Sentimental gift ideas for a girlfriend

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Sentimental gift ideas for a girlfriend
Choosing the right sentimental gift for your girlfriend will surely delight her. (the girl and the gift five image by Paul Moore from

Giving a sentimental and thoughtful gift to your girlfriend can be a memorable and touching experience for both of you. If an anniversary, holiday or her birthday is around the corner, consider giving a gift that speaks to both your love for her and something she enjoys. Bestowing a meaningful sentimental gift may require a bit of brainstorming and money, but the rewards of brightening her day can outweigh any amount of time and effort you put into it.


Photo gifts are among the most sentimental things to give because they often invoke warm memories with friends and loved ones. Fortunately, the widespread availability of digital photo editing software and creative photo printing allows for a variety of forms your sentimental photo gift can take. To create your gift, base the concept around photos you already have of the two of you. Make sure to select flattering ones, and arrange or print them in a special way, such as in a scrapbook detailing a special trip, a collage of your favourite kissing photos to hang in her bedroom or ,if you're looking for something extra sentimental and somewhat cheesy, find a printing store that will print your photo on a small decorative pillow for her bed.


Considered a common romantic gift to bestow upon a girlfriend, jewellery will be considered especially sentimental if it reminds her of a romantic occasion or interest shared by the both of you. If you partake in a common hobby such as horseback riding or a favourite band, find a necklace charm that represents the activity, such as a tiny gold horseshoe encrusted with diamonds or a sterling silver band logo, if you're short on money. If she's dropped hints about wanting a particular piece of jewelery, take her up on the suggestion and buy it for her, but take the gift-giving a step further. Wrap her desired jewelery in a box to make it look like another less romantic present, such as a lava lamp, and watch her expressions change as she realises you went the extra mile to get her what her heart truly desired.

Coupon Booklet

For an extra-personalised sentimental gift, create homemade coupons for your girlfriend promising to do things that she has either asked you to do in the past or things you know she secretly adores. Use construction paper in her favourite colour to either draw or print the coupons describing the service for each coupon, and make sure to personally sign each one. Make the coupon booklet consist of both intangible services, such as free massage, foot rub and her favourite kind of kisses, and tangible ones, such as free ice cream cone and I-get-to-pick-the-movie night. To make sure you've covered all your bases, include at least one wild card coupon to let her choose one service that may not have occurred to you.

Your Writing

If you and your girlfriend are deeply in love, you may find that the most sentimental gift you can bestow is one in which you profess your adoration and appreciation for her. The traditional love poem is an easy choice, so think of a creative way you can put in writing your feelings, such as a list of 100 things you love about her or a wish list of things you want to do together. Whether you choose to hand write or type your message of love, make sure to compose a few rough drafts first to ensure that it says exactly what you want it to say. It won't hurt to use a word processor first to avoid any spelling errors.

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