Shopping for Your Guy? Here Are 10 Things NOT to Buy

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Being traditional and practical might make financial sense, but your man will probably appreciate it if you steer clear of these guy gifts.

Shopping for men can be tough. Whether it’s the guy you just started dating or the man you’ve been married to for years, certain items should be no-nos when it comes to holiday gifting.

In the video below, Money Talks News finance expert (and man!) Stacy Johnson has his top picks for the five worst guy gifts. Check out what he has to say and then keep reading for other items that should go on your do-not-buy list.

1. Ties

Nothing screams “man gift” quite like a tie. Dads around the world cringe at the thought of the ties that will be coming on Father’s Day. Don’t buy them one on their birthday, Christmas and Kwanzaa, too.

More to the point, as a 30-something, I think I can count on one hand the number of men I know who actually wear ties. And all those men wear ties for work. Who wants to think of work on a holiday?

Seriously, folks, let’s ditch the tie as the quintessential male gift.

2. Clothes and shoes

Although not as bad as ties, clothes and shoes should be avoided, too. Why? Take your pick from these reasons:

  • You could buy the wrong style.
  • You could buy the wrong size.
  • You could buy the wrong fit.

If you’re thinking socks and undies are a safe pick, stop right there. Are you shopping for your 3-year-old or a grown man? Because no grown man I know wants a woman buying his undergarments as a gift.

3. Nose hair trimmers and other personal care items

What are we trying to say here? You have a nose hair problem? You have a hygiene problem? You are wonderful … but you could be better?

Personal care items are a land mine of unspoken assumptions and mixed messages. No matter how much the QVC hosts try to convince you otherwise, your man will probably not be tickled to receive a three-in-one shaver.

On the other hand, if you’re trying desperately to offend the recipient, a nose hair trimmer should be your go-to gift.

4. Bath products

Let’s just rule out all bath products while we’re at it, why don’t we?

Maybe some men like to use specialty soaps that leave them smelling like lavender or lemon or (more manly) cut grass, but I just don’t see a lot of men primping and pampering themselves on a regular basis.

“I’m going to light some candles and soak in the tub” are words rarely spoken by men. Put the bath set down and find something he’ll actually use.

5. Jewelry

It’s not that men can’t wear jewelry. It’s just that most don’t, and when they do, it tends to be a fairly personal decision.

Scroll back up to the “clothes and shoes” section. Every mistake listed there could be repeated for jewelry. Really, the chances of you wasting money on something he doesn’t like or would never wear are high in this category.

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