This 1919 ad for a rather large household device to do the ironing touts itself as a “never-to-be-forgotten gift”. I can say without fear of contradiction that that’s exactly true. She’ll remember it and you’ll remember the beating that she’ll lay on you after you give it to her.
What sort of culture made it appropriate to gift such things? Or perhaps advertisers were just duping the male populous into such misinformed gift giving. Woe to the man that listens. He’s likely to find himself doing his own ironing for a while.