A man can give a lady a good gift

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist

If you haven’t started yet, don’t resign yourself to a bargain basement holiday of despair. There are still three weeks of quality shopping time left before the holidays, which gives you an ample opportunity to make the woman you love feel cherished and treasured.

Yep, this column focuses on the giving of presents from men to women, as usual at this time of year. However, with a little ingenuity, my female readers can transfer the ideas. Also, as usual, we are honing in on the affordable.

• As you read this, it may not be too late to get tickets for the TranSiberian Orchestra or the Nutcracker Ballet, both of which are coming to the Amarillo Civic Center. (Before you snort at the Nutcracker part, remember this is her present. Anyway, those guys are tremendous athletes.)

• Each of the several coffee shops in Clovis or Portales carries gift certificates. That can go one of two ways: You can set her up to go for coffee with the girls, or make a commitment to meet her there for a date yourself.

• Holiday music is great if you give it early, especially those “retro” compact discs that take her back to another place and time. For us, that would be the Carpenters classic CD, but it all depends on your age.

• Music is great regardless of its genre, and the good thing is we no longer have to drive to Lubbock for a selection of affordable CDs and books.

• Answer the question “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Instead of looking at her blankly and mumbling “Whaddyu wanna do?,” take charge of the plans.

• Movies can be rented or watched in the theater. Either way, guarantee her your time and attention.

• I’m writing this in a coffee shop surrounded by romantic assets — candles, incense, exotic tea — you get the picture. Is there a better time to stock up?

• Make her something. I have to be careful on this one, since the piece I am making for my beloved has a projected finish date of — maybe, Valentine’s Day or Super Bowl Sunday? Perhaps you can do better, though.

Finally, stay away from fishing lures, tools and camping equipment. Trust me, even if she loves OLN and HGTV on cable, it isn’t what she wants under the holiday tree.

Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. He can be contacted at: