Sunday, 31 March 2013

Surprise Gifts? Men love them too!!

I always had this misconception that it is OK to not gift a man, until I met my better half ;) And trust me, it becomes really difficult when it comes to literally surprise a man. Of course, a woman gives it all to surprise the love of her life (pun intended)! Nevertheless, men have always looked to 'their' set of gifts occasionally. As far as I have known men, my theory says they can be psychologically categorized based on their tastes and genre. We, women have to play extra smart and recognize the genre our man falls into. 

Tech savvy

Indisputably, this had to be the first genre! In this evolving-technology-in-a-blink age, you have a set of guys who, we think, speak in an alienated language and leave us gaping. Thankfully, we have “apples” and “blackberries” to feed them ;) From smart phones to high tech Digital Cameras, this man needs it all!

Gift Recommendation

  • Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iMac, iPod)
  • Gaming Consoles (PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo)
  • Game Series (Call of Duty, Crisis, God of War)
  • Home Theatre, Logitech remote control (one remote to controls up to 5 devices)
  • 1 TB external Hard Drive
  • Charging Station
  • DSLR Cameras
  • Tripod!


Often, we are attracted towards the intellect of a man. What attracts the most is how reflective he is with his knowledge and attitude! Naturally, we are taken aback by his similarity to “Sherlock Holmes”, looks and mind, both!

Gift Recommendation

To impress this man, bring on the

  • Books, Telescope
  • Leather Organizers
  • Wooden Bookcases
  • Gift Vouchers (Flipkart, Landmark, Crossword)
  • Multi-tool Pen
  • Globe!

Prim And Proper

‘A man is known by the shoes he wears’ is a well-known theory used to judge a man. Smartly dressed, clean-shaven and chivalry are some characteristics that give them away. Ladies are awed by the appearance, I say. When it was the first time to gift, I never took a chance and played safe by picking up a jet black shirt for him, which till date is his best one; it doesn't matter if it doesn't fit him now, it is no less than a souvenir in his closet.

Gift Recommendation

You can never be wrong if you pick

  • Formal Clothing
  • Formal Shoes
  • Smart Waistcoats
  • Cologne
  • Shaving Essentials 
  • Cuff Links
  • Tie
  • Rugged Coats/Jackets
  • Woolen/Cotton Sweaters
  • Leather Sling bags!


Hold your breath, the toughies have arrived! Travelling, biking, sports are their regular activities. This song by Doors, “Riders on the storm, there’s killer on the road” always reminds me about this cohort.

Gift Recommendation

To surprise them, get anything ranging from

  • Leather jacket
  • Swiss Knife
  • LED Flashlight
  • Bicycle
  • Mini tool kit
  • Leather Gloves (OR half finger cruising gloves) 
  • Canvas Shoes
  • Fiberglass Helmets (or Bluetooth Helmet set)
  • Rider Cleaning Kit
  • Motorcycle Saddle Bag 
  • Hip Flask with Metal Case
  • Leather biker cap
  • Personalized Tees (Royal Enfield or Harley Davidson)
  • Adventure Sport Sessions (Gliding, Surfing, Horse Riding)
  • Air Gun
  • Indoor Barbecue (or toolkit)!


When some men are warm-hearted, a romantic at heart and don't mind being mushy, it doesn’t take much of a toll to please them. Dating/married for a while? Bring him back the good, old memories by making a video clip of moments cherished together! Love has just started to blossom? Spend a beautiful, mushy eve watching the classics viz. Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, Serendipity, Gone with the wind.

Gift Recommendation

  • Bunch of red roses
  • Romantic movie followed by Candle-lit dinner
  • Beach-side vacation
  • Liquor chocolates
  • Music concert evening
  • Personalized photo gifts (Mug, Frame, Pillow cover, Collage)
  • Self-cooked Dessert (Indian or cookies, brownie, pie, tart)
  • Pen down a few words or poetry & frame it on a Parchment paper.

A Few All Time Favorites          

Classics never go out of fashion! It completes a man! Doesn’t matter what genre he falls into, you just can’t take this out of a real man, the hero of your life. Watch them go super crazy with

  • Wallet 
  • Wrist watches (Digital, Analog Dial), Sunglasses (Wayfarers or Aviators)
  • Shoes (Oxford, Canvas)
  • Belt
  • Bags (Backpack, Laptop Bags, Rucksack)
  • a bottle of wine (Chianti Classico, Sula Dindori, Chantilli)
  • Liquor (for a true connoisseur; Glenfiddich, Belvedere, Jack Daniel’s)
  • Sport accessories (basket-ball, mini pool table, badminton/lawn tennis rackets, dart game, indoor golf)
  • Radio controlled helicopters.

"They" are exactly how "we" are! Choosy yet adorable ;)
Come on ladies, surprise and pamper your man with his choicest set of gifts!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Mar(tian)s Are Here...

“Straight or Curls, you've got my head in a swirl!
Smokey or Bright, you insist my eyes to be right!
Red or Pink, my lips behold your attention in a blink!
Stripes or Prints, you are always ready with your hints!
Ballet or kitten, wish that was all needed to get you smitten!”

They are always watching you, day-in day-out! They always know; whether you wear it or skip it! Most of you all would agree with me… Right?
Honey, shall I keep it in curls this time? Do I take your breath away with smokey eyes? I want red this time, but do you think it is the bare that I should wear? Is what we ask them...
"I love it when she is jealous of my kittens…", I say; "Come on baby, you ARE a ballet girl", he says! 

It is always about those signs “they” give! And blatantly or surreptitiously we are always looking out for those signs...
Men are from Mars & Women from Venus but look at Geordie Sheffer's contribution behind the dark ballerina look spotted on Natalie Portman in ‘Black Swan’, Mickey Contractor for MAC or closer home, Kapil Bhalla, the official makeup artist for PFMI; men have marked their presence in the world of beauty and glamor, which we always assumed was ours. 
So who are we kidding? It would wrong to deny the fact that our counterparts are equally involved in caring about their appearance as well as ours.

Behold, all you ladies out there! Mar(tian)s are here! And here to stay...