Holiday Gift-Giving Sins

Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and with it the madness and stress of finding the perfect gift for your significant other. Online deal website published the article “10 All-Too-Common and Unacceptable Gifts for Girlfriends” on their blog, and  I think it’s a great reminder to slow down and really put some thought into the gift-giving process. Anyone can walk into a store and grab the first gift basket you see  (how many of these do I have to receive before people realize I don’t like vanilla-scented anything?!), but it’s not really falling in line with the whole “it’s the thought that counts” adage. Yeah, yeah, it’s a lot of work coming up with something unique, but aren’t those unique (and often inexpensive) gifts the ones you remember?

I think the Fatwallet article is a good jumping-off point for your holiday brainstorming, but I’d like to add a few thoughts of my own on some gifts men should stay away from when shopping for their girlfriends/wives:

1. Anything you bought for an ex, especially if you’re still friends. Think your current sig-other won’t notice? HA! Buying the same thing in the first place makes you clueless. Thinking she won’t notice makes you a complete idiot.

2. Anything from an adult-themed store if neither of you has introduced that sort of thing into the relationship yet. Most women like to be surprised … but not necessarily by a new battery-powered friend.

“Oh, you got me a new electric toothbrush!”
“Uh … honey, that’s not supposed to go in your mouth …”

3. Piggy-backing off of number 2, don’t buy her lingerie unless you know her exact size. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have any “fat” conversations unless I’m talking about all the great presents Santa brought me.

4. Unless she asked for it or loves to cook, don’t buy her anything kitchen-related. “Of course I think men and women are equal, honey. Now why don’t you go test out that new skillet by cooking me some bacon?”

5. Do you know anything about makeup? No? Okay, then step away from that Estee Lauder makeup set. Yes, it’s expensive, which makes it seem like a perfectly acceptable gift, but can you honestly tell me you know what color eyeshadows (yes, eyeshadows plural) your lady likes to wear? Didn’t think so.

These are just a few of my recommendations for gifts to stay away from if you aren’t absolutely sure it’s something your sig-other will absolutely love. What no-no gifts would you add to the naughty list?

Love and potentially vibrating surprises,



~ by Mika Doyle on December 10, 2010.

8 Responses to “Holiday Gift-Giving Sins”

  1. Anything previously used. I don’t care that you only burned that candle once, you still used it!

    Great article, Mika!

  2. How about clearance chocolates the day before I was starting my big diet? I had an ex that gave me those one time and it was horrible. I mean, seriously, at least remove the bright orange “Was $5.99 Now $3.99) tag!!

  3. Movies (unless specifically requested).

    Movies, as a rule, are not great gifts from SOs. My boyfriend of almost 3 years bought me a movie for my birthday that I had not seen but he loves and he thinks I will love it. Dinner, wine and renting the movie might have been a better option but I digress.

    I don’t know about most women, but if I LOVE a movie that much I probably already own it and if not, then sure, it could be a good gift especially if you know I would like it. TV shows on DVD are better bet but you better be willing to buy multiple seasons or all of them if it is no longer on the air. (And please start with season 1 unless I already have it.)

    I’m still with my boyfriend but I will tell you my birthday was 8 months ago and I have still not watched the movie.

    • That definitely falls under the category of purchasing a gift that’s actually for himself. I totally agree — renting the movie would have been a way better gift because it’s more a gift of time spent together.

  4. I saw this video last night and thought it tied into the gift giving topic pretty well! haha

    (Though I do happen to be a huge Firefly fan!!)

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