This article cracked me up. It said that household appliances were not a good gift for Christmas because no woman wants to be reminded that you think of her as the person who does the chores around the house. Well, not every woman is a looking for gold and diamonds under the Christmas tree.
I once got a really nice Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas. I was tickled beyond belief because I had lusted after this expensive mixer for ages and was happy to receive it. However, the reaction from the women at work was universally "Yuck! What a miserable gift!" I was mystified. I loved my mixer. It wasn't a gift that said "Gee, here's something to make you work even harder around the house." It said "Here's a Kitchenaid mixer because you wanted one and you love to bake."
I refuse to believe that most women are so mercenary that they wouldn't appreciate a practical gift. On the other hand, I spent my working life as an engineer surrounded by 99% men and maybe their opinions have rubbed off! Or maybe I'm just naturally practical myself.
If anyone is looking for a person to give a carpet cleaner for Christmas, I promise I would appreciate it!