What should I buy?

21 Dec

“Why did you buy this? How much did you buy this for? Oh! You spent much more than you should have.”

“I don’t have anything of this colour. What will I wear this with?”

“You know what? My sister’s friend gifted her the same type of pendant on her birthday. Couldn’t you come up with something original? Copy-cat!”

“I already have this.”

Guys really have a tough time keeping track of the countless accessories that girls own. Same goes for clothes. Poor guys! They might have never seen her in a particular dress because she still hasn’t come to that stack of clothes in her cupboard. She is still to finish the other stack. Mind you, she hasn’t repeated anything from there yet. And there is always the option of wearing something from her mom’s or sister’s cupboard. 😐

“You should have got me something of your choice. What was the point of buying me something that I like.”

*Shouldn’t you be happy I gave you something that you like? No. That’s not how things work. Buy something of your choice that I may like.*

“XYZ (her friend) already has this. I cannot own the same thing as she does.”

No girl likes to own the same stuff that other girls do. Yes, it is a rule.

You actually undergo the trouble to exchange it for something else, hoping that this is something that her friend doesn’t own. And…

“Hmm.. This is nice, but I liked the previous one better. This isn’t as good as that.” *a forced, tight smile*

The list of these kind of (agonizing) dialogues is quite endless says my (guy) friend. According to him, it is very difficult to buy a gift for a girl. It is too much of a hassle. This is how the process goes:

1. Shortlist a couple of things that you can gift her.
2. Fix a budget.
3. Do a thorough survey of the shortlisted items.
4. Re-think the budget. Anything that you fix your mind on, will turn out to be more expensive than you had bargained for.
5. One gift never suffices. There has to be something more than a single gift. Backup options. If not this, that. You hope that she will like at least one of the things that you bought, without complaining.
6. Ask your mom, sis or girl pal to accompany you along. You need somebody to try on the stuff that you are planning to buy.
7. Call up as many friends of the girl and find out whether she will like the gift or not.
8. Cross your fingers and hope that she will like the gift. Or be prepared to repeat from step 1 to 8. ;D

Some guys are just smart. They simply take the girl out shopping and let her choose what she wants for herself, and pay for it. Mind you, it can turn out to be an expensive affair, because most girls are shopaholics and guys wanting to stay in their good books would never ever let it out that the budget is fixed or that the number of items she is allowed to pick is limited. There goes your money worth 3 months of partying, boozing and biking. Abstinence, here he comes!

Well, what are guy pals for! You can always borrow. Try telling them that you donated the money or spent it on a medical emergency and you will return empty handed after hearing lame excuses. But, if you tell them the truth, that you overspent it on a gift (or rather gifts) for a girl, they would sympathize with you and believe your story without much ado. 😛

The other side of the story…. Selecting a gift for a guy.

1. Select something that you like. Anything.
2. Check if the colour will suit your friend.
3. Check for size.
4. Gift it. Get a hug back with a big smile and a thank you.
5. Also, get a party free, free, free! 😀 😛

All of the above is, as told to me by a guy, from a guy’s perspective. I haven’t put in my two cents because I, as a girl, find the task of buying a gift for a guy equally challenging.


5 Responses to “What should I buy?”

  1. nilesh patel December 21, 2010 at 7:35 PM #

    🙂 very true 😛

  2. Amit December 21, 2010 at 10:47 PM #

    i know where it came from …:) awesome work..

  3. Vijayanth December 22, 2010 at 1:27 AM #

    Nice… :)But one question: How come abstinence is male? :PI thought it was usually referred to as 'It'… 😀

  4. Abhishek - - Jai December 22, 2010 at 9:08 AM #

    LOLLLLLLLWell .. which is why u pick up the habit of being forgetfulForget buying gift 3-4 times, and the next few times even a tiny box of pan pasand looks like a diamond necklace ;)ofcourse you pay for the 3-4 times u missed out on – you get a lot of mental exercise. But then again, you learn to phase things out and get on with life until next year 😛

  5. Shivu December 22, 2010 at 10:04 AM #

    @Nilesh – Hope you agree to the last few lines also and will let me know what you want for your birthday! ;D@Amit – Heheh! Thanks! The anecdotes were inspiring. Credits due :D@Vijayanth – The 'he' with reference to abstinence over here is the guy who spent all his money on the gift for the girl, and is broke now. Read again and it will make sense.@Abhi – The habit of forgetting, I can learn from you! 😛

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