We’ve all heard the horror stories: flowers from the petrol station, a microwave, or the most damning of all, clothing they'd never wear in completely the wrong size. Buying gifts for your girlfriend can be tough whether you’ve been together for two months or 20 years, and although she isn’t with you for your gift-giving ability, this doesn’t mean you should call it in.
To help you impress your partner, we’ve put together a handy buying guide and compiled ten romantic, fun, and creative ideas you can order from Amazon, Boots, and John Lewis directly to her doorstep – perfect during lockdown and quarantine! Whatever budget, whatever wonderful woman, we’re sure to have something to satisfy.
There are generally three main things to consider when buying a gift for your other half: what she enjoys doing in her spare time, how long you’ve been together, and what your budget is. Keep reading for some tips and tricks on each!
The first place to start is by looking at her hobbies and interests, as this should give you an idea of a sensible path to follow. Here, we’ll look at some popular passions and past times, and of course, some gift ideas.
Nowadays, more people than ever spend their time doing home workouts, running, cycling, or taking yoga or pilates classes. If this sounds like your flame, why not go for a stylish accessory or piece of equipment?
There's an endless amount of fitness accessories to choose between, from trainers to water bottles and beyond, but you'll have to weigh up whether something too practical would go down well or whether she'd appreciate more of a treat item, such as a high-end gym bag, for instance.
One thing we would suggest, however, is to steer clear of clothing, as it often needs trying on, and it's never fun to return a gift after realising it's too big or small.
For the girlfriends who love to relax and pamper themselves (or perhaps they need some encouragement to do so!), skincare products are a great gift. Likewise, a well-chosen fragrance can go a long way. Try and pick something that they wouldn’t usually fork out for; something a bit special that could be considered as a slice of luxury.
With skincare, a set is usually a wiser idea than one or two items, firstly because they feel more like a gift, and secondly, unless you really know her favourite product or skin type well you may get something she won't end up using.
If you’ve been together a long time or you're buying for a milestone birthday, getting a luxurious gift would mark the occasion well. Think jewellery or a new purse or handbag, and take note of her tastes and preferences. For example, does she wear silver or gold, or have a favourite brand?
We don’t want to put you under pressure to spend big bucks here, and we'd advise sticking to your budget unless you've got plenty of cash to splurge. However, it’s worth remembering not all of these items have to cost an arm and a leg as there are some affordable options out there.
As long as you give it thought, she’s going to love it!
If your missus is clued up on the latest gadgets and loves her tech then something from this area of the market could go down a storm. Think something like headphones if she commutes often, a camera if she’s creative, a new video game, or even the latest console.
As is unavoidable these days, even those that claim they’re 'not that into tech’ often still do use a lot of it in their day-to-day lives, so accessories for what they do use could be not only useful but welcome, too!
General items such as alcohol, food, books or artwork are perfect if you're wanting to pick up an extra gift alongside something else, as well as being a great shout if you haven’t been together long and you’re looking to play it safe. Plus, if she's the girl who's got everything, these items really never fail!
We would recommend going for something a little more unusual or that she wouldn't always buy herself, as this small notion could be the difference between a £5 bottle of wine and something that makes her feel truly spoilt.
Another surefire way of making a general present more interesting is to go for a gift that arrives in elegant packaging.
We touched on this earlier, but we think it’s an important point to reiterate: nobody should feel under pressure to splash more cash than they have, so pick a budget that you're comfortable with and roll with it. With some creative and attentive thinking, you can get a truly memorable gift without bankrupting yourself.
Also, when it comes to cost, you'll probably want to factor the seriousness of your relationship. A gift from a partner of 30 years could be anywhere from £30 to over a hundred pounds depending on budget, whereas a couple who have been together for a few months may only want to spend around £20 or £30 on each other.
Now you’ve had time to think about what your other half would like, let’s take a look at our recommendations. From blinging jewellery to artwork that gets you involved, we’re sure to have something for everyone, and every budget!
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Elemis x Olivia Rubin
Ivory & Co
3 Month Gin Subscription
Women's Luxury Traveller Skincare Gift Set
Princess Solitaire Cubic Zirconia Pendant Necklace
Olivia Dressing Gown
ECONYL Leather Zip Pouch
On-The-Go Yoga Mat Carrier
Set of 3 Macramé Plant Hangers
Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray
Top-Class Luxury Skincare Products to Pamper
Elegant, Classy and Well Within Budget
Give the Gift of Ultimate Comfort
A Retro Pick for Budding Creatives or Photo Fanatics
A Memorable Gift for the Fashionistas
A New Indispensable Accessory for Yoga Fans
A Subscription That Will Actually Encourage Them to Drink, Just in Case They Need It
Handmade and Quirky Treats for the Plant Mums
For the Sweetheart Who Loves a Summery Scent
A Stylish Tech Accessory for the Fitness Fans
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Whether you're preparing a mammoth-sized birthday care package for your beloved or you're just after some inspiration for a little extra treat, we think the articles below can help!
And so, that concludes our round-up of birthday gifts for girlfriends. As long as you pay attention and take care with the details, you'll be on to a winner whichever gift (or two) you decide to plump for. We hope you've found this article helpful during this slightly confusing time, and do send on our best wishes!
Author: Lewis Clark
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