Choosing The Right Gift
by: Bonnie Jo Davis
Although there are many variables to choosing the right gift for the woman in
your life some rules always apply. Following are some basic tips to help you
through the murky waters of choosing a gift.
Pay attention. Take a good look at the home decor of the woman who will
receive your gift. Does she decorate with angels, candles, family pictures,
posters or art. The items a woman chooses for her home will give many clues as
to what she would enjoy receiving.
Ask questions. It never hurts to ask a woman what she enjoys receiving as a
gift. Ask her to describe her most favorite gift. Ask her to tell you what she
enjoys giving as a gift. This often will be the thing that she enjoys receiving
as well. Encourage an open dialogue about gift giving and listen to the clues
she is giving you.
Don't take the easy way out. Don't just send a dozen flowers or a box of
chocolates and expect an overwhelming response. Women love to receive gifts that
are meaningful and matched to their interest. If you do send flowers (and
sometimes you should) add on a special teddy bear, picture frame or balloons to
make the gift more personal.
Avoid candy or fitness related items. Don't give candy unless it comes with
another gift such as flowers or as part of a gift basket. That way the woman can
give away the candy and still enjoy the gifts that came with it. Too many of us
are watching our weight and avoiding fatty and sugary foods. Fitness equipment
gifts may be considered an insult as though you are criticizing the woman's
weight. Don't think you're being helpful by giving such a gift - it will
backfire on you!
Don't buy a gift that you like or want and give it to someone else. This
trick will not work on any woman with half a brain! Many years ago I had a
committed relationship with a boyfriend that never, and I mean never, bought me
a gift. One year he excitedly told me he had bought tickets to a concert for my
birthday! I was surprised and pleased until he announced that he bought tickets
to a Pink Floyd concert. I listened to Madonna and Michael Jackson at the time
not classic rock. Needless to say, out of politeness I pretended to be happy and
excited and went to the concert and had a good time. Giving a gift to someone
that is something you like or want is selfish and sure to cause serious
repercussions in your relationship. Don't do it.
If in doubt give a gift certificate. Many on-line stores offer gift
certificates that are convenient and easy to redeem. It may seem like a gift
certificate is the easy way out but it isn't. If you purchase a gift certificate
from a store that offers gifts interesting to the woman in your life then you
are doing her a huge favor. Not only will she get a great gift that interests
her but she can choose something that she will actually use and enjoy!
Make your gift giving successful by taking the time to learn about the women
in your life and to appreciate them for their unique gifts. Women love to
receive gifts and will reciprocate in kind. Don't wait for a birthday or other
special occasion. Give gifts frequently and unexpectedly and you will be
surprised by the response you receive!
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Bonnie Jo Davis is also known as "The Gift Guru" by her friends and family.
She has many years of experience shopping and preparing gifts for giving which
has led her to create the new web site Gift Ideas For Women. Visit
http://www.Gift-Ideas-For-Women.com today for free articles and gift
selection and wrapping guides.