Gifts for Her
heard in on the television, you’ve seen it in the paper. This
minute’s must-have gift for the woman in your life. Don’t cave in to
the hype. Advertising to the contrary, there is no single gift that
is perfect for every woman. Not every woman wraps her self designer
silk scarves, bathes in perfumed bath products, or has something to
wear with the latest designer bag. So why give something that says,
“You’re just like everyone else,” when you can give her something
that says, “I know what’s special about you.”
shares of stock in a company in which she has a vested interest—a
phone company, a department store chain, a cosmetic company, an
a beautiful keepsake letter box in which to put the letters you
promise to write her over the years.
framed photo or sketch of her favorite childhood home, pet, or
luxurious chenille robe and an assortment of books from her favorite
genre would be pure indulgence.
collection of something she adores to which you could add items on
future occasions. Choose from figurines, tableware, holiday
ornaments, antique jewelry, and the like. See additional suggestions
Gifts for Collectors.
beautiful vase along with a promise to fill it every month with her
favorite flowers. (See
and From You Flowers!)
flowers according to their meanings (see
gift from the National Museum of Women in the Arts,
www.nmwa.org. Choose from calendars, art magnets, signature
totes, portrait wristwatches, hand-painted china, or other items
from the Museum’s store.
apparel and other highly personal items—even when
relationship-appropriate—should not be given at public gatherings!
fragrance are risky unless you are sure about the recipient's
preferences. If perfume is out of your budget, try a soap, lotion,
powder, splash, or shampoo in her preferred fragrance. (Hint: The
perfume bottles in the medicine cabinet are not always reliable
clues. Some might have been there for years . . . unused.)
her in a class she's always wanted to take. Better yet, sign up to
take the class with her.
to have her car washed, waxed, and vacuumed. Some businesses that
provide this service will even go to her home or office to do the
automobile club membership or a cellular telephone would make a
great gift for a woman who commutes to work or shuttles the children
on a regular basis.
scentimental gift, give potpourri or candles in seasonal fragrances.
Choose florals for spring, melons for summer, pine or bayberry for
Christmas, and spice for Thanksgiving. You'll be surprised at the
wide variety of scents that are available.
women might appreciate their own set of basic tools—in a lockable
tool box—so they won't have to pound in picture hangers with their
shoe heels or tighten loose screws with butter knives.