8 Things You Really Shouldn’t Buy Your Girlfriend This Christmas

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Need some Christmas gift inspiration for what to get your girlfriend this holiday season? Of course you do. (Even if you don’t think you do!). You can thank us later…

So you've got a girlfriend, and Christmas is approaching. Ideally you’d like to have the same girlfriend come New Year's Eve, so you need to give some serious thought as to what you're going to get her for Christmas Day. 

Here, then, is some guidance to buying a present for the woman in your life...

1. What Not To Buy: Deodorant Gift Set



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Look, there's nothing inherently wrong with a deodorant gift set, but these things make a more suitable present for your hormonal-and-slightly-whiffy 13-year-old nephew than for your beloved. Because, what are you saying by giving her this? You might be sending her slightly the wrong signal here.

What You Should Buy Instead



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A bottle of perfume, obvs. If your other half doesn't have a tried-and-tested scent that she uses religiously, it's a safe bet to opt for one of the all-time classics: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

2. What Not To Buy: 48 Chunky Kit Kats



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Yes, your girlfriend might enjoy a Chunky Kit Kat every now and then, but buying her 48 of the delicious slabs of wafery goodness in a wholesale box isn’t the way to go. Christmas gifts should be about quality rather than quantity – your better half wants to feel like a refined connoisseur of dainty confections, not some choc-crazed gannet.

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A nice box of luxury chocolates, ideally of Belgian or Swiss origin. But try to avoid zoning out on Christmas Day and accidentally scoffing the lot while half watching an Only Fools And Horses repeat.

3. What Not To Buy: A Trying-Too-Hard Winter Jacket



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'But I’ve definitely seen loads of women wearing these!' you wail at your girlfriend, confused as to why she’s pulling a sadface at the bright yellow rain mac she’s just unwrapped. You may have seen loads of women wearing these, but not all fashion trends are going to be loved by all.

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This season's hot-right-now item, the bomber jacket, is cool but not quite as out there.

4. What Not To Buy: Multi-Pack Cotton Pants

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Yes, she might wear plain white cotton pants every day. Yes, they're comfy; yes, they're great value if you purchase in bulk… But they're also something she buys herself on a regular basis, a bit like toothpaste. Essentially this is the equivalent of buying your dad some serviceable socks – oh, you didn't!

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Buying your girlfriend some some nice lingerie for Christmas does indeed carry a few risks, but provided you know her measurements and what she’d appreciate, you're probably in the clear.

5. What Not To Buy: Vacuum Cleaner



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Unless she's specifically asked you for one – literally uttered the words, 'Will you buy me a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, please?' – then avoid this one...

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A titchy desk vacuum cleaner. It's very handy, very cute and and very good at pilfering Maltesers off your colleague's desk. 

6. What Not To Buy: Snuggie Blanket



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A snuggie blanket, if you’re unaware, is the mid-point where a blanket meets a dressing gown, and is designed to be worn while you veg out on the sofa in a haze of soporific comfort. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t stop the snuggie from being about the most un-flattering item of clothing ever invented.

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A cool ’n’ quirky decorative cushion – because you can get comfy while binge-watching Nordic crime dramas without looking like a fleecy pile of human slovenliness.

7. What Not To Buy: Gymwear



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Again, unless your girlfriend's specifically asked you for this – 'Will you buy me some gymwear for Christmas, please?' – then it'll seem like you're suggesting that she get herself down to Fitness First and burn off a few mince pies. And explaining your choice with, 'But I thought you said you wanted to start going to the gym more often?' isn’t going to cut it – everybody says that, all the time.

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Some hyper-cool athleisure gear from the likes of Alexander Wang. Yes, it's still technically gym gear, but it's all faaar too chic to actually get sweaty in, daaahling.

8. What Not To Get: Something You Secretly Want



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Are you sure your better half wants a brand new 25th anniversary Sega MegaDrive console with 80 built-in games? Are you suuure? Yes, she did once mention that she used to love playing Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid – but are you certain, deep down, that it's not actually you who wants a MegaDrive? (And if you do, just buy yourself one – go on, treat yourself, you're worth it, etc.)

What You Should Buy Instead



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Well, what can you imagine filling your beloved with festive joy on Christmas morning? Maybe a vintage Chanel bag? Or some walking boots? Or an iPad Air? Or a Game of Thrones boxset? Close your eyes, channel your girlfriend and let the answer come to you…

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