We know Christmas shopping for the men in your life can sometimes be difficult, especially when the items on their list are out of your element. Just as jewelry is the classic go to gift for women, power tools generally make it to the top of most men’s Christmas lists.
Let’s be honest here, the average woman is pretty clueless when it comes to shopping for tools, that’s why we have put together these helpful tips to make your gift buying experience a success. Who knows, if you play your cards right you may even get a few things fixed around the house in the New year!
#1 Tools aren’t supposed to be pretty
Whatever you do please resist the urge to buy anything with flowers or pretty patterns, cute as you think that pink hardware set is it probably wont appeal to the man you are shopping for nearly as much. If you find yourself color coordinating you have gone too far! Men don’t care if their new saw matches their toolbox, or whether the red hammer clashes with the orange one. Take a deep breath and stick to the standard colors, you will be fine.
#2 It’s okay to ask for help
We know this next tip is something completely foreign to most men, but when in doubt ask for help. The store clerks are there to give advice and they probably know more about the latest hardware toys than you! Asking for help does not make you a fool it makes you a smart shopper.
#3 Two Words: Power. Tools.
What man doesn’t love a new toy to play with and those toys are always better when powered! Reminder if your man is the accident prone type you might want to avoid the chainsaws!
#4 Stick to their interests not yours
When shopping for tools it is important to buy something that they will like to use, if you find yourself with a waffle iron in your hand you have veered off course. Not to worry, think of items that will compliment their current hobbies and interests and you will be golden.
#5 Think outside of the box
If you are shopping for a guy who is really into DIY projects you might want to avoid basic hardware as they almost certainly have it already. Try and find something different that would enhance their current abilities and equipment. Please keep your recipients skill level in mind here, as most men won’t consider it upon receiving a gift they clearly have no idea how to use. The idea is to get them something useful that they don’t already have, not land them a holiday trip to the ER!
#6 Keep it relevant to their area of expertise
When shopping keep in mind their trade or the type of projects they particularly enjoy. You don’t want to buy a painter new tools for their car. If they are in to plumbing, rebuilding or painting, chose hardware that is relevant to that area.
Follow these simple rules and you be sure to find the perfect gift for the man in your life! Avoid pink, flowers and basic hardware; instead aim for power tools and try to be different. When stuck always ask for help, as it never hurts to get an expert opinion especially when you aren’t sure what you are looking at!
~Good luck & Merry Christmas!