WHAT TO GIVE WOMEN AS PRESENTS!!! (Feel free to send the men in your life this link)

What to give women as presents…
I’m writing this post for I feel like a lot of men are clueless what to buy women.  And it is a challenge!  It’s always difficult shopping for the opposite sex.  And many factors come into play, whether you’re friends, family, coworkers, or it’s your significant other.  Feel free to give the men in your life the link to this post to clue them into what they should be giving you.
This past Christmas we had secret santa at my job.  I gave someone else a lovely luggage bag, whilst I got a ratty looking gray scarf that looked like it was $5.  Another coworker of mine said SHE got a xmas ornament that said, “The world’s best firefighter”.  I just wanted to shake my head.  And it’s what inspired me to write this post.I will give you the best gift options for women:

-Chocolate:  It should be in a gift basket or a decent sized box.  And when I say gift basket, I don’t mean fruit.  And the chocolate should not be Hersey’s, or Snickers.  It should be Lindt, Godiva, or at the very least, Ghiradelli.  Every once in awhile I see that Lindt makes lovely chocolate gift baskets.  Or a box of chocolates!  Please get a decent size & not one that has only like 6 pieces or something.  (Unless it’s a small gesture, she might think you’re cheap)  I think this is a great gift for either gender.  Check below for a website that sells lots of gift baskets, & Godiva boxes of chocolate you can pick up at your local Macy’s.

Bath and Body products: Every woman will appreciate bath & body products.  Almost all women love a luxurious bubble bath, and nice scented lotions.  Women, more so than men, love to feel pampered.  There are also certain sites that sell bath & body products for women who are expecting.  Any pregnant woman would be delighted to have that.
Tip: Best to buy a set that has different scents for her to try.  i.e. let’s say you get strawberry scented.  What happens if she hates strawberry?

Coffret or a set of rollerballs: this is great for all women unless they hate perfume.  Most women love perfume & the great thing about a coffret is that you don’t have to buy just one fragrance.  They have a selection for her to choose from!  I’ve given coffrets to my girl friends and they love them.

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-Fashion no no: never buy a woman a large bottle of perfume unless you know it’s her favorite.

-Another no no: don’t buy women clothes.  It’s a very, very tricky area that you’re walking into.  Unless you know her size & EXACTLY what her tastes are, most likely you might offend the woman.  You’re better off getting her a gift card.

A makeup set: is a great idea for most women.  I know my mom would love this one.  The only women you should not buy this for is if they hate makeup.

-Flowers:  What happened to giving flowers?  The only time I see flowers now really are at weddings. When was the last time you remembered seeing a woman getting a lovely bouquet of flowers?  Every Mother’s day I would call 800-FLOWERS and send over my mom flowers.  I also got a friend a bouquet for her birthday.  If you have a friend who’s feeling sad, send a small bouquet of flowers to cheer her up.  I don’t know why men don’t give flowers that often anymore; maybe because they will eventually die?  But who cares?  As women we can hang them to dry, press them into books, or make potpourri.

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-Wallets, or bags: These always make nice presents.  I know a girl who gave her bridesmaids wristlets as presents after her wedding.  And a girl could always use a new wallet when the old one starts to wear down.  A decent wallet should cost at least $20.  A decent bag should cost $40 or more.  For good quality bags, you should get Michael Kors or Tory Burch.  (Or higher) However, a Michael Kors’s bag will set you back like $200.  However, for me, when I get a bag I’m looking for quality, because I’ve had too many cheap bags fall apart.  However much you feel like spending on a present is up to you.
 

-Small, Designer items: I had a boss once that gave us all Marc Jacobs key chains for Christmas.  All women love designer things, but not all of us can afford them.  If you give a scarf, compact mirror, by i.e. Prada, it would be greatly appreciated.  And this makes great gifts for all of my girl friends.

-Cell phone cases: Everyone adores cell phone cases!!  The only stipulation here is that you must know what kind of cell phone she has.  As a present someone gave me several cell phone cases; & I returned the favor to someone else.  Tip:give a few so that she has some options to choose from.   Not every girl loves “blingy” cases.  And do not give this to grandma especially if she doesn’t have a cell phone.
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-Personalized gifts: This greatly varies upon the person you’re giving it to.  If you go to Walmart.com, they have a personalized section where you can i.e. get pictures printed on t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.  Now they have all kinds of personalized gifts for every occasion.  I once gave a friend, a mug with a photo of her, her husband & child printed on a coffee mug.  They quite adored the gift.  And they’re not expensive, they could cost starting like $12.  You could get your girlfriend m&ms with your faces printed on them.  Or as a wedding present to your wife (or another couple) else you could get your (or their) names engraved on a photo frame.  (The frame below is on Walmart for only $25.  Not so expensive.)  If you have a close friend, i.e. for example who loves London, if you could get a photo of her there (maybe off Facebook or something) and have the photo printed on a mug for her.  It would be a personalized gift, something unique, special, & most likely no one else has given her.  And she would probably adore it like my friends did.  Check below for links.
-Scented candles: if you’re giving them as a gift, this is NOT the time to hit the dollar store.  I have a co worker who received a rose scented candle that she loved & adored.  Most women like candles, to have in the living room/bathroom.  Lavender is said to be relaxing.  For a romantic night, light up the whole room with candles & have a romantic dinner at home.  She’ll never forget that.  Who says that romance is dead?

-A gift idea: If you have to get a girl a gift, & let’s say you know her favorite color.  I used to have a friend whose absolute favorite color was green.  I got her a present of a green Shu Uemura eyeshadow, mixed in with a bunch of green earrings.  Ok, they were costume jewelry, but it was an expensive eyeshadow ($30 for 1 color!!) mixed in with other things she would like.  I couldn’t get her an expensive, expensive present, and this was my way of opting in between.  This could be a great idea for someone else you know.  Get one item that’s expensive, & mix it in with other things that she’d like.  Hair accessories would also be great here.  This is a great idea if you know her favorite color.

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-Jewelry: and I mean the REAL thing.  Ok, this is really meant for close family, or your significant other.  This is for birthdays, Valentine’s day, anniversaries or Christmas.  Hey, if you really want to show your wife/girlfriend that you care, jewelry can come any time of the year!  The very minimum it should at least silver.  White gold tends to look better than yellow gold, but this a personal preference.  And it doesn’t really matter which kind of jewelry you buy: it’s the thought that counts.  Think about the woman that you’re buying for & her tastes.  i.e. if her favorite color is pink, then pick something with pink stones.

Exception: If you have a friend/coworker, and her birthday/xmas is coming up & she adores costume jewelry, then by all means get some for her.  In terms of costume jewelry, hair accessories always make great gifts.


One of the ultimate presents: a new cell phone:  This is also reserved for close family, and your significant other.  This is a great present if your girlfriend/wife has just broken hers, or lost it.  This shows that you’re concerned & worried about her, & that you’re willing to make her happy.  I happen to know a guy who bought three Iphone 6s for his girlfriend, his sister, and his girlfriend’s sister.  But strangely, not for himself.  Of all the presents you could give a woman, with the engagement ring being #1, a new cell phone would be #2.

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-The last resort: a gift card.  I would not do Starbucks gift cards unless she adores coffee.  And who says gift cards are only for men?  I love gift cards!  I specifically told my husband that I prefer gift cards over jewelry.  Great places for gift cards: Macy’s (or other dept. stores), and Sephora.  I think Victoria’s Secret makes a great gift card, but unless it’s your significant other, it implies other things.  You wouldn’t want to give a Victoria’s secret gift card to a co worker.  It’s like implying you want her to buy some naughty lingerie.

When giving women gifts: most importantly, listen to the woman that you’re buying for & the things that she likes.  The most difficult people to shop for are coworkers, simply because you might not know them very well.  But i.e. if this girl loves dogs, then get her something dog related.  If she loves tea, then get her a lovely tea set with an infuser.  I’ve given you lots of options of gift ideas, but always take into consideration the woman you’re giving it to.  i.e. My mother would prefer makeup set over chocolate any day.  If you have a special occasion, or holiday coming up, get the women in your life something NICE!!!

Links:

For chocolate gift baskets: http://www.aagiftsandbaskets.com/

Bath & body works gift sets: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=18375076&cp=12587013&cm_re=Gifts-_-Banner3-_-ggifts_40u_s15_none_ls

The body shop gift sets: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/gifts/view-all-gifts.aspx#/view-all-gifts.aspx

Victoria’s secret lotion & perfume sets: https://www.victoriassecret.com/beauty/gift-sets

Coffrets at Ulta.com: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/a/_/Ntt-coffret/Nty-1?Dy=1&ciSelector=searchResults

Coffrets at Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/search/search.jsp?keyword=coffret

Rollerballs at Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/search/search.jsp?keyword=rollerballs

Gifts at Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/gifts-for-her?sortBy=price%3A0%3A%3AP_PROD_NAME%3A0%3A%3AP_DEFAULT_SKU%3A1

Flowers: www.1800flowers.com

Custom photo m&m’s: http://www.mymms.com/utility.aspx

Personalized things at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/browse/gifts-registry/personalized-gifts/1094765_133224/?cat_id=1094765_133224&facet=occasion:Valentine%27s%20Day

Personalized photo products at Walmart: http://photos.walmart.com/walmart/storepage/storePageId=Mugs

Shu Uemura products: http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/Special-Offers/special_offers-beauty,default,sc.html?gclid=CjwKEAiA0uGmBRDwj7mE1v-LlCYSJADxH16OF67f0W4UN65YPaUzL1kPUWSAyOdqNlb1UHXUjnxUmBoClQvw_wcB

239 thoughts on “WHAT TO GIVE WOMEN AS PRESENTS!!! (Feel free to send the men in your life this link)

  1. This is a great list! I will be sending this to all the guys i know. I personally love getting edible arrangements and chocolates 🙂

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  2. Your ideas are great. My favorites are the cell phone cases and the gift cards personally. I also love to receive a nice bottle of wine for a gift.

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  3. As a secret santa gift (10-20 dollar limit) I bought a mini Tocca set from Sephora, and the girl who got it was very disappointed. It just shows how we are all different – I would have loved to get something like that!

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  4. These are such great ideas. Definitely a list any woman’s significant other should see if they are stumped on what to get her!

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  5. This is a well thought out, informative list! My favorite is always personalized items, it really shows someone took some extra time & effort to make the item specially for you 🙂 They are always something to treasure!

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  6. All great gift ideas! Personally my favorite is a bath and body gift set, but you can’t go wrong with a gift card either so I can get what I really want and don’t have to pretend I like what he gives me 🙂

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  7. I can definitely relate to the stories about Christmas gift exchanges. Many years it’s been a good thing that Santa was secret so I couldn’t say anything regrettable. Whenever possible, I’ve opted out of these exchanges unless it involved gag gifts.

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  8. There are some really good ideas here, but I would caution about the perfume unless you know for sure about a person’s preferences. My body chemisty doesn’t fit with a lot of perfumes, and it could be a total waste if they all end up smelling rancid. Also, I have a coworker who gets an instant severe migraine from certain perfumes. Not a nice ending for a gift exchange.

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  9. Wow Thanks So Much for Sharing these Awesome Gift Ideas for Women, They are All Great Ideas & I’d Be Happy to Receive Any of Them! I Feel Really Bad b/c This Year I’m on a Really Tight Budget b/c I Was in a Really Bad Motorcycle Accident and I Hurt My Neck & Back and I’m Not Currently Working! So this Year I Can’t Buy All the Things for My Family that I Would Like to and I Feel Really Guilty Accepting Gifts When I Can’t Give Really Big Gifts this Year! I Love All of the Things You Recommended on this List Though and My Favorite Things to Receive are Beauty Gifts or Accessories Like a Scarf or Earrings but I’m Not Really Picky Though! Well Thanks Again for Sharing this with Us & I will Certainly Keep Some of these Ideas in Mind When I Buy Gifts in the Future! Thanks So Much, Have a Blessed Day! – Jana

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  10. I know jewelry and gift cards would definitely make for a nice gift; one thing that is always safe to get is a necklace. Earrings sometimes their ears aren’t pierced or it isn’t their style and rings can be kinda awkward if you’re not planning on proposing. But necklaces are almost always welcome =)

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  11. Every man should read this page. Women are actually very easy to shop for. We don’t care about big expensive gifts. We like thoughtful gifts.

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