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Worst 7 Christmas Gifts to Give to a Woman

Updated on November 7, 2009

You Gave Her What!!!

Christmas is the perfect time to show how you feel about a special lady. But, be aware, a woman always remembers the gifts she receives from a friend, lover, or husband. A not-so-perfect gift can ruin the day, mood, or holiday.

Some women prefer jewelry, but take the time to find out exactly what kind of jewelry. For instance, if she is not a necklace-person, don't buy one for her! Take notice of what types of jewelry she wears, and listen up when she points out things she admirs.

Oh, I know, I know, women express likes and wants often. These types of comments should be taken with a grain of salt, as they can be fickle and spur of the moment. What you do want to pay attention to are things she mentions again and again. Like a particular piece of jewelry, or brand of perfume. Perhaps she has her heart set on a new car. But, this does not mean she likes the same make, model or color you do! Before buying a big-ticket item for a woman, you need to be absolutely sure it is exactly what she wants.

Here's some things that can bring you nothing but heartache:

Gym Membership

No one needs to be reminded about those extra 5-10 pounds. Do not present her with a membership to a gym or health club, as a surprise. Unless this was specifically on her Santa list, she will think you are knocking her appearance and rubbing those extra pounds in her face. This will not get you any points! Guaranteed!


Although a shopping spree on someone elses dime is generally a fun thing, however, handing a woman an envelope containing cash is not the best gift. Christmas gifts should be something you purchased while thinking about her personal likes. A gift of cash only shows that you were not interested enough, or too lazy, to make the effort to search for a gift for her. Cash is a way many men 'think' they'll be off the hook. Not gonna work! If you must give cash, at least give it in the form of a gift card from one of her favorite stores. At the least, she'll know you actually went to a store with her in mind.


Unless the lady is an aspiring chef, or loves to spend time over a hot stove, the gift of a cookbook is not a good choice. Most likely, she will view the gift as a hint, or loud slap, that she needs help in the kitchen, or that you do not like her cooking. A cookbook can be viewed as just another household duty or chore you expect her to fulfill.

Cinderella Duty Items

Giving a woman a gift with a cord can be reason enough to hang you at dawn! Most women do not want electric appliances, such as a vacuum cleaner, floor scrubber, toaster or mixer, as Christmas gifts. Unless, she specifically asks for an appliance, do not, under any circumstances, get her anything related to household chores!


Venturing into this area is risky, to say the least. Should you happen to pick out something she likes and in the correct size, you might get away with this gift, but the odds are against you. More likely you will get something that is too big (implying she's fat), or something that is too small (implying she's fat). And, giving something that catches your eye in a Frederick's catalog, can insinuate you're looking for new adventures. It's a no-win situation!


You might think a singing fish, clap-on-and-off light, or a fly-in-an-ice-cube gag gift is the greatest thing since sliced bread. But, pretty much it's a given that she will not be impressed. Stay away from gag gifts!

On The Fly Gifts

Never give her a something you grabbed at a 7-11 or gas station (air freshener, pack of gum, bag of gummi bears)! Never give her second-hand clothes, jewelry that will turn her neck, wrist or fingers green, or anything used, for that matter! And never, never, give her the same gift you gave last year!


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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Ivori-Some great advice, I got this briefing early in our marriage from my late wife, Our marriage lasted over 23 years and would still be going strong today, had the fates allowed. These policies are a contributor to those many great years. GBY..