Everybody likes receiving a gift and especially if it’s one that you actually want. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Perhaps your partner is just not so good at picking presents and you have your eye on something special like a new wristwatch. Don’t give up hope, there’s some very simple ways to make sure you get what you want using only the power of the suggestive hint.
DRAW HIM A PICTURE
If you don’t already have a watch – which would be tragic – start doodling pictures of watches on your wrist (using only non toxic and hypoallergenic ink of course. ) When he asks why just say you’d love a watch but things like watches should have special memories attached to them.
WHAT A GOOD IDEA
The simplest approach is to mention gently but with emphasis that you would like a new watch. Do this around three months before your birthday or any other time of gift giving. Then … never mention it again, this will allow your partner to believe that they’ve come up with the idea themselves.
However, about a month after this initial hint also casually mention that you believe it’s important that people put real thought into the gifts they buy. As above – only mention this once.
THE SIMPLE VERBAL HINT
The best method for women is also the most obvious – dropping subtle verbal hints. There’s lots of ways to do this. A good one is to mention a friend who was just given a watch and how much she loves it – it really made her appreciate the person who gave it to her. Just add, ‘he must really care about her’ to up the game further. Obviously don’t be too obvious – timing is everything.
THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES
Another approach is to keep mentioning that your existing watch is losing time. If you want to emphasise this point then just start turning up late to dates with you partner and then blame your existing watch for giving you the wrong time.
IT’S ON THE SCREEN
A really great way to drop a hint is to make sure that you log onto the Christoph Duval website and make sure your screen saver doesn’t automatically switch on after 5 minutes. Eventually your partner will notice. He may or may not say anything but the next day do it again but this time leave the screen open on the product page of the actual watch you want. This technique usually works best about three weeks before a birthday just about the same time he’s started to worry about what to get you.
WHO’S THE BETTER GUY?
Some researchers believe that the best technique is for a woman to encourage their man’s competitive instinct. It’s similar to the first point but this time you show admiration for the person who gave the watch yourself. For example: ‘Hey … that was some present Jack gave Diane – now there’s a guy with a real sense of style!”
This works best if your partner knows Jack and doesn’t particularly like him.
This only works if your watch is already broken. Equally – you could just use any broken watch. Go home and mangle it up a bit making sure you don’t break the glass face or hurt yourself. If in doubt that you can do this safely don’t even try. It should look like it’s been hit by a mini meteor. Leave the damaged watch on the table and when he comes in let him see you staring sadly at remains of your favourite possession. Tears can help.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS
Of course … the best method is to just tell your partner you’d love a Christoph Duval watch and then keep repeating yourself if he has trouble understanding. Let’s face it – you just don’t need another set of socket spanners. What can we say but best of luck.