How Men Buy Gifts vs. How Women Buy Gifts

It’s an often explored topic from science to stand up comedians: men and women are different. Not exactly a surprise, but when it comes to the holiday season, there are some interesting behavioral differences between the sexes. But first, what do you expect to be the difference?

We have certain expectations of how men and women behave, so what does that experience make you think the outcome will be? Maybe it’s that men like to give more practical things while women like to give more frivolous, decorative things? Or maybe you think women are more empathetic and so will be better and taking into consideration the needs of the person whom they are giving the gift to?

Of course, we can probably all think of stories from our lives of when a gift you received really didn’t hit the mark. “Oh, a sock puppet! You really shouldn’t have… Really!”

According to a study cited in Psychology Today, where participants were asked to come up with three gift ideas for men and women, there was  – perhaps unsurprisingly – a notable difference in how men give to women and women give to men, compared to how men give to men, and women give to women. You probably could have guessed that men give video games far more often to men and women give home and garden gifts to women, with more frequency than the opposite sex.

The striking overlap came in certain categories. When it came to men giving to women, men were far more likely to buy electronics, while women buying for men were far more likely to buy clothing. In fact, men are more likely to buy electronics for men and women more likely to buy clothing for women. But as we all know, electronics are expensive. And if you’ve ever been the recipient of gifted clothing, you know that sometimes it comes with fit-issues, like your belly button is showing, or maybe it’s super itchy. All this is to say that giving clothing can really just a roundabout way of giving to Goodwill.

There are two ways to interpret this. One is that men just like buying electronics and women like buying clothes. Full stop. But the idea of giving a gift means trying to please the other person. So either men actually think women prefer electronics and women think men prefer clothing, or there is an element of the old “I’m buying you what I’d like for myself” going on here. If you’ve never seen the episode of The Simpsons where Homer gives Marge a bowling ball engraved with the name “Homer” on it  – and much to his chagrin – she actually takes up bowling, then you’re missing out.

In the end, humans are limited to their perceptions and individual points of view. It can be hard to think outside of your own feelings. And sometimes, that’s a good thing! Like, our feeling is you should take a look at some gifts that your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, mother or father, brother or sister, teacher or professor, nurse or nurse, or simply your gender-neutral friend will actually enjoy! Just check out our wide array of all-natural hair, skin and grooming products. Unlike giving clothing, Walton Wood products don’t need a sizing chart to fit right, and unlike giving expensive electronics we’ve got many under $20, all of which won’t be totally obsolete in six weeks.

And in case you’re wondering, science says it’s always better to give than receive.

Why are gifts for men so hard to buy?

Introduction

Whether it’s the holidays or a birthday, if you’re looking for men’s gift ideas, it isn’t always easy. Women are easy. Kids are the easiest. But let’s focus on the difference between men and women for now. Why is it so much harder to buy a gift for a man?

The Stuff Gap

The first and biggest reason is also the least helpful when trying to solve our problem. “It’s society, man.” Giving a gift to a woman is relatively simple when we live in a culture where women love to (or feel like they need to) accessorize. Go to any department store. The vast majority of the stuff will be aimed at women. Vast arrays of clothing in different shapes, sizes and colours, not to mention the jewelry, purses, scarves, hats, shoes, etc.

Gifts for men? If you’re lucky, they will be cloistered off into a dark corner where a paltry variety of the same shirts, the same belts, the same underwear, all with different brand names placed on them to give the illusion of choice. Okay, that’s not totally fair. But it can feel that way. It’s the place where men go in, get what they need, and leave in peace. Good luck finding a gift for men under $50 that isn’t something lame like a wallet or a tie.

Man Toys Are Pricey AF

We know men love stuff just as much as women. The thing is, the stuff they like, they’ll typically buy themselves, or it will be too expensive for most gift givers to give. Oh, he likes golf does he? Have you seen how much a new driver costs? And maybe it’s not the right one for his style of play. How about a watch? Great gift idea. But do you want to lay down that kind of coin for something that might not be his taste? And then there are the higher end toys. He likes gadgets? He likes ATVs? He likes sailing? C’mon, man!

All this brings most people to give the men in their lives the good ol’ impersonal gift cards, booze, or ultimate male “I have no idea what to get this guy” gift, a gift card for booze!

The Best Gift

What kind of gift actually changes you for the better? Research shows that people who spend their money on experiences – rather than on accumulating stuff – are more happy. Some stuff is an experience. Women have been the beneficiaries of these gift items for decades. Think of the typical mother’s day gift fare: Bath salts gives you the experience of a relaxing bath. Scented candles gives you the experience of a warm aroma that fills your space. Even simple moisturizer gives you the experience of literally being comfortable in your own skin (although it won’t do much for you figuratively).

Men have historically be shunted out of that gift experience, we believe unfairly. And the worst part is men think this is as it should be. There’s this idea that men ought to be “independent” but that get interpreted as being “wantlessness” or worse “needlessness!” We all need and want things. Men are no different.

Think about the best gift you’ve ever received. The best gifts are the ones you didn’t even know you wanted. That means that the person who gave it to you actually knew you better than you knew yourself.

Science has proven that giving really is better than receiving. So if you want to feel real good, give a gift that speaks to the man you’re giving to.

Our Recommendations

Here is a short list of things we can prove that are tailored to men of specific attributes, especially if he’s got a good sense of humour.

Does he work with his hands?
Does he have a beard?
Does he – or maybe desperately needs to – manscape?
Does he use product in his hair?
Does he – on occasion – sometimes need to wash?
Does he have a pair of lips? (still works if he just has one lip)

If you’re reading this, chances are, you already know what we do. You know we live to make natural style skin and hair products. And we believe that most men love to use them, they just don’t know it yet. We believe that men prefer high-quality, hand-crafted, naturally sourced ingredients are preferable to the petrochemical goops you get at the grocery store. We believe the man in your life will love the experience of taking care of himself differently. Surprise him with something he didn’t know he wanted.

5 Tips to Keep Your Beard from Getting Weird


It doesn’t take much neglect to absolutely ruin some beards. It can mean the difference between being stylish and hip, to looking like a 1930s boxcar Willie type without the excuse of being in the midst of the Great Depression. That’s “Weird Beard” and you’ve definitely seen it before. Here are 5 tips to keep your beard tamed and keep that weird beard at bay.

Know When To Grow

This is if you haven’t started growing a beard. And if you already have a beard, you can probably sympathize here. Nothing looks weirder than a beard in transition. It’s not quite full, yet it’s rough at the same time. Like it’s own beardy puberty, it still has some growing to do towards becoming a man. That’s why you should plan the beard growing phase around a vacation or otherwise care-free times when your grooming can take a backseat. We suggest doing this whilst being a successful Hollywood director, if available to you. Know that growing it out will be itchy. This will pass in about two to three weeks, depending on how quickly you grow. When you’re almost there, shape it up with a barber and discuss styling and your end goal. Check out pics online for inspiration.

Become A Clipper Master

To take complete control over your beard, and have the luxury of keeping weird beard away at time of the day, you need a decent beard trimmer. No need for professional grade, but avoid bottom rack. Select the guard level you want. There are generally set sizes (1, 2, 3, etc.) that follow a standard measurement. Once you have the right guard, run your clippers over your beard in the direction of hair growth to smooth out strays and add definition. Going against the grain will give a closer trim, but careful not to go too close. If your beard is on the longer side, a small set of barber scissors for errant strands or unwanted curls is your best friend.

Face Hair Needs Care

Beard hair is different than scalp hair. It’s thicker and coarser. Using a beard wash specially formulated with natural ingredients to clean and soften your beard will leave it so touchable, you’ll have to politely ask people to stop, or – failing that – have to write a stern letter. You want it to leave your beard clean AND moisturized. You don’t want that chemical nonsense: Hormone disrupting parabens, SLS foaming agents that give you the illusion of clean, and you definitely don’t want dyes! Grey in a beard makes a man look distinctive, confident and wise. A dyed beard is a diminished, insecure beard. Dyed beards are the weirdest of beards. Own your greys, and take care of them. Simply wet your beard with warm water, apply a small amount of your beard wash with clean hands, massage and then rinse out.

Beards Need Moisture and Shape

Your scalp creates a lot of oil, which will normally add moisture to your head hair. Beards typically don’t. And considering the thickness of the strands, it’s easy for your beard to become a wiry, dry nest without the proper maintenance. Keep your beard from becoming a dry, bristly, thistly, thirst patch by getting a proper beard balm. It will add moisture and shape and leave a pleasing masculine scent wafting in the breeze. Avoid products with silicone, which just give a sheen without actual hair nutrients. Opt for natural lipids, like shea butter, avocado oil, and cannabis sativa. Simply run the back of your thumbnail across the balm, scooping out a pea size dab. Warm the balm with your fingers and stroke through beard hair. Comb it through for beard excellence.

 

Beard Borders Without Disorder

 

While you may have a beard, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to shave. True, you’ll need to shave less, but you will need to be precise around the neck and cheekbones to give clean lines and beard definition. Use your thumb to create an anchor point above your Adam’s apple. This will be the starting point from which you’ll create a smooth, curved line along the beard toward the hinges of your jaw. Use your clippers to clear the excess brush. Then follow up by using a high quality shave soap and new razor to get a close shave that’s actually good for your skin. Similarly with your cheekbones, you’ll want to know how much you want to remove in advance. The trick is to keep it symmetrical, so err on the side of caution. You can always take away more later, but it takes a long time to grow it back.

 

Taming the Beard Beast: Ingredients Matter

We’ve all been there, groggily waking up, stumbling to the bathroom, throwing on the hot water and while you’re waiting for the water to heat up you notice something.

Your beard looks the same day in and day out.

You’ve accepted this because it’s easy.

You’ve accepted this because there’s nothing else to do.

Shampooing your beard has become a recurring practice in the shower. Because, well, what other option do you have?

Understanding your skin.

To understand why you shouldn’t use any regular shampoo is to understand what happens on the surface of your skin.

Walton Wood Farm definitely knows what is going on on the surface.

Your skin is producing valuable oils. The sebum oil needs to stay intact because the absence is what creates dry skin. (Or worse, beardruff.)

However, most men are not willing to expand into beard shampoo or even beard balm. Walton Wood Farms has done a great job of contouring to men’s needs in this aspect. Let’s see what happens when you stick with shampoo.

Why is shampooing your face potentially dangerous?

The difference between shampooing your hair, your beard and by consequence your face can be harmful. Chemicals found in shampoo such as Parabens, SLS, and dyes have been found to have long-lasting negative effects.

SLS (Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates) are known irritants. However, the scariest extreme has been that SLS has been linked to certain forms of cancer. So, when you decide that using a shampoo is easy, at what expense are you making this decision?

We’ve all seen the ads that show a perfectly groomed beard.

It’s been cut right, shines, and is generally healthy-looking. Do you really think shampoo can do that? Most people that have fallen victim to irritation never thought it would happen to them. This trap can happen to anyone.

Small ingredients can make the biggest of difference.

So, what makes a beard shampoo and regular shampoo different?

Certainly, it’s the ingredients.

Most shampoos differ in only a handful of chemicals.

However, there is more diversity with a quality beard shampoo and beard balm. Just ask the folks over at Walton Wood Farm.

Some of those quality ingredients are meant to heal your beard from the inside out. So, when your beard is looking immaculate, it is not a show. It is because it is healthy.

Most quality beard products contain argan oil. This oil does several things; it aims to moisturize and nourish.

The moisture content of a product is just as important as anything else. Without a proper moisturization, how can you sustain your beard? When hair is dried out and frayed, what happens? It begins to fall out. It begins slowly, and by the time you figure it out, a full shave is in order.

Argan oil also does a great job of nourishing your beard. Moisturizing cannot happen without the nourishing power of argan oil. The nourishment it provides takes everything back to the basics and set everything up to have the best-looking beard around.

Other ingredients include Aloe and Vitamin E.

These two work together to give your beard the fullest look possible.

Aloe provides even more moisture to really give your beard the color and sleek look it deserves. Along with helping moisturize it also strengthens your hair.

The one-two punch that’ll save the day and your beard.

Your beards thickness goes a long way when it comes to looking full and complete. While a beard wash can help, it is only half of the solution. The other part of proper beard care is life after the shower.

A good beard balm doesn’t just make your beard shine like there is no tomorrow, but does more.

Shea butter is what will give your beard the conditioning and shine it deserves. If your beard balm doesn’t have that, then what are you doing to yourself? A good balm also has also has carrier and essential oils. A carrier oil will support the nourishment aspects of the wash, while the essential oils will further help get the most from both your skin and beard follicles.

When you iron a suit, you don’t go over it just once, you go over the same spot at least twice to make sure it’s taken care of. Why treat your beard any differently?

In summation, shampoo may technically work, but does not sustain your beard. Overtime your beard will begin to look spotty, dry and not kept. Oils will be stripped, irritation can happen, easily and not be just a one-time thing. It can be systematic of a bigger problem that is growing.

To avoid these problems why start in the first place?

Beard shampoos and balms can solve your problems before you run into them.

From beard to blade and everything in between, Shawn is the founder of Tools of Men, a men’s grooming blog that helps men get the most from their morning routine.  Featuring in-depth guides, product review roundups, and common questions that men are too afraid to ask, this site should set you in the right direction when it comes to how to care for your body.

Create a Spa in your Bathroom

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Do you ever wish you had a spa in your house?  Ever wanted to create a spa in your bathroom?  Skip the local joint with their highfalutin price tag, rip off the clothes and head straight for your bathroom.  Just add some Walton Wood Farm products, and create your own little secret hide-away.

Perhaps the most important factor in this homemade spa experience is deciding what products to treat yourself with.  This can be difficult to narrow down.  What works best for my needs?  What scents do I like?  Which products do I use and in what sequence?  What if I………RELAX — Walton Wood Farm is here to help. Continue reading → “Create a Spa in your Bathroom”

Best Stocking Stuffers For 2016

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The holidays are fast approaching, you know what that means for most of us; stressful Christmas shopping!  Not this year though.  Get the best stocking stuffers for 2016, as well as other great gifts, here at Walton Wood Farm.

Big items, small items, and of course, the much sought after; stocking stuffer.  It can be absolutely trying to find the best stocking stuffers for 2016.  Stockings stuffers are one of the most overlooked, unplanned, and thrown-together gifts out there.  What to do? Fill those fleece cozies with candies, bubblegum, lip balm, and what? Even socks for the old hanging sock?  Stop buying unwanted and unneeded stocking stuffers and start shopping Walton Wood Farm!

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Top Stocking Stuffers For Men

Stocking Stuffers For Men

Men can be extremely hard to buy for at Christmastime.   Their wide variety of interests, wants, and needs can leave us completely unsure of what to look for.  Whats worse?  Finding gifts men want that are small enough to fit inside a stocking.  Stocking stuffers for men, a Christmas shopper’s worst nightmare.

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What Christmas Gifts To Get For Men?

What Christmas Gifts For Men The Best Gifts for Men at Walton Wood Farm

Men are so hard to buy for. Especially at Christmas time.  Men are all unique, with different hobbies and interests. True fact. Most of us just Google What Christmas Gifts For Men as December 25th fast approaches.  Fear not, Walton Wood Farm to the rescue!

We offer a great selection of men’s products including solid cologne, beard wash and balm, athletes soak, shower gels, and multipurpose gift sets.  No matter how unique or different your man may be, we have a gift to suit his individuality.

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