I find myself shopping for a new man in my life this holiday season, and I feel a little unsure. It’s always been easier for me to shop for women or girls. My husband and I have one child, a recently married daughter, and whether pure luck or an acquired skill, I almost always score with her gifts. It helps that she loves fashion and beauty, so that kind of shopping swings in my favor.
Shopping for guys never seems as much fun. Maybe it’s because I’m married to a man who cares more about cars and tools than he does clothes and shoes. Even when he used to wear a suit daily, he never really appreciated the gift of a beautiful tie — unless it came from his daughter. Shopping for someone you know well, male or female, is always easier, too. This Christmas, I’m shopping for a son-in-law who will have been in the family for just seven weeks. Oh, we’ve known Garret for more than four years, and he’s been on the receiving end of Christmas for the past two holidays. I didn’t feel any pressure about those gifts. In fact, I think one of them was a gift card to his favorite restaurant. I’m not stressing out this holiday, either, but I certainly want to please and surprise. I’m all about surprises, especially for the holidays. While some people like money and gift cards, my daughter, Stephanie, and I have always preferred to be surprised. Ongoing Christmas coverage Blog: Fashion Matters