A gift should honor the recipient. When you set out to purchase the Christmas gift for your wife or significant other, think of those six words. That should guide you. Don’t ask the sales clerk, who doesn’t even know your wife. Don’t ask the kids, who probably think Mom would enjoy a Wii, since they want one. If nothing else, print out and take this list to avoid hurting her feelings for Christmas.
Avoid the potted plants on its last legs, even though it is marked down to a dollar. Accompanied with your comment, “I know how good you are at saving plants and it was such a good buy,” this gift will send the wrong message.
Don’t gift her with the brand new puppy you’ve wanted, because she is so good at taking care of and training them. No matter how you spell it, this gift translates as W O R K, not G I F T.
Linda Ronstadt really stated the obvious when she belted out that “he really worked me over good, sort of like a Waring blender.” “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me” is what she will be thinking when this gift is unwrapped. If you want a blender, get it for yourself, some other time.
Don’t even think of this as a gift. It is work. Look at the picture. Notice how happy this lady isn’t. People should be allowed to choose their own ironing board, if they want one. Walk past this row.
If your wife does not have a sewing machine, there is a reason. If she wants one, she will get one. See the ironing board picture. If you want your clothes mended and your shirts handmade, enroll in a sewing class.
This can be handled lovingly, or ignorantly. Choose lovingly. Put a note with the gift card telling her you saw so many things she’s asked for, that you could not make up your mind which one meant the most to her. Do not tell her she is getting the card because you have no clue what she wants. She’s been telling you all year; you just haven’t listened, or haven’t heard. My husband swears there is a difference.
One other clue with the gift card: If you are choosing a WalMart gift card, which is a good choice, include a second card for Borders or Barnes & Noble, if she likes books, or Starbucks, if she likes that treat, or one of the big department stores, such as Macy’s or Penney’s. My WalMart gift cards tend to go towards things that I am not necessarily going to use. A grocery store gift card is something to buy for the Food Basket charities, not your wife.
Possibly the worst gift you can give your wife for Christmas is a ticket for one to an afternoon seminar: “How to make your partner happy.”
Good luck, men, and we will try to pay attention to what you want, also.
Personal experience and opinions of the author