Buying perfect gifts is a skill which I don’t have. I admit it. I don’t pay enough attention and then shazam I am at the store and pressure is on.
There are many people like me but most won’t admit it. In fact some think they are great gift givers. I am grateful for those people because they give us great fodder for blog posts and help us perfect the art of regifting. I am a great regifter!
I can even struggle with buying gifts for the beloved husband – does he take a large or an extra-large shirt?
Damn! I’m married to the man. I should know!
Of course with him, it’s easy. I just go up to his closet and look. Then I buy him things that I like.
Prior to me he was a “manly man.” Shirts and sweaters were all dark muted (read boring) colors. Then I came along with clear jewel tones and pastels. He is gorgeous in a plaid shirt with shades of aqua and teal and stunning in clear shades of blue.
Other people don’t appreciate me breaking into their house to see what sizes they wear and what stuff they need.
Perhaps “need” is a bad word. Gifts should be extras you don’t NEED but are FUN.
Then there are those people who think of Christmas like big game hunting. What can I get for next to nothing? It doesn’t matter if it’s the right color or size. It’s 70% off! Doesn’t matter if the recipient is allergic! Sales this year are fabulous. At least so we think.
Does anyone besides me think that the retailers jack up the prices so they can put them on sale?
Does anyone besides me think that manufacturers make a slightly inferior product to sell cheaper?
Yes, they do. I read an article about this. Some major designers have a “cheaper line.” A good way to check is pattern-matching. In premium brands patterns match at the armhole, under the armhole and across the button placket. They match exactly, not just sort of. So if your Ralph Lauren doesn’t match well…..
The beloved husband and I say each year that we are not buying much for the other. After all, we go buy what we want, in the color we like and in the right size at any time. Seriously we do! In the last month a new ring (for me) and guitar (for him) appeared just like magic! Sometimes we even get it on sale. Yay!
Yet come Christmas morning there are always some gifts to open. For someone as inept at buying gifts as I am, the pressure is overwhelming. Quick some chocolate here.
I have scored some real winners for the beloved husband. The pull-on snow overalls from LL Bean were a hit for snow shoveling. Then there have been losers. The purple stripe shirt ended up in the Goodwill pile.
My goal is to get to the place my brother and his wife are. They don’t bother going through the charade of exchanging exciting gifts. They buy what they want all year-long and for Christmas, they enjoy family…oh yes and cookies.
As a reminder Starbucks gift cards are always welcome here.