Hoping, just once, to hear something besides, “Oh, it’s a... present... to me...” when your favorite lady opens her gift? This could be your year—our list of frankly female gift options defies your girlfriend to set aside Dec. 26 to make returns, dares your mother to request a charity donation for next year, and even invites your grandmother to display your gift year ’round, not just when she hears you pulling into the driveway. Best of all, our über-picks all come from local stores, so go Knoxville! To begin, check out our not-at-all subtle hints to determine which of five types of female gift recipients you’re shopping for, from the free-spirited Outdoorsy Bohemian to the “ooh, name brand” Pampered Princess. Then page down for direct-hit gift ideas in each category, and prepare to be popular when the wrapping comes off!
Please, no more neckties. Or superstore gift certificates that’ll be cashed in for socks and laundry soap. And disassociate yourself from the fast-access DSL for a couple of days, because Metro Pulse is gonna show you how to buy great gifts for the fellows in your life—fun gifts, ones a guy will actually want and use—without a single Internet connection, and without leaving town. To make it even simpler, we’ve profiled all the likely suspects, from Fearless Foodies to that City Slicker on the “good boy” list. Soon as you recognize your guy, you’ll know what to buy for him and where to get it right here in town.