It’s the most horrible time of the year. No, not the holidays, shopping season. The time of the year that man will go all out to avoid. Don’t believe me? Then why is hunting season happening at the same time? Do you really think men everywhere are trudging through the rain, mud, or snow for a chance to bring home an animal strapped to their fender? Heck no. They could easily accomplish the same feat by stopping by a frat house on any given weekend. Sure, there are some dyed in the wool hunters out there (the 1%) but most are sitting snugly in their cabins, watching TV while chugging a beer and congratulating themselves on successfully avoiding holiday shopping.
Yes it’s that bad!
The last thing a man wants to do is walk for hours going to stores and seeing nothing that interests them. Having to pick out gifts for the kids, parents, in laws, out laws, Dave and Darla, Mike and Tim, and Benny and Joon is bad enough, but there is nothing in these stores to distract us or, more importantly, get us to buy something.
Have you looked at the “Men’s section” in any given store? Can you even find it? Usually it’s this postage stamp sized square tucked away in a dark corner. The choices are so limited that the men look at the kids section with envy. And why not? It’s five times the size!
The marketing department of these stores will tell you that men just don’t like to shop. They are “Hunters” that like to get in, “kill their prey”, and get out. Men don’t want to be in the store for more than five minutes.
Women, on the other hand, love to shop. They stroll from aisle to aisle, flitting to and fro from jewelry to shoes to clothing to housewares. Women will spend hours browsing the wares. (It was stated that the average female shopper at one home goods store spent, on average, four hours shopping around.)
This is complete garbage. My case in point? BASS Pro, REI, and Cabellas. Turn a man loose in one of these and watch. You will be amazed at how the person who would almost chew his arm off to get out of a store will now buzz around like a bee and hit every section and stand in that building.
Hats, jackets, gloves? Check
Shoes and boots? Look at them go! (Sorry, no “cute”. No shoes are cute.)
Fishing, camping, bar b que? Definitely!
Guns and knives? View from afar and I bet they go there. “Hey, that’s the gun from ‘Avengers’.” Or “Now that’s a knife!”
Boats and ATVs? “Honey it’s time to go. They’re closing the store. Get off!”
Getting a man to shop is not hard. You just have to have things they want. Just like they do for women.
My advice for any woman out there that has a man that hates shopping, find a store they like (outdoors, shaving, hardware, electronic, whatever) and take them there during the trip. They’re spending pretty much the entire day looking at things not catered for them. They’ve earned it.