for a gift receipt.
-When purchasing tickets, it’s best to secure the date beforehand. Ask,”Can you make yourself available to receive your gift on this date?” or wrap something that represents the show/event you are going to see and figure out a date after the fact.
-Wrap the damn thing.
-Never give a gift you’d like the person to wear/use. Think about something they have said they like/wanted.
-Write a card and attach it.