It’s that time of year again and, if you’re a guy, you’re already in a state of high anxiety over picking a holiday gift for your girlfriend. Before that anxious state turns into full-fledged panic, here are some girlfriend-friendly gift suggestions that pass the Guy-Test: They’re thoughtful, personal yet not too intimate, and surprisingly inexpensive.
Is your girlfriend an athlete? I’m a runner and usually hit the hills around our home 2-3 times a week. One of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever been given by my husband was the Shoe ID ® by www.RoadID.com. It’s a laser engraved, stainless steel ID tag with a Velcro-ed reflective ribbon that attaches to an athletic shoe. Mine came engraved with my name, address, the phone number of my emergency contact and the sentiment, “One Step At A Time.” No one likes to think of the dangers that can befall someone out there on the road by themselves but if someone you loved was hurt or otherwise incapacitated you’d want to be notified as quickly as possible. My Shoe ID® shows me that my husband cares about me and I was touched to receive it. The Shoe ID® makes a great personalized holiday gift for a girlfriend.
RoadID.com also offers wrist IDs and dog-tag style IDs. Prices are in the $20-30 range. Please visit www.RoadID.com for more information.
Is your girlfriend a busy lady with an attitude and a good sense of humor? Then she’ll love the Ann Taintor 2010 Engagement Calendar. The front cover shows a 1940s era housewife with a cooking pan in one hand and a drink in the other along with the caption, “Why do dishes when you can do daquiris?” The Ann Taintor 2010 Engagement Calendar is available on www.Amazon.com for around $11 along with a good variety of other Ann Taintor products. If your girl likes to take a wee nip now and again get her an Ann Taintor flask with captions like, “Why yes, I am that kind of girl,” for around $22. If she’s more the “cuppa Joe” type, try an Ann Taintor coffee mug for around $10. Both flasks and mugs can be seen on www.YouNeedADrink.com.
Does your girlfriend have a variety of interests? One of the best gifts around for girlfriends is a charm bracelet. It’s an excellent choice because it’s both personal and personalized yet it’s not so intimate that it can’t do double duty as a cool gift for a mom or sister. You can pick up a sterling silver charm bracelet in just about any link style you like at www.CharmNJewelry.com starting at around $20-25. Include one or more sterling silver charms highlighting one of her special interests starting at around $30 each. Feeling more indulgent? There are also charm bracelets and charms available in gold plate as well as 10k or 14k gold.
Guys, you know the best part of giving a charm bracelet as a gift? It relieves you for years to come of having to think of additional presents on special occasions. When her birthday rolls around give her a charm. Anniversary? Commemorate the occasion with a charm. Valentine’s Day? How about a heart-shaped charm? It’s actually quite fun to see how the charm bracelet grows and, because the charms are picked out individually, no two charm bracelets are alike. A charm bracelet makes a very special, sentimental holiday gift for the girl in your life.
Is Your Girl the Practical Type? How about a personalized Swiss Army Knife? The Classic SD model at www.swissknivesexpress.com comes in a choice of around 13 colors, including feminine ones like amethyst and pink; the knife can be had for around $15 and for around $6 more you can have it engraved with her initials. It comes with a small blade, scissors, nail file, screwdriver, tweezers and a toothpick and is small enough to attach to a key ring. I have one myself, in pink, and I can’t tell you how many times it’s come in handy when I’m on the go. Check it out because it’s worth a look.
Still Not Satisfied? Then key in on one thing your girl really likes. Does she have a favorite indulgence? Is it a special food? Books? Plants? Movies? Grab yourself a small basket or other decorative container and theme it to your girl’s guilty pleasure. For example, if her interest is books, then toss in a couple of best sellers she’s been wanting, a gift card to her favorite bookstore, a fancy bookmark or two and perhaps a pretty wineglass and a nice bottle of wine to sip while she’s reading. In other words, take her special interest and let your imagination run wild, giving her all the props necessary to enjoy her guilty pleasure in style.
Gentleman, the whole point of your gift is to show your love, respect and understanding of your girlfriend as an individual. You don’t have to invest a great fortune to do this. Most women would gladly tell you that their favorite gifts throughout the years have not been extravagant ones; rather, they’re the ones that show you’ve paid attention to what she likes, what gives her pleasure and what’s important in her world.