They can’t get the wrapping right
My husband once told me that he thought it was pointless wrapping something up for the sole purpose of opening it up again. This makes perfect sense to me. If this is typical of what other men think, then it’s little wonder men get sick of wrapping presents year after year. This dislike is probably the reason behind them not being able to do it quite right. Men’s perception of abstract beauty (for example a bow tied perfectly on a Christmas present) is quite different from that of their women counterparts. We pay attention to the wrapping paper. They want to know what’s inside it!
They can’t find scotch tape or scissors
Have you ever noticed how men conduct searches? Look left, look right. That’s it. The tape and scissors may very well be right under their noses, but lifting the wrapping paper to look under it is not even considered in manosphere; nor is looking up or down a bit. This kind of behaviour is conducive to losing wrapping tools they put down just seconds ago. I blame tunnel vision.
Writing cards, getting the kids to bed and making a Christmas shopping list
Multitasking? You’re joking right?
The problem is that men don’t know where to start looking, or what to look for when it comes to shopping for their family’s presents. Consequently, it’s a very stressful time for them. No wonder putting off Christmas shopping until the very last minute always seems to be a workable option.
Short of asking each person pointedly what they want, it’s quite difficult to figure out what your partner would like for Christmas. You know that they need a new ironing board and it’s practical that this should be what they receive. This is true. However, imagining a book, fashion, scent a woman might be pleased with, is admittedly a gigantic task to overcome. In my other article, How To Get Your Man To Behave This Christmas I outline ways in which you (the woman) can help with this particular phenomenon.
Help for the man who wants to help maintain his family relationships this Christmas
Men: if you're finding it stressful at Christmas, collect a few catalogues and bring them home. Ask your family to go through them and make a list of 10 things they would like to have. Choose a few items from each person's list so that the element of surprise is still maintained. You know exactly where to go to uplift these items. Nothing could be easier!
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