"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.

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