Finding the right Christmas gift for the man in your life can be notoriously difficult. Often men can be difficult to buy for because they will typically buy themselves something if they need it. You don’t want to give the man in your life the same old boring tie, belt or pair of socks – you want to give them something special and unique.
Our TRULY tastemakers have come up with some top tips for finding the ultimate Christmas gift for men.
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1) Listen Carefully
In order to catch important hints about what your man wants for Christmas, listening carefully is the key. He might mention a new video game that is coming out, or remark that he likes a gadget he spots while you are shopping. Pay attention to the things he says, as well as the things he suggests buying for others – they will contain clues about what they themselves would like.
2) Observe Them
Pay close attention to the guy you are buying for and notice what makes him happy. Does he like to do things in the great outdoors or is he interested in music and attending concerts? Is he a guy who likes technology or does he have a hobby such as woodwork? Maybe he’s a whisky lover? Pay attention to what excites them and makes their eyes light – it can be quite surprising what you might learn from them.
3) Exercise Empathy
Empathy is the ability to pick up on someone else’s emotions and imagine what they might be thinking. This can be difficult, but it is essential for buying a thoughtful gift. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and understanding what they like will help you to buy something that will really delight the special guy in your life. A thoughtful gift can be more valued by the receiver than a more expensive one.
4) Put in More Effort
The more time, thought and effort you put into the gift the better it will be. This doesn’t necessarily mean wandering around shops hoping for a flash of inspiration, it means taking the time to think about a gift that shows your understanding of the recipient and their personality.
5) Don’t Buy What You Love
Many people make the mistake of buying someone a gift that is closer to what they would want, rather than what the recipient would like. Be careful when you are buying a gift that you don’t allow your own personal tastes to override the observation and listening stages which will skew your judgement when selecting a present.
These are just a few important tips to keep in mind when you are choosing a gift for the special man in your life, so that you can see that happy smile light up his face on Christmas morning.