Some men are actually very attuned to getting their partners perfect gifts, but for the others and for the women tired of receiving gifts that are just a waste of money, we've put together some helpful suggestions to help you land that dream gift!
1. Drop a hint.
Say something like "I really could use a new handbag" or talk about how much you like that product you saw at a particular store. Try to be specific as possible, otherwise you might be given something resembling what you mentioned, but not quite what you had in mind!
Timing is crucial. If you drop your hint too early, it could just get lost in mind fog and if you wait till the very last minute, he may not have enough time to get you what you want.
Also, if you are dropping a hint, let's say you want a Christmas gift and you hint that you're thinking of getting this item later on, make sure your trigger event in your hint is after the occasion right now. That way, he'll try to beat you to it and surprise you with the perfect gift you want, before you can get it for yourself and it will all be his idea!
3. Shop together
Shopping together is the ideal time to point out what you like, if hubby is with you. If you split up to get errands done, then try 'dropping a hint' (1 above), telling him how much you like and need a particular thing at the store you saw it at. If he's paying attention or with you at the time, he should get the point.
4. Print out the gift you want
Print out what you want, from the website where you saw it at, and “accidentally” leave it somewhere where he's bound to see it, like the kitchen counter, on the desk in a shared study, near his work bag, car keys etc.
When asked about it, say something like "I'm thinking of getting this when I get my bonus/because I sure need a new one" etc. If the occasion is around the corner and he's already thinking of what he could get you, this hint could help him out. Men love feeling appreciated, more so, when they please their loved ones and giving a loved one a gift she desires is a morale booster!
5. Work the grapevine
If his sisters, mother or best friend has his ear and you have a good relationship with them, then try telling them what you would like as a gift. He would appreciate the hint which relieves him of the guesswork, and he's likely to trust their intel. Have the trusted friend or family member drop a semi-subtle hint like “I don't know if you have Jen's gift yet, but she was talking to me about needing a new handbag". He's likely to think they did him or her a huge favor when in fact they did you a favor!
Building up the grapevine network is a great idea, because they get to help you out and when their special days come around, you can return the favour!
6. Love it anyway, or at least pretend to!
We all get gifts that turn out to be dust traps. Try to remember, it's the thought that counts and love it anyway. Otherwise, if he doesn't mind you wanting to exchange or return it, most stores are happy to return or exchange unused merchandise within 30 days. Sometimes the store is happy to credit you the value of the item in the form of a gift card, which you could use to get yourself what you really want.
We offer a 30 day return of unused merchandise, and gentlemen, we offer a free gift service and free 24 hour delivery! Our handbags are also available through Takealot offerring the same 30 day returns.
Wishing all our customers and friends a safe & prosperous festive season. Go on, give her a gift she'll love!