20 The Queens Courier • holiday • DECEMBER 10, 2015 for breaking news visit www.qns.com s holiday guide GIFT GIVING for your gal By Craig W. Armstrong Alright guys, the holidays are near and the pressure is on. She is expecting the gift to end all gifts. She is expecting the gift that will show her how much you really care. This is no time to phone it in boys! So where do you start? My advice, start from the heart. This means looking back on your relationship and remembering the important moments, your first date, your first kiss, the first I love you. Even if you have forgotten these moments, chances are, she hasn’t. Now take those experiences and work from there. Is there some way to tie your first date into a gift? The same thing goes for your first kiss or the first I love you. When guys think gifts for their wife or girlfriend they unusually think jewelry. This is fine, if they like jewelry, but simply buying a necklace or bracelet, might not impress her. Go back to those important moments, can one of those events be engraved on a piece of jewelry or be represented in another way? Keep in mind that the cost of your gift doesn’t really matter if it comes from the heart. If an expensive piece of jewelry doesn’t fit your budget, that’s OK. Again, go for the heartfelt gift. Let’s go back to those important moments. Are there photos related to them? Is so, print one, write something special on it and frame it. Create something with those memories, use photos, songs you share, mementos from places you have been together. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to come from your heart and don’t play that real men don’t show emotional nonsense. If you want to give her something special, dig deep and man up cowboy! Can you write? How about a poem written and framed? How much do you know about her childhood? Is that something she would like? Find something she loved as a child, a doll, a knickknack, whatever. This means talking to her family and doing some digging, but if you can hone in on something, it could be gift gold. With Internet sites like Ebay you can find all kinds of vintage things from years past. Speaking of getting some help. Most guys would never consider buying her clothes. Most wouldn’t know what to start, but her mom, sister or best friend would. Mostly likely they know her style and her size. These ladies can be great allies, use their knowledge. Imagine giving her a sweater, dress or blouse that she really likesÉand it fits. You would be looking pretty good. A word of warning! DO NOT GET HER A GIFT CARD. This screams, I didn’t put any thought into this. If you want to make your wife or girlfriend happy this holiday season, give her gift some thought. Take some time and use your head. She is not like your buddies with whom you show affection with mocking and name calling, she deserves something nice, something from the heart. Good Luck!
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