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Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
Member Name: helenc72
Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
Advantages: Get informed and you can get something your recipient will love
Disadvantages: If you're not informed you can buy something useless that won't get used
Gifts are personal so, of course, regardless of the gender or age of your intended gift recipient you should always bear in mind the personality of the intended recipient! That said, I will give you my comments and recommendations on some popular categories of gifts for women.
--- beauty, pampering etc ---
This category of gifts is one of the most popular areas which people seem to gravitate towards when buying a present for women. These gifts can be great but it can also be a risky area. I think you definitely need to be a bit informed before venturing into this type of gift. You need to bear in mind the woman's style and whether she is actually into this sort of thing, as not everyone is! I would not advocate snooping around someone's house but if you do by chance get a look in someone's bathroom it can definitely help you to know if they like to try out lots of different products or not.
I would say that make up and anything to go on the face is very personal, and can be very difficult to buy for someone else unless you are confident you know a lot about their preferences. I am definitely fussy about the brands which suit me and I am always very conscious to get oil free products, keep any face creams very light etc. If someone bought me a cream that said something like "rich, luxurious, moisturising..." they would probably think ooh that sounds like a nice treat, but in fact for me it would probably be too heavy and break out my skin! Some people are keen to avoid alcohol, parabens, fragrance etc in their products... So this can be a minefield. Don't just randomly pick a nice gift box of potentially unsuitable stuff!
If you are not too sure about what is suitable, it is definitely safer to stick to the body. As far as body products go I would say less is often more. Some big gift sets that contain loads for a cheap price can be a load of tat. I would rather have one nice product than a set of 10 cheap and nasty items. It might sound obvious, but some people do buy these massive sets as they think it looks more generous! For body products personally I am always happy to receive Body Shop, L'Occitane, Soap and Glory, Sanctuary, Champneys etc... It does not have to be anything really expensive. I would also say there is probably no point getting something more expensive like Jo Malone for someone who is not really interested and won't even realise it is any better than your average cheaper stuff.
Perfume is also a popular choice. Like facial stuff this can also be a bit personal, but it can be a great choice if you do get it right. If you know what kind of perfumes your gift recipient likes you may be able to get something similar, with the help of someone at a perfume counter if necessary. I have seen gift sets which contain about 10 small perfumes along with a gift certificate for a full size bottle of whichever perfume the recipient likes best, and I think this is a nice idea as it is has more of an element of fun and interaction to it, and there is a higher chance of ending up with a perfume the recipient genuinely really loves.
A lot of these comments about being informed also really apply to clothes, jewellery etc. I would steer clear of clothes all together unless you have specific instructions, as it can be easy to get it wrong and so easy to insult someone inadvertently if you get the wrong size!
--- home and household ---
It is worth pointing out that household appliances are not really gifts for women unless you know they specifically want or will appreciate them! I have heard people complaining at receiving random kitchen items before as they see it more as a gift for the household rather than for them as a person, and fair enough I see their point!
If you do know what someone wants then a gadget they have been after can be a great gift however. Personally I would gratefully receive a heated laundry drier or a new food processor - exciting I know!
I have recently got into Yankee candles over the last year and I think a great gift for someone who likes nice fragrances would be a tart burner and a selection of different tarts. This can be an exciting gift as there are so many to try out and lovely christmas fragrances too to make it seasonal. Do bear in mind that they might be wary if they have young kids though. I wanted to buy my sister some of these but she said she would be nervous to have it around her little boys.
Exercise caution if gifting something big to display in the home - it would be a shame to make someone feel they had to hang up a picture they don't like or have something on display that is not really their style. However if you do know someone's taste then a nice item for the home can go down well, for example a nice photo frame or cushion. I would tend to go smaller in terms of household items, just to be on the safe side.
--- Experiences ---
Experiences can be a brilliant present. Tickets for concerts, exhibitions etc can be something to look forward to and can be something to suit the recipients interests. You can also make it more of a gift and more to unwrap by including a related item, e.g. a Cd or t shirt of a band to go with the ticket. I often get concert tickets from my brother and this is always a welcome gift! Check though that you will not be making the recipient spend their money, e.g. If they will have to pay a lot in travel or stay overnight then they might not be so pleased!
Time Out can be a good place to look for experience presents. They have all sorts on there from massages, spa days, sports activities, restaurant and drinks vouchers, theatre, sight seeing, courses and more. If someone is an adventurous sort and up for trying new things you could get them something really random, however bear in mind the time commitment and whether it will really be practical.
You could also make your own experience pack, such as by making a themed hamper for a girls night in, with some good DVDs, chocolates, drinks, cosy fluffy socks or PJs.
--- Other ideas ---
Some staple ideas which some may find boring but do often go down well include food, drink, vouchers (often seen as a cop out but can be gratefully received as long as its for a shop they like!), scarves and gloves...
A magazine subscription can be a good idea as it is nice to receive something every week or month and not just at Christmas. A spotify subscription is an amazing gift for a music lover and something I definitely recommend. You can buy a spotify gift card which can be redeemed either for a subscription or for downloads, so this is an easy way to do it. Books, DVDs and music are always welcome with me but, as with all the other categories, you do need to know the taste somewhat.
--- Bargain tips ---
You could try trading in your Tesco club card points as often you can multiply the value a lot to use in other stores.
Use quidco to get cash back on your purchases.
If buying from Boots always use your club card, go to the kiosk to get your extra points vouchers and watch out for bonus points days. Look out for all the 3 for 2 offers too.
Try eBay. Also try amazon especially at the moment as they have deals on this week if you want to get ahead.
Try primark if you want to get pjs,scarves, cosy socks etc. They have cute ones very cheap!
I hope this has been some help and good luck with buying your gifts.
Summary: Good luck buying your gifts!
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