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8 REALLY Bad Christmas Gift Ideas for Women (True Stories!)

8 REALLY Bad Christmas Gift Ideas for Women (True Stories!)

Yes, it is the thought that counts … but only to a certain extent. I asked my female Facebook followers to tell me the worst gift they ever received from a man. The results? Nothing short of hilarious. If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for women in your life, here are 8 really bad ones I wouldn’t suggest.

1. Hygiene Products

A razor and deodorant. I said to him, are you trying to tell me something here? – Megan

I know hygiene products might be a practical gift you think your partner will definitely use, but they imply you have a less-than-flattering impression of your partner’s body. Also avoid buying workout gear (unless she’s an avid gym-goer and you know her exact size) or weight-loss products (unless you want to be punched in the face).

2. Stolen Jewelry

A college boyfriend gave me a diamond necklace. I later found out that he stole the money from his roommates to buy it. I felt pretty terrible, but I totally kept that s**t. – Colleen

And (unbelievably) another:

A necklace … That he stole from his mom. I opened it in front of her and she knew immediately. Plus there was a picture of her wearing the same necklace framed on the table next to me. – Abbie

Can you imagine how awkward that moment must have been? Whew! Stolen goods are not the way to a woman’s heart, I assure you.

3. Candles That Smell Like You

Candles that smelled like his cologne with his face taped on them. – Caitlin

If she wants something that smells like you, she’ll “borrow” one of your sweaters and never return it. Even without the accompanying photo, I wouldn’t suggest buying candles for a woman since fragrances cause allergic reactions in some people.

4. Video Games

An ex-boyfriend once got me a video game (that HE wanted) for me on my birthday and then played it incessantly. – Kemi

Unless you want to find yourself in Club Single, don’t be inconsiderate. Gifts should be personal and relevant to the person you’re giving it to, i.e. something she actually wants!

5. A Photo of Yourself

A selfie. Seriously. – Olivia

Nothing says “narcissism” like giving your girlfriend a framed picture of yourself, so don’t even think about it. 

6. The Thing She Just Told You NOT to Buy

After I specifically asked for no lotion sets because I had too many, he got me a pomegranate scented lotion set. When I asked him why, he said, “I saw you eat a pomegranate once so I thought you might like it.” – Metha

May I just say that is the best explanation for a bad gift ever? But in seriousness, don’t buy her something she might like. Do some detective work. Pay attention to her hobbies, interests, and passions. Ask her friends, family, or co-workers for help if you’re totally stumped. But whatever you do, buy her something you know she will like.

7. Tickets to a Movie She Doesn’t Want to See

Tickets to Garfield the movie … then he met up with another guy there and they talked through the whole movie. The only thing he said to me was, “Do mad cows really run that fast?!” – Brandi

Have you ever been invited to a party or event by a friend, who then proceeded to ignore you the whole time? It is hurtful and can be stressful (especially for introverts), so don’t do it.

8. Gifts That Hint at Marriage (Before It’s Been Discussed)

An old boyfriend gave me a bridal magazine and a wedding planner. He never proposed and we never spoke of marriage. He just arrogantly assumed I’d be all over it. Uh, no thanks. – Jessica

You know what they say about assuming…

Your Turn

If you came here looking for Christmas gift ideas for women, I’m sorry to disappoint. Click here to check out some unique gift ideas the women in your life will adore. Now it’s your turn: what’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? Tell us in the comments below (and if you’re a spectator, vote for your favorite by clicking the “like” button).

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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