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Valentine's Day gift: Six ways to give your man the hint

OK, it’s the thought that counts. But it would be even better if he got it right. Our tips for steering him toward what you want.

11 February 2016   | 

Subliminal messages
This is when you speak to your man’s subconscious mind by dropping random words into conversations as often and as discreetly as possible, like “clutch,”bag” and “silk.” For example, tell him you cannot get over how his skin is as smooth as silk, or that someone at work thought she let the cat out of the bag but had the wrong information and was just clutching at straws. Raise your voice a little every time you say the magic words.

The role-play method
The goal is to convey the vital nature of the object of your desire. If you have your heart set on a clutch, get a girlfriend in on the scheme. Tell her to call you while you and your man are on a romantic stroll. When the phone rings, start rummaging for it and pretend you can’t find it. Then proceed to take every object out of your bag, one by one. Ask your man if he would please hold your agenda, tablet, keys, makeup, book, etc. When he has run out of hands and is kind of embarrassed by the scene you’re making, sigh and say you missed another call, that it could have been an emergency and life would be so much nicer if you had a clutch so you could organize your bag.

The underhanded approach
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so anything goes when it comes to getting what you want and making your relationship stronger in the process. Since this approach starts with a little white lie, why stop there? For example, after dropping a hint that you are craving this Foulonné bracelet, add something about how incredibly cold your wrists are. Or, if you want this scarf, use the excuse that your doctor seemed quite worried about your cough and strongly recommended wearing silk, with a heart print on it, if possible.

Living vicariously…
More commonly known as the “I have a friend who…” method, this is where you make things obvious or inform his decision by bringing up someone else. For example, “I have a friend whose husband gave her a Le Pliage Saint-Valentin bag. Every day, he picks out a new phrase and moves the little red pin next to it. She’s totally stopped complaining about how he never talks about his feelings and things have really improved between them.”

An excuse to redecorate
A two-for-one approach where you can redecorate your place and send a clear message to boot. Print out different sized images of the dream gift and plaster them all over the walls in the hallway or bedroom closet door. If he asks you what you’re doing, tell him in an unassuming way that since you can’t have a real one you’ll just have to admire a photo of it – but it’s fine because it still makes you really, really happy.

The scientific method
This one works great on those right-brain types because it entails reasoning that is packed with scientific research. For example, mention chromotherapy, the discipline that heals people with colors. Explain that the blue in this scarf has the power to reduce the stresses of daily life. You could also cite the University of Georgia study published in Personal Relationships that proved the secret to lasting relationships is gratitude and saying thank you.

Thanks in advance, my love.

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