Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Buyers Remorse

HM is very tricky for me to get gifts for. Just when I think I have cracked the code, my dreams of happy gift opening are dashed when he gives me that "What were you thinking?" look after opening said gift. Sure fire winners are :chocolate, wine, and porto. Thats gets pretty dull for the giver lemme tell ya.
A couple of years ago he mentioned he'd like to have nice carafes for wine and I got one that christmas. Its ok. Not Fabulous.
Yesterday I found Fabulous. Its crystal with silver plated pouring spout with a mesh filter so no dregs get in or out. Its fantastic and I like its somewhat triangular shape (wide base with narrow neck...like in a laboratory) and the fine quality. the man works hard, loves his wine and deserves a treasure to be proud to have and use.
My remorse: He is gonna turn to me with that what were you thing look because he is a man and will NOT see the beauty and "treasure" quality of the piece...just "another" carafe and let me just say ...I got it a BIRKS. This is not a 20$ Walmart "crystal" carafe. I have the reciept though so if its a dud as a gift, he can return it.
Back story: We were at Birks to see if they could have my big ugly ring sized. I hadn't thought of Birks at all but Angela suggested it and DUH they are Canada's answer to Tiffany's so if anyone can get it done its them. Thats why I went. While tehre I was browsing. There were the beautiful pens. I wanted to get him a Mont Blanc pen because he loves nice pens. Holy shit. Those buggers start at over 300$. Not happening. Then I saw the crystal wares and the gorgeous wine carafes and since the price was a fair bit less I went for it. The price was still significant and makes my stomach hurt as only a large expenditure on one item can. I just know he will get pissed off and return it.
So far his gifts are clothes(jeans and a sweater and those rubber shoe protecty things for his dress shoes), 2 DVDs,Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and the carafe. I will get a really really nice bottle of wine to go with the carafe, a bottle of porto (not white not white not white..remember not white) and somemore chocolate. I can't find my way back to the boat store for nautical stuffs and would only buy the wrong thing though a gift card (ick) would work. I know he wanted a barometer but I don't know a good one from a bad one and is it for the boat or the house??And hello, those buggers a few hundred bucks too. He is better picking his own, seriously!(SCREAM)
I hate this.


Tara said...

I think it's only possible to buy gifts for a gay man. Seriously, my husband is into pinball machines and computers. What am I gonna get him???

Melanie said...

I don't know if this really works but a former patient of mine swore to it - he had a thing for nice expensive pens, so he would go to Staples and ask them to show him the ones from LAST YEAR - apparently some of the fancy pens are updated each year - he said that he could get them at least 50%off, and they were pretty much the same as what was on display for $$$. I keep meaning to check this out but never remember at the time!

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Sucky for you. I hate shopping for men. I found a nice shirt for my hubby at Moe's (almost gagged at the price, but Ali gave me a good deal and it was tax-free day so the pain of it was sightly lesser). All I want is yarn, good yarn, and maybe a swift, or some knitting books... But I'll probably end up with pj's from Walmart. :(

Suldog said...

Ah, some men are easy. Take me, for instance. Get me anything connected with the Three Stooges, and I'm a happy camper.