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8 Tips for Choosing a Holiday Gift for Your Guy ...

By Jennifer

With the holidays rapidly approaching, you might be wondering how to choose a gift for the guy in your life. Socks? Wallet? Laptop? What? How do you choose a gift for your sweetheart that lets him know you care, you're not cheap, and you're totally into him? I can help! Here are 8 tips for choosing a holiday gift for your guy.

1 How Long Have You Been Together?

If you and your guy haven't been together long, he may not plan to exchange gifts, which might be awkward if you do. Check with him first to make sure the two of you will be doing a gift exchange before you even worry about how to choose a gift.

2 What's Your Budgie?

Next you have to think about how much you can afford to spend on a gift for your guy. You might want to get him a new iPhone, but if it means eating ramen noodles and peanut butter sandwiches til June, you might want to think of a less expensive gift.

3 Does He like Surprises?

Me, I love surprises. But some people, potentially your guy, may not. He may be one of those types who really wants to have input into your gift for him, and that will greatly influence how you choose a gift for him.

4 What's He into?

If he's a musician, dog lover, coffee hound, hockey fan, or gourmet cook, any of interests will help guide you in choosing a gift he'll love. Some online shops even tell you, up front, which of their gifts are god for people with certain interests, and at retail shops, you can always ask for help.

5 What Does He Need?

I know it's lame, but sometimes the best gift for your guy is something he really needs, not just something he wants. I always ask for socks and underwear for Christmas, and if that's what he needs, too, at least add a few pairs of boxer briefs and Hanes socks to his pile of loot.

6 Will Someone else Be Duplicating Your Gift?

No matter how wonderful and thoughtful your gift is, if his grandmother or auntie get him the same gift, you'll feel like an idiot. When you're choosing a gift, check with his family to make sure they don't plan to get him the same thing.

7 Does He Have a Fave Charity?

If you're having a hard time deciding on a gift because he already seems to have everything he wants or needs, you might want to consider making a donation in his name to his favorite charity.

8 If All else Fails...

As loathsome as it sounds, if all else fails, and you just can't come up with a great gift idea, there's always the gift card option. Why not? Then he can buy exactly what he wants, and if you get creative, you can even wrap it nicely so he has something to open.

Keep these tips in mind, and I'm sure you'll find a gift that's perfect for your man! And just in case, save the receipt, right? Which of these tips do you find helpful in choosing a gift? Or is there something else you like to think about first? Please tell!

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