It’s after the jingle bells and ringing in of the new year. The very next celebration about which countless women obsess comes along in February. Men know their general task is to locate sensual goodies for their lovely ladies which may include (but are not limited to) candy, flowers, wine, dinner out, lingerie, poetry, and maybe even a romantic getaway. Through the years, groups of men supporting each other have come up with this fool-proof list of gift ideas for the gentler species.
Gifting the men in return is tempting. With that in mind, here is a compilation of items it would appear most men hope to not receive for this romantic winter day.
(In No Particular Order)
1.) A Shovel. A shovel suggests a heavier workload, or possibly implies the need to help bury a body. (“Sweetie, remember how I told you yesterday that I accidentally bumped into the telephone pole?”)
2.) A Pregnancy Test, especially if you’ve already used it and it’s positive. (“Hey, honey. What kinds of baby names do you like?”)
3.) Smoke-Quitting Products. He is aware of his habit. ‘Nuff said.
4.) Michael Buble’ tickets – This can go both ways. He does not want to watch your favorite (hot male) singer in concert. The flip side of this, though, is that Michael Buble’s smooth velvety voice has probably helped seduce more than one woman (refer back to pregnancy test). The ultimate no-no would be to gift him with tickets to the concert, and then slip him a gift bag with your positive test in it while at the concert.
5.) Health magazine subscription/exercise videos – Suggestions about lifestyle change make men feel as though they aren’t good enough for you. Sometimes we want to make them feel that way, it’s true; but Valentine’s Day probably shouldn’t be one of those days.
The bottom line is this: Men really don’t want to be told they need to change, even if they know they do. Men don’t appear to enjoy gifts that “inspire” more work which takes time that they don’t have to give. Also, men don’t really want you to shock their socks right off with gifts suggesting eternal involuntary commitment.
In talking with several mature men who love their women, though, the general consensus is that they really just want a nice evening with their woman, some undivided attention, and some good food.