So I realize that I’ve been a bit MIA… However, I have been taking on that challenge that comes but once a year: finding my husband’s Christmas present. Tis the season for pouring yourself over catalogs and webpages, digging through your significant other’s internet bookmarks, and desperately trying to read his mind in an attempt to know exactly what he is hoping to unwrap this Christmas.
I am a poor gift giver. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses and my weakness is gift giving. This is only further perpetuated by the fact that I KNOW that I am a poor gift giver. I wish that I was blissfully unaware of this trait… I wish that I could prance around all season long handing out ugly sweaters, lava lamps, and gaudy ornaments to all my nearest and dearest while remaining completely ignorant to their best attempts at feigned gratitude. Sadly, this is not the case. And since I am aware, I put a bit of extra pressure on myself in the days before Christmas. I research, bookmark, and make list after list after list.
This year, I was especially vexed over what to get for my husband. I had a few ideas, but none of them seemed like a home run. I wanted a grand slam! Deep down, I know that the gift doesn’t matter, but who doesn’t want to see their spouse’s face light up with surprise and joy and Christmas morning?
Last week, I realized that I was in BIG trouble. My husband was on the phone talking with his parents, with whom we will be spending the holidays. He started asking about a package… “Did you get it….” “Were you able to bring it inside…?” Then he closed the door so that I couldn’t hear and I knew he must be talking about my gift. It was more that 15 days until Christmas! He obviously had planned ahead. My heart sank, this could mean only one thing…. clearly, he had done something thoughtful.
Suddenly, I knew that I needed to get down to business. I googled… I brainstormed… I even made my poor husband do some word association exercises (his patience wore off quickly). Finally, I decided to do us both a favor: I bought him what he had asked for. No more pouring myself over strange “man” blogs, performing web searches for “cool husband gifts” and spending hour upon hour perusing thefancy.com. Just give the man what he wants!
Now, so that all my hard work may not be in vain, I feel it necessary to share some of the spoils of my toils with you. In the end, these items were ruled out for my husband (too much like last years gift…. too predictable, too fussy, too expensive, or in some cases too “flannel-y”). However, they might be just right for somebody on your shopping list.1. Old Calgary Whiskey Wallet
4. Gentleman’s Survival Kit. Get tips for putting your own together via pscmpf
6. Campfire Cologne. Worth watching the humorous “how to” video if nothing else…