When I came back from Germany, I gave Will a hat from Bavaria with a pin that said “König” (King). That fit him perfectly and he enjoyed it. That present was fine.
In the sixth grade I bought Garrett a dozen roses for Valentines Day. It was a cute gift, even for a boy, except that the student government handed out the roses during 4th period—the class Garrett and I sat right next to each other. As a twelve year old girl who had a little crush, it was humiliating. The whole class burst out laughing when the girl in a heart sweater said, “Garrett, these are from Anne Louise!” and I sat next to him, hiding my face.
Last Christmas I bought Dad a black shirt from Target that had the Beatles’ heads in different colors. He wears that shirt a lot. But I know Dad doesn’t like getting clothes for presents. He doesn’t believe that necessities are gifts.
Those were fine. No complaints. Kind of the same old, though. But now I am eighteen and dating a twenty-two year old. What does a twenty-two year old guy like?
I’ve asked people what to get him. They say, “Well. What does he like?”
I respond by summarizing every damn thing I know that he does and doesn’t like, “Well, he likes sports—he played football in High School and loves to water ski, he was ‘livid’ about the NBA lockout…. he has a good fashion sense, so I assume he likes clothes….since his mission he doesn’t like dogs anymore, he likes sushi and thai and Italian… in fact, he’s not a picky eater. He loves Batman… ”
And people go, hmmm. And then decide they can’t think of any present and change the subject.
And then comes the paranoia that I don’t know my boyfriend well enough to buy him a present.
So I try subtly asking him. I say “What are you asking for Christmas?”
And he says back, “My own apartment and money so I can buy myself something.”
So I try again. “What would you buy yourself?”
And he says “Eh, all my socks have holes.”
Socks. Now there’s an idea. Pfff.
Even if Spencer liked dogs, I couldn’t get him a dog for Christmas! And even though he likes sports, what am I supposed to get him? And even if he likes sushi, would he appreciate a box of sushi for Christmas? No!
Please. What do your husbands like? What presents have you given your past boyfriends?