With the holiday gift buying season upon us, every husband needs to think long and hard about what to buy their significant other. If you are anything like me, thinking of good gifts is never easy. As a guy, my mind is wired towards certain items. Rarely are they what my spouse would want for a present. Because of this, I sat down with my wife, and discussed the WORST possible gifts for this holiday season. Guys read it and make sure you don’t make these mistakes.
An exercise machine
Sadly, there is almost no way to make this one work. Most of us realize a little more exercise would probably be a good thing. But to buy your significant other a piece of exercise equipment would probably be a BIG mistake. Gifts are supposed to say something to the person. What does exercise equipment say? Are you saying she’s fat? Or you saying she needs to get off her rear? Probably not, but that’s probably what she’s going to hear.
Grocery store gift card
We’ve all seen them. Go into almost any store and you can find gift certificates or gift cards. It’s a wonderful idea for grandma or an uncle. But your wife does not want a gift card to Bi-Lo. Admittedly, I used to love it when my job bought me a gift card to a grocery store at the holidays. It really helped planning holiday meals. But don’t do it to your special woman.
This could be almost any kitchen appliance. There are a lot of times when buying kitchen appliances makes sense. When your toaster breaks, buy a new one. When you drop your coffee pot carafe, buy a new coffee pot. If your wife says you need a roaster take the hint and get one. But to try and pass it off as a Christmas present would not be the best bet. It’s like getting that 12th tie for Christmas. Sooner or later, you hope the family realizes guys like other things for Christmas. Similarly, your wife hopes you realize a toaster doesn’t qualify as a Christmas present.
A moo moo
This one was interesting. My wife desperately wants a moo moo. She likes to lounge when she has the chance. She imagines us kicking back and relaxing on the couch for a day, which rarely happens. However, she then told me few other women are going to want one. Relaxing is nice, but something about a moo moo just doesn’t do it for most women. (Hint guys: a moo moo is an over sized grandma dress. And no, I didn’t personally know that)
Sports tickets – To your sports choice
Women sometimes like sports. That’s great. And occasionally, guys get really lucky and find women who like “our” sports. Like women who want to go to the football game or to a basketball play-off game. For the rest of us, this is highly unlikely. If you know your significant other has little interest in athletics, don’t buy her tickets to the game. Yes, she may you want to spend more time with you, but odds are, she wants to do it her way or in some way you can agree on.
Yes, women want their car in working order. Yes, they probably want the car looking nice. But this is like the kitchen appliance. Although she may want some of this “stuff,” odds are she doesn’t want to waste a gift on an oil change or floor mats. Trust me.
This holiday season is almost upon us. It will require a lot of thought and hard work to buy the perfect gift. Your wife or girlfriend deserves only the best, and you should spend plenty of time finding exactly what she needs. Take this chance, though, and make sure you don’t make these all too common mistakes. If you do, you can expect a lump of coal in your stocking this year.