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Six foolproof rules on buying Christmas gifts for real men

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Pastor Ed Delph contributes his "Church Community Connection" column weekly.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Ladies, it is time to get that Christmas shopping done for the men in your life. Here are six rules for you on shopping for men I found in the Internet. Generally, buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women. Follow these rules and you will have no problems.

Rule 1. When in doubt, buy him a cordless drill. It doesn’t matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 drills and has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have enough cordless drills. No one knows why.

Rule 2. If you can’t afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those words. “Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?” “OK. By the way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?” No one knows why.

Rule 3. You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones that have worn out. If you have a lot of money, buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips. Again, no one knows why.

Rule 4. This is very important. Never buy a man anything that says “some assembly required” on the box. It will ruin his Christmas and he will always have parts left over.

Rule 5. It’s hard to beat a wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension ladder. Almost as good as a cordless drill. Never buy a real man a step ladder. It must be an aluminum extension ladder. You guessed it. No one knows why.

Rule 6. Tickets to a sports event or game are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to “A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts.” Everyone knows why.

Most of us are looking for gifts that are the right gift at the right time for the right person. We want our gift to be receptive to the receiver. That is why you read this article. You thought this article might give you an idea for a man's gift.

Ever since the Magi brought gifts to the Christ child, Christmas has been a time of giving. We give gifts to those we love, give to the less fortunate, give to the church, give to various charities, give to our families, give gifts to friends and even gifts to our pets.

But this year, how about giving some other kinds of gifts than the ones we buy or make? How about giving someone the gift of your time? Maybe you have been really busy and the kids need some special ‘Mom or Dad’ time. Give some time to them. High school students, how about giving your mother and father some of your time to them during the holidays? Maybe do some shopping or a dinner together?

How about giving grandparents, shut-ins, people who are sick or lonely or grieving some of your time? That may just be the best thing that they get for Christmas or the holidays.

Author James Moore notes that “The gift of time is always appropriate, and it always fits.” Everyone knows why.

To learn more about Pastor Ed Delph, the Church-Community Connection and Nationstrategy, call 623-376-6757, e-mail, or log on

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