The Skirt: Seven Things You Should Never Buy A Girl

"The Skirt" is an ongoing series in which Four Pins' resident lady friend, Rachel Seville, becomes the most important woman in your life.

Gifts: everyone loves them. They are wonderful to receive, and when a gift is good, you will think of the giver every time you use it. Gifts can even be a fun surprise if the giver hasn’t used saran wrap for wrapping paper.

But buying a gift for someone can be a Brobdingnagian task, especially when your feelings for the prospective recipient are more than friendly. And to be frank, I think it’s way harder for men to buy gifts for women than the other way around because we can just buy you really expensive socks and shrug like, “They’re cashmere!”

Too often, everyone’s telling you what to buy your gal, and then you end up returning to the same old reliable mix CDs and books (“This totally changed my perception of Nabokov,” is something I’ve heard about a million times while opening gifts) and the occasional bauble.

So I reached out to myself and asked what a man should never buy a woman as a present. Read on—the answers may FLOOR YOU.

Rachel Seville is a writer living in Brooklyn who believes in miracles. Read her blog, Pizza Rulez, here and follow her on Twitter here.


  • David

    … Entertaining … Informative … Relatable …. Keep up Good …

    • David

      Work … *( my first comment and I screw it up, by sounding like a Caveman)

  • the passenger

    Wow, it would be great if your slide shows actually worked…

    • lawrences

      Switch your browser.

  • Ronnie

    Whatever that card is good at On The Border too. If your significant other can’t be bothered at all to indulge in a Chile Relleno dinner then fuck them and move on.

  • Thomas

    Good use of ‘Brobdingnagian’

  • Geoffrey

    Very good. I think this is my favorite series here, ‘CUZ I GET IT.