Following on from our post on every man’s essential toolkit and our helpful indicator that these items might be a well-received present this Christmas, we decided to compile a list of what most men definitely do not want to see under the tree this year. Admittedly there may be some who would be more than happy to be on the receiving end of some of the items mentioned below, but for the most part it’s a good idea to steer clear of these.
Does anyone use hankies anymore? If the man in question is not yet considered an OAP then it’s probably a good idea to leave the hankies on the shelf, as a general rule of thumb. If they are your other half then it could even be considered a little insulting (unless of course you know them well enough to know that they would love some new hankies).
There can be a tendency for expensive male grooming kits to pop up around Christmas time and whilst they may look nice, and yes shaving is something most men do regularly, think of it this way – would a woman be excited to receive a super expensive, fancy shaving kit for her legs in place of that bag she has been dropping hints about for the last month? No, because shaving is a dull and inane chore that everyone likes to get over as quickly as possible. Obviously if the man in question has a beard then this present is even less suitable.
Now these can be funny in small quantities, and in fact welcome. But most men will be less than impressed if they have thoughtfully bought people perfume/makeup/handbags etc and spent a fair bit of money only to receive whoopee cushions, grow your own girlfriend kits and cards with rude pictures on in return.
These follow a similar rule to hankies – unless you are certain the person in question would love nothing more than a new tie it’s probably better not to get them one. Most men wear ties only for work and nobody really wants to get something work related for Christmas.
Unless this is something they have asked for, the gift of a gym membership carries with it the not so subtle suggestion that someone needs to get in better shape. There’s also the possibility it could go unused meaning you may as well have just thrown your money in the bin.
Most items of clothing are not considered a great gift for men – one, because they don’t get excited about it the same way women do and two, because the chances are slim they will receive something that they like and that fits. Socks, however, are the clear winner in this category.
Nose Hair TrimmerAlthough possibly a useful piece of equipment, the person on the receiving end of this gift probably won’t know if it is intended innocently or as a suggestion that they may be walking around with wildly overgrown nose hair.
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