About this time every year I celebrate my anniversary with my wife. We're both on our second marriages. We're both grateful to be married to each other. My wife is an amazing mom and bonus mom. We are a simple family with simple needs and we don't live high on the hog. I still need to remember to get my wife a gift that doesn't suck.
The best way to figure out what givfts not to give is to showcase some asnine examples of gifts that people give their spouse. When you love someone, provide examples in your daily routine. Say things like "you look pretty today". When it comes to the gift, a little common sense can go a long way.
Get to know your spouse, pay attention to what your spouse says to you over the course of your lifetime together. A way to really blow your spouses' mind is to give a gift that they didn't ask for. That's right, get your spouse that gift they saw with you at the antique shop and said "I really love that, it would look amazing in our......". It shows your spouse you actually pay attention to what they are talking about. This kind of gift will go a long way when it comes to sentimental value.
Some gifts that spouses give aren't very thoughtful. I am not going to give my wife a gift card to Lowes. I personally don't think gift cards are a bad idea, especially if it's to a store that has been mentioned ten thousand times in conversation. I'll get my wife a gift card to Ulta Beauty and pair it up with a nice evening this weekend. Of course I will get her a sentimental gift that I know she'll love.
Top 10 Worst Anniversary Gifts To Give Your Wife
If you give your wife nothing, that's just plain cold. I know that I'm better off with my wife in my life. Reflect on all that your wife does for you and your family, don't drop the ball.
9. Last Minute Gifts From Gas Station
As you can see, the excitement on the face of the wife above. If that gift box is loaded with Speedway gift cards, a bag of peanuts, a couple of Prime sports drinks and a pack of gum, you my friend, are going to be in the doghouse.
8. Don't Give ME Gifts To Her
This coincides with any gift giving celebration. Do not give your wife the gift of a new zero turn lawn mower if she has never mentioned it in her life. Same thing with the grill, unless your wife loves to grill, your money is better spent on buying her something nice for HER.
7. The Blanket Gift
I call it this because dudes are ignorant. What we once got our mom or an ex spouse isn't going to go over well with our wife. If you bought your mom some pearl earrings, don't assume that your wife would love a pair of them and certainly not gift the same style pair you bought mom.
I have mentioned I will get my wife a gift card to Ulta Beauty. The reason why is because I am not a skin care professional. When I get her the card it gives her the chance to buy things she wouldn't normally buy. I will attend her shopping adventure so I can share in the fun. Makeup could also be considered a hint, tread lightly.
This may seem like a good idea but make sure if you do something like this that you pick something out that makes your wife feel confident, beautiful and amazing. If there's an item she has explicity said, "I love that", purchase it in her size.
If it's for the home, buy it for the home. An appliance insuates "duty" or "role" in the family dynamic. If your wife wants a new fridge, buy her the fridge because the home needs it, not for an anniversary gift.
3. Monogrammed Stuff
Getting something engraved or printed for your wife comes at a risk. Hopefully if you decide to go this route, the business you hired won't misspell anything and they will get it right. If not, that will delay your gift exchange. Who would want to give monogrammed envelopes? Lame.
2. Exercise Equipment
Could there be anything more insulting if your wife did not ask for the exercise equipment?
1. Cash Or Gift Card
This boils down to you dropping the ball and hitting Kohl's in hopes of finding a gift card last minute.