What NOT To Buy Women For Christmas
Of course you’ve been eye-balling that flat screen TV and could get it for ‘her’ even though you’ll both be using it (chalk this one up to almost-genius moments that end up as epic fails). Or, maybe she keeps talking about getting into some kind of work out regimen, but actually buying her a gym membership could backfire on you. Here are some other ideas you’d better leave in your head if they happen to pop up in the first place.
Chocolate – Yes, women LOVE chocolate and it is said to have aphrodisiac qualities, but this isn’t the best idea this time, why? Sweets work great for that love-laced-holiday two months from now or as a stocking stuffer next week (preferably not one above a fireplace, ha!) but Christmas is the favorite holiday of many women and she’s looking for something that shows you pay attention to her on this occasion, so throw a bit more thought at her and save the chocolates for the candy dish. Add flowers under this category too.
Previous Year’s Gifts – That massage or makeover you bought her last year may’ve put her on cloud nine when you gave it to her then, but she’s expecting you to mix it up and be unpredictable. Remember, a surprised woman is a happy woman, unless of course you ‘surprise’ her with something completely unthoughtful or bizarre, in which case the reaction on her face will surprise YOU. In other words, don’t buy her a snuggie unless she asks for it or unless you guys have some kind of yearly snuggie thing going on like Hess does with it’s trucks.
Cosmetics/Fragrances – While this one might get your points for even stepping foot in the cosmetic aisle, women have this one locked down. She knows what she likes and this could backfire too if you buy her something she doesn’t normally use or if she doesn’t wear much makeup or perfume at all. May as well buy some sparring gear if you go ahead with this one.
Sports Tickets – Unless she’s as big of a sports fan as you are and absolutely flips out at the thought of going to a live Syracuse game, this works better as a compliment to a dinner out some other time during the year, unless of course you two don’t get much time together in which case just make sure it’s to her favorite team and not yours! Also, if she goes to games a lot, this won’t have the impact you’re looking for.
Clothing/Lingerie – Last but definitely not least on the list is something that she likely talks about A LOT but if you’re not ABSOLUTELY sure of her sizes (no, last year’s recon work doesn’t count) this will land you in the doghouse faster than Speedy Gonzales to a cheese convention. This one is like the ‘How old do you think I am’ question. If you’re not SPOT on and overshoot even a little in either direction, you’re toast. Of course seeing her in that hot outfit benefits you too, but as impersonal as gift cards might appear sometimes, grab her one instead to her favorite store and attach a note saying this is a for a shopping trip that you’ll attend together.
So guys, in summation, if it takes next to no thought or effort to put together, she’ll most likely be disappointed even if she doesn’t show it immediately. But if you happen to bomb or have an inkling you might’ve gotten the wrong size or that she won’t like it, hang on to the receipt so you can both feel better after the fact. Yes, a girl says she loves you no matter what you get her or don’t get her, but best not to mess with the forces of the universe at this time of the year. Try your luck on a less ‘relationship-heavy’ time than this. Above all, don’t forget your woman just wants to be together with you, especially if the kids and work prevent that from happening often, so anything that puts you two in the same space at the same time or frees her from her busy schedule is almost always a home run!