Choosing the right birthday gift for a woman is not always easy. Here are some tips that will help you accomplish the task.
First, birthday gift has to be personal. By personal I mean something that can be of use only for her. A new blender or vacuum cleaner would probably make an OK gift for Mother’s Day, but not for her birthday. Don’t give her a new coffeemaker you’ve always wanted. She will use it of course, but it’s still a household item. Not a good birthday gift. And if you don’t want heavy objects flying at your head, please forget about a bottle opener or a meat thermometer. That sort of stuff can’t possibly be looked at as a gift of any kind.
Second, consider her preferences. She likes flowers but you think it’s a waste of money? They will die in a few days, it’s a given, however do throw them in as a garnish to the birthday gift. She will appreciate it.
She likes jewelry but you think it’s cliché? Disregard your thoughts.
She has a ton and a half of designer shoes and wants yet another pair for her birthday? Your only response should be: “These shoes look great on you, honey!” Remember, her birthday is all about what she wants, not what you think.
Third, pay attention to what she says, at least a couple months before her birthday. You see, women notice things, the things in stores they would like to have but can’t afford at the time, things on TV, on their girlfriends and in their girlfriends’ hands. As her birthday approaches, a woman will usually let you know what she would like to get. All you have to do is listen and write it down. Later on, pick as many items out of that list as you can afford, wrap them up and you’re done!
You should also keep in mind that if her birthday number ends with zero, a little bigger gift is expected.
What if she doesn’t make a single remark about her oncoming birthday, has closets filled with shoes and her shelves can’t fit another cute porcelain figurine she is so fond of? Well, there are two ways to go here. One is to give her something traditional – jewelry, clothes or sexy underwear (wife or girlfriend only!) is usually something you can’t go wrong with.
If you give her jewelry, consider the engraving – it’s an easy way to stick sentimental value to the gift. In case of clothes, cocktail dress or upscale casual will do, but go for quality; an elegant cut comes with a slightly bigger price tag. If you buy underwear don’t present her just another pair or two of thongs she wears every day, kick it up a notch.
Another way to go is to be creative and give her something she’ll be telling her girlfriends about as the best birthday gift ever. Depending on your budget, it can be anything from a romantic weekend together with candles, treats and rose petals included to a custom-made portrait of her which, as a piece of art, will never get outdated, just like her appreciation of it.