It’s the thought AND the gift that counts – StrutThis


Hearing the words “Honey! I have a surprise for you!” from your husband might cause visions of sparkly things to dance in your head. And then you’re handed a box that’s larger than a diamond ring but smaller than a vacuum cleaner. Your mind jumps to handbags, or cashmere! Cautiously, you open the package and inside you find…yoga pants?


Your husband bought you yoga pants. What the what?

Your gut reaction might be to cry. Or eat ice cream. And then maybe cry some more. Does he think you should hit the treadmill? Is it obvious that you’ve suffered from the post-HOLIDAY spread? Is he telling you he thinks you’re fat?

Chances are, no, it’s probably none of those things. There are many plausible reasons why your husband surprised you with yoga pants. Reasons such as:

He wants you to stop borrowing his sweats.

Sure, we do this as a way to feel closer to our men when they’re not around. We slip into an oversized t-shirt or their sweat pants, and settle into the couch with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and the latest episode of our favorite show. It’s cozy and comfortable. But so are yoga pants. And they have the added bonus of displaying our derrieres in a way that his sweats do not. It’s not that he doesn’t want to share, but he does want to appreciate your assets.

He’s proud of how hard you’ve worked to meet your fitness goals and wants to reward you.

You’ve been busting your booty to, well, bust your booty. You’re looking good and feeling great, but your gym attire is looking a little worse for wear. He’s noticing your hard work and wants to help you look good in the process of meeting your goals, because when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you can do anything. Plus, if he rewarded you with chocolate or a fancy dinner out, he might worry that he was derailing your progress.

He snooped in your search history and saw that you browsed for yoga pants.

Perhaps he perused Pinterest and saw that you pinned a pair of Strut This pants with a note about what color you liked best. And then, instead of buying you something similar, he decided to just get you what he knew you wanted. While he may not get points for creativity (since he didn’t technically think of this on his own) he gets points for 1) caring enough to venture into your pinboards and 2) preventing you from having to make returns during this busy holiday season.


Sure, yoga pants may not scream “I love you!” but they do say, “You’re the best!” They also say he was thinking of you, and it’s the thought that counts, right?