5 dumb gifts for women
Shopping for that special woman? Here are the top 5 gifts to avoid and 5 more you should consider.
This post comes from Jason Steele at partner site Money Talks News.
Guys, do you want to ruin your holidays in the shake of a reindeer's tail? Then give the woman in your life a gift she won't just hate but will cause her to question the very foundations of your relationship. This is the risk you take when you don't think long and hard before choosing a gift for your girl.
In the video below, Stacy Johnson offers five bad gift ideas for women. Check it out, then read on for more tips to avoid striking out this holiday season.
Staying away from bad gifts isn't hard. Let's take a closer look at Stacy's top five worst gifts, and another five I'd recommend for a better result.
Stacy's top 5 bad gift ideas for women
- Anything that belongs in a kitchen. Women may cook and they may even enjoy doing it, but no woman wants to feel that it is expected of her. It may be natural for some guys to see their wife in the kitchen and think she might enjoy an apron or some new gadget. If you ever get this urge, file it away in the same place where you keep the desire to put your feet on the coffee table.
- Clothes. Clothing is another minefield that you just don't want to cross. Between finding the right sizes and pleasing her tastes, there are just too many ways to get this wrong. Stacy suggests offering to take her on a shopping spree, but if that idea scares you, a gift card to her favorite store is another way to let her indulge her passion for clothes without taking uncomfortable risks.
- A framed picture of yourself. Hopefully this idea doesn't tempt you, but there are still guys (and girls) out there who have done it. A framed picture can be a great gift that shows creativity and effort; just include others so it's not all about you.
- Anything that has to do with losing weight. If there is one tip that probably applies to all women throughout the world, this is it. Like spending time in the kitchen, some women may look forward to exercise, but they don't want anyone suggesting they need to lose weight. The implication is that you are not satisfied with her the way she is, and that goes against everything that gift giving is about.
- Anything that can't be easily exchanged. One of the great things about the retail industry in America is that most merchants offer some kind of return policy. When it comes to giving gifts, take advantage of this benefit. Despite your best efforts, you may still end up giving her a gift that doesn't work out, so be sure she can return it without too much effort.
- Jewelry. Unlike clothing, almost any piece of jewelry will fit. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on diamonds. Just look for something in the style she prefers, and try to stay away from imitation stones. A nice pair of earrings or a pendant can be purchased for under $100, and you will get extra points for finding a hand-crafted piece.
- Spa and massage sessions. What woman doesn't want to be pampered? This is a gift card idea with a difference, so do your research on sites like Yelp so you can truly say you made the effort to find the best place.
- Bath gift sets. If you want to enable her to indulge herself but still give her something tangible, think about a gift basket filled with items from a fragrance and beauty company. These affordable gifts will really make a splash at bath time.
- Show tickets. From the ballet to her favorite band, consider giving her a pair of tickets to an event she might not have been willing to splurge on. Be prepared to make it a night out together, or suggest that she take her best friend.
- Travel gifts. Anything that a woman can use on a vacation is a great idea for the same reason that kitchen-related gifts don't work. A travel pillow or a new piece of luggage will bring a smile to her face as she thinks of your next vacation together -- especially if a vacation is a part of the gift.
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Well my wife asked for Wii fit for Christmas and I know for a fact that she would never be offended if someone got her a Kitchenaid stand mixer so those 2 points are wrong. Also I know she wants a new bath robe and know exactly what kind to get her, and that size isn't critical.
She also doesn't wear much jewelry, go to spas or shows and would kill me if I made vacation plans without asking her first.
Stacy ought to change the name of the article to "5 Things You Should and Shouldn't by Me"
Bad advice. Women are no different than men in that we too have our passions, our hobbies and indulgences. Not all women want jewelry or spa gift certificates nor to all men want sports related gifts and Wall Street Journal subscriptions! Jewelry and spa certificates are thoughtless gifts to this women. I love to cook and bake, and I'm gym rat, so I love receiving kitchen appliances or gadgets, and would love a gym membership. Jewelry...no thanks, I'd rather have a Hobart mixer! Gift giving isn't a gender thing, it's a "know your loved one" thing.
If they really were rare there would not be five fine jewelry stores in every mall.
They are ridiculously priced. Ooooooh my finger is shiny! Please!
For the amount of money one would spend on a "modest" diamond -one could go swimming with a Whale Shark in Belize.
Guys- Give a memory.
Ignore those CONSTANT radio ads that claim EVERY woman wants a diamond.
They sit upon a throne of LIES.
I disagree with some of the don'ts. I love getting goodies for the kitchen and don't see it as the expectation that I cook, but as recognition of something that I enjoy doing and someone's thoughtfulness regarding making tasks easier or allowing me to explore a new technique I have expressed interest in. I enjoy getting clothes and items tied to working out as well.
You can definitely have too many "bath sets/products", that is the go-to "I don't know what to get this female" gift in my family.
As always, if you are buying or making a gift for anyone in your life, the most important thing to do is to think about that person and their interests. It isn't about you, so a broad-brush list based on gender is a bit weak.
There is nothing wrong with talking to your lady and finding out what she would like. I personally don't expect my husband of 24 years to read my mind. Especially since I change my mind sometimes. :)
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