Men can be simple. But often, there’s complexity in their simplicity.
When it comes to buying for them, detail and quality are of the utmost importance. If your man says he wants a watch, you can’t just get him any watch. You must get him the best watch, right?
Easier said than done.
Getting it right can be tricky, but the surest way to figure out what to get your guy is to figure out what to avoid getting him. Taking advice from men closest to us, we’ve recorded the top 13 gifts you should definitely NOT buy your boyfriend (or any other man you care about) this holiday season.
2. SOCKS OR UNDERPANTS
He can buy his own underpants and socks, but he also doesn’t like to think of you going into a store and telling the sales person what size pack he needs.
3. A SHIRT THAT YOU THINK HE’LL LOOK GOOD IN
Your husband can’t choose clothes for you anymore than you can for him, because when it comes to buying your significant other clothing, it’s less about what they like, and more about what you like. Before long, he’ll be dressed like the Ralph Lauren model you’ve had a crush on since last year’s catalogue.
4. A COZY BATHROBE
Unless he’s staying at The Ritz or trying to be Hugh Hefner, your husband isn’t going to wear a robe. Many men don’t always appreciate the art of “being cozy.” For them, they’d much rather have a coat they can wear outside of the house.
5. THAT GIMMICK GIFT HE’LL ONLY USE ONCE
A razor that smells like bacon, an electric toothbrush that sounds like an train engine, and a ‘knit your own beard’ kit are all fun for the moment, but totally unusable for the long haul. While he’ll appreciate your comedic touch, he won’t appreciate the fact that it’s been sitting in the corner of his room all year.
6. DONATION TO A CHARITY
Of course he wants to seem like a generous and giving guy, but on the one time of year he’s expecting presents, he’s not trying to give them away.
7. GIFT CARD TO A STORE HE’LL NEVER SHOP IN
To him, you’re taking money he could use any place and turning it into money he can only use one place.
8. A COUPLE’S SPA DAY
This is like him giving you tickets to see his favorite band play. This is a gift for him, not for you. A couple’s spa seems like something you should get yourself and invite him along for that company you always want. But do not make this his one and only present.
9. BEARD OIL
Yet again, this is a gift for you, not for him. He doesn’t care how his beard feels. In fact, he likes it scruffy and rough. He’s grown a beard to display that he doesn’t need all those frilly products.
10. PLANE TICKETS TO VISIT YOUR FAMILY
There’s a reason he hasn’t bought them yet. Getting him tickets for anything that he hasn’t suggested is just a costly recipe for disaster. It means using his vacation days, taking away from his valuable weekends and investing in something that can’t be returned.
11. TECH THINGS YOU’RE NOT SURE IF HE WANTS
Just give him a gift card. It’ll save him the hassle of having to return it in 6 months when the newest HD version comes out.
12. HOMEMADE COUPONS
A free massage ticket is cute, but definitely cheap. You’re his wife, doesn’t that mean free massages? If you’re writing coupons for hugs and kisses, maybe you should look at spending more time actually giving them, instead of creating currency for them.
13. SUBSCRIPTIONS TO ANYTHING
The thing about subscription packages is they add pressure and no guy likes pressure. If he feels like he needs to do something, he’s going to resent it.