From ‘whatever’ to ‘wow’: How and why men respond to gifts this way
A gift is often a surprise. But sometimes it isn’t exactly pleasant. How men react to gifts has everything to do with the gift itself.
Set of classical music CDs for metal fan: He may want to LOL, or grimace, depending on his sense of humour. But good behaviour dictates otherwise and a Straight Face is what your off-the-mark gift will most likely be met with.
A cheap tee for the style-conscious man: Sure, it’s the thought that counts. But according to the rules of gifting, you’re not allowed to appear like a cheapskate when you give a gift. Your ‘bought online at a bargain’ will elicit a Disgusted Face, nothing else.
Clocks, photo frames and other ‘meh’ things: You know you should have put a little more effort into picking a gift, but settled for the nearest thing. Impersonal, functional objects are usually received with the Okay Face. It’s just about okay, is what it means.
Chocolates for the weight-watcher: Gifting requires that you know the recipients tastes and lifestyle. Gift-wrap calories for the fitness freak and there’s little chance they’ll be consumed. Your gift will be received with a Polite Face, but won’t evoke any pleasure.
Scotch for the man with fine taste: Want to ensure your gift is received with a Delighted Face. Look no further than a great bottle of Scotch. Hits the spot, every time!
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