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By JILL ELLIS, Special to QMI Agency
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    Buying gifts for guys is tough - at least that's the opinion of many women. He already has all the golf equipment, fishing lures or tools a fella could ever need. If he needs something, he goes out and buys it. Valentine's Day is especially troubling, since he's not a flowers-and-candy kind of man.

    Or is he? According floral designer Sarah Watkin, men have been trained to break the bank for Valentine's Day, spending $80 to $100 on roses. In her experience, most guys would be thrilled to receive flowers on that romantic day.

    "You can say a great deal with a single rose and a handwritten note," she says, "and what guy wouldn't love to receive that? No one rejects an act of kindness."

    Over the 30 years that she's been in the flower biz, Watkin has seen a lot of couples get engaged on Valentine's Day. One of the most memorable engagements occurred when a young woman purchased a single red rose for her boyfriend.

    "She presented him with the rose and an envelope with a pressed daisy and blades of grass in it. She had kept them from their first date, which was a picnic. The envelope also contained a note that said: 'The lady who sold me this rose says she also makes beautiful wedding flowers. How about it?'" The man was blown away and the couple is happily married today.


    Keep it simple, but creativity counts, Watkin advises. "One woman went to the dollar store and bought a whole lot of plastic eyes. She put them in an envelope with a note that said: 'I only have eyes for you. I think we should be exclusive.' He opened them at work and it was hilarious. They are married now, too."

    Another creative gift for your fellow is one that he may need but not realize it - a gift certificate to up his DIY skills. If you've got some home renovation plans in the works and he's better at getting hammered than hammering nails, everyone's favourite TV renovator has the answer. Jim Caruk, of Real Renos on HGTV, has opened two BIY (Build IT Yourself) Learning Centres in the Greater Toronto Area and has plans to open more in other parts of the country soon.

    At the centres and at a week-long BIY Boot Camp to be held in the Vancouver area this spring, Caruk and his team teach classes and workshops to help do-it-yourselfers.

    "We have all kinds of workshops, like on tiling - basic and a more advanced version - for guys that want to redo the bathroom. That's a popular one. We also have classes on general home repairs of all kinds, like fixing drywall, changing taps or doing small electrical jobs. You can learn general maintenance for homeowners," explains Caruk.

    Your gift may benefit both partners and your relationship if renovations or maintenance jobs get done more easily and with less yelling.

    One undoubtedly beneficial gift would be time spent together doing a mutually enjoyable activity or hobby. According to one online commenter, "The best gift is time. If you want to treat your man, give him a gift certificate for a few hours together."

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    Build it Yourself Learning Centers

    This story was posted on Fri, February 11, 2011

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