Sometimes, men do not get their wives and girlfriends perfect gift. Perfect gifts come in many sizes and shapes. However, we men don't really get the whole gifting principle.
Why? Because we think "results" while women think "connection."
For example, I might think Kate wants a new vacuum cleaner because she's commented on how terrible and heavy our current one is. While coming from the right place (my wanting her to be more comfortable), the action is perceived as "You want me to clean more."
Instead, Kate would rather I give her a gift certificate to a spa and take the kids for an entire day.
Guys, for a primer on staying out of the doghouse, I humbly give you the following video. Ladies, please continue to practice your patience and love this Holiday Season. We mean well. Really.