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Top 10 Worst Gifts for Women

Updated on October 22, 2014

The 10 worst gifts & the 10 best gifts

This is my list of the top 10 worst gifts a man can give a woman in 2013.

Sad as it is, most of this list comes from experience. I've gotten some pretty bad gifts over the years. There was the lingerie that was 4 sizes too big. Then there was the inflatable couch. And lets not forget the year I got nothing but cookware.

If you're wondering what not to get your wife or girlfriend, you've come to the right place. And don't worry, for every bad gift I've also included a great alternative gift.

Image: Stuart Miles

Worst Gifts for Women #1



Now, I'm not saying that books are a horrible gift. I'm just saying a book is a horrible gift when you compare it to other better gifts. Think of it like this. Would you rather receive a screwdriver, or would you rather get a Kobalt 53 inch 16 drawer tool chest complete with a refrigerator and satellite radio? Of course you'd rather get the tool chest. Just think of how much fun you would have filling it up!

So why would you get your wife a single book when you could get her a Kindle that she can fill up with 4000 of her favorite books?


Get Her One

Of These

Worst Gifts for Women #2



When shopping for jewelry for your wife, never go cheap. The description should always include the words "gold" or "platinum" and should never include the words "plated", "filled" or gold-tone". And remember, she'll know what's what when her skin turns green.

A rule my husband goes by is to gauge his reaction to the price. If he can look at it calmly, it's not enough. If the price makes him turn white and gasp. he's closer. If the price makes him sit down and wonder if I'm really worth it, he knows he has a winner.

Worst Gifts for Women #3


Does your wife have her own workshop?

Does she watch the DIY network on tv?

If y'all need new shelves or a new entertainment system, does she decide to build them instead of buy them?

If you answered no, then your wife probably doesn't want tools for Christmas.

Most women have a small set of tools so that they can do the smallest of household repairs. And guess what? That's all we want. A few screwdrivers, a tape measure, a little hammer and maybe a pair of pliers. We're happy with that.

But not for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversary's or other holidays. Tools are a gift better saved for another day.

Worst Gifts for Women #4

Fishing Gear


Hunting Gear

Answer these two questions:

  • Does your wife spend every weekend fishing at the lake with her girlfriends?

    No? Then she'll probably be less than thrilled to receive a new fishing pole.

  • Does she own camouflage coveralls, a camouflage hat and her own gun?

    No? Then she probably didn't ask Santa for hunting gear.

Something your wife would like more than hunting and fishing gear is the latest mp3 player with music, movies, pictures and more. Then she could play with her toy while you play with yours!

Worst Gifts for Women #5

A Vacuum

Let me ask you something. Do you want a snow shovel for Christmas? No? How about a pooper scooper? No again? I guess it's kind of stupid to get someone something that reminds them they have chores to do.

So instead of telling her she needs to work harder, why don't you give her something that says she works too hard. Give her something that will help her relax.

You can use this too!

Worst Gifts for Women #6

Cotton Pajamas



If you're celebrating with gifts, it must be a happy holiday. Don't spoil it by making your wife feel like a frumpy old housewife. When it comes to buying sleepwear for your wife, there's just 2 rules to follow.

1. Get the right size. It doesn't matter how sexy something is, getting the wrong size means you think she's fat (trust me, it does. If it's too big, she'll think you think she's fatter than she really is and if it's too small, she'll think you wish she were skinny enough to fit.).

2. If she can wear it in front of the kids or your parents, then it's not naughty enough.

In fact, why don't you just make it easier on yourself and get her a gift card so the two of you can go pick out something sexy together?

Worst Gifts for Women #7

A Gym Membership

Giving your wife a gym membership or an exercise machine is just another way to say "Honey, you're fat". And we all know that's a big no-no.

So instead, give her a Nintendo Wii. It's something the entire family can have fun with. Plus, it's a way for everyone to get a little exercise. And if you're feeling a little brave, get her the Wii Fit.

Worst Gifts for Women #8

Kitchen Appliances

Unless it's something big your wife has always wanted (like a KitchenAid mixer), it's best to just stay away from the kitchen. No coffee pots, knife blocks, plate sets, or pots and pans. No silverware, deep fryers, waffle makers or cake pans. None of it!

Why don't you choose something for the living room instead? A nice set of lamps. A pretty coffee table. A decorative water fountain to set on a coffee table. Even a board game would be better than a kitchen appliance.

(Of course, if your wife asks specifically for a kitchen appliance, then just ignore this whole section)

Worst Gifts for Women #9

As Seen On TV

As Seen On TV is really just a short way of saying "a crappy product that's going to be overpriced and trendy for the 3 months it takes people to realize it's a crappy product". And even if your wife really really really wants this trendy new product, don't do it. If you get it for her, you'll always be known as the one who bought her that crappy present that broke the first week she used it. Do you want to be that guy?

Instead, go with a product you know she likes and hasn't let her down: her favorite perfume!

Worst Gifts for Women #10

Anything Sensible

Don't get her anything sensible. Save that for the rest of the year. This includes gift certificates to see the eye doctor, a nice sturdy pair of shoes, large appliances (washer, dryer, fridge), cleaning supplies, an oil change for her car, and anything else that she needs more than she wants.

In fact, why don't you try for the exact opposite of sensible. Get her a gift certificate for the adventure of her choice!

helicopter ride


hot air balloon ride

stock car racing

hang gliding


© 2011 Othercatt

Have you ever given a horrible gift?

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    • EzLoanLookUp LM profile image

      EzLoanLookUp LM 

      5 years ago

      Yeah the gym membership one is pretty bad.

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      5 years ago

      I just found this page and felt I had to add my own worst gift experience. Mother's day has just passed, this year my boyfriend of two years gave me flowers, nice huh? I smiling, received them wilted and sad after an overnight of no water. Really.

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      5 years ago

      What a cool lens! Thanks for the laugh :)

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      5 years ago

      I just got a gym membership for a year wtf from my boyfriend of almost two Years who is a gym fanatic instead of what I really wanted. And this was done four weeks.before christmas. I just feel like crying

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      6 years ago

      NEVER! hahaha, but great lens!

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      lasertek lm 

      6 years ago

      Guys should read this lens.

    • DreamsBloom profile image


      6 years ago

      The part about what your husband uses as a gauge to buy jewelry with was hilarious! :)

    • markettrol profile image


      6 years ago

      Great it....Thanks

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Fun list and an explanation that really should get the males to thinking.

      I disagree on one topic. I really don't want him picking out furniture for the house without consulting me. That could result in a really, really bad gift.

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      Lisa Morris 

      6 years ago

      Great idea. I love it.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wonderful list! Your gift lists definitely made me laugh out loud. So funny but so true. Thanks for a great pair of lenses!


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