How to WOW Your Girlfriend with the Perfect Gift

It's a common myth that women are far easier to buy for than men.

Yes, the choice may be wider, but this can make it even more difficult to choose something personal - something that really says 'I love you' and not just 'I popped by the store at the last minute and this was all they had left'.

If you're struggling to find a gift for the special woman in your life, here's how to get the inspiration flowing.
  1. Think about what she likes: This may sound obvious, but there's a regrettable tendency among boyfriends to play it safe with a generic gift. Instead, take a moment to consider her tastes. Does she have any particular hobbies? Is she a great eater, or a connoisseur of fine wines? Perhaps she has a penchant for gold jewellery? Sussing out what your girlfriend likes and buying accordingly says that you know her intimately - and you'll get bonus points for serious thoughtfulness.

  2. Be romantic: There's a wannabe fairy princess lurking in the soul of every woman, even if she doesn't want to admit it. Sweeping romantic gestures, like whisking her away for a weekend in Paris or treating her to a Champagne breakfast, will always be appreciated - and there are plenty of ways to act the sensitive lover without breaking the bank too. Interflora does a range of beautiful bouquets on their website, these are available with next day delivery and can be sent directly to her house or workplace with a personalised greeting. So simple, yet so sublimely effective.

  3. Take notes: If you and your girlfriend have been together for any length of time, chances are she will already have dropped a few oh-so-subtle hints on her gift preferences. Think back to previous conversations, scanning them for phrases like 'It would be really nice to have…' or 'I've always wanted…' Of course, the best way to impress her is to rush off and buy the desired object while the conversation is fresh in your memory. That way, you can bring it out a year later, smugly reminding her that she's wanted it for ages.

  4. Avoid obvious pitfalls: Boyfriends, beware of the big Giving Sins. Never make a present of money, unless of course it's a sum big enough to outweigh your thoughtlessness. Equally, you shouldn't buy her something that you secretly covet just as an excuse to sneak it into the house. If you're still struggling to think of the perfect gift, then try asking her mum or best friends. Your thoughtfulness will boost your stock with her loved ones as well as with your girlfriend.

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