By Lynn Rebuck –
On the verge of a holiday spending spree and under the deadline pressure of unfinished Christmas shopping (okay, unstarted Christmas shopping is a more honest description), I write my annual Christmas column.
Please know that I will be at the mall Christmas Eve until it closes, surrounded by men who are shopping for their wives. As the only woman shopper in the store, I will be asked numerous times for advice by these men.
My hope is that men will read this column before they go shopping, saving me time and saving them embarrassment on Christmas morning. So here’s my advice for last-minute male shoppers:
No matter how supportive your wife is of your fishing or hunting hobby, she does not want an electronic fish that sings or a moose that dances. No amount of justification will overcome the resentment of your purchasing season tickets to your favorite team “for her.”
Blenders are not sexy. Unless she has specifically, and in writing, directed you to purchase an appliance for her, stay out of the kitchen department. Jewelry is a wonderful gift, but selecting it can be sometimes confusing. There are numerous metals and stones to choose from, as well as different settings, cuts, and clasps. When in doubt, buy her the more expensive piece (ladies you can thank me later).
Do not buy her pierced earrings unless her ears are pierced. If you have been married longer than two minutes, you should know this about her. The item you selected is indicative of how much you know and care about her.
If you don’t know what size clothing your wife wears, don’t guess. Buy her jewelry instead. No matter how tempting the sale may seem, do not buy a woman shoes. Women seldom like practical gifts. Do not, under any circumstances, buy a storm door for her, no matter how long she’s been mentioning it.
Fancy wrapping cannot cover an insincere gift (I think I read that in a fortune cookie once). If the ink is still wet when she reads your Christmas card, you will be penalized.
Remember, before wrapping a gift remove the price tag. A woman will not be impressed when handed an item that has been marked down several times over. Don’t tell her how much money you saved on her present. Tell your buddies and tell your Facebook friends, but don’t tell her.
Lynn Rebuck is an award-winning Christian humor columnist, speaker, and comedian. Check out her humor video “Two Nights Before Christmas” on her website, www.LynnRebuck.com. It’s a modern telling of the classic poem, told from a woman’s point of view. Lynn would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment or you can email her at LynnRebuck@gmail.com. © 2010 Lynn Rebuck