It’s often said that buying gifts for men is virtually impossible, but shopping for presents for the ladies in your life can be equally challenging. If you have birthdays approaching or you’re keen to get some early Mother’s Day gift ideas noted down, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. If you’re looking for inspiration for gifts for your mom, your sister, your aunties or your best girlfriends, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will hopefully give you some ideas and make shopping for presents completely stress-free.
For the glamor puss
Does your mom love fashion? Is she always dressed impeccably? Does your sister like to keep up with the latest trends or try out new beauty products as soon as they become available? If your mom is a glamor puss or your sister is a fashionista, there are so many options out there. Take a trip to the mall and keep your eyes peeled for a blouse she’d love or a bag that would fit into her collection perfectly. Visit the makeup counter and put a few new products into your basket or opt for something like a scarf or a pair of sunglasses if she likes to accessorize. Think about her individual style, and go for prints, patterns, and colors she loves. In the spring and summer months, it’s always good to go for pastels or prints like florals and polka dots.
If you’re not completely confident about choosing a new piece for your the closet, there are other options you could consider. How about signing up for a glossy magazine subscription or booking a couple of makeup masterclasses, for example?
For the chef extraordinaire
Does your mom spend every spare minute in the kitchen? Is your aunt famed for her incredible dinner parties or is she known for her home-cooked, hearty family feasts? If you have a chef extraordinaire in the family, there are loads of cool and quirky gift ideas out there. Personalized paraphernalia is always a good idea. There’s a huge range of products available, and you can customize them to make them unique. You could design an apron or order some cookware with her name engraved on it, for example. If your mom loves baking, you could create a personalized cake tin or make a bespoke plaque or sign for the kitchen wall. Alternatively, if she’s is aiming to get to Masterchef standards, kitchen gadgets may be another option worth considering. Perhaps you could buy a new blender or stock up on gizmos that save time on peeling and chopping.
If you have a relative who is putting a lot of effort into honing her culinary skills, you could also explore options like booking a cooking course or some lessons. Have a look online for courses in your local area, and find out more about what it entails. If it sounds like something that is just up their street, go for it!
For the sports fan
Does your best friend love going to the gym or does she jog most days? Does she enjoy playing tennis or has she expressed an interest in learning to play golf? There are loads of sporty presents out there, so tailor your selection to suit her interests. Perhaps you could get her some new gym wear or a personalized yoga mat. Or maybe she’d prefer a new tennis racquet or some golf lessons. If your mom is more of an armchair fan, why not try and get tickets for a tennis tournament or go for a day at the races together?
For the workaholic
Has your mom worked tirelessly for as long as you can remember? Does she spend all her time working or looking after other people? If so, why not treat her to a little bit of TLC? Time is something most of us don’t have enough of, so make an effort to plan a day out or a weekend away for your mom to relax, chill out, and recharge her batteries. You could go to a spa together or book a city break for your mom and dad. If you’re on a budget, you could pay for a meal out at a restaurant or a trip to the movies instead. If you’re teaming up with your siblings, and you want something really special, have a look online for last-minute vacations. You can often get some really good deals, and you can split the cost between you. Compare prices for flights and hotels, and email her boss to ask for time off so that you can keep it a surprise.
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For the magpie
Does your older sister love jewelry or anything that sparkles? Jewelry is always a popular choice for birthdays, as it has sentimental value, and you can keep it forever. If your sister has a collection of jewelry, take a minute to browse sites like frostnyc.com and considering adding a new piece. You could go for simple stud earrings or an elegant bangle or something more extravagant like a rose gold watch. Set a budget, channel her style, and have a look around for that item that catches your eye.
For the long-distance relative
Do you live a long way away from your mom? Do you barely ever get to see her? Sometimes, the most precious gift you can give somebody is your time. Think about planning a surprise trip home for her birthday, or book a weekend away together. You could meet in the middle or take a few days off to go on a mini break. If you’re keen to go for the surprise option, get other members of the family involved to make your story more believable and ensure that she’s in the right place at the right time. For many moms, seeing their children and spending time with them is the best present imaginable. If you can’t leave home, consider booking an airplane ticket for your mom to come and visit and spend a couple of days with you.
For the foodie
Is your cousin a foodie? Can she often be found trying out the newest restaurants or ambling around the farmer’s market? One great idea for foodies is a personalized hamper. You can buy a plain basket and fill it with all her favorite foods and drinks. Combine sweet and savory items and add a bow or a ribbon to finish off the look perfectly. You can buy hampers in stores, but you can’t always guarantee that the recipient will like everything in it, and you’ll probably pay a lot more for a ready-made version. If you’re a keen baker, you could also get your pinny on and do some baking at home. You can use mason jars or miniature baskets to present homemade brownies, cookies, muffins, and cupcakes. If you’re looking for recipes and cute ways to present DIY gifts, check out https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/baking-gift/.
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For the adventurer
We tend to think of men as adventurers, but there are plenty of women out there who live for thrills and spills. If your closest friend loves an adrenaline rush, you could treat her to an experience day. Perhaps she’s a demon behind the wheel, or she’s always wanted to learn to fly a plane. Maybe she’s desperate to go in a hot air balloon, or she enjoys nothing more than spending time in the great outdoors. There’s a huge range of experience days out there if you want to buy a voucher, or you could plan your own intrepid day out.
For the creative genius
Is your mom a budding artist or does your sister love to sing? Does your grandma write in her spare time or is she always taking photographs? If you’re buying for somebody special who has an interest in creative activities, you can use this to find perfect presents. Buy some art supplies or a personalized camera bag. Print and frame some of her photographs or buy her a new journal or notebook for her to jot down her thoughts and ideas. Plan a session in a recording studio or put together a CD of her sample tracks.
For the proud mom/grandma
If you’re looking for a sentimental gift your mom will love, why not try and arrange a photo shoot with the family or get some professional photographs of you and your children done? You can order prints and then present her with framed photos to go on the wall. Framing photographs of you, the kids and your mom together is also a lovely idea. In the run-up to her birthday, try and get as many snaps as possible. You could print the images on canvases or even make a collage.
If you’ve got birthdays fast approaching, you may be starting to rack your brains for thoughtful, unique gift ideas. Channel that special lady’s interests and choose a gift that will mean the world to her. It’s nice to buy bubble bath and candles, but it’s ever better to go for presents that you know she will adore. Hopefully, this guide will give you some ideas, and you’ll be ready to treat your favorite girls in style.