Dear Men: 5 Last Minute Missteps To Avoid This Christmas

Seen the new ad for Amazon with Seth Meyers pretending to hang out with a buddy? The one where they accidentally eat all the candy from the advent calendar? And he says he's all set for the holidays because his wife already sent him a link to exactly what she wanted  this year?

A classic amateur error this time of year.

Yup.

Because even if your wife or gf does text a pic or link to a specific item, you're still not off the hook. After all, everyone knows (but they may not always come out & say) that to have a truly merry Xmas, you must include another gift, a surprise that you thought of all on your own. So, if you're that guy who thinks he's all set or if you haven't even started shopping yet, don't panic. But do scroll on for 5 common, last min mistakes to steer clear of:

1. Sensible

Don't even think about fuzzy slippers or flannel pj's! Those are things you get your granny, not your Bae. Do you think John Legend is buying Chrissy Teigen a velour house coat this year? Not quite. Instead, think lingerie and lace or maybe jewelry. 

2. Sweets

Two months early (It's 12/25, not Valentine's!) and destined to be re-gifted to any stragglers who show up for a visit during that awkward window between Christmas Day and New Year's. Besides, most of us have been over-indulging in cookies, candy (and cocktails) for the last month or two anyway and the last thing we want is to unwrap more of the same. Save those for the office secret santa gift exchange.

3. Snuggies

Or anything else (The Suzanne Somers' Poncho and Chia Pets come to mind.) you'd find while wandering your neighborhood CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid. Nothing says I put zero thought into your holiday quite like a box from the aisle where they sell all that As Seen On TV stuff.

4. Scents

Let me explain: I know plenty of people who sell fragrance for a living and they are damn knowledgeable. The problem is that unless your significant other already has a signature scent they rock daily, or is an admitted beauty junkie who lives to buy the very latest ones, picking up the wrong bottle (one that's too citrusy for ex.) could backfire big time. And have them thinking that you (**sniffle**) don't know them at all! 

5. Store Cards

Can't repeat this enough: If you know she happens to have her eye on something pricey at a certain store, then giving a card toward said item is fine. If, however, you're running out this week (On Christmas Eve Day perhaps?) to buy gift cards at the shops with the shortest lines, then #yikes

Ciao for Now,

Patty J