Sometimes, buying a gift for your significant other can feel overwhelming. Maybe he already has everything he wants, or perhaps he won’t open up about what he likes; he may be shy about receiving presents or otherwise not want you to spend the money on him. In some cases, he may just prefer a gift that comes from your own imagination without his input. Never fear: here is The Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Your Man!
The Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Your Man
Consider Giving Something Practical…
Practical gifts are useful and always appreciated, and giving them ensures that he has everything he needs for work, hobbies, and daily life. If you see that his shoes are worn out, his wallet is in bad shape or his socks are full of holes, giving him a nice new replacement shows that you care about his well being. Make sure his phone charger is in good condition and that he isn’t low on toiletries like shower gel, cologne or shaving equipment, either.
…But Remember to Spoil Him
While practical gifts are nice, sometimes your man just wants to be spoiled. Take him out for a nice meal or to some of his favorite stores for a shopping spree, or catch a new movie at the theater together.
Surprise him with a gift basket of his favorite treats, a much-needed back massage, or a strapping new accessory from the collection of Men’s Luminox watches! Whether you organize a game night in or bring flowers and lunch to his work, don’t be afraid to make him feel spoiled and loved.
Forget the Stereotypes
In today’s world, stereotypes are everywhere, especially in regards to men — years of negative thinking and toxicity in society have taught everyone that men should only have ‘manly‘ interests, like sports and cars. It’s important to remember that his likes and dislikes are probably very diverse.
Let him open up to you and show him that you appreciate all of his interests! Whether your partner is a hobby baker, woodworker, art enthusiast, musician, animal lover, figure skating fanatic, engineer, tinkerer, mechanic, gardener, or the world’s biggest hockey fan, you should focus in on what brings him joy.
Take the Time to Learn About Him
Devoting time and attention to learn about your partner’s hobbies, dreams and passions is something you both should be doing right from the start of the relationship. Ask him about the new book series he started, his favorite movies growing up or what kind of animals he likes; strike up a conversation about hobbies and projects he’s always wanted to try, and encourage him to pursue goals he may have left incomplete.
When he’s in the middle of playing his favorite game or working on his car, join him and ask him to teach you about it. Not only will all of this help you with gift ideas, but it will make him feel appreciated and strengthen your bond together.
Give with Love
Any gift you give your significant other should be straight from the heart, and the goes for all aspects of a gift — if you’re keeping the present a surprise, consider filling the house with roses and candles to make him feel warm and welcome when he gets home.
Give him a present when he’s least expecting it and accompany it with a kiss, a loving embrace, and a reminder of how much you care about him. Most importantly, remember that gifts aren’t restricted to his birthday or Christmas; surprise him every now and again! Sometimes, the best gifts are those given just because they can be.
You love your partner and want to make him happy, so you want to give him a nice gift. What’s important to remember is that a gift is much more than a material object: it’s a symbol of your love for another person, an expression of your desire for their happiness, and a sweet way to sprinkle a little happiness into their day.
Whether you spring for a glitzy night out and an expensive Luminox 3082.BO watch or you stick with chocolates and a new set of tools, your partner will appreciate the love behind your gift most of all.