Men are simple. But like a good Chanel dress, there's complexity in their simplicity.
When it comes to buying holiday gifts, the one person that usually matters the most is our significant other. The pressure of finding a gift that balances romance, sentiment, and some generosity ($$) can be overwhelming and stressful. That being said, sometimes all you need is a little addition by subtraction.
Taking advice from the men closest to us, we've recorded the top 17 gifts you should definitely NOT buy your boyfriend (or any other man you care about) for any special occasion.
While you're at it, shop these stylish gifts for men, as chosen by the male editors at Siweb.
1. Workout Apparel
Not only do workout clothes lack emotional sentiment, they also send a message most boyfriends don’t want to hear. If his first thought is, “what is she trying to tell me?” you should probably cross that gift off your list. Unless your man is a diehard gym buff, or lives for athleisure, leave it to him to stock up on workout clothes.
2. Broadway Tickets
While attending a Broadway show may be a dream of yours, imposing this aspiration onto your boyfriend is an altogether bad move. The last thing your boyfriend wants is a backhanded gift, and he’ll definitely see right through you.
Along the same line as workout clothes, your gift shouldn’t allude to anything negative, like your boyfriend’s bodily odor. Though we all love a man who smells fresh, you’re better off letting your boyfriend deal with his smell himself. Plus, nothing is worse than receiving a scent you don’t like.
While the thought of gifting art may feel like a deeply romantic gesture, chances are your boyfriend won’t get the same message. Choosing that perfect piece can be intimate and personal, but typically ends up coming across as a trivial home decor item.
5. 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.
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. 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.
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 salesperson what size pack he needs.
9. 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.
10. A cozy bathrobe
Unless he's staying at The Ritz or trying to be Hugh Hefner, your boyfriend 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.
11. Homemade coupons
A free massage ticket is cute, but definitely cheap. You're his girlfriend, so 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.
12. That shirt you think he'll look good in
Your boyfriend 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Tech things you know nothing about
Just give him a gift card. It'll save him the hassle of having to return it in six months when the newest HD version is released.
16. Gift card to a store he'll never shop in
To him, you're taking money he could use in any place and turning it into money he can only use at one place.
17. Shower gel pack/toiletries
Smell is personal to men. The same way they don't want their mom buying their underwear, they don't want their girlfriend buying their shower gel.