From getting you ill-fitting lingerie to offering you perfume that is totally at odds with your personality, some men need a little help before they can legitimately give Santa a run for his money. Sticking post-it notes in catalogues is a thing of the past, but what’s a savvy girl to do to ensure her beau puts the right Christmas gift under the tree?
Underwear you can wear
If your hubby loves to give the gift of lingerie at Christmas, he will, of course, be infinitely more successful if aware of your correct size! Bra sizes are like hieroglyphics to the uninitiated, and we all know that it’s pointless taking a stab in the dark. The trick is to save the tags when bra shopping and sneak them into your partner’s wallet.
Granted, it’s not an exact science, as different companies and styles have slight variations in size, but it’s more accurate than guesswork. The same trick can be used with dresses. No tags from recent sprees? Snip the fabric label from one of your garments. It’s more easily misplaced, but will do in a pinch.
The right scent for the right woman
Perfume is another problem area. It’s lovely to receive a fresh bottle of your favourite scent, but how often have you opened that little rectangular gift to find the wrong box underneath the festive paper? Eau de toilette and eau du parfum are easily confused for one another, and the case of right designer, wrong fragrance is a classic slip-up.
To avoid confusion, simply cut the front panel from an old perfume box, including the designer, type of fragrance and name of perfume, and then make another foray into your man’s wallet.
Of course, the old “tuck a label in his wallet” trick doesn’t work for everything. You might want to bookmark favourite items on his desktop, tablet or phone. There’s a great range of Christmas gifts at Very.co.uk, from fashion to fragrances, so why not start your search there? You’ll also find great offers during January Sale period. Keep your eyes wide open and be sure to bookmark as you go. If your hints are too subtle, you’ll always be able to raid your bookmark stash post-Christmas. Next year, perhaps resort to print-outs stuck to his bathroom mirror!