When my husband and I first met, I went through all sorts of suggestions on “gifts for men“ in my life. Some were in magazines and others were online, but I could never get a good grasp on what the best gifts would be for him specifically. He was always right on with his gift ideas, but I was always struggling a bit more. I know exactly what I am going to do this year for our anniversary, however. I found the perfect gift that is not only going to make him smile but also bring back some of the most romantic memories of our entire relationship.
He and I would talk on the phone often when we first got together, as we lived in different states and about two hours apart. One of the things he would do when I was having a rough day was to play the guitar for me. He knew I loved how it sounded, but he also knew that it would put a huge smile on my face. Well when we first got married we hit some rough times financially, and he pawned off his guitars to help pay for things we needed at the time. Now that we are financially stable and secure, I want to bring back that opportunity and memory for him.
I honestly do not care what all the lists say are the best gifts for men right now, I am going after one specific gift that I know he will love. I am going to buy my husband an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus-Top Electric Guitar in the exact same vintage sunburst that he used to have. I found it yesterday on Amazon.com and even though it is a more modern version, I know he will absolutely love it. It is $500 (on sale, regularly over $800) and worth every penny to bring back that memory and to see him smile like that again.
He used to ask me what songs I wanted to hear when I was about to go to sleep and then he would play them. It would be normal at first, but the more tired I got the more he would quiet down the guitar and the slower he would play so no matter what song I picked that night it was always my own personal lullaby. That was something that I will never forget, and as much as his dedication to our family was touching I know that selling off those guitars broke his heart.
I am going to order the guitar today and it should show up by this weekend. He will be out of town until Monday, so I am going to be able to bring it in the house and get it all set up in the corner of our room before he gets home. I cannot wait to see the look on his face when he sees it there after getting home from a long business trip. Thinking about him being able to play like that again brings tears to my eyes, and I can only imagine how much enjoyment our children will get out of this routine. I really miss him playing his guitar for me, so I have to make sure I pick the right first song for him to play when he gets home.