Giving gifts to women is notoriously tricky, especially to a girlfriend. A gift can backfire and land you in the doghouse, or it can be absolutely perfect and guarantee you a happy evening. She is probably dropping hints leading up to her birthday, so pay close attention and follow a few general rules: make it personal and something that caters specifically to her taste.
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Girls love glitter, but if you're going for jewellery put some thought behind it. Diamonds, of course, are the top dog, but there are other unique and beautiful options, such as amber. Do some research and find your girlfriend's birth stone. Casually drop by a jewellery store in a mall with your girlfriend and get a gauge of what she does and doesn't like.
Clothes are always popular, but it's important to get the right size or you're stepping into a minefield. Sexy lingerie is always welcome, but it should be something practical that she can wear to bed more than just on "special nights." Discretely check sizes whenever she's in the shower or away from the house. Bath robes are nice and even a sports jersey with her favourite team on it. If your girlfriend is always cold put together a "thermal kit," complete with cute socks, a beanie, gloves and a scarf.
Unique and personal gifts show that you put a lot of thought into the gift. Put together a scrapbook with photos and cute stickers chronicling your time together as a couple. Purses imprinted with a picture of you and her are cute, but make sure it's tasteful.
If your girlfriend likes to decorate her home, give her something cute and special for the house. Browse home furnishing stores to see what catches her eye, particularly the colour and style. Take a look around the house for dark corners where a cute lamp could brighten things up, or a bare wall where a classy piece of artwork could go. For the latter, quiz her on favourite photographers, artists and locations to find the perfect picture. Stuffed animals for the bed are cute but a little kitschy, unless your girlfriend genuinely collects teddy bears.
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