Being a card-caring male — at least that's what they tell me — I know what today's dude wants when he looks under the Christmas tree on Saturday morning. So, here are Santa Tully's recommendations to give the significant male in your life something special.
You really can't go wrong with food. What's the saying? "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." I say the way to make a man happy is to tantalize his taste buds.
Why do you think those temporary Hickory Farms outlets pop up in malls this time of year? Nothing says love more than a jumbo assortment of processed cheeses, over-salted crackers, various meat-type products and those cute little hard candies wrapped to look like tiny strawberries.
Another can't-miss place for food indulgence is See's Candies. Get your man a big two-pound box of chocolates and watch as the candies magically disappear. But you have to be careful if you pick out a specialized assortment. Never get truffles, leave those for your garden party. You can never go wrong with sprinkles. Any candy with added chocolate sprinkles is always good.
You can also never go wrong with power tools. What red-blooded American male wouldn't get excited about getting a Dremel 212 Moto-tool Drill Press Stand? We like power, and nothing says I'm in charge more than getting us things that we can pound, grind, drill holes with, saw and cut.
Just don't expect us to put up that shelf you've wanted us to erect for you. New tools need time to be broken in, and that takes at least a couple of years, any guy knows that.
Guys want to be taken back to a simpler time, back when they were little boys. They want to remember the time before they had to deal with things like a mortgage, paying for kids' braces, a hairline that's going back and a cholesterol level that is going up.