Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Buying Gifts Made A Little Easier

One of my friends has always said the moment she realised my hairy husband (although back then he was just my unkempt boyfriend) really loved me was when he showed her a dress he'd bought me for my birthday. Apparently she burst into tears and said 'oh my god, you really love her don't you?!'. It is probably still the most beautiful dress I own (let's skim over the fact that it's now two sizes too small...) and he chose it completely by himself.

However, six years on he's gotten a little stuck in the gift buying area. He's the sort of person who likes clear, direct instructions and he's often said the idea of walking into a shopping centre with 50+ shops knowing he has to buy a present leaves him feeling completely overwhelmed. And so, we write lists. Which are brilliant as long as they don't get lost, but they generally still involve physically stepping into a shop. We both get what we like to call 'Tesco Fury' hence why we do our food shopping online so throw in another thousand people who are completely willing to fight to the death for that last Marmite toast rack, the climate change from the British winter to central heated indoors with a coat on and the fury has the potential to turn into full on shopper's meltdown.

When I was contacted by Alex from Ask Her Friends to take a look at their new website designed to make gift buying less stressful and more comfortable for men, I thought this would be the first blog related thing I could share with Mr D! The idea is that he can have a look at all the gorgeous items and products on the website ranging from general fashion and accessories to home-ware and art, create an 'Advice List' then send it to my friends and my mum so they can have a look through and comment on which bits they think I'd really like. There's even a selection of wrapping paper and cards so that's another thing ticked off the list!

There's a clever little idea map which generates some brilliant ideas, some obvious choices and some not so. It doesn't just work for men buying for women; I had a play around to see if I could find something a little different for my mum's birthday in a couple of weeks and found some lovely bits including these Hunter wellies and this sweet little spotty bird house (not that I can get her those now because she's my official biggest reader!).

Mr D said it was very easy to navigate around the site and he found loads of things he would normally never have thought of. He liked the idea of being able to get advice from my mum and friends on the things he'd chosen, especially as vintage is so on trend at the moment he said he finds it difficult to weed out the gems. He said he would have liked a few more items in certain sections like the Art and Prints but that actually it made it a little easier not being overwhelmed with choice. The thing I personally like most about the website is that as well as using big companies like Debenhams and Amazon, they're also supporting small, UK businesses like Lasso The Moon and the brilliant Tatty Devine. Big companies are always packed full of pretty things but there is something special about finding unique, handmade pieces like this super, super cute Teapot and Teacup Necklace...hint hint ;)

If your husband/boyfriend/dad/brother/dog needs a bit of a nudge in the right direction when it comes to gift buying, nudge him towards!

Mrs D x


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