So, you’ve been eyeing that Tiffany’s necklace for quite a while and you’ve probably been keeping your fingers crossed to get it for Christmas from your bae, but guess what – you’ll probably be getting a Netflix & Chill candle, a Pet Petter or like… a sweater so ugly you’ll immediately want to burn it. Whatever! And while we do appreciate the thought behind the gift, we can safely say (and by “we”, I mean all the women on the planet) that some gifts really need to be thought through better.
That’s why we’re dedicating this post to guys! Here, a breakdown of some of the worst presents you should avoid buying your girlfriend this Christmas (or any other time of year, really):
Tickets To (Any) Game
Ok, you KNOW she’s not a sports fan and that she dodges every single “game night” you try to organize at your house (she’ll find excuses like running errands, having much work to do, her friend all of a sudden gets sick, her mom needs her to do whatever, etc.) and you still buy her a ticket to a game YOU want to see? COME ON! Stop it. If she does love sports, then great – take her to a game. But if she doesn’t, don’t make her mad, not on Christmas!
Stealing your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry to give your girlfriend just because your wallet’s thin may be very cute, adorable and romantic when directed by Nikolas Sparks, but in reality – it’s just wrong (and creepy!). Stealing money from your best friend, roommate, parents, cousins, neighbors (whoever) to buy your girl some bling is beyond wrong, too! You really want to avoid the awkward situation when your mother recognizes her piece of jewelry gracing your babe’s neck/wrist/ears or having to face a screaming neighbor who’s caught you in theft!
If you can’t afford jewelry that’s way too expensive, that’s okay. Buy her cheaper one instead or choose something else to buy.
The first thought she’ll have when she opens her present and realizes it’s a hygiene kit will be “Is he trying to tell me something?”. She might not ask it directly but she’ll keep feeling insecure around you, thinking she isn’t clean enough. You are dead after that – she’ll never forgive you.
A Photo Of Yourself
Ok, sure. You want her to have a reminder of how gorgeous you are (khm khm) or let her know you are always there for her, but come on – we’re sure she’ll rather have you show it to her with cute, thoughtful gestures than frame yourself for show.
If you, however, do give her a framed photo of you two together from one of your dates, your favorite holiday or simply a time away you both love – that’s another story. That’s super cute! Just don’t go all narcissistic on her, please.
Presents That (Don’t) Hint Marriage
This is always a two-way street, so we’d advise steering clear from gifts that suggest marriage after you’ve been dating for a few months (diamond rings and such) or choosing neutral gifts (that don’t come in a little box) if you have been talking about marriage (but you, personally, aren’t ready yet).
Don’t go suggestive or distant on her if the circumstances are marriage-prone. Be smart, you don’t want to hurt her feelings and smudge the memory of Christmas celebrations for good!
Okay, is she 12? No. Why would you go and buy her stuffed animals, then? To play all cute? Come on. There are better ways to show her your soft side than buying her stuffed animals. Take her to a romantic, candle-light dinner or a boat ride in the sunset instead. There’s romantic for you.
…Really, man? Really? Do you really want to buy her a reminder of everything she’s been fighting against her whole adult life? Don’t be that person – she’ll honestly take it against you heavily, especially if she is a career woman. The only scenario where we see those cleaning supplies having a moment is you using them when she leaves you.
Be smart about what you choose and put some thought in it. She’ll love you for it.