Monday’s Hit & Misses: Gifts that Miss

Gentlemen, please pay attention. As you well know, there are frequent opportunities throughout the year for you to give your wife gifts. Gifts are considered tokens of affection and they demonstrate your thoughtfulness as well as what you think and feel for your wife. With that in mind, here is a list of gifts that you should never give your wife:

  • No Christmas Sweaters – Seriously, these are cute gifts from parents or grandparents, but never from a spouse
  • No Huge, Oversized Coats – Despite the fact that wherever you live might be cold, wives generally prefer looks to functionality – this is a gift that you don’t give unless she has specifically indicated that she wants it
  • No Tiny Component Gifts that you hide in jewelry boxes – Rule #1 never make your wife think she is getting jewelry only to not deliver
  • No Exercise Equipment – This is a catch-22, you should never give your wife exercise equipment unless she’s expressly said she wants it
  • No sampler packs – these are gifts that neighbors and co-workers give as token gifts
  • No Household Appliances – Sorry, the new vacuum and refrigerator do not say, I love you – a new dishwasher might if you do not have one, but it’s still not appropriate for a gift of love
  • No toilet seats or other household décor items – I know of couple of guys who did this, thinking it was a great idea because it was pretty and matched the new décor of the bathroom
  • No sexy lingerie – Despite all popular belief, women are not thrilled by a sexy teddy or negligee, in fact – they are more likely to embarrass the wife especially if opened in front of other family members
  • No cheap perfume – there are a few inexpensive types of perfume that your wife may like, but let her identify the scents she cares for or purchase a scent that you find very attractive – though you should never tell your wife you got her a perfume that you liked on another woman. Remember, body chemistry has a great deal to do with how a perfume smells on an individual

What other gifts would you advise against?

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Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.