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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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