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Why is it so hard to buy men gifts? And what do they REALLY want?

Those might be the billion-dollar questions right there. Men are notoriously difficult to find gifts for. The answer, while, I admit, somewhat of a sweeping generalization, is twofold.

First, I think many men can be uncomfortable with the idea of receiving gifts. They view themselves as the givers, the providers. I am not saying that mindset is right (or wrong, for that matter), but it’s a perspective into the why. Couple that mentality with difficulty articulating what they want, and you’ve got a perfect storm for a hard-to-gift guy.

Second, and possibly the key reason for this challenging dynamic – when a man is passionate about something, be it a hobby, an experience, or even technology, they tend to dive deep, research it and buy it for themselves!! Fantastic for them; they get exactly what they want. But bad for us. We gift-givers are left confused, scrambling, and feeling clueless. 

What’s the Perfect Gift for Men?

A favorite gift will be something they’ll use every day and would never think to get for themselves.

Make Adult Gift Giving Easy.

Gift giving to kids is usually pretty easy because when you ask them what they want, they aren’t shy about telling you.  Wham bam’ thank you ma’am, (or mom). On the flip side, it’s not so easy to gift other adults. (And we’re not talking about the mail carrier, here.) Like 99.5 % of the time, other adults won’t tell what they want. Which makes no sense, because everyone secretly wants a little something, and if they say they don’t they are probably lying.

Even if you have the kind of relationship where you can bear it all on the table, most likely the adults in your life aren’t telling you what they want.  As grown-ups, it can feel slightly awkward or uncomfortable. Hallie and Elana often help the spouses of our clients (and each other’s spouses) when gifting on special occasions. So, if you don’t have team TWC on your side to help you get or gift this year, we’re sharing the rules we use to make gift giving easy.

Simple rules for giving the best gifts to other adults…