Hold onto your hats, guys; the holiday season is fast approaching. For all the merriment that it brings, there is a significant downside that many of us are familiar with: the annual agonizing over what the heck to buy for those wonderful ladies in our lives. Your fate over the festive period may indeed depend on getting this decision right. Mess it up, and you might find that there’s not so much Ho, Ho, Ho from She Who Must Be Obeyed in your short-term future. For bros wracking their brains for ideas that will ensure they sleep inside this year, here are a few suggestions:
Cooking Up a Storm
As I rule, I’m cautious about recommending anything kitchen related, lest you get that terrifying stare that says, “Don’t you gender stereotype me, mister!” However, I will make an exception for gorgeous cookware sets. Good quality pots and pans not only help make cooking easier and more efficient, but they can also form part of your kitchen décor, so choose one that matches your kitchen. As a gift that is practical, beautiful and significant to ensure that Her Royal Highness knows how much you care, this option is hard to go past.
Flower Me Softly
Early in my romantic career, I used to begrudge every bunch of flowers I ever bought for a girl. I never saw the point in spending all that coin on something that is going to die and end up in the trash within a week or two. A wise man then told me to imagine each bunch of flowers as a deposit in the Feminine Happiness Account. With this in mind, a flower subscription is a spectacularly great idea. It reduces the cost significantly and will keep your lady happy with regular delivery of floral bliss.
Are You Experienced?
If you’re really stuck for ideas, then an experience gift can be just the ticket to keep you out of the dog house. The gift of time together doing something special like hot air ballooning, scenic helicopter ride or any of the innumerable, exciting activities offered by online experience gift companies, will have you coming off like a romantic genius.
If you’re concerned that she might prefer some time to herself; a spa treatment might be just the thing that hits the mark. The holidays can be stressful and hectic, so there’s every chance that she will relish the opportunity to take some time out to feel pampered and preened. Lip gloss is always a favorite and you can usually find gift sets at Sephora and Ulta this time of year.
Gift of Giving
For the more socially conscious, or philanthropic partner, sometimes the best gift can be knowing that you support her beliefs, passions and principles. Most charitable organizations allow you to make donations in her name. For the environmentally-minded woman, American Forests offer a calculator that determines your carbon footprint, and you can donate the amount required to plant enough trees to offset it for a carbon-neutral year. Warriors for women’s rights might appreciate a donation to UN Women that will empower sisters in less privileged nations to lead better lives. Whatever her cause, she’ll love knowing that you support her.
If your significant other loves nothing more than curling up with a good book over the cold winter months, then a subscription to a monthly book subscription box is a fail-safe option. She will love the thrill of receiving new titles every month, and you’ll earn major brownie points by letting her know that you also love her for he mind.
Good luck and may you all enjoy cheer with gifts that hit the right note this year!