Wednesday, April 13, 2011

good ideas for your man

Did I draw you in with my juicy title?  Gotcha! The title is plural, but I only have one idea to share today. And it's not very risque.But you're here now, so you might as well stay! I'm ready to stop rhyming, are you?

So, here's the issue I had that led to my genius idea: during the holidays, or my birthday, or our anniversary,  my husband usually shoves himself mercilessly out into the cold, dark world mere hours before the events occasion, with no list and no ideas.  Tragic. Can you relate? It's during these times that I'll get the frantic call where he tries to be all mysterious and weasel my sizes out of me because he's at the store and he found shoes that he thinks maybe, hopefully, I'll like but he can't remember my shoe size for the life of him! (HE'S a 10.5 and I didn't even have to look!)

It doesn't bother me that he doesn't have this memorized after knowing me for almost 8 years, and living with me for 4 years, but he does know that I love to be surprised, so having to call me last minute and ask my size for something usually spoils it and disappoints him! Poor guy!

Eventually, after a few years of living in this last-minute-gift-turmoil, my bright idea came to me.  A business-card-sized piece of paper that he can keep in his wallet with all the important info!  So, I made this; (I used Microsoft Templates for business cards and re-designed it to fit my needs). 
The sizes to fill in are: "Shoe," "Heel," "Tops," "Bottoms," and "When in doubt."  "When in doubt" is for those times when it may be an off-beat item, like a pajama set that only comes in "S," "M," or "L." My husband would look at that and see the top and bottom together and suddenly worry he didn't get the right size!

Don't want to go to Microsoft Templates and make your own? You should be able to click on the picture above and simply print it. It is already formatted to size - if there are any problems, please let me know in the comments!  I tested it already and it worked perfectly. Cardstock is best since it will be in his wallet, and if it's anything like my husbands, it will take some wear and tear! If you have access to laminate it, even better!

I hope this helps someone else out there in the blogosphere as it has helped my hubbie immensely!  He loved this idea (he loves anything I do to help him be more organized)! Happy shopping men!


  1. awesome idea S....i love it!!! i'd have to add a line to remind my hubby where to buy makeup from or what perfume to buy too!! :)great great idea! ~Mar*

  2. Okay S, educate me out of the hole I apparently live in...what is heel size??? Is that my heel size, as in wow! you have a big heel, or is that how high you like your heels as in a 3 inch spiked heel?? Anyway, very cute idea! Nel ☺

  3. haha nel! It literally means your size, as in I am a size 9 for shoes, but when i buy heels I typically go up a 1/2 size to prevent any toe squishing! Hope that helps! ~*S*~


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