Maybe she said, “I wish I had a blender”. I understand that she spoke words that sounded like, “I would love a new washer and dryer”. Maybe you heard, “This vacuum SUCKS!” and you took that as she wants a new vacuum cleaner. I know some women have gone as far as to look their husbands in the eyes and say, “I want you to buy me new pots and pans for Christmas”.
Listen to me. These women have been brainwashed by their ovaries, Good Housekeeping and Pinterest. They are lost in their own over stimulated heads and think that items used to keep them busy making other people happy are what they really want. I understand that she is happy with clean clothes just like everyone else, but for the love of God, do you really think she gets joy out of this?
Being home for the last year has taught me to appreciate working major and minor appliances. I’ll be the first to admit when my dryer started sparking and the dishwasher started peeing on the floor, I had an Emmy worthy momma meltdown. I will also say I would love a robot vacuum cleaner that cruises around sucking up my dog’s tumbleweed hair balls. I actually really do want new pots and pans. But not for freakin’ Christmas.
Does this make me selfish? I don’t really care if that makes me sound selfish. Isn’t gift giving about making another person feel special with a thoughtful, individualized present? Isn’t it about tuning in to what makes a person smile. It doesn’t take a lot to make (most) women truly happy. If she knows you actually thought about her while choosing a gift, than whatever you chose will make her happy.
When I go shopping, I occasionally will put something for myself in the cart. By the time I’m done shopping, I always seem to talk myself out of buying it, whether it cost $2 or $20. Not that I’m not worthy of a new shirt once in a while, but justifying spending on myself doesn’t come easy anymore. I know this phenomenon happens to almost all women once they become a Mom. It’s a bitch of a thing. So perhaps a gift certificate to her favorite store is the perfect thing. It will get her out of the house and an opportunity to buy for herself, guilt free.
A male friend posted a secret poll on Facebook a few years ago asking women their thoughts on buying his wife a washer and dryer for Christmas. You can imagine I had plenty to say about why he shouldn’t. What honestly surprised me was that I was actually of the minority opinion. I’ve heard plenty of arguments on the opposite side of my argument; however, none that have convinced me of any other opinion than my own.
As a wife/Mom/woman, are you ok with receiving household items and/or appliances for Christmas? What is the most offensive/worst gift you’ve ever been given?