Chia Pet products – If your husband has an excessive sense of humor then this may be a great idea. However, if he is creeping up in years, the last thing he wants to see is something that looks like it is growing green hair, just as his own hair is falling out in record numbers. Save yourself the tense scene and walk past the display in the center aisle.
Tie – Really, need I say more?
Gym Membership – Only do this if he asked for it. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for an endless tirade of questions and comments about how you don’t appreciate him or the condition of his physique. Guys know how they look, and your husband isn’t going to like being reminded at the holiday season that he’s gotten a bit thicker through the middle the past few years. This goes for any other type of membership or gift certificate, avoid them unless you know it is something he will thoroughly enjoy.
Tools – Some guys love the idea of getting new tools, but make sure you know exactly what your husband wants and the right brand name. Men can be faithful to a brand name for their tools and getting the wrong style or brand can be a huge let down. Also, if your husband isn’t the handiest man on the block, giving him tools is not a good idea. Illustrating his ineptness at finishing those projects on your “Honey-Do” list isn’t going to put him in the holiday spirit.
Grooming Kits – Does your man really want to be reminded that it can be difficult to keep the ear, nose and facial hair under control? If he does need some grooming help, this isn’t the time to bring it up.
Vacuum – Unless you’re married to Mr. Clean, any cleaning aid is going to elicit a growl of contempt or a roll of the eyes. I know if I gave my husband a vacuum he would roll his eyes, chuckle a little, and then hand it back to me.