Christmas is almost here! A chill is in the air, radio stations are starting to nudge some yuletide selections into the rotation, and wives everywhere are starting to think about what they are going to wow their husbands with this holiday season. While some wives know exactly what their husbands want, others have no idea what to get their man for Christmas.
While I have any number of suggestions for what you could get him, here we are going to focus on what we should NOT get him. Ladies, if you really, really love your husband take note of the following gifts to avoid this Christmas season:
Articles of clothing
Clothes. This is something we got tired of when we were kids. How many times has a boy woken up on Christmas morning hoping to find that newfangled whiz-bang gadget that all the other kids on the block are getting only to unwrap…a sweater. Ladies, avoid clothing: socks, ties, sweaters, shirts…don’t do it. Just don’t. We had to put up with clothing on Christmas from our mothers and grandmothers for years. We’re done with that. Another reason to avoid clothing? Nothing says “I really didn’t want to put any thought into a good gift for you” more than clothing does.
Notable exceptions: leather jacket, hat, anything he specifically mentioned he would like to have.
Unless your husband is a fan of a particular brand or he has mentioned specifically a brand he likes, you should avoid cologne. Giving cologne says a number of things, none of them particularly good:
“I don’t like the way you smell, so here’s something to cover it up.”
“This was a quick, easy gift because I don’t know you well enough to get you something you would really like.”
You get the picture.
I know, I know…clothing was covered in number one, above. Pajamas, however, deserve a special mention. I can hear the gears turning in your minds right now: “Pajamas aren’t really clothing, right?” That’s the reason I had to break them out into their own special category.
Ladies, most guys don’t wear pajamas to bed. I know I don’t. I do wear them around the house when cooler weather arrives but I would rather wear shorts and a t-shirt when I can, as do most guys, not to mention most guys will wear sweatpants when it gets colder (I don’t have sweatpants, hence the pajamas). I would also prefer to pick my own pajamas as opposed to having my wife pick them for me as she tends to pick things I don’t really care for. Steer clear of the ‘jammies, O.K.?
Again, this smacks of “I really am too lazy/thoughtless/clueless/etc. to put any thought into getting you a nice gift.” A wallet is a cop-out. Be prepared for the sarcastic “Gee…thanks, honey,” when he unwraps this dud.
Exception: put some sexy photos of you in the wallet, along with other items such as tickets to a show or other event you would both enjoy, or a copy of reservations at a nice restaurant for a date night. Now THAT’S thoughtful!
(CAUTION!!! If you have children and you opt for the “sexy pictures” idea please, please give it to your husband in private, unless you want to mentally scar your kids for life.)
Really? What could be so wrong with exercise equipment? A lot. Unless your man is a fitness buff this is a definite no-no. If you get exercise equipment here’s what he’s going to hear:
“I hate the way you look.”
“I want you to look like (put your favorite buff actor’s name here).”
“You’re fat and out of shape.”
“You’re out of shape.”
Is this really the can of worms you want to open on Christmas morning? I think not. Skip the gym equipment.
Want to totally emasculate your man? Get him a Snuggie. Bonus points: matching His-n-Hers Snuggies. ‘Nuff said.
We guys usually have a preferred shaver that we like to use, so please don’t try to guess at what you think we would like. Just because it’s expensive and looks cool doesn’t make it a particularly good shaver.
There are a whole lot of reasons not to get your husband a video game console as a gift. Do you enjoy quality time with your husband? Kiss it goodbye. These games can be addictive, and as such he will undoubtedly begin to prefer spending time with Doom (or whatever games they’ve come out with this year) as opposed to going out with you. Video games are relationship killers, ladies. Besides, your husband is a grown man. Do you really want to see him regress to his teenage years, spending time on the couch with his buddies (or alone) playing video games he should have outgrown years ago?
Now, to be clear, my family doesn’t put a big emphasis on gifts for Christmas. For me it is a time for family and togetherness, and the gifts are really secondary. While any gift should be appreciated (after all, it is a gift, right?) the gift should have some thought put into it, especially where our loved ones and friends are concerned. Take some time to find out what your husband really enjoys and take it from there. Your husband will be grateful that you actually know his interests and likes and the fact that you took time to get something that he will enjoy and appreciate. Merry Christmas!