Who are the hardest people in the world to buy gifts for? (Apart from hermits, obviously. Those guys are impossible.) Some people will say that rich people are the most difficult. What, after all, do you buy for the person who already has everything? But rich people, usually, will be quite open about the things they like and will not turn down something new. Okay, they could have bought it themselves, but they didn't. You did, and that's pretty cool.
You know who's tough to buy for? Young men. Part of the reason for this is that social conditioning makes them so non-talkative. "What do you want for your birthday?" "Oh, I don't mind. I'm sure I'll like whatever you get.", and like that, they're gone.
Buying gifts for young men is always hard. And let's not lie here, even if you get the best gift they've ever received, they're also conditioned to be airily cool about it. "You got me the elixir of eternal life? That's awesome, grandma, I'll put it with the iPad my sister got me!". So when you buy the perfect present - as this guide intends to ensure - be prepared for it to be received with grace but little fanfare.
For the young man who is... athletic
There are so many fitness items on the market it's hard to keep up. Which is fitting, because fit people are hard to keep up with. The likelihood is that if there's an item of gym clothing or a gadget they'd like, they have it.
So think instead about something that helps them when they're done exercising. Buy them something that helps them recover. Gift cards entitling them to a number of massages, or a subscription to a meal delivery service providing healthy food, will work.
For the young man who is... creative
We all like to think we're creative. And we think it until the time when we realize, with a bang, that we aren't. Often that is when we are trying to buy gifts. Imagination can be hard to come by at those times. And buying gifts for the true creative is all the harder because you feel like they'll judge anything too mainstream.
An idea out of left field? Buy them a supply of filter coffee - when they've been up all night having ideas, they'll need help getting through the next day.
For the young man who is... outgoing
At the age they are at, young people fall into two categories. Those who you never see because they're always out, and the ones you never see because they're in their room. Chances are, the former are in the creative group. For the more outgoing young man, it's hard to pick clothes, and you don't want to encourage heavy drinking.
But some good, expensive cologne will go a long way and put them a step ahead of the herd; they will love it, be sure of that.
Some of these ideas will work for you, and some you might not like - but the key is to think outside the box. That scores more points than buying the obvious gift.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.