Dear Men: Five Gift Mistakes To Steer Clear Of This Christmas

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So you haven't even started your shopping yet and don't have a clue about where to begin. Don't panic, but do read on for what NOT to buy for your gf or wife and why:

1. Gym Memberships

Quickest way to say 'I think your body is sooo NOT hot!' #DontDoIt

If they run out and sign up after 12-25 on their own, not a problem, but if you buy it as a surprise, it's going to get ugly. Mark my words.

2. Toothbrushes 

Do I really have to explain this one? Might as well tell someone their breathe reeks, their personal hygiene is poor and they need to ramp it up ASAP.

Speaking of toothbrushes, Sonicare does make a kickass one in case you're in the market for a new option (for yourself, not as gift!). And my niece tells me that her hygienist swears that unless you're brushing with an electric one, don't even bother. Wowza!~ I mean that's saying something, no? 

Lace bra by La Perla

Lace bra by La Perla

3. Socks And Underwear

Unless the underwear is La Perla or lace-y, forget about it. One more thing, LaPerla is bombdotcom. 

4. Vacuum Cleaners

And any other household appliance. This also includes blenders, toasters and coffee makers. Sure fire way to guarantee you won't get any from your wife or gf (or both) for the rest of the winter. 

If you find yourself still wanting that expresso maker, go out and pick one up at one of the after Christmas sales.

5. Gift Cards...Maybe

Tread carefully here.

If she has her eye on something pricey at a certain store and is actively hinting about wanting gift cards from that store, then giving a GC is A-OK. If, however, you're running out today or tomorrow to buy GC's at any store that (at this late date) has the shortest lines, you've making a big mistake. #GoodLuck


And now, here's where to find some of the best gifts that will make you look like a holiday hero:


Providence Area

Frog & Toad, 795 Hope St. - Where Art Meets Kitsch With A Strong Shot Of Locally Made Items. 

Goddess Closet, The Arcade, Downtown PVD - See my recent blog. Perfect spot for last minute gems for gf or the hostess of your Xmas Eve celebration.


Sonya's - Everything from gowns to cocktail to costume jewels for the DIVA in your life. It's the destination for Glamour with a capital G. It's also where at least 2 of the cast of Bravo's Game Of Crowns shop. Wink!

A few years ago, my sister gave me a high waisted black skirt with a side slit from Sonya's that I wish I still had in my closet. It was a real head turner.

South County

Galapagos - If I were ever going to open my own clothing store, I'd want it to be just like Galapagos. From the cute little cafe and shelves lined with books on the first floor to the selection of denim, knits and more on the 2nd, I could spend hours browsing, trying on and buying.

All the gifts I've received from Galapagos (including jackets by Milly and DVF as well as a neat silver ring I later lost when I took it off to wash my hands somewhere. Hope whoever has my ring is enjoying it dammit!) rank high on my list of all time favs.


Ciao for Now, 

Patty J


Photo Credits: Gift photo courtesy of Getty Images. Bra photo from LaPerla.