As soon as Halloween ended, you probably started noticing the glitz and glimmer of Christmas sneaking into the stores and maybe even onto your neighbors’ porches. For some, this is a welcome sight that brings joy to the heart and catchy little jingles to the mind but for others, it is the beginning of the gift-buying nightmare. If you are part of the latter group, fear not, there are plenty of online retailers that are dying to help you get all that shopping done without ever leaving your house. If you’re unsure of what may be out there, do a preliminary search for “Christmas gifts” and you will find everything from cashmere gloves to cool art.
The Women in Your Life
Doubtless, one of the hardest buys to make is the buy for the woman in your life. Whether a wife, fiance, mother, sister, or girlfriend, the challenge is the same. If you’re wracking your brain trying to figure out what is appropriate, take a look at the below recommendations for things that all women love.
The Girlfriend Challenge
While all women present a challenge, the one presented by a girlfriend is perhaps the trickiest. The reason for this is that there is a wide range of possible relationships within this one relationship. Is she a new girlfriend? Have you been with her for a while? Are you possibly thinking about making her your Mrs.? As you can guess, different gifts are acceptable for each of these phases in the girlfriend-boyfriend relationship. If you and your girlfriend recently got together, watch how much you spend and what your gift says about your relationship. Great ideas for this phase include things like chocolate, wine or champagne, and books. Gifts like this show you care, but don’t pile on the pressure or put the wrong idea in her head.
The Maturing Relationship
For those who have been in relationships a little longer, perfumes, body sprays, and clothes (not lingerie!) are sure to please your woman. If you’re not sure what to get her, take a sneak peak in her medicine cabinet and see what kind of scents are already there, memorize one or two, and write them down so you don’t forget. When you go to the store, take the list with you and ask for help. Usually, people who work in perfume can figure out which scents your significant other may like based on what she already has. As for clothes, just make sure they are pretty, she already has some in that color, and that you don’t get a size that is too big. Once again, you could sneak around her closet for an idea on her size and color preferences.
Ready for the Plunge
If you’re ready to take the plunge but don’t want to propose at Christmas, consider booking a nice get-away for the time you do want to propose. Few things make a proposal more magical than the perfect setting. Other gifts to consider are nice leather bags, shoes, or gloves. Jewelry is also nice but be wary because if your girlfriend is expecting that ring, her delight could turn to ire if the little box under the tree is a set of earrings. Of course, no matter what stage of dating you’re in, a little cool art goes a long way.