I know many people out there disagree with the sentiments of the new, over corporatized Christmas. I don't think that we should be breaking the bank to buy eachother expensive and fancy gifts in an attempt to show someone we "care", especially when we really don't.
But if you are one of those guys who "doesn't believe in Christmas" or is a "Jehovah's Witness" or who's "mother died on Christmas" or whatever other lie or excuse you have come up with to not have to get your lady a gift, just do everyone a favor and dump your little lady lamb a week prior to Christ's special day.
This being said, I do not encourage you to "spend two month's salary" on a gift. I do not encourage you to go to the mall at 5 am and spend the day searching for that special surprise. A girl will tell you what she wants for Christmas without you having to ASK. All you have to do is LISTEN. I know it's a crazy concept for most men, but GIVE IT A WHIRL! It's not as difficult as you think.
$20 or less is a perfectly appropriate amount to spend on a lady. You can even MAKE her something for very cheap...if you can muster time away from your video game console or stack of Playboys. One of the best gifts I ever got was from a boyfriend who BUILT me a DESK from SCRATCH. I still have that desk to this day. I should have kept the guy who went with it...
Here are some suggestions, be you a daft (and poor) monkey of a man:
* A bouquet of flowers and a simple piece of jewelry, such as a barette or a pin
* A delicious treat, whatever her favorite one is, a card and a good book
* A soft, cozy towel and some nice soap, in a pretty basket
* A hand-made just about ANYTHING
* A weekend away together somewhere
* Yummy smelling lotion, a bath candle and a card
Presentation is important. Put it in a stocking, a basket, a cup, some kind of pretty container. Tie a ribbon around it. That's about all there is to it.
Here's a home made gift that anyone can make:
Get a pretty cobalt blue jar shaped like a Noxema jar or something similar (you can get one at an art store or what have you for $3 or $4 bucks) - glass is preferrable, but plastic is okay. Fill it 3/4 of the way with olive oil. Fill it 1/4 of the way with sugar. Mix it up. Put the lid on it and tie a white ribbon around the top.
Voila! Home-made foot scrub. Sounds weird, but I bet you your lady will be surprised and delighted! To top it all off, make her a beautiful home-made card and take her to the movies.
You can do things like this once a week! It doesn't just have to be a Christmas thing.
It's not that hard to not be a total dick wad! It's actually pretty easy to do nice, simple things for people you care about. Try it today!