The worst gifts I've ever received from a man (don't buy these for your wife!) on Shine
You know, I needed this and I use it. But there was still something sad and unromantic (and I think bad luck?) about opening a gift from a significant other and finding a giant knife.
Let me state this up front: I'm not an ungrateful person. In fact, I love getting almost any kind of gift and have always been super thankful that anyone has thought about me at all. For the most part, I feel like it is the thought that counts and, honestly, what kind of person insults someone's gift? HOWEVER, over the years, there have been a few presents that outright hurt my feelings, that seemed suspiciously selfish, bought simply out of obligation or without any care at all. These gifts, despite my best efforts, made the holiday experience tense and weird. I've listed them as a cautionary tale aboveómore like a public service, than an outright complaint. Do you have gifts you've hated?
A sexy "costume"
Um, yeah. Let me tell you why this is a bad idea. It made me feel self-conscious that the boyfriend who bought it was unhappy with our love life. Also? It wasn't my taste at all. Also? It was really a gift for him.
Yes. My first husband bought this for me on our first Christmas together. It was wrapped in a big bow next to the tree and basically said, "Here, honey! A life of cleaning up after me!" Yuck.
A three-sizes-too-big sweater
This is tricky, because would you rather get something too small? But I was awfully insulted when an ex brought home a size 12 sweater and, when asked how he calculated my size, said: "I just judged your width to the salesgirl who guessed." Grrr.
Tickets to a sporting event
This would have been lovely if I had any interest at all in sports. But I don't, so buying me tickets to the Superbowl (which, incidentally coincided with our anniversary) was not charming or thoughtful, but a not-so-subtle way to get out of a real celebration of our anniversary.