Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On the Fourth Day of a Feminine Christmas


This young wife is buying the traditional male gift of a handsome tie.  There is just something about a man in a suit and tie especially if he knows how to stand and comport himself.  But it's becoming a rare thing to see a man dressed up these days and so a beautiful silk tie is not the easy choice for Christmas that it used to be.

I once read some interesting advice about buying for the men in one's life - go simple but go volume.  In other words, if you buy socks, buy lots of them.  Ditto beef jerky.

It was easy to buy for my brother until recently.  As a mail carrier he was always in need of high-tech neck warmers, ear muffs, and band-aids for his work-worn fingers.  Lots and lots of band-aids.  Now he has been promoted to a desk job but alas, ties are still not part of his wardrobe.  My brother-in-law (the beef jerky connoisseur) is eating healthy these days and is loving tea.  That's a gift I know something about.

As women we might ask the age-old question in reverse, "What do men really want?"  I'm pretty sure they want the same thing we do:  small thoughtful gifts that show we care.

4 comments:

  1. I used to love to buy my dad ties!! And boxes of hankies, too. Since the advent of eternal casual Fridays, ties are a rarity, but I'm thankful I work with men so dapper, that the bow tie us not unknown amongst them!! Men in ties---so handsome! Thanks for this reminder of former shopping habits!! Love this wifies' mink, too...no wonder she loves him! :-)

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  2. Men are difficult to buy for at any time, birthday or Christmas. My son-in-law simplified this by posting a list of things from inexpensive to more ambitious. He doesn't wear ties (alas) but he will be receiving a gift card from Ralph Lauren. Beautiful ties seem to be almost a thing of the past. Ooh, bow ties...now you're talkin'!

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  3. MY husband has TWO BOXES of ties under our bed!Some belonged to his FATHER........almost ALL are GUCCI!
    AS they both worked for the company!
    TOOLS are a good GIFT as well...........for THE MEN that FIX THINGS!MY sons like shoes........and anything from REI!
    CAT on LAP and time for MORE TEA!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Hi Donna, love this blog. I always try to buy something I know my husband will enjoy such as food or books. Thoughtfulness is the best bet.

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