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Yada. Yada. Yada – Peace and Goodwill to All Men is all very well but what’s often overlooked at Christmas is that Gift Giving provides women with the perfect opportunity to improve their relationship and gently nudge (or in some cases – downright shove) their man towards New Improved Habits.
So following on from this recent post GUYS: How to buy HER an OMG Christmas Gift SHE’LL Love (rest assured, gals, you’re gonna get a whopper this Christmas) it’s now time to Buy HIM an OMG Christmas Gift – That YOU’LL Love.
Fancy Springtime in Paris?
Thinking it’s been ages since you spent some quality time together? Snap up a couple of cheap flights, sellotape the confirmation email around a bottle champagne – to be consumed on Christmas night – and hey presto, you’ve just arranged yourself a city break. He can organise the hotel.
Or a Dirty Weekend
If you’d love a night in that fancy schmancy hotel you read about, book it for a couple of nights in January – the perfect month for a weekend escape, plus there’s bound to be a great deal available.
Would a regular date night be good for your relationship?
Sponsor a seat for him in your nearest independent cinema or theatre and promise to take him on a date night once per month for the next year. Or if that’s all a bit pricey, get a Firestick, a year’s subscription to Amazon Prime and phone in a curry.
Is he a workaholic?
He probably needs a hobby. Give him one for Christmas. Buy some planters and bulbs and get him to work in the garden. Or the latest Jamie Oliver cookbook and challenge him to cook Sunday Roast. Or buy any How-To book… Hang Wallpaper. Appreciate Wine. Trim a Bush. He’ll love it.
Does it feel like you never do anything fun together? Now’s your chance to remedy that… book a course to learn something you’ll both enjoy Sailing. Salsa. Skiing.
Is he piling on the pounds?
Get him a Fitbit or a gym membership and some nice new trainers
Is his hair a mess? Has a grown a beard (who hasn’t) and it’s starting to look sorta… Z Z Top-ish? Get your hands on a Men’s Grooming voucher for a local salon.
Are the Fashion Police On His Tail?
He’s not still wearing that maroon, nipped-in-the-waist leather jacket is he! Well, it’s definitely time pick up this rather natty one from Reiss. Hide the maroon in the back of the wardrobe and if he hasn’t noticed by February, then off to the charity shop it goes.
Shabby Shoes? Get him a pair of these uber cool Belstaff boots And don’t forget underwear makes an excellent stocking filler if his pants are looking a bit…ermmmm, overused.
Does He Smell Bad?
Are you fed up with him honking of David Beckham’s Homme? Start surreptitiously sniffing men that you come into contact with and when you come across something you like, ask what aftershave he’s wearing. Or get yourself off to the nearest department store and spend an hour or so sampling all the male smellies.
I’m not sure what it smells like but Tom Ford Portofino is LOOKS amazing.
Is he Mister Gadget Man?
Contrary to the gift buying rules for men, it IS perfectly acceptable for a woman to surprise her partner on Christmas morning with an electrical item. So if you’ve your heart set on that giant telly or a state-of-the-art George Foreman Grill or even that fancy new Dyson with all its colour-coordinated attachments – go ahead, buy it and wrap a giant ribbon around the box. Don’t feel guilty – he’ll love tinkering with it.
I’d draw the line at a Ladyshave.
Does he have a horrible commute and grumpy when he gets home?
Are you strapped for cash?
Frame up a photograph of you looking really rather lovely for his desk or bedside table
Contemplating a divorce in 2018?
Marks and Spencer have this perfectly acceptable Collection of Christmas Socks for £10.
Ta-Dah – Christmas sorted for another year.
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