Gift giving can be stressful, especially when it comes to that special someone. And as the holidays approach, busy schedules often get in the way of shopping. There’s nothing worse than giving an unsatisfying gift and seeing the disappointment on the recipient’s face. Not to worry – this guide will help you choose the perfect Christmas present for your significant other.
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Great Ideas For Wives & Girlfriends This Holiday Season (All Age & Price Ranges)
Some items make evergreen gifts, for example, the elegant Alex and Ani Bangle Bar Birthstone Bangle Bracelet. Many classic book titles also make the list this year, like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: look out for deluxe editions and limited edition boxed sets meant for gift giving. Check out the links below for more ideas:
Complete Range Of Ideas For Husbands & Boyfriends This Season
Surprise the Game of Thrones fan with the George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set. If he is a coffee-lover, let him start the day with Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System and share a cup of coffee with him. If he is into running, the FlipBelt – The World’s Best Fitness and Running Belt will be the perfect accessory for him. Perhaps enjoying the popular Cards Against Humanity among you and your friends sounds like a good idea? Check out the links below for more ideas.
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- 1 Romantic/Cute gifts for Girlfriend
- 2 Gifts for Young Girls (Below 20)
- 3 Thoughtful Gifts for Girlfriend
- 4 Gifts for Athletic Women
- 5 Gifts for Beauty-Obsessed Women
- 6 Thoughtful Gifts for Boyfriend
- 7 Gifts for Young Guys (Below 20)
- 8 Gifts for Athletic Men
- 9 Gifts for Techy Men
- 10 Inexpensive Gifts for Men
Romantic/Cute gifts for Girlfriend
The holidays can be a very romantic time for couples. If you’d like to surprise your girlfriend with a romantic gift, keep in mind that she has high expectations. Her desires might mirror those of a romantic movie. Women like luxury, but they can tell if you bought or organized something at the last minute. If she suspects this, it will make her feel unimportant in your life and will make you look like a procrastinator. She’ll really be impressed if she senses that you took some time to plan out the gift.
The best part about romantic gifts is that they can be quite inexpensive. Go on an impromptu vacation by renting a hotel room and checking out some of your town’s winter festivities. Go ice-skating or see a light display. Spending some quality time together is key. Simply staying in a hotel will make you feel miles away from your daily worries. If you’re really low on money, a creative present made by hand will suffice. Consider writing something you like about her on each card in a deck of cards.
Get in touch with your nerdy side and use Scrabble tiles to spell out your names. If your names have no matching letters, connect them with a word like LOVE. Glue the pieces to a poster board or other surface and add dried flowers and things that remind you of her to the background. Frame the whole thing and you have a cute, romantic, personalized gift you can hang on the wall.
Not living together yet? Surprise your girlfriend with an overnight kit. Include her favorite toiletries and maybe even an apartment key. This will really show that you value her as a part of your life and that you aren’t afraid of commitment.
Gifts for Young Girls (Below 20)
It’s important to consider your girlfriend’s personality when choosing a gift. Teenage & young girls are picky and what might be the perfect gift to one girl is a really lame present to another girl. Jewelry is great for this age because she can wear it around school and show it off; it’s also something she has with her all the time that makes her think about you.
Younger girls like cute gifts. Think about something cute but useable like a portable phone charger with flower print. Think about her hobbies – is she a musician? An artist? A photographer? Consider the materials she might need for her hobbies and choose something she doesn’t have enough extra cash to buy for herself. Talk with her parents if possible for more ideas.
Many girls in this age range are into books, film, technology, or music. Think about her favorite authors and purchase some books. Buy concert tickets, a framed movie poster, or high-end headphones. Is she obsessed with a certain TV show? The options are limitless.
Is your girlfriend an activist? Purchase something that directly benefits those in need. Is she into organic foods? Give her a gift certificate to her favorite grocery store with a cute handmade letter. Or even better – cook dinner for her (make sure its something she likes).
Thoughtful Gifts for Girlfriend
Thoughtful gifts are often lightest on the wallet. Are you having trouble paying the bills – but want your girlfriend to know that although your wallet might be empty, your heart is not? Something really thoughtful will show your girlfriend just how much you care about her. Use one of the ideas below or combine them to impress your girlfriend this Christmas.
Buy a bottle of champagne and fill the room with candles. Scatter rose petals on the floor and on the bed. Invite her to lie down and give her a full body massage complete with massage oil. Consider cooking her a nice dinner beforehand. Basically, spend some quality time with her and make her feel pampered.
Does she like to knit or do embroidery? Get her an embroidery kit or machine. Check out our review of the best embroidery machines here.
Purchase tickets to an event or show that you both want to see. Combining an event (like a concert) with some small gifts works well. Does she like purses or makeup bags? Enlist one of her friends to help you pick a bag and fill it with items like perfume, a fold-up umbrella, and the concert tickets.
Every girl likes flowers, but they really aren’t appropriate for Christmas. Instead, buy a flowering cactus or orchid. This will last longer than a rose and be a reminder of your blossoming love.
Is there a specific day in your relationship that stands out in your mind? Maybe it was the first time you “knew you were in love” or maybe it was the day you met. Create or purchase something that reminds you of that day, make a photo collage, or write a poem.
Gifts for Athletic Women
Is your girlfriend a health and fitness nut? Surprising her with chocolate or taking her out to a nice Italian eatery is probably the worst thing you could do!
A few specific gift ideas for athletic women:
- Intelligent water bottle
- Health food gift basket
- Gift card to organic food store paired with cookbook
- Fitness band like the Nike+ FuelBand
- Yoga mat, weights, or inflatable balls
- Gym bag
- Running shoes and athletic socks
- Athletic hat or apparel
- Sport headphones
- Cell phone/credit card case
For a girl that loves to workout and eat right, there are loads of gifts out there to choose from. If she’s a running enthusiast, you can choose from shoes (make sure you know which brand she likes), athletic equipment, technology, memberships, and magazines.
Women who like to workout at home can always use home equipment like kettle bells, weights, yoga mats, and the like. Gym memberships, fitness classes, and kitchen equipment (like a yogurt machine) are also great options. It’s important to buy this type of woman something she can use. For example, if she likes to cook, buy her a food processor (or something she doesn’t already have) or take a cooking class with her.
Your girlfriend will also appreciate something like a dance class for the two of you or a day spent rock climbing. If you want to take her out for the holidays – make it something active that the two of you can enjoy together. If you aren’t active yourself, maybe it’s time to start. This will show her that you are making an effort to be more involved in the things she is passionate about.
Gifts for Beauty-Obsessed Women
Is your girlfriend always reading beauty magazines, trying out the latest makeup, and sporting the latest trends? There are lots of gifts out there that she will love, but quality is important. You can buy makeup, but it can’t be a $5 brand from Wal-Mart.
Since female beauty and associated products can be a mystery for men, it’s a good idea to recruit one of her friends to help you shop for gifts. If you don’t know any of her friends, it’s okay to do some snooping. What magazines does she read? What websites/blogs does she frequent? What brands is she always wearing or using (jewelry, clothing, makeup)?
Although they can be expensive, high-quality hair products like ceramic hair straighteners are sure to impress. If you go with a perfume, make sure you know which types of scents she likes and which she doesn’t. You can always opt for a gift card to one of her favorite stores. To make a gift card more personal, you can include something handmade along with it.
Beauty-obsessed girls like to be surrounded by beautiful things. Consider makeup bags/cases, purses, vanity décor, and – based on age – locker or car decorations.
Some girls get offended easily. If you buy perfume or makeup, there is always a chance she will assume you think she needs to work on her hygiene. Make sure she knows this is not the case!
This type of girlfriend may be the most difficult to shop for. Take your time and think hard about the perfect gift for her. It’s not a bad thing to simply ask your girlfriend what she wants – or for a list of things she wants! This way, you know you’ll pick something that will make her happy. You can pair this item with something romantic: go all out and prepare a homemade dinner, take her out to a fancy restaurant, or grab a bottle of wine and take a walk on the beach. The possibilities are endless!
For any type of woman, the most important thing about gift giving is to make her feel loved.
Thoughtful Gifts for Boyfriend
Instead of a tie, boxers, or cologne, surprise your man with something thoughtful and unique this Christmas! If the two of you have been together for a while, you could create a memory box. Purchase a small chest and fill it with items that represent the time you have spent with him. Examples include:
- Ticket stubs
- Plane tickets
- Pressed flowers
- Action figures
Include a handmade coupon for a future date.
Show your man you pay attention to what he’s into by giving him a Christmas basket full of his favorite things. You could add his favorite snacks, sports paraphernalia, music, books, movies, wine, and handmade gifts.
For a personal gift, have something engraved. Items like watches, picture frames, and Christmas ornaments can be engraved. You can also engrave skins for cell phones, cameras, MP3 players, and laptops.
Men like gifts they can use. Consider surprising him with a tool he needs, something for his car, or a beard trimmer. Depending on his hobbies, he might want sports equipment or musical supplies. If he likes to drink, consider a flask or bar set.
Is there something expensive – like a motorcycle – he really wants to buy? Help him out with a gift card (or a handmade “coupon”) that pays for a portion of it. Speaking of coupons, create a book of coupons for things like “this entitles you to one free car wash” or “this entitles you to one sports game during which I won’t interrupt you.”
Gifts for Young Guys (Below 20)
Chances are, you don’t have a lot of money if you’re at this age. Many teen boys/ young men are put off by overly romantic gifts like scrapbooks. Sometimes the best idea is to just ask him what he wants and buy it! However, some good gift ideas for them include:
- Electronics (like an MP3 player)
- Sports equipment
- TV/movie paraphernalia
- Music (gift cards, concert tickets, music supplies)
- Pajamas, socks, boxers, etc.
- Video games
Gifts for Athletic Men
Athletic men are easy to buy for! This Christmas, get your athletic boyfriend something he will love – and use! Buy him a nice gym bag and fill it with athletic gear. Examples include a water bottle, fitness band, gift card to his favorite athletic store, clothing, socks, and energy bars. Is he into soccer? Get him a new ball or cleats. Does he like to golf? Buy him a new set of clubs.
There is apparel out there for every sport from bowling to hockey. Think about his favorite teams – would he like a new jersey or something he can decorate the house with on game day (like a flag)? If he likes to exercise at home, you could buy free weights, a pull up bar, or abdominal exercise equipment.
Does your boyfriend make shakes in the kitchen or does he like to cook? Buy him a food processor or cookbook. If your boyfriend is a cyclist, consider a folding helmet or industrial bike lock. If you want to spend some time with him, take him somewhere the two of you can enjoy some healthy competition like the bowling alley. If the weather’s nice, you could go on a long bike ride and surprise him with something at the end of the route. Purchase his entry fee to a mud run and go along with him!
Is he constantly complaining of sore or achy muscles from working out? Consider getting him a body or foot massager. Check out our list of the best foot massagers in the market here.
Gifts for Techy Men
Are you dating a guy who’s into the newest and coolest technology? Is he always on his game console, computer, or tablet? Does he like to experiment with science or electricity? This type of guy likes to learn how things work. He likes gifts he can play with or gifts that make him laugh. ThinkGeek.com has tons of unique gifts for boyfriends.
Is it time for a new phone? Get him the newest smartphone. If you’ve got some money around, invest in the newest gaming console. There are bundles available that give you deals on controllers and games when you make the purchase. This will give you a chance to bond by playing video games. Trust me, it’s fun!
If your boyfriend likes to read, consider a Kindle. This way he can carry his entire library around with him. 3D movies are becoming more popular. Consider purchasing a 3D TV so you can get the same experience right in your living room.
If he likes to drink, get him a kit for brewing his own beer or making his own mead. This will give the two of you something to work on together. Did you know there are watches that sync with your cell phone? Getting him one of these will give him a new gadget to play with – and it will be useful in the office as well.
Getting him something “cool” that he doesn’t necessarily need will probably delight this type of man. For example: a razor that plugs into a USB port, a flash drive disguised as a transformer action figure, or cufflinks that create a Wi-Fi hotspot. The best places to find gifts for techy guys are online and in specialty stores like Brookstone.
Inexpensive Gifts for Men
Don’t have a lot of money this holiday season? Not to worry, inexpensive Christmas presents can be great, too! There are plenty of ways to make your man happy without spending a lot of money. Find a great picture of the two of you and have it framed. Nice frames are inexpensive and the photo will look nice on the wall or on his desk at work.
Is your man suffering from stress this Christmas? Give him a full body massage. It will be just like going to the spa – but free! Not to mention it will probably lead to some romance.
Does he like sports? Tickets can be relatively cheap. Look for games during the week. If you know he’s getting something expensive from someone else, you can always buy a companion gift. For example, if his best friends are chipping in to buy him a Wii, you could always buy a game for it.
Does he like board games? These are usually cheap and can be played with the whole family during the holidays. Does your man like to read? Books are inexpensive and a few books by his favorite author will have him smiling for sure!
If you’re creative, consider making him a Christmas ornament. It’s something that will remind him of you for years to come. If there’s a nearby rink, take him ice-skating. The best inexpensive gift you can give is your time. So even if it’s roller blading through the park and having hot dogs for lunch, you’re creating a memory together and enjoying each other’s company.
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