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How To: Get What You Want Without Asking!


So I know we have all been there, denying that we actually desire anything for our birthdays, when in reality what we want we’re just too embarrassed to say (yea it’s that expensive). Well, here’s a few ways to get what you want without having to spell it out to your boyfriend, friends or family!

Drop Hints: You want a new fur coat for your birthday that costs half your rent but you can’t say that to anyone without looking like a total brat, so just drop some hints. Let’s take the coat for example subtly mention that you love this coat, if that doesn’t work tell the person or the potential gift buyer who makes it what color you like and why you so desperately need to have it! Let them know what store you saw it or where you think it might be available. By doing this you’re giving the shopper at least a general idea of what you’re into and where you’d like your gift to come from.

Mention that it’s your birthday: “OMG my birthday is right around the corner”…yea okay so we all know you didn’t forget but don’t overdo it, it’s so annoying to listen to someone counting down the days, shut up already! But it will still do some good to mention at least once that your birthday is not that far off just to give friends a heads up! By mentioning it’s your birthday you are making the other person aware of the future, and in that future hopefully there will be some awesome presents!

Leave Clues: OK let’s face it unless your boyfriend is Sherlock Holmes your man has no idea what you want for your birthday! He’s not getting the hints and he knows when your birthday is but he is still asking… “What do you want babe?” Cut the guy some slack and leave some fun clues that he’ll notice, just don’t be obnoxious and start circling everything you see in the catalog with red lipstick. The best way to leave a clue for your man is to nix the lipstick and rip the page right out of the magazine. Take that one distinct page you admire and set it in an area you know he’ll see, like right by the remote for instance. The fact that you took the time to single out this page will definitely get his attention and chances are he will look into purchasing the item.

Give him options: Your man might not be able to buy you that fur coat or that new Cartier watch your dead set on because hey he’s on a budget and loving you isn’t cheap. Don’t sweat it your young, fabulous and a blissful belle, so material things aren’t everything! And besides that I have faith that you’ll be able to find some more recession friendly gifts you absolutely love! And p.s faux fur is way better than real … aka PETA. And Cartier…well Cartier is Cartier; you may have to mourn that one…. 😦

Be Grateful: The final tip I have for my belles is to be a gracious birthday girl! No one likes an ungrateful guest of honor so put your poker face on! And of course remember you are lucky to be surrounded with people who want to make you happy on your birthday. It means a lot that someone actually took the time to find you a gift they thought you’d like. So even if you hate the sweater he or she picked out it’s the thought that counts! Just enjoy your day and have a great day my Birthday Belles!

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About Alexandra Palmer

Alexandra is a native New Yorker who's always had a keen interest in news. She was drawn to the industries fast paced and deadline driven environments. She recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in multimedia journalism from New York University, where she specialized in video production, reporting, and editing. Some of her most prominent accomplishments include an investigative piece on campus sexual assault her and fellow NYU student Rajeev Dhir published in Al Jazeera America in February. Alexandra has also interned at several prestigious news outlets, including MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily Show, and Us Weekly. Alexandra's interests outside of journalism include, acting for film and television. Alexandra recently wrote and starred in her first one act play this August. The piece was selected as a semi-finalist in the New York New Works Theatre Festival. Writing is Alexandra's first love. Alexandra is also graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and World Literature, and a minor in Hispanic Studies.

2 comments on “How To: Get What You Want Without Asking!

  1. Brandi
    February 15, 2012

    So I got my boyfreinds daughter to drop a hint for what i wanted for valentines day. and she did text him and suggest what i told her i wanted. It didn’t work I got nothing !!! what went wrong?? and this is not the first year this has happened thats why i got her to drop a hint this year!! I cried on valentines day i’m tired of that !!!

    • Alexandra Palmer
      February 15, 2012

      Hi Brandi,
      So sorry to hear that! Maybe relying on his daughter to drop a hint wasnt the best choice though I honestly can’t say. And it also sounds to me that if this happens every valentines day either you might want a differnt valentine or you should just vocalize to him yourself exactly what it is youre expecting maybe not in terms of gifts afterall we must all grin and bear it when we recieve lackluster presents, but in terms of your relationship in general. Hope this helps, good luck!

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