With some of you starting your Christmas shopping early this year, I thought I’d help you out on some of your “man gifts.” Men are pretty easy to buy for, but at the same time, nothing is easier that screwing up a gift for the dad, husband or man in your life. Trust me, here is a list of 10 things your man doesn’t want for Christmas this year…

  • A SWEATER – Nothing screams “lame” like a sweater, or worse, a sweater vest.

  • A CELINE DION CD – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…You may think that Celine Dion is an angel sent by God to the earth to bless us with her voice, but her music is just not the kind you will find in a man’s iPod play list. (If you do find a Celine Dion song in your man’s iPod, then you better start asking questions).

  • A SNUGGIE – Nothing will kill the manhood of a man faster than him having to pretend to love the Snuggie you’ve just bought him for Christmas. It’s like buying him women’s pajamas.

  • THE MANGROOMER – There is only one way to remove your back hair without enlisting the help of another person. It is called the Mangroomer, a strange invention and horrible gift idea. If your man needs a mangroomer due to his manliness, just buy him a Snuggie, that’ll take care of the manliness.

  • SCRAP-BOOKING STUFF – I don’t need to explain.

  • ANYTHING PINK – Please avoid the pink clothes…. shirts, ties, sweaters, etc.

  • A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A PEDICURE: While I know your man may need a pedicure, this is not going to be something on his Christmas list.

  • SOCKS – Nothing says, “I was too lazy to find you a good gift,” like a 6 pack of Dickies work socks.

  • ANYTHING FROM BATH & BODY WORKS – Unlike women, men never want to get their hopes up opening a present, only to find lotion or body-wash inside.

  • FRUITCAKE – There is no Christmas gift more frightening, more dreaded, and more prolific than the Fruitcake. It has been said that there is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other because no one wants it. Unless you are a fantastic fruitcake cook, get him something else, or you are only going to make your man LIE THROUGH HIS TEETH when he says, “Yum, this is SO good.”
What would you consider a bad Christmas gift?

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  1. Stoogelover says:

    A Barbara Streisand CD (or anything that has her face on it) goes right up there with the Dion CD. I would add a tie to the list, unless that man is in his 70's and still wears ties.

    I thought the Mangroomer was a joke, even after I went to the website … only to learn it can actually be purchased through some otherwise reputable stores!

  2. Brittainy says:

    How about for a man … mangloss. Seriously. I believe no man wants a "lipgloss" for men.

    For me … well, I would have to say any item of clothing that is to small. LOL … nobody wants to open something fantastic to wear and it have no hope of fitting. Ever. :)

  3. Glenn says:

    Very funny.

    But, I'm pretty sure fruitcake is a gender-neutral bad gift. (If you know a woman who likes them, I'll send her one I still have from a few years ago — I'm sure they keep forever.)

    Another thing I hate (but never say so), are gifts given to us as a couple… but they're always for the wife, never for the husband — dish towel set, candles, picture frames, kitchen appliances… the list goes on. Why not a nice big set of screwdrivers or a new leaf blower? Bah.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well my husband actually put sock on his list!

  5. Doug Young says:

    I am sorry to disagree with you brother, but sweater vests are awesome. My wife diggs them. You need to quit meddling and get on to more substantive things. LOL

  6. Brie says:

    Oh! I saw a CD of Gregorian Chants inspired by the music of Celine Dion in a Ross once. I have no idea how that would work. "My Heart Will Go On" was excruciating enough without it lasting for 15 minutes…shudder.

    And hey, I get Kyle COOL socks, so back up off my game, yo. Of course, I also buy the correct video games, CDs, and man-toys, so maybe that cancels out socks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It takes a real man to wear Pink!

    Matt H

  8. Beautiful Intellectual says:

    Never have I seen a blog so half-finished!

    If we're not allowed to get you that, what ARE we to get you for Christmas?!? Give us girls a hand here!! :p

  9. Peter P says:

    You make me feel SO un-manly!

  10. A Blessed Wife and Mom says:

    I agree with Beautiful Intellectual! Tell us what we ARE supposed to buy for our men! :)

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    I think that's a great idea for a post… 10 things your husband would love this Christmas. :)

  12. Amanda Sanders says:

    Trey, way to pick at an old wound. Sigh. This post sent me straight back to Christmas 1998, the year I lost my Man-Gifting privileges.

    I bought my brother a burgandy, chenile sweater and my father a starter set of Rogaine.

    My husband said "Babe, no more buying Man Gifts for you." and he meant it.

  13. That Girl says:

    I'm just sayin'… I didn't buy my husband the sweater vest but I find him VERY hot in it so it was a good gift from somebody!

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    I must add after Terri and Doug's comments… if your wife finds you hot in something (including a Snuggie) wear it! :)

  15. Clint says:

    Do not give any house decor claiming that it is a gift to be shared with wife. Men as a rule are OK with mismatched furniture, plain white walls and the occasional poster. Decorating our nest is not a priority,

  16. Jesterhawk says:

    I actually got a "Nose Hair Clippers Set" one time from someone and what made it worse is that they told me "I could see you needed this so I got it for you for Christmas." OUCH!!

  17. jel says:

    Fruitcake has got~in a bad wrap!

    it's not the fruitcakes fault it's the person making the FC, they make them too dry, there is an Art to it!

    we love fruitcake, my sister made her way though school making them,
    granted she don't like them cause she had to make them almost every day !

  18. Anonymous says:

    Here in the UK most men appreciate their favourite football club tops & shorts or anything to do with football.
    Most men don't like shopping but let them browse round their favourite store with a gift token to buy what they want, is the kind of Retail Therapy they like.

    Why don't people find out what kind of gifts please the recipients and what doesn't, that way everyone is happy. I've had to tell friends I really don't like candles – esp as I'm asthmatic, no one has taken offence.
    Hope this is helpful. Jerusha xx

  19. vanilla says:

    [sigh] It is not yet mid-November and already with the fruitcake bashing.

  20. Anonymous says:

    James can't wait each year for his sock/underwear/t-shirt gifts. In fact, he's been known to buy them himself on Black Friday so I'd wrap them for his Christmas gift. One year, everyone in my family gave him a package of boxers… he got onto the gig after the 4th pack… then we brought out the real gifts.
    Kathy A

  21. Scott says:

    Click http://oakman2parrish.blogspot.com/2009/11/top-ten-gifts-for-men.html to see my blog about what items to get men.

    I was going to wait a few days, but the requests on here pushed up my time table.

  22. Jim says:

    Here in the frozen north I wear a sweater to work daily for like 6 months of the year.
    I do agree with the other items on your list.

  23. Pooja says:

    loved reading your thoughts about WHAT NOT to gift a MAN as a Christmas Gift…

    I am planning to visit my ailing husband back in canada, and was planning to buy him Sweater..


    Thanks again!

  24. fraizerbaz says:

    (OK, but the MANGROOMER is awesome!)

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