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December 23, 2003

I got a kick out of this article in the Deseret News, highlighting the fact the men and malls don't mix.I'm a man, and I'll admit it: I don't like shopping for the same reasons given in the article. I also haven't really done any Christmas shopping yet. Christmas isn't even until Thursday, so there's no rush. I really got a kick out of The Gap's help-the-men policy though.

Posted by charr at 8:07 AM
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Heh. I have to second the nix on household appliances as presents. Unless she's specifically asked for a waffle maker, don't get it. And I have no idea why she would; she's the one who'd have to make the waffles. More work for her.Same goes for anything from Victoria's Secret and the like: Unless she's circled the exact item she wants in the catalog (and wrote the color and size in the margin), don't get anything of that type. You're just buying yourself a ticked off wife.I can't believe you haven't bought your gifts yet.

Posted by Jan at December 23, 2003 9:15 AM

I have the luxury of only needing to buy for one person. I realized this other difference between guys and girls on Saturday. I was with this girl and she had a whole basket of unlabeled gifts, wrapped and ready to give to people who gave her an unexpected gift. She had different levels of presents depending on what she was given. I was stunned. I couldn't help but think that girls are so much more thoughtful than guys. She also pointed out that guys don't get gifts for their friends and such, but girls have to. I freely admit I'm not the most thoughtful guy. However, while impressed at her thoughtfulness, I was also succinctly happy that I don't have to worry about gifts for everyone. I guess it's bittersweet.

Posted by Cameron at December 23, 2003 9:27 AM

In my opinion, if you are shopping for a girl, it is hard to go wrong with Bath and Body Works or a spa gift cerfificate.Guys are harder. Most men seem to have bought themselves all the toys they want already. I am having a killer time finding something for a friend of mine.

Posted by carlene at December 23, 2003 9:45 AM

Carlene, I'd agree with you, except the person I'm buying for has basically asked for gift certificates a few stores. There were some other things on their list, and I spent quite a while trying to find one of the products in stock, and no one had it (even on the Internet).As for guys, your comment completely describes me. If I want/need something, I'll buy it. There are some expensive/impossible things I can ask for (house, wife, hair), but not much that is practical. However, let me tell you that if someone really puts thought or effort into something for me, that usually comes across as a great gift and can be quite romantic (if it's from a girl I like).

Posted by Cameron at December 23, 2003 10:03 AM

I have kind of a rule about Christmas gifts for guys. It all depends on my relationship with them.Pals (includes friendly exshippers, close online friends, movie and game buddies): homemade cookies in a box. (Guys love this and don't seem to see it as romantic.)Close friends (includes confidantes, cousins, and new romantic shippers): homemade bread and cookies in a pretty tin. Romantic shippers: something that I know he'd like personally.This way, I only have to worry about picking out one guys present. The rest are pretty much on autopilot but still thoughtful.

Posted by Jan at December 23, 2003 10:32 AM

Case in point for my first comment above. I was just given a little gift (about 5 miuntes ago), that I wasn't expecting. I didn't have anything in return. I do feel sorta guilty, but will probably let it pass until a girl smacks me across the face and tells me to start being more thoughtful.

Posted by Cameron at December 23, 2003 10:42 AM

Don't worry about it. Most women don't care for anything in return unless you're really close to each other. And if you don't have anything for your romantic shipper, then you deserve to get smacked across the face. :)

Posted by Jan at December 23, 2003 10:48 AM

Good. I think I'm safe :)
I have no real romances to worry about at the moment.

Posted by Cameron at December 23, 2003 10:51 AM

Phewww! Carlene's comment makes me feel alot better about my Christmas gifts for Carla this year. I purchased three presents from the Bath & Body store and a pedicure at a local day spa. I have to say this is probably the best holiday shopping experience I've had in a long time. Confidence is high...

Posted by jason at December 23, 2003 3:41 PM

It's hard being a girl that is expected to give a little something to everyone who gives me a little something. It's exhausting to always have a few spare gifts on hand. This is the last year I'm dealing with it. Moving forward, I'm hiding on a sandy beach for the holidays. Ooo, Christmas in Hawaii.....

Posted by Mel at December 24, 2003 10:33 AM

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