The 5 dumbest gifts for your girl
Shopping for that special someone, guys? Here are five things you might want to cross off your list.
When it comes to gift giving, the thought does count -- but think twice before you shop for the special lady on your list.
Although we pick presents with good intentions, let's not forget that good intentions also pave the road to hell. So if you're a guy without much experience in gifting, or if your special someone has ever found your "perfect gift" perfectly offensive, read on. Today we talk about the worst things you can give a girl and why. In a subsequent post, it will be the guys' turn.
Guys generally like practical gifts and gadgets, which is why we're confused that girls don't. Sometimes they do, but problems pop up when a gift seems too practical, comes with expectations, or implies something lacking in your relationship. Check out the video below, then meet me on the other side for more.
Now let's flesh out the ideas presented in the video above by taking another look at gifts the untrained guy might want to avoid.
Does that mean you should never choose clothes? I won't go that far. After all, you have to buy her something that doesn't plug in. But recognize that you're entering a minefield. If you insist on stepping into it, there are two ways to go. The first is to take one of her girlfriends shopping with you. Then if it blows up in your face, blame the entire outcome -- from idea to execution -- on her friend. She won't be there on Christmas morning to defend herself. But the absolute best way to approach clothes? Make a nice card that promises her a shopping spree on your dime, maybe during after-Christmas sales, with you in attendance. Love is about sacrifice, guys.
What's left? Diamonds, obviously. Seriously though, while jewelry can be a good gift, this isn't about money. The best gifts you can give (or receive, for that matter) are personal. They're things that show you actually know and care about what she values both physically and emotionally. Anything that involves spending more time with her is a good bet.
That's not to say you shouldn't buy things. But when you do, use your imagination before you use your money. One day a couple of years ago, my girlfriend casually mentioned that she'd always wanted a star tattooed on her ankle. When her birthday rolled around six months later, I gave her a gift certificate for a tattoo. It was completely unexpected, because I rarely remember stuff like that. Plus it was adventurous, permanent and, therefore, romantic -- definitely not something I'd give my mom. It didn't cost much, and it's something she'll remember every time she changes shoes, which seems to be a lot.
While a tattoo might not be the perfect gift for the woman who makes your heart skip a beat, the point is to find something that reminds her that she makes your heart skip a beat.
In fact, to be on the safe side, avoid electrical cords entirely: There's nothing that plugs in that she'll find romantic in any way. And lest you forget, guys, romance is what this entire exchange is about.
I really hope my fiance does not read this article as I've been drooling over the 18 volt Milwaukee Hammer Drill/Driver for almost 6 months now, and I'm hoping it shows up under my tree this year.
And you better believe I would totally rock his world for a whole week if it did!
So instead of a gift, I should give my wife a piece of paper that says "I'll cook you dinner." Yeah, that's a great gift.
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