Worst Gifts to Buy Your Wife

This post is part of our continuing anonyMRS series—where blogging wives can share without fear of being found out!

It is the first week in February and husbands all across the country are beginning to think about what they will get their wives for Valentine’s Day. Some may already know, some may already have it, but most of you are probably struggling for ideas. If you are looking for some great gift ideas you should start with our Valentine gift series from last year—full of personable gifts that your wife will be sure to love. If you still aren’t sure what to buy, make sure you learn from the mistakes that these husbands made…

Anything kitchen related is out!

As a general rule, women do not think that kitchen appliances, cutlery, or dishes are very romantic.

One year my husband bought me a blender and he wrapped each part separately. Once I had opened one part, I had to open each other package, trying to look surprised and happy while knowing it was all just parts of a blender to make blended drinks for him!

Last year I received a microwave, the year before that I received a new dish rack. I don’t think it was too bad, but for once I wish he wouldn’t be so practical.

Make sure the gift is for her!

Remember that you are buying a gift for your wife, not yourself. As great as a new power tool sounds to you, your wife may not feel the same way.

One year, my dad gave my mom a new set of tires… for HIS car.

The worst gift my spouse ever gave me was a fishing pole. He loved to fish and I could care less about fishing. Even if I did end up going fishing with him, I would only touch the end of the rod. I would never touch a lure, a hook, a worm or any other bait, and definitely never touched any fish that I happened to catch. Basically, he knew I had zero interest in fishing. To his credit, he did put some thought in it, as he did buy it in my favorite colors of blue and yellow. I used it once and never caught a thing.

Never draw attention to weight!

No matter what size a woman wears, she does not want to be reminded of her weight. She definitely does not want to know that you are thinking about her weight.

One year my husband bought me the most unromantic gift for Valentines Day ever: a scale for our bathroom! When asked he said that he heard me say we needed one. Oh my he was clueless! We have laughed many times over that!

Years ago, (when I was way skinnier) I was head over heels for this guy I was dating. For Valentine’s Day, he got me some sweats and pajama bottoms. I had mentioned that I needed them since my apartment was drafty and cold.  It was amazingly sweet that he’d remembered this random thing I’d mentioned and they were adorable; however, they were all size 2XL. You do NOT buy ANY girl, ever, anything in a 2XL unless you know for a dang fact that that’s what she wears! I was SO mad!

One year my spouse gave me two books. The first, was one that he had just gotten me for the previous Christmas, so now I had a second copy of a book I’d already read. The second, was a weight loss book – and while it was one I wanted to read, I didn’t really want the reminder that I needed to lose weight!

Books could be great!

A well thought out book purchase may be exactly what your wife is looking for in a gift; however, as you saw above, the content is important! Learn from this husband’s mistake…

Last year, my hubby gave me a stack of self help books off my Amazon wish list. I was already at an emotionally vulnerable place and his gift made me feel like I was even more screwed up than I had already thought. I understand that he was trying to be helpful but the gift made me cry.

The absolute worst gift?

The worst thing you can do for Valentine’s Day is to not give anything at all. If you are unable to afford a gift, make one. Here are some great DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas that any wife would love to receive!

What is the worst gift you have ever received from your spouse? Share (or commiserate) in the comments below.


  1. says

    My husband knows not to buy me anything for the house unless I ask for it. I love to cook, so once in a while I’ll ask for some cool new appliance for my kitchen (like my Excalibur Dehydrator), but otherwise he knows items for the house (like vacuum cleaners) are off limits for gift ideas:-)

  2. says

    I love these! Luckily my husband has learned over the years to watch what he gets me but he’s pretty good at getting something he knows I’ll like.

  3. says

    When my husband and I got married, we agreed that appliances and other household items do not count as gifts! My husband also made it clear that he did not want tools as gifts. The exception of course was that if one of us specifically asked for one of these things, then it would be appropriate. One of my most fun Valentine’s Day memories is finding a chain saw with a big red ribbon on it. It was exactly what I had asked for, and it was great!

  4. says

    Occasionally I accept appliances as gifts but he would know it because I’d make it clear….though not for Vday! I’ve been pretty lucky in getting good gifts.

  5. says

    I am the complete opposite of this post. I LOVE getting kitchen appliances because I love to cook. I’m hoping for a bread maker this year. On the flip side, I HATE getting flowers. I told my husband early in our relationship the worst thing he could ever get me was a dozen roses. One rose maybe, but a dozen? A waste of money he could have spent on my break maker!

  6. says

    Oh wow – these are some bad gifts! I, personally, would love kitchen items – but not like a toaster, but maybe a fancy espresso machine.

  7. says

    Oh wow! Those are some bad ideas. I do love kitchen appliances, and would love a fire pit for outside for a gift, but that’s me. Sounds like these were not what were wanted.

  8. says

    This may seem strange, but my husband’s jewelry purchases are terrible. I like small jewelry and he buys large gaudy stuff. I like small simple purses and he buys huge bling bags. He knows my tastes, but buys what he thinks most women like. I am NOT like most women!

  9. says

    My grandpa once bought my grandma a toilet plunger for their first Christmas together. They needed one, but of course, my grandma was so upset she locked herself in the bathroom and cried for hours. My husband is actually pretty good at buying me gifts, but I think one of the funniest was a set of Darth Vader party invitations. I’m not sure what he thought it was for… I do love Star Wars and I think Darth Vader is one of the greatest movie villains, but I think he thought they were stationary.


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