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9 Christmas gifts partners should NOT give a mum

On Christmas morning mums across the globe will be waiting with bated breath to see what their significant other has bought them. Will it be pretty, practical or perfect.

My partner’s first gift was a financial contribution to my house removalists, so it’s fair to say I’m probably the best person to write a list of what NOT to get a mum for Christmas.

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In fairness to my partner, who believes solely in practical gifting, it was nice he helped to pay for the house movers. In saying that it wasn’t something I asked for and actually ended up paying much more than his contribution.

But it’s the thought that counts right? Or is it?

9 Christmas gifts partners should NOT give a mum

Let’s just start by saying, as mums we are grateful for any gift really, big or small. Up there is no fighting children, someone else doing all the domestic tasks and a sleep in.

And of course the following advice isn’t meant to offend, merely amuse and possibly inform a clueless partner in your life.

1. Cleaning appliances

Your wife deserves to be spoiled, but not with a brand new mop. Gifting her a cleaning appliance implies to her that she’s nothing more than a service.

Ditto goes with a new iron. This isn’t a gift, it’s a device of torture!

2. Something for the children

My husband did this once. The thought was there. He purchased an appliance that turned frozen fruit into ‘ice-cream’.

I don’t have time to leisurely make ice-cream with the kids, and actually I don’t really I really even like it. But he purchased it not for me, but for me to make for the children for Christmas. For me. For them.

Can you tell that it still makes me somewhat bitter?

3. Homemade coupons

While cute when we were teenagers and were struggling financially, which we all have from time-to-time, haven’t we moved on from this being our only option?

When you think about it, making a booklet of offers, for example a massage and a night off doing the dishes, just highlights the fact you’re not already doing this.

In fact it could reveals how little a partner might be contributing to the household. Not a wise move.

4. Cookware

Do not get her a new work or frying pan, unless you want her to donk you on the head with it. She is not your cook. Well unless she asks for a Thermomix and then getting shopping!

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5. Recipe books

If she’s a foodie that’s okay, otherwise step away from anything cooking related. Your partner is more than a service provider to the household.

Oh there is one more exception, you’re off the hook if you buy her one of the fabulous Healthy Mummy books.

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6. Something you have BOTH been saving for

If you are buying this together and giving it to each other, then this is an acceptable gift.

However, if you have decided to pay off the final repayments on something that is for you BOTH, then this is no gift for her.

7. For the house

Maybe the household television, washing machine or dishwasher has died? Perhaps you’re in desperate need of new glassware?

Since these are items that benefit the entire household, steer clear of gifting them at Christmas, unless otherwise asked for. I mean a few extra wine glasses never go astray right?

If it’s a household requirement, it’s household purchase.

8. For you

Don’t be sneaky! Actually funny story, I know someone who gave their partner a hammock purely so they could use it. Genius or not, you be the judge.

9. Nothing

Even if you agree on no gifts this year, don’t be fooled by this. You have to give her something.

Just a little present that encapsulates how you feel, something that says ‘I see you, I appreciate you and I care about you’.

As for suggestions, watch this space!

Happy shopping and may the force be with you.

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written by:

Jessica Black

Jess is a fiercely passionate storyteller who is mad about fitness and wine drinking, usually not at the same time. She’s a freelance writer who juggles being a mummy to three and hospitality work. When she’s not busy tapping away on her keyboard with a smile on her face she’s chasing the kids or jogging on the beach.