Deja Vu: Man Up...It's a Gift

1:26 AM Elizabeth Seckman 18 Comments



DL Hammon, the genius who brought us Write Club, has also come up with this gem of an idea...pick a post from your archives that you want to re-run. 
And we all love a good re-run, right? 

So, here is mine. It's arriving late (I had a twelve year-old with acute bronchitis), but then aren't we all aware that I just do whatever I want here?
The beauty of being self-employed. 

From Decemeber 2011...

Man Up...It's a Gift


During this Christmas shopping season, I am making myself the unelected, self-appointed man advocate. I am here to speak on behalf of every man who has bought the female in his life a gift and caught slack for it. Even the guy who really screwed up and bought snow tires and jumper cables (thanks Honey) should stand up and demand a little more respect this holiday season. You took the time to shop, right? You dropped the cash on it, right? You even wrapped it and put it under the tree, right?

Soooo, why did that top of the line rechargeable impact wrench (thanks again, Honey) not make her smile? 

Let me try to explain. 

Guys, it’s like this… women read between every line, even the lines with really fine print. She’s looking at your present with her Dr. Phil lenses on. While she’s unwrapping, she’s considering every psychological and emotional angle to the reason you bought it and what it means for your love for her. 

For example…What does that gift you worked so hard to choose SAY about your love and appreciation for your union? Bought her a sweater a size too big? You think she’s fat. Bought her a sweater a size too small? You proved she’s fat.  Bought her the wrong color? You certainly don’t know her very well, because if you did, you would know she NEVERwears that color…maybe you’re thinking of your girlfriend as you shop? 

Men, I understand it’s frustrating and I feel bad for you, I really do. And I would try to educate you on the nuances of gift buying, but I try to keep posts under 500 words.  Instead I offer this handy little gift tag as a cheerful caveat to whatever amazing thing you surprise her with:




Now ladies… this shopping season, cut your guy some slack. He’s as confused in the women’s department as we are in the hardware/ automotive store. I never understood this until I got a full blown ‘in panic mode’ call from my brother many years ago…after an unfortunate anniversary gift of a tread mill, he was desperate to make amends at Christmas. He called me, cold dread clear in his voice, “She has tennis bracelet on her list…sporting goods or jewelry?”
Yes, ladies they are that simple. Be gentle.
                                                  
      Merry Christmas!!!                                          








18 comments:

  1. Ha! Ha! Poor men. I loved reading this. Thanks for this bit of DeJa-Vu Liz.

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    1. Men are good sports. They get picked on a lot and take it like...well...like men!

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  2. That's right - we're trying!
    Fortunately I've never purchased my wife a power tool. I wouldn't even want one.

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    1. You're a wise man. My dad was always an excellent gift buyer. My poor husband and my brothers, not so much. But then my dad was artistic...maybe the creative left brainers find the creativity of shopping less daunting than the logic driven, "But a power tool is sensible" thinkers.

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  3. Too funny, perhaps because it's too true. LOL

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    1. If it makes you feel better, I had the hardest time telling the difference between a power drill and a power screw driver. I quickly learned to ask for help in the hardware store!

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  4. As you might have guessed, Hubby is actually the gift buyer in the family, and I'm the one who struggles to find something suitable for him. He gives me a list; I know whatever turns up will be wonderful... Annoying, isn't he? lol

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    1. Consider yourself lucky! Though I must admit, there is something romantic about snow tires for Christmas, so I won't complain. ;)

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  5. This is a gift I will re-read year after year while I struggle through the underwear section of Victoria's Skivvies.

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    1. I get overwhelmed there too, Mark. How many different styles of underwear can they come up with?!

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  6. Here here!! As a lady who got an impact driver/cordless drill combo for her anniversary and loved it, I whole-heartedly agree! Great post as always :-)

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I must say, I'd rather get a power tool than a kitchen gadget. Cooking is so not fun.

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  7. I loved this post. Thanks for the laugh.

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  8. I have a guy who is fearless and enters those lingerie places unarmed. I think that's one of the reasons I married him--lacy stuff. :-)

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    1. My husband claims the sales ladies hit on him and that's why he refuses to return. I'm thinking cop out. You're a lucky lady. :)

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  9. LOL! Oh my gosh! This is AWESOME! - as always! And I'm not showing it to my husband. I just buy my own presents. hehehe.

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    1. I do that too!! If it's something I really want, I get it and give it to him to wrap. Especially if I want something very specific. Or I'll load the online cart and send him a message.

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