Nearly every year, my husband waits until December 24th to do his Christmas shopping. It’s kind of a tradition. A very annoying tradition.
Most of the time he does a good job selecting gifts for me. In 18 years I’ve only actually had to return one thing, and that was because of size. That’s not to say I loved everything he’s bought for me, but I’ve used most of the gifts, and some of them have been absolutely perfect.
Through the years, though, there have been some eyebrow raisers. Like the sunflower clock that currently hangs in my office.
So how did your husband do this year?
If your man is clueless when it comes to what you need, what you want, and what your style is, read on for ways to help him out for the coming year.
Don’t wait until next December! Now’s the time to start compiling a simple system to help him out on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, your birthday and NEXT Christmas.
Help Him Choose the Right Gift with One of These Methods
The Paper List
Start a notebook for adding items you want to receive. Use the first page for critical information like sizes (jewelry, clothing, shoes, etc.). You can add your favorite colors to wear and colors you would never wear. Glue in some paint chips with room colors if you think he may get you something for the house.
Be specific! List brands and sizes and colors when it matters. Don’t take for granted that he listened when you talked about the glass containers with the snap-on lids that you wanted for food storage. If you write down “containers” or “those containers I want for the kitchen”, you could end up with anything from take-and-toss cheap plastic Ziploc storage to ceramic rooster canisters!
Better yet, list the store, brand, item number, or even tape a picture in.
Keep it somewhere he knows where to find it. Keep it updated if anything changes!
You can also choose to make a wish list online. There are quite a few ways to do this that he can easily access when shopping. Creating an online list also allows you to add “virtual” gift suggestions, such as computer games, programs, and memberships. As a bonus, if someone else asks you what you want for your birthday or Christmas, you can send them the link, too.
The Pinterest List
When you find something you like, pin it to a board titled “Wish List” He can log on to see your list any time, and click to buy it online. Make sure you add sizes, colors, etc. to the pin description. If it’s something you found in a store, find a picture of it online and add the store name to the pin description, too. Add a link in his browser’s bookmark bar that takes him directly to your wish list board.
Wish Lists on Individual Websites
Most websites have ways to save what you want to a wish list on their site. You will need to sign up on each individual site. Then you can either send him links to your lists through email, or create a folder in the bookmark bar on his browser to add the links.
Word Document List
Create a document in a word processor with links to items. This gives you extra space to write information and photos about the items you want. You can edit it anytime. Add the file link to your desktop screen.
Wish List Website
Wishlist.com is a site that lets you add links from anywhere on the web. He can see everything you want on one website, and you will only have to give him one link. It’s similar to Pinterest in that you can add their button to your web browser bookmark bar, and click it when you are on the page of your desired item.
Remind him of the websites or notebook when it gets close to holidays or your birthday. Or write it on his calendar.
Get started on your list now. Make it a habit of bookmarking things you love when you are surfing the web or browsing Pinterest. You’ll be glad you did!
Is your man good at choosing gifts?
what’s the best thing he’s ever given you? what’s the worst thing he’s ever given you?
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