Choosing a gift for someone you care about can be difficult, as I’m sure many will agree. If you are looking for the best present for your girlfriend, then you are in the right place. This post is full of tips directed at helping you find a thoughtful, creative, and romantic gift for your girlfriend, wife, or significant other.
Follow this simple advice and you too can generate clever and thoughtful gift ideas that will pay off.
S for Strategy
A successful gift is more than the item itself, it's the whole experience that you want to be successful.
For example, if you get your girlfriend a stuffed animal and give it to her in a shady motel on the day her car got towed, you can see that she might not have the best overall experience.
Give her that same stuffed animal of a dog after your romantic weekend of dog sledding in the scenic wilderness, then you have just delivered a successful gift that re-enforces great memories and experiences together.
In order to be successful with my gift-giving, I like to use my Six "S" Strategy as an easy way to keep in mind my goals.
What you are trying to achieve with the Six "S" Strategy:
4. Switch it up
Some Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend
As we all should know, every woman is different and it is not as simple as listing the top 5 gifts that guarantee satisfaction. That being said, follow the concepts above and the ideas below to gain the skills to select the best present for your girlfriend.
Remember it's not just about the gift; spend time together and show her you care.
Satisfaction – Remember, you care about this person. Don't get her a gift because you have to. Get her a gift that she will enjoy because you want to. You want to improve her life, make her happy and feel loved.
Surprise her – Not scare, but surprise. Be unexpected, spontaneous. It keeps the relationship alive and exciting. For example, while on a weekend getaway near Valentine's day (which is my birthday and steals some of the attention) we were staying in a hotel and spending all our time together. Instead of breaking away and showing up with flowers, I had previously ordered flowers to the hotel and had the bellboy drop them in our room while we were out. Since we spent the whole weekend together she had no idea I had put together this surprise and was completely shocked and quite happy about it.
Share the experience – watch your loved one be truly happy and be there for a quality experience. Choose a gift that you can both enjoy. A date to make handmade pottery, cooking class, weekend getaway. Rafting trip, dog sledding, tickets to a concert or show like Cirque du Soleil.
Switch it up - Don't be predictable with exactly when or how you give you gift. Make a note to yourself of when and how you have given previous gifts and try to change things up.
Steps - Follow these steps to decide on a thoughtful gift
- Listen – your girlfriend will talk about the things she wants whether it is subconscious or intentional. Pay attention to her and you’ll know exactly what to get her.
- Give yourself time - Never leave it to the last minute where you will rush the decision. Think about it in advance, it will improve the chances for a good surprise. This being said, pay attention to those gift hints in the two weeks prior to the event (birthday, holiday etc.)
- Incorporate elements that you know she likes. Her favorite foods, color, animal, activity. Multiple gifts or gifts that cover multiple areas increase your chance of success.
Success! - If you have followed the points above you should be able to find the best present for your girlfriend or significant other.
Reward – It’s important to note that this works both ways. When you give thoughtful, great gifts you are more likely to receive amazing, thoughtful gifts in return.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Do you have an idea for a present for your girlfriend? Tell us about it!
Mel on July 19, 2012:
Thanks! Now I have some ideas of how to get good gifts for girlfriends!
rishi on July 11, 2012:
Yeah...dis ideas are so good I w'll try for my future cf..
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 05, 2012:
You included several great ideas for gifts. Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination.
geoffclarke from Canada on June 01, 2012:
Great Hub with some really useful tips! Congrats on the Hubnugget nomination. You have my vote!
Spitfire07 (author) from Calgary on June 01, 2012:
Thanks Ripplemaker. It is very true that people have different tastes and that is why it is more important to listen to and learn about your significant other vs blindly purchasing a gift.
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on June 01, 2012:
Different people have various preferences and mine lately has been for the practical and on wellness. :)
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Spitfire07 (author) from Calgary on May 30, 2012:
Thanks Simone. I will keep that in mind. My girlfriend loves anything that is adorable and definitely would not complain about some Shiny jewellery.
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on May 30, 2012:
Good advice, though when it comes to *me,* one simple "s" can be substituted for the rest: SHINY!!!!!
Anjili from planet earth, a humanoid on May 11, 2012:
I like the way you choose you gifts. It can be a difficult task. You've made it much easier. Nice hub. voted up
glassvisage from Northern California on May 10, 2012:
Way to incorporate humor with these helpful and spot-on tips! Voted up.
AmyEliza from Toronto on May 09, 2012:
That lamb is so adorable that it makes me want to cry!
paddletron on May 06, 2012:
Great post Spitfire07! I tried that Eau de Toilette though.... it wasn't as thirst quenching as the bottle made it out to be.