To all the husbands wondering what to buy their better halves this holiday season, it’s not as complicated as you think. To get it right, take a look at these guidelines from Canada’s largest deal hunting website, RedFlagDeals.com:

Do: listen to her and take hints. She might have mentioned a pair of earrings or a weekend getaway. Maybe it’s a designer bag/shoes/coat she’s hinted about all year while assuming you weren’t actually paying attention.

Do: buy something to make her feel pampered: a day at the spa, new perfume, or a fabulous bottle of wine (extra points if it’s from the year you met/got engaged/were married).

Do: make her feel appreciated: load up a digital photo frame with memorable photos, a new iPod with songs from your past, or an eReader with books she’s always wanted to read.

Don’t: buy something that makes her feel like your mom: avoid sweater vests with cats knit into them, wrinkle creams, supportive underwear, or calcium supplements.

Don’t: make her feel like your housekeeper with a vacuum, iron or spatulas, all great items but they might not make the best gifts. (If your wife has hinted at a high-end Dyson vacuum or a KitchenAid stand mixer, you can make an exception.)

Don’t: buy the first thing that you see. Chances are she’ll get you something better than a pair of slippers or a picture frame so you should do the same. And if she doesn’t, you still win because now you’re the thoughtful one.

www.newscanada.com

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