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15 worst gifts for women

Shopping for that special lady in your life? While no two people are alike, there are some gifts worth skipping.

By Stacy Johnson Dec 13, 2012 3:42PM

This post comes from Amanda Geronikos at partner site Money Talks News.


Money Talks News logoIt should go without saying that not everyone has the same idea of the perfect gift. There are men hoping for cologne and women longing for power tools.


But that won't stop us from having some fun with potentially horrible gifts for the woman in your life. Here's our tongue-in-cheek list of the 15 worst gifts:

1. Any appliance she didn't ask for

Unless she specifically asked for a waffle maker or blender, don't buy her one. Even women who enjoy cooking don't want to feel it's expected.


2. Clothes

Clothes are a no-no for several reasons. There's the size issue: If you get her something too big, she'll probably be offended; if you get her something too small, she might feel bad about herself.


There's also the issue of style. If a wardrobe makeover is what she wants, make a nice card promising to take her on a shopping spree with your cash.


3.  A framed picture of yourself

This "gift" is strangely common, based on personal experience and its presence on almost every "worst gifts" list out there. Nothing says you're self-absorbed like a framed photo of yourself posing like a model. And the picture of you when you were 6 years old? That's not cute either. A picture of the two of you doing something memorable is a much better gift idea.


4. Anything that can't be easily exchanged

If your significant other absolutely hates the expensive gift you bought her, be sure you can exchange it, for her sake and yours.


5. Diet or fitness products

Unless you're looking for trouble, don't buy her anything related to losing weight. The implication is that you're not satisfied with her the way she is.


6. Gifts for yourself

Buying her the new flat-screen TV you want and calling it a gift because she'll use it too doesn't work. Give her something she can appreciate and enjoy.


Image: Cage fighters © Mike Kemp, Tetra images, Getty Images7.  Tickets to sporting events

Your significant other might tolerate, or even like, baseball or football. But unless she's a die-hard fan, skip the tickets to sports events. Tickets to the ballet or a Broadway musical (unless, of course, she hates those things) are a better option, and you'll get bonus points if you go with her. Choose something you might not normally attend, and she'll appreciate it even more.


8. Tacky novelties

She's not going to be as amused by that singing coffee cup as you were when you spotted it at the store. Unless there's an inside joke behind the novelty gift, and it's in addition to a larger gift, this is a bad idea.


9. Perfume

If she asked for Elizabeth Arden's newest fragrance, by all means, buy it. Otherwise, stay away from the perfume counter. She might hate the fragrance you choose, or worse, she might be allergic to it.


10. Cash

Remember the "Seinfeld" episode in which Jerry gave Elaine cash for Christmas? Elaine got mad, as will the lady in your life if you give her this thoughtless gift.


11.  Cosmetics (including wrinkle cream)

It's almost unbelievable that men buy women wrinkle cream as a gift. I once heard about a woman who received wrinkle cream from her boyfriend when she was 22. It's also weird to buy a woman makeup. Just stay away from the cosmetics department.


12. Alcohol

A bottle of wine is nice for a housewarming party, but it's not quite as classy when you give it to a woman as a holiday, birthday or anniversary gift.


13. Flowers

Flowers are appropriate at certain times, but the holidays call for something more thoughtful and longer-lasting.


14.  Last year's gift

She loved the one-hour massage you bought her last year, but she's expecting something different this year. Even if you have a hard time remembering the details of last year's gift, chances are she hasn't forgotten.


15. Candy

Many women love chocolate,  but it's just not a sufficient gift at the holidays. Use it as a stocking stuffer, and put some more thought into a larger gift she'll appreciate.

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Dec 13, 2012 7:06PM
How about this....nothing!  I finally convinced my hubby to skip buying gifts for each other and it has been much more pleasant for Christmas and birthdays.  I only wish I could convince my Mom and his Mom of the same thing so that I don't have so many items to give away in January to friends or Goodwill.  Christmas needs to be about what you do, not what you get or give!
Dec 13, 2012 6:43PM
i am a woman and this advice is to women. if  you want your guy to get you a nice gift do something radical and TELL HIM EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT!  dont say surprise me or the ever favorite you should know what i like. men are not mind readers. just tell him id like this or this and that. or anything from (blank) store if you have a favorite shop.  that way your guaranteed you'll like your gift.
Dec 13, 2012 6:34PM
What if you gave her 50,000.00 in cash. Would that be ok?

Dec 13, 2012 6:00PM
I have been told that I am a very practical gift giver and receiver.  Cash, gift cards, something I use all the time and love-- bottle of wine, perfume, coffee.  IMO-- all excellent gifts.  Nothing worse than putting all the Christmas gifts in the bag for Goodwill come March.
Dec 13, 2012 5:28PM
Always buy clothes one size too small for women, It makes them think you think they are in better shape. Also they return it and can get what they really wanted or the correct size.
Dec 13, 2012 5:23PM
I hate to say it, but I agree w/ #9, but with a caveat.  If you see it on her counter and she's running low, go for it.  If you don't see it, stay far, far away.  I have received perfume that I am allergic to and was bummed because it smelled good.  The giver felt absolutely horrible when they found out.  I've told my husband that if he wants to buy me perfume or scented lotion, stick with what I already have since I know it won't make me break out in a horrible rash.  So far, so good!
Dec 13, 2012 5:15PM

So far, the comments have been from men.  If you really feel your wives/girlfriends would like cash, candy, flowers, etc., then you obviously have no intention of putting any thought into your gift and the worse thing is you don't care.


Let's hear from some women.  What do you think?

Dec 13, 2012 5:14PM

I like how they assume that diet and fitness stuff is to get the woman to lose weight.  I have been harping on my girl to gain weight- she is 20 pounds under and I am worried that I might snap her.


I also bought her some lengerie for me.  But the main reason was to help her learn and understand that she is pretty.  She liked it, but and because I made her pick it out.


I break a lot of these rules... but my girl friend and the ones past were never upset with what I got them.  Of course, I don't do holidays, birthdays, aniversaries, or anything of the like.  I am religious, but I have my reasons that would take way to loong to type or explain.

Dec 13, 2012 5:11PM
My husband gave me $500.00 in American express gift cards one year.  I was furious.  That's the same as cash.  He put no thought into the gift at all.   All he did was show me how much money he spent on me.  I would rather have a $10.00 book or pair of earrings.
Dec 13, 2012 4:43PM
These are moronic answers that a woman "wouldn't like" numbers 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15. The writer of this article is definitely divorced or single! Horrible answers...
Dec 13, 2012 4:31PM
I don't know one woman who would get mad if her man gave her cash for Xmas!
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