Shop these failproof gifts for women, and you’ll win at gift giving, guaranteed.
Ok, world peace would be great. But while we figure out how to give world peace as a Christmas present, here are some gifts that women in your life will really enjoy. Side note: I came across a list on The List App (are you on it? It’s great! Add me @savvyhome) by Hillary Kerr (@hillarykerr), co-founder of WhoWhatWear. She debunked what people actually like to receive a Christmas gifts (myself included) in the following order:
A thoughtful reminder of a good time you shared.
Upgrades of everyday essentials
Don’t get a face wash or acne cream. But a luxe mask or bath oil? Yes!
Stalk their social
You’d be surprised how much you can find out about a woman by looking at her Pinterest feed.
The modern gentleman has many interests, from wine, to traveling, to music or art. He takes good care of his appearance, from his shoes to his beard. He appreciates the finer things in life: whiskey, backgammon, champagne. He takes pride in his home. We might think he’s hard to buy for, but it’s not the case. Just pick a gift that reflects one of his interests, upgrade his everyday essentials, get him a thoughtful home gift, or treat him to a classic (a bottle of scotch accompanied by clever whiskey stones never fails).
Not all hostess gifts come equal… While you may bring a good bottle of wine or a designer scented candle to a dinner party, you’ll want to splurge a little more if you’re staying with someone for a few days to a week.
If you have no idea how much you should be spending on a hostess gift, a good guide to follow is to estimate how much they’re spending on your dinner/stay/etc. If you’re ravaging their fridge and wine cellar every day for a week, it might warrant a bigger present than if you were simply crashing their couch, and drinking their tap water for two days.
Keep your budget in mind while shopping too. While you might want to splurge on a nice gift for a friend who’s hosting you over the Holidays, there’s no reason to open a credit line for it. Make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re spending, and that goes for all gifts.
These rules, of course are only suggestions, as it’s the intentions that count in the end. Which brings me to my next point: thoughtfulness, and personalization trumps the price tag. Getting something that’s significant to the host can go a long way, even if just a tiny gift.
Also, when in doubt, monogram. A gift will always more thought out if it’s monogrammed. But bear in mind it can take a week to ten days to get something monogrammed, so plan ahead.