Dec 15, 2014

Advice From the Ladies of Birchbox: What Not to Buy Her for the Holidays

Your best intentions can often fall flat, and our colleagues eloquently explain why. Consider this "What Women Don't Want."

Advice From the Ladies of Birchbox: What Not to Buy Her for the Holidays

Your best intentions can often fall flat, and our colleagues eloquently explain why. Consider this "What Women Don't Want."

“If you’re gonna go for makeup, don’t choose anything color specific like eye-shadow or lipstick unless you know your girlfriend has that exact shade. I’m super particular about my colors and I’ve gotten so many gifts like this that I’ll never even use.”

“My big rule is that if you give me something that benefits you too, it’s not a good gift. Like, if you buy me a panini press because you want a panini press, that’s not ok. Don’t buy me a Netflix membership if you’re gonna use it more than I will.”

“The worst gift a guy has ever given me is a mall gift card. It basically said ‘Oh, you like to shop. Here, do that somewhere.’ Could you put in less thought next time? That’d be great.”

“I got 60 dollars in a card once. Not even in twenties, just loose bills he found in his wallet. Don’t do cash in general, but definitely don’t do this.”

“Clothes can be risky unless you’re absolutely sure of her size in a given store. Women’s sizes vary so much from place to place, so if you’re thinking of somewhere specific either ask her or just take her on a shopping trip. It won’t be a surprise, but I know I’d love that.”

“Jewelry is appreciated, but not the trendy kinds that come out around the holidays. Steer clear of anything a jeweler is trying to sell you, because chances are it’ll be ugly or have a weird heart-shaped pendant thing or both.”

“One time I asked for a dog because I wanted one, but definitely do not buy her a dog unless she definitely wants one."

“Those big hostess gift-sets of body lotion and decorative soaps they sell in department stores are good for your mom, but don’t go there for your girlfriend. In fact, don’t even get those for your mom; nobody likes those.”

“Try to take location into account when you’re buying a gift. When my guy friends from back home buy me things like gift cards, most of the time I can’t use them because we don’t have the same restaurants and stores in New York.”

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