Women take gift giving a lot more seriously than men do. They look at gifts as emotional tokens more than physical items. Every step of the gift giving process is an important ingredient to the end result. These rules will take the stress out of holiday shopping, and, at the same time, are sure to impress all those important women in your life.
The Rules of Giving to Women:
Waiting until Christmas Eve to do your shopping creates an unneeded amount of stress and anxiety. Ultimately, your girlfriend or wife will know you waited until the last minute, and it will make her feel unimportant. As you open your gifts from her, all of which were carefully selected months earlier and perfectly wrapped, you will feel guilty. Thatís not a good way to spend Christmas. If you shop early, you can take advantage of pre-holiday savings, spread out your spending, take your time in choosing perfect gifts, and enjoy the holiday season stress free.
Donít fall into the trap of buying a multitude of tiny gifts instead of one or two larger ones. Adults donít usually get excited about having tons of presents under the tree like kids do. Any woman would be more content with one or two thoughtful gifts than 20 trinkets. No one needs more clutter.
Moms want you to save your money and donít expect you to give them extravagant or expensive gifts. Because of this moms are sometimes overlooked when it comes to the holidays. A gift is a symbol of personal feelings. Giving mom an oversized winter-themed sweater every year may not be displaying the right message. You want to make your mom feel special on the holidays.
Moms of any age love personalized or sentimental gifts. Family portraits, photo gifts, customized jewelry or engraved keepsakes are great gift ideas. Also consider a day of pampering at a spa or bath & body products. You donít have to spend a lot of money, just choose something thoughtful and it will be appreciated.
Whether sheís your mom, girlfriend, wife, daughter, sister or niece, chances are she loves to be pampered. Bath & body gift baskets and gift certificates for salons and spas will be greatly appreciated by most women. If sheís on her feet most of the day, consider a gift certificate for a pedicure or foot massage. Body massages are great for mental stress, back pain, headaches and muscle tension. Teenaged girls may enjoy a custom makeup application, facial or hair treatment. Being pampered makes every woman feel great.
Wrapping gifts shows you put some added time and effort into the presentation. To women, presentation is important, and wrapping a gift in elegant paper with a bow only adds to its appeal. Handing her a store bag or a paper shirt box with the gift inside shows you didnít take the time to make a good presentation. To her this implies the gift was just purchased. If this is the case, take your gifts to a wrapping station at the mall. Women like it better when they know you made the effort to wrap a gift, but professional wrapping is better than none at all. Unwrapping a gift extends the excitement and surprise, making the whole gift experience that much better.
When buying gifts, always ask for a gift receipt. This receipt gives you the information about the purchase without revealing the price. With girlfriends and wives, you may not want her to know how much you spent on her. Make sure you include a gift receipt and take off the price tag. If she doesnít know how much her gifts cost, she canít be upset about the expense.
Good luck and happy shopping!