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15 worst gifts for men

Some gifts won't impress the man in your life. Here's a list of guy gifts to avoid.

By Stacy Johnson Dec 13, 2012 11:31AM

This post comes from Jeffrey Trull at partner site Money Talks News.


Money Talks News logoMen aren't tough to shop for, but that doesn't mean you can buy us just anything. We're not picky, but we certainly don't want the same things women want.


In general, women like thoughtful gifts from the heart, and men just want stuff that's a mix of fun and useful.


Here's a tongue-in-cheek look at our annual list of gifts that men dread.

1. Gym membership

What, we're not fit enough already? This not-so-subtle suggestion that we need to get in shape won't persuade us to get off the couch, but it will be grounds for retaliation with your gift next year.


2. Silly gadgets

Retailers like Brookstone and Sharper Image are the go-to gadget stores for the hard-to-shop-for male. But please, no more 3-in-1 pens or motorized grill brushes. We already have regular versions of these things that do the job without batteries and buttons.


3. Cologne

Men either already wear a specific cologne or choose not to wear any. Your random scent selection won't fit into either of those categories, but it will sit unused in our bathroom medicine cabinet forever.


4. Tools (for a certain project)

This one may have you scratching your head since men enjoy their power tools, but hear me out. Men know when you want us to complete that household project you've been nagging about. Your gift says, "Now you have no excuse not to redo the bathroom!" Turning a gift into a chore will turn any man off. Do you like it when we give you a vacuum cleaner?


5. Ties

File this gift under "boring" and "forgettable." No man is going to get excited to unwrap a new tie, much less throw it on for a day at the office. Useful? Maybe. Fun? You've got to be kidding.


Image: Laundry (© Brand X Pictures/Getty Images/Getty Images)6. Shoes and clothes

It's not that men don't need shoes and clothes, we just don't get excited about this stuff. In addition, the chances of you nailing our tastes are slim. Put down that Hawaiian shirt -- it will never leave the closet. And don't get me started on how awful socks are as a present.


7. Nose hair trimmer

I received one of these before and wasn't sure what to think about it. Was it a gag gift? Or do I seriously have a nose hair problem? I still don't know, but I'm certain I've never used it. While you're at it, skip any other gift that adds, removes,or colors hair.


8. Personalized stuff

Personalized gifts aren't only tacky, but we probably don't need it whether it displays our name or not. I'm talking about mugs, shirts, aprons, or anything that says "World's best dad/uncle/brother." Find another way to tell us how great we are.


9. Bath products

Have you ever seen bath products on a man's wish list? I didn't think so. We spend close to zero time thinking about this stuff, and that tells you something about how little we care about what we use.


10. Jewelry

Men who wear jewelry don't need a ton of it. We're not going to accessorize with every outfit. If we don't already wear jewelry, your gift probably won't change that.


11. Anything "As Seen on TV"

Yes, we've already seen it on TV, and guess what? We didn't buy it. We know Snuggies are cozy and warm, but we don't want to look like the world's softest wizard. And golf club gimmicks found on TV aren't going to help our game.


12. Framed pictures

We get it: You're going for sentimental. But guys don't enjoy sentimental gifts as much as fun ones. We can appreciate couple or family photos to glance at on our workplace desk, but don't expect us to be excited about unwrapping this.


13. Gag gifts

Everyone's seen the singing fish now, and we don't need to see it again. Gag gifts are good for a quick laugh, but that's it before they're tossed out or take up residence in the garage.


14. Artwork

Decor is another one that's never going to top the list of things men think about on a regular basis. Best case: We hang it up and never notice it again. Worst case: It's off to Goodwill.


15. Coupons for favors

While women might love a coupon for a special dinner date night or back massage, men won't be excited to unwrap this one. Don't get me wrong. It's not that we don't want to spend quality time with you. But can't we do it without making it into a gift? Plus, we know this was a last-minute idea born from the fact you waited too long to shop.


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Dec 13, 2012 6:06PM
I don't know who these guys are that don't like these things, but my husband would kill for a massage and he loves clothes.
Dec 13, 2012 6:02PM
Oh please if you know the person well enough, then you know exactly what to buy them even if it is on this stupid list.  Say for instance shoes is on the list, but I know damn well my boyfriend will gladly accept a spanking new pair of Jordans
Dec 13, 2012 5:30PM

This list is ridiculous. My husband actually asks for some items listed above. This is probably the WORST article I have read about xmas shopping for men and so untrue...

Dec 13, 2012 5:24PM
uMMM....A TIE CAN BE USEFUL & SEXY *WINK *WINK...LOL. I'm giving my dude an iPod Nano 7th generation, his work requires driving & he mention his new work truck comes with an auxiliary plug & I know he doesn't have an iPod... so yeah
Dec 13, 2012 5:11PM

Never try to outbuy your husband's mistress.  Hers is guaranteed to be better every time.

Dec 13, 2012 5:10PM
Another good gift if you can do it is to wrap yourself be naked underneth in wrapping paper and put use immediately on the to & from tag or make up a striptese for him and perform it that night tell him that you have a special gift for his eyes only later at night, this almost always puts a smile on his face....
Dec 13, 2012 4:57PM
Mine likes a bottle of Crown Royal (the big one) and I get him cologne ALWAYS he loves the stuff and I pick better scents then him I am sensitive and can only tollerate certain smells He loves cedar so I try to find one with that in it. Last year I followed one of these list and he said "Honey didn't I get any socks"? after that I stopped listening to these list but I still look. I got him an Air compressor for his car he's gonna love it...Oh and anything for fishing ANYTHING...
Dec 13, 2012 4:56PM

This guy sounds like an ****-hat. Guess what, guy? you get NOTHING

Dec 13, 2012 4:49PM
avatar I read this one and the one for women, then if you click on the "10 sites to shoip for unforgettable gifts" link underneath the articles, guess what you get...links to Brookstone to buy him  some silly gadget, links to a flower store, links to etsy for jewelry and art, links to superhuman for tools and at least 4 links to sites for gag gifts. Crikey MSN...get it straight.
Dec 13, 2012 4:44PM
For me, nose hair trimmer is at the top of this list, followed by ties and gag gifts, oh yeah, and of course plane tickets to visit the in-laws!
Dec 13, 2012 4:41PM
There is a site called red envelope and they have great gifts for men, some are personalized and there is nothing wrong with them! There are also affordable!
Dec 13, 2012 4:35PM

I agree & Disagree with this artical. I'm a guy and i love to smell good because i don't want to go out in public smelling like ****. I always smell good. Some Guys don't like Body Products but i do and i think it's an important part of my day when i take a shower. Because My Girl Friend loves a good smelling man not a stinky man.


This Artical Sucks ball:) Fo real Dude. Every Boring.

Dec 13, 2012 4:31PM

Hmmm that's funny seeing how when I asked my boyfriend what he wanted for christmas his list went as follows:  Slippers, Razors, cologne, Some nice shirts, and/or a Gift certificate to Buffalo Wild Wings. 


Dec 13, 2012 4:28PM
This list is pretty much just a big generalization of men. Saddest part is, I'd enjoy quite a few of those gifts. Actually, I pretty much enjoy anything anyone gets me, because at least I know that I mean enough to that person that they thought of me. 
Dec 13, 2012 4:12PM
My boyfriend loves to get cologne, and he says if I didn't buy clothes for him, he wouldn't have any!!
Dec 13, 2012 4:03PM
I would have been nice for an "instead" idea after each "bad" idea. What is fun and useful?
Dec 13, 2012 3:58PM
Dec 13, 2012 3:48PM
My boyfriend loves gadgets, cologne, would be ecstatic about a gym membership since he loves to work out, tools, shoes and clothes, AND certain jewelry. 
Dec 13, 2012 3:41PM
Tools? A man can never have enough tools, don't matter the more the better.
Dec 13, 2012 3:27PM

A vigorous hummer, big sandwich and a cold one. We are not complicated or fancy creatures.  Most of us men would be thrilled to get this instead of other stuff bought with our money.

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