Being a gentleman requires more than the occasional please and thank you: It requires courteously navigating every aspect of your life, from paying a bar tab to purchasing sex (if you’re into that kind of thing). Because being a gentleman isn’t always easy, we spent this year teaching you how to approach every situation with your best, most finely-shod foot forward. Such as…
First, we discussed how not to ruin your girlfriend’s clothes when cleaning them with large machinery and detergent.
tl;dr: As tempting as it may be, don’t toss everything — darks, white and towels — together in the same load. And ask before you accidentally do something terrible to one of her bras.
After that, we took a trip down the overwhelmingly pastel-floral feminine hygiene aisle to teach you how to buy tampons for your partner.
tl;dr: If your special someone asks for a specific type and brand, for the love of God seek out that specific type and brand.
Then, we looked at how to buy sex in a way that makes things as easy and fulfilling as possible for you and your prospective provider.
tl;dr: While your provider may enjoy working with you, at the end of the day, remember that they’re doing a job.
Next, we tackled how to pay a bar tab without making your bartender’s life hell.
tl;dr: A dollar a drink only works for beer, tightwad.
Later, we explored the art of making overnight sexy-time guests feel welcome… but not “Norman Bates” welcome.
tl;dr: Go and buy some more pillows, right now.
Following that, we explained the delicate balance of being a bar regular: A fine line that separates the rookie from the pro, the drinker from the friend and the boozer from the bar fly.
tl;dr: Don’t get too wasted, don’t start shit, and for the love of God, don’t mack on your bartender.
Then came an instructional on how to flirt without being a creep, a story which sadly feels more relevant and important with each passing day.
tl;dr: If you find yourself working hard to keep a conversation going, take the hint: They’re not interested.
Subsequently, we discussed flying a shitty airline without hating yourself (and everyone else crammed into that stupid airplane).
tl;dr: TSA PreCheck can almost overcome the experience of any low-service airline.
Now that we’d helped tamp down the creepiness, we navigated the intricacies of dating a colleague.
tl;dr: TAKE IT SLOW! And keep HR informed.
We later explored how to shop on Black Friday without trampling a toddler.
tl;dr: Don’t forget you’re dealing with fellow human beings.
After that, we talked through taking back all the weird crap you got for Christmas without pissing off the gift givers.
tl;dr: Your best bet is to never tell anyone for the rest of eternity.
And most recently, we taught you how to buy gifts for your partner’s family (every last aunt, uncle, cousin and family friend).
tl;dr: It’s simple! Have your partner buy gifts for their family from the both of you.