Birthday gift ideas can sometimes be hard to find, but for a mother, sister, spouse or good friend, gift givers can find a gift that is personalised to the recipient to let her know her value. For a woman who seems to have everything, consider giving her the gift of an experience she has never had.
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Baked Good Gifts
For a chocoholic or for a woman who adores treats, consider investing a little bit of time to create a gourmet basket or tray of desserts. Include baked goods, such as chewy brownies, buttery chocolate chip cookies, macadamia nut fudge and a variety of petit fours. Instead of a basket of goodies, give a vase-full of treats instead. Make a cookie bouquet by baking a batch of sugar cookies on wooden skewers. Decorate the cookies with royal icing, wrap each cookie in clear or coloured cellophane wrap and tie them closed with a colourful ribbon. Insert the bottom of the skewers into a vase filled with green floral foam for a completed cookie bouquet.
Use the interests of the gift recipient to find an experience for the guest of honour. For women who just like to relax, consider arranging for an afternoon at a spa for a massage, mini-facial and a manicure. If she has a busy schedule, offer a gift card to the spa instead so she can arrange her own visit. For adventure-loving women, purchase an experience package that allows her to go skydiving, hang gliding or on a zip-line tour over forest or mountain ranges. For a woman fond of the culinary arts, purchase a package that provides her with a private cooking class with a gourmet chef.
For a customised gift, consider embroidering the recipient's name onto a plush bathrobe or monogramming the pillowcases from a satin sheet set with her initials. For a mother or grandmother, have a professional photo taken of all of the children and have the image turned into a photo blanket or a fabric wall hanging. For a less expensive gift, consider having a sterling silver locket engraved with a personal message and inserting a picture of the two of you into the locket. Other gifts that can be personalised with engravings or photos include mugs, T-shirts, champagne glasses, stuffed animals, key chains and watches.
Put together a basket full of luxurious bath items, such as bubble baths, bath beads and salts, essential oils, body lotions, foot scrubs, paraffin hand wraps, a spa headband and a loofah sponge. Include a monogrammed towel or two or a spa wrap. Intimate gift givers can also prepare a variety of massage oils at home and offer a massage as an extra birthday gift. To make the massage oils, blend together the ingredients at a ratio of 4 tbsp of carrier oil, such as olive oil, to 10 drops of an essential oil, such as peppermint, sandalwood, rose and ylang ylang.
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