How to Shop For Men
Believe it or not, women often find it difficult to shop. No, not when they’re getting stuff for themselves, but rather when they’re getting something for a man. Whether it’s their husband, boyfriend, brother or uncle, shopping for men is always a dilemma that keeps a woman in the mall for hours. If you’re burdened with this shopping dilemma, don’t fret. There are a few simple tips on how you can shop successfully for a guy.
Observe How He Shops
Men don’t shop as much as women, but when they do, you know it’s either something they need or something they really want. They also have a tendency to “linger” over items they really lust for, although they don’t like to waste too much time. For example, sports fanatics always stay longer in front of a rack of basketball shoes, while geeky guys tend to look at electronics and gadgets more. Observe these shopping habits, and it’ll be easier for you to figure out what items you can get him. In some cases, guys even point out specifically what items they like.
Ask For Hints
You don’t always have to grope around and guess what he likes. Most men wouldn’t mind not being surprised, unlike women, who adore surprises. If you really don’t know what to get him, ask him, straight to the point. Chances are he’ll tell you immediately what he wants, saving you a lot of time and effort.
Get Him The Basics
Sometimes, you have to consider what he needs rather than what he wants. For example, he really wants to get a Metallica shirt, but you remember that he has to go to a wedding, and his slacks are too old and worn. You should then consider the latter. He might not be too happy about it at first, but once he realizes its value, he’ll be eternally grateful to you.
Consider His Style
When you shop for a man, think about his style and personality. It greatly helps when you pick out items for him. A guy who adores hard rock music will cringe if you buy him a Michael Buble CD. A geeky guy will wrinkle his nose when you give him coupons for a sports store. If you pick something that suits his taste well, then you can be sure that he’ll treasure it more.
Be Practical, But Sentimental
An item that’s eye-pleasing and fancy is always great, but remember, giving a good present doesn’t necessarily mean spending too much. A car collectible that costs hundreds of dollars will make him happy, but will only gather dust in his room. If you don’t have enough money to splurge, find something that’s sweet, meaningful, and you’re sure he can use for a long time. For example, if it’s for your dad, give him a pocketwatch with his initials inscribed on the back. It’s meaningful, useful, but not too expensive.
If you’re really baffled on what to get him, the best tactic is to bring him with you when you buy the item. He can choose the item he wants, making it easier for you. The two of you are both happy in the end.
Remember, the best presents are those that come from the heart. Shopping can be difficult, but if you think about how happy he’ll be with what you give him, you’ll realize it’s worth all the time and effort.