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Tuesday December 2, 2008 11:53 am

Giving the gift that she really wants




Posted by Colleen McKie Categories: Advice, How To, Relationships

The stuffed animals were his way of trying to get me interested in something that was important to him. But honestly? That’s not what women want in a Christmas gift. We want something that’s special to us. We want to know that you listen to us and won’t give us a vanilla scented bath set after we’ve explain our allergy to all things vanilla. So, I’m going to let you guys in on a few secrets to Christmas shopping for the girl in your life.

Listen, listen, listen!
We drop hints about what we like and want all the time. When we go out shopping with you, pay attention to things that we stop and look at. If she keeps eying a candle set every time she walks by it, odds are she wouldn’t be disappointed if it ended up under her tree Christmas morning. Women window shop to gather a mental ‘I want’ list. Pay attention to this and your Christmas shopping will be a breeze.

I want candy
Christmas is a time to eat, drink, and be merry. If you know that her all-time favorite chocolates are Lindts, then make sure there is a box of them for her Christmas morning. I love juicy bears, and even though I know there will be some in my stocking, I still appreciate them and look forward to them every year.

It’s all about her
If snowboarding is your thing and you want your girl to get in on the fun, unless she has expressed a serious interest in it, don’t get her a snowboard as her main Christmas gift. Wait until a non-holiday and surprise her. Christmas should be all about her and her wants.

Don’t guess, ask
There is nothing wrong with getting a list from your wife or girlfriend of things that she wants. My husband does this and I always end up with a nice combination of what I asked for and little surprises.

Look around
Does the woman in your life surround herself with scented candles? Or maybe she has a collection of coffee mugs. We love when we receive a gift geared towards us and if your girl already has similar items in her home, then you know the gift will be a hit rather than a miss. And it’s okay to change things up a bit. If she is always burning lavender candles, why not get her a lavender mint one? She will love that you knew her fondness for lavender and will appreciate that you went a bit out on your own in choosing one with mint.

Hit her favorite store
If she can’t walk by the Body Shop without stopping in, then a gift basket from there will be more than appreciated. And don’t forget the power of the gift card, if you don’t know exactly what she would like from her favorite store.  A gift certificate with a coupon for your chauffeur and bag carrying services will definitely make her smile.

In the end, even if you don’t get her exactly what she wanted, she will still appreciated the thought. Just make sure you hold on to all receipts or you just may end up inheriting a small, but cute collection of Star Wars stuffed animals.

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