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A Guide Through the Minefield of Gifts for Her

A Guide Through the Minefield of Gifts for Her

We woman love to receive a gift, particularly if it’s unexpected. We think we’re easy to please, although my husband may beg to differ. We don’t ask for much – it’s not as if we demand £1,000 diamond earrings from Tiffany for our birthday each year (well, I don’t – am I alone in this?). For most women, the cost of the present is relatively unimportant. We are more interested in the time and effort expended on finding and choosing the perfect gift.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your mother, sister, wife, daughter, girlfriend or best friend, the guidelines are the same. Chocolates are just about acceptable as long as they are interesting ie no Milk Tray or Ferrero Rocher. Socks are a definite no-no and chiffon scarves will be stuffed in the back of the drawer never to see daylight again. Jewellery is clichéd but can sometimes hit the spot. Candles are ok if you know it’s her favourite scent. Toiletries are a turn-off unless they’re mega-expensive and indulgent. It’s a bit of a minefield, isn’t it?

It’s a good job we’re here. Our present finder tool will solve your gift idea dilemma in a matter of minutes. With pages of unusual gifts to choose from the lady in your life will get a shock when she unwraps the Grumpy Cat Puppet or the book about Women Photographers and realises that it’s what she’s always wanted! Particularly if she was bracing herself for yet another Body Shop gift box …

Translate your Woman's WordsHow many times has the lady in your life said: “Don’t worry about a present. I don’t need anything”? Or: “Anything will do. I’m not fussy”. What she actually means is: “Unless you buy me the best present ever, that you have searched high and low to find and spent an entire month’s salary on, I will dump you.” Make a monumental effort to please her or you’re a goner.

Make Her HappyThe author Richard Bach said: “Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” This is great advice when you’re choosing a present for a female – will it make her happy? If the answer is “yes” then you’re on the right track.

Flower PowerMost women love to receive flowers, unless they’re unlucky enough to suffer from hay fever. If you’re planning to buy flowers for a special lady, avoid supermarket and petrol station bunches at all costs. Instead, head for a specialist florist who will be able to construct a stunning bouquet of all her favourite blooms.

Tiptoe Through the TulipsIf you want to impress a woman with flowers, avoid cliched roses or cheap and cheerful carnations. Instead, seek out rare and exotic (and reassuringly expensive) orchids. Recently, a newly-developed orchid species sold at auction for US $200,000. In 1630, you would have bought tulips to impress – at that time they were the most expensive flower in Europe.

Luxury LingerieIf you’re looking for a gift for your wife or girlfriend rather than your mother-in-law you could consider lingerie. First tip: get the size right – better too small than too big! Second tip: avoid M&S – all women buy their lingerie from there so she’s probably got it anyway. Third tip: set the bar high – how about a US $2.5 million “Diamond Fantasy” bra from Victoria’s Secret?

The Bag LadyIf you want to woo a movie star, buy her a handbag as a gift. Twilight and Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick has said: “To me, accessorizing is the most fun part of an outfit. While I don't think you can't rely on accessories to make a dress that isn't working work, I do love jewelry and handbags more than anything.”

Choc-full of Cash?If the lady loves chocolate (but not particularly Milk Tray) you could wow her with a gift of the world’s most expensive chocolate. To’ak Chocolate is sourced from a handful of cacao producers in Ecuador and each bar is presented in its own, individually numbered, wooden box. Pop into Harrods and hand over £190 for the cheapest bar of chocolate.

Personalise ItIt’s the thought that counts and women love a personalised gift as it shows that the giver has made an effort. All sorts of presents can be personalised including cheese boards, mugs and ornaments. However, you could show her how important she is by naming a star or a flower after her. Now that’s personal!

Pamper HerMost women love to be pampered and the thought of a whole day of pampering will bring her out in goosebumps of excitement! Buy her a spa day as a gift and she will love you for ever. Even better, make it a spa day for two and join in the fun.

Un-birthday PresentsAs Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland: “There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” You don’t need an excuse to give the woman in your life a special gift.

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