10 Unique Christmas Gifts for Her

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Posted by Meeta K. Wolff

The holiday season is supposed to be about enjoying oneself, spending time with family, and enjoy the act of giving and receiving gifts. And it is the thought that counts when giving a gift – that is, the long thought required to make sure the gift is liked.

While getting the usual gifts can often times get you by, you should at least once in a few years put some effort into truly impressing your lady. There's also no requirement to break the bank in doing so, as many people assume. While knowing what the woman values, you can know what to give her that's surprising, unexpected, and most importantly appreciated and remembered for years.

Here's a starter list to give a few ideas. Think fast, though, the holidays are coming up quick!

  1. A perfume she's never worn – The expected gift would be her usual fragrance, but why not shop around the department stores for something new? Find something you think will match her personality and style. Done right, this gift can be quite affectionate.

  2. Custom portraits – Ask her friends or family if they'd be willing to take a trip to a photo studio (or take your own if it's more financially feasible). Add them to a collage, or buy a large frame with numerous smaller places for photos. Add hers to the center, surrounded by the portraits taken. Of course, be sure to include yourself.

  3. Personalized bible – If the woman celebrates Christmas for religious reasons too, then she'd appreciate your acknowledgment of this by giving her a bible with her initials or name printed on it.

    Generally you have to order a bible with the included monogram, although if you look around you may be able to find a shop that will add one to a bible you already have. Do not alter one she already owns, and take any messages from yourself you decide to add lightly.

  4. Book of Poetry – Writing one poem is great, but writing a few and adding them to a book says a whole lot more. Again this can go from simple craft style to elegant, handmade by you or professionally printed and bound.

    If you need fillers, draw a few pictures or include photos. Write the poetry about them if it's not written already. Other great, appropriate, and rather easy topics include the winter season and weather, holiday foods, and Christmas itself.

    It's also quite acceptable to give this gift privately, as there are very few men who would want to be seen by anyone other than their woman giving their own written works of art. And any woman who doesn't absolutely adore this can just enjoy the lump of coal she probably received this year!

  5. Photo locket Рavoid the clich̩ gold heart locket with a photo of her on one side, and one of you on the other. Why not a tree instead of a heart? Silver is also a great Christmas color (and less expensive!).

    Want to be seen as open minded and caring again? Rather than a picture of you, put in one of her mother. Want to be cute and funny? Make it her dog instead. While a locket is more on the expected side, you can add some twists to make it creative.

  6. Music lessons – Sign her up for a few music lessons. For all either of you know, she's a great guitar player! An instrument is generally a better idea than vocal lessons. Also, make it something fun and easy like the guitar or drums.

    It could spark a new interest in music, and could lead into easy gift ideas for the next occasion.

  7. Swimsuit – For the girl who hates the cold winter weather, buy a swimsuit along with the promise of a trip to the beach in the summer. Not meant to be the main gift, but something on the side for a laugh. Plus, she may just have to try it on for you!

  8. Make her a Scarf – It's surprisingly easy to knit, and anyone with a little patience can pick it up rather quickly. The supplies are very cheap, and she's sure to love the effort you put into it. If you like what you're doing, you can even go onto knitting other articles of clothing, such as gloves or a sweater.

  9. Bicycle – Certainly not expected for an adult, which is what makes it unique. Many bicycle manufactures still make the old-style bikes seen in the '50's, which when accompanied by a basket on the front and a big Christmas bow would be adorable.

    Intended not only to be in the style of Christmas, it's also a great hobby to take up for those who haven't peddled since they were in middle school.

  10. Finally, something has to be said about jewelry. One problem that men make when buying jewelry for a woman is that they always stick to the expected, and they think that going over the top is the best.

    That may be fine for Valentine's Day when it's expected, or an anniversary, but it's not the best taste for Christmas. Take a step away from the tacky holiday sales at chain stores that advertise "Diamond heart pendant for only $59.99!" It's not worth your money, and it's definitely not something she'll want to wear after the season ends. Go for something elegant and stylish. Handpick a set (necklace and pendant, earrings, and bracelet, for example). Every piece, by no means, has to be encrusted with gemstones, and nor does it have to be gold.

    If you can afford it, it's certainly acceptable, but don't feel the obligation to spend hundreds or even thousands. Smaller, non-commercial jewelry stores often sell sterling silver with earth stones (Jade, Onyx, Turquoise, etc) that are much more affordable. This is by no standards "cheap" jewelry – it will still set you back a bit, but it's much better than truly "cheaping out" with low quality gold and gemstones.

    Plus, many women enjoy silver and stone jewelry. To go even further, get a set with stones that are her favorite color. Save spending a large sum of money on very valuable jewelry for a more personal time.

Are you interested in contributing to The Daily Tiffin? Drop us an email: blogmeeta@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

This Post was contributed by Vicky from Got A Crush


Meeta i should mail this page to my hubby :-)
Have you send the page to Tom :-))

Finla said...
December 5, 2007 at 3:17:00 PM GMT+1  

HC, That's a great idea I think I will. Vivky thanks for writing such a fantastic article. I can imagine all husbands might be getting anonymous emails from their wives and partners with this article forwarded to them LOL!

Meeta K. Wolff said...
December 5, 2007 at 3:33:00 PM GMT+1  

Nice article Vicky. I've actually given some of the gifts you mentioned. The lovely wife didnt particularly like the perfume I got her (not her usual) which I liked a lot. Sometimes, we just can't win....!!
However, 2 years later she started using it and loved it.

Dharm said...
December 6, 2007 at 4:05:00 AM GMT+1  

Nice article vivky, actually i thought it was meeta who wrote it.
That is why my firs coment was to meeta.
Vivky i am sure lots of hubby will get this mail as the ladies who come here will forward to them :-)

Finla said...
December 6, 2007 at 6:59:00 PM GMT+1  

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