I’m so excited! We have the Dan the Gift Editor for Gifts.com (aka Dan The Gift Guru) as today’s guest writer on Rock On Mommies today. I think he may be the first ever Dad to guest here! Today he’s going to help us figure out how to master the art of gift giving.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, as a Gift Editor, I’m starting to get asked some form of this question:
“I’m totally stumped, I have no idea what to get him…what’s the perfect gift?”
The “perfect gift” question is always tough. But from where I stand, there are two ways to approach this gifting dilemma. First, I love putting together a great gift list of cool stuff guys will love really appreciate. But the second approach is in the form of a general gifting guidance that will help you find that “perfect” gift for Valentine’s Day…or any other occasion for that matter.
All you have to remember is the word H.E.R.O.. That ambitious acronym is key to finding a great gift and making you look like…a hero! So here we go:
H. “H” is for hobbies. Thinking about his hobbies is a first logical step. You know what he likes right? But the key to gifting within his hobbies is sometimes knowing when it’s best NOT to get him a gift related to his hobbies. For example, he golfs all the time, but do you feel comfortable getting him a new piece of equipment or gear? Sometimes the answer is “yes” and sometimes it’s ‘no”, but the idea is to feel comfortable gifting according to his hobby and to make a Plan B if you are not.
E. “E” is for expense. For any gifting occasion you should have an idea of what you’d like to spend. One important thing to remember in terms of a gifting budget should be the relationship stage or status. Be weary of going overboard for a brand new relationship. Extravagant is okay, but over-gifting can be uncomfortable too. Likewise, don’t be afraid to go big if that’s what the relationship phase warrants. When it comes to the budget strive and hit the “Goldielocks” gift…as in, getting it “just right”.
R. “R” is for Recent conversation. In my opinion, this one can often actually make it easy to find a great gift. What has he been talking about recently? Without even knowing it, he may have dropped a few great hints. Again, this can work for any gifting occasion. For example, a while back I was grilling at my sister’s house. I asked her to hand me her pepper mill. She commented, “I have a pepper shaker, because my pepper mill just broke.” BOOM! Two weeks later for her birthday, guess what she got…a really nice, new pepper mill. Bottom line, I’m willing to bet he’s unknowingly let you know what he might like for Valentine’s Day from conversations you’ve just had.
O. “O” is for optimization. The difference between a good gift and a great gift can be as simple as optimizing. The idea here is, you’ve got a great gift, but there’s probably a way to make it better. And here’s the kicker, many times the optimization is free or very inexpensive. So let’s take my previous example of the pepper mill. An easy optimization would be to buy a small packet of gourmet peppercorns for the new pepper mill. Or if your gift is a book, a simple romantic or heartfelt, personal note on the inside cover will go over huge. Or maybe if you got him an iPad, pre-load it with a movie that has significance to you both. You get the idea. Just that little extra effort is a great touch because….say it with me…it’s the thought that counts!
So that’s how you can be a gifting H.E.R.O., but as I initially mentioned, it’s my job to find great gifts, so here are a few that have caught my eye.
Ride Shot Gun in a Stock Car
Secret Message Personalized Collar Stays
Get Lucky Dice
His and Hers Branding Irons with Cedar Gift Box
Personalized Pub Glasses
Outdoor Survival Crate
I think guys might really get a kick out of some of these. At the same time, as the gift giver, you’ll feel like you really got it right. Here are my top gift picks for the fellas on Valentine’s Day – 2013 edition!
As the Men’s Gift Editor for Gifts.com, Dan is fortunate to be able to blend his work week with off-hour hobbies. Dan’s background in retail marketing goes back well over a decade. But, he has always been passionate about the “guy” things like sports, electronics and grilling. Dan enjoys helping people feel as good giving gifts as they do getting them. The birth of his first daughter is a gift that can never be topped.
Love these! I’m ordering Hubby the Secret Message Collar Stays. Perfect for when he’s traveling and I want to remind him I’m thinking of him. For more Valentine’s gift idea’s head on over to Gifts.com. They have a ton of great ideas. Thanks again Dan!!!