11 Worst Holiday Gifts to Buy Your Spouse

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by: Lindsay Hutton
Buying a holiday gift for your spouse can be stressful — we get it. Sometimes, in the throes of desperation, you end up with a gift that leaves a little something to be desired. While you might not always hit the nail on the head with your gift-giving, use this list as a guide for presents you should never (ever) buy your spouse. You can thank us later.
Vacuum Cleaner
A Vacuum
Or a crockpot, blender, or any other household item or kitchen appliance that seems to remind your spouse of his or her domestic responsibilities.
Line of treadmills at the gym
Gym Membership
Unless your spouse specifically, very specifically, asks for a gym membership or piece of exercise equipment, don't tread in these waters. Anything exercise-related can have dire consequences, for obvious reasons.
Weight scale
Scale
C'mon, this is a given. It doesn't matter if it's a state-of-the-art model that can measure fat-to-muscle ratio. In fact, that would make this gift even worse.
Waxing Kit
Hair Removal Kit
Nobody needs to be reminded if they have a little extra hair on their upper lip. A gift certificate for hair replacement products is also a major no-no.
Weed Wacker
Weed Wacker
Nothing lets your spouse know his landscaping skills aren't up to par like a good 'ol piece of lawn equipment. Rakes, shovels, and anything else related to lawn maintenance are also off-limits.
Three perfume bottles
New Perfume or Cologne
By now, you should know your spouse's preferred scent. Anything other than her usual favorite spritz suggests that her personal smell leaves something to be desired. Either play it safe or steer clear.
Lit green candle
Scented Candles
What's more perfect than a pumpkin-scented candle that gives you 200+ hours of feeling like you're trapped in a giant pumpkin pie? Anything, that's what. Even a hair removal kit at least has a little more imagination.
Pile of gray socks
Socks and Underwear
Practical? Yes. Romantic? Um, no. Purchase undergarments in the off-season, instead of giving each other a year's supply under the tree. Please.
One jar of face cream
Wrinkle Cream
Remember what we said about gym memberships? Same goes for beauty supplies. Nobody will appreciate anything with the words "skin-firming," "toning," or "anti-aging." Trust us.
Fishing gear
Gifts to Yourself
So you like to fish — that doesn't mean your spouse wants a fishing pole. Sharing hobbies is wonderful, but let her express an interest instead of forcing the issue.
Diaper Bag and Baby Supplies
Gifts Really Meant for the Kids
A gift to your spouse should be something special she wouldn't normally buy for herself, not a baby product thinly veiled as a present. Diaper bags, stroller accessories, and nursery décor are all essential, but that doesn't mean they should be wrapped up and put under the tree.