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5 Surefire Ways To Get Her The Christmas Present She Actually Wants

Heart with metal loop for hanging5 Surefire Ways To Get Her The Christmas Presents She Actually Wants is for the men among us among us. Make sure your man reads it! πŸ˜‰

Ask any man why he turns into a Scrooge-like creature as the festive season approaches and he will tell you that his brain turns to mush when it comes to picking out a gift for his other half. The majority of women dread opening their presents on Christmas mornings because they have to usually put on an Oscar winning performance as they exclaim, “I love it, how unusual”. The accepted etiquette is to wait until 2 days after Christmas and then ask if he kept the receipt, as you need to change the gift. It would make a nice change if a man managed to get it right and buy a present that she will genuinely love, so here are 5 tips to get you on the right road.

1. Keep Your Eyes And Ears Open

It’s typical for most women to start dropping hints from October onwards. They may be subtle so you will really need to stop switching off when your wife begins to mention a sweater or a purse that she likes. If you are listening then you could jot this down and compile a Christmas gift list which you could select from when you do your shopping. Other women can be more obvious and may leave a magazine page open deliberately and will circle something in pen to get your attention.

2. Never Buy A Gift for the Home

She may have been raving about a brand new hypo-allergenic vacuum cleaner but this doesn’t mean that she wants it as a Christmas gift. Likewise, if she moans about the mattress being uncomfortable, don’t order a new mattress. Try and put yourself in her shoes and ask yourself how you would feel if she were to gift wrap a cutlery set or lawn mower for you. These gifts show no thought and are not personal so they should always be avoided.

3. A Pampering Treat

If your lady is often complaining that she never gets a break and can’t afford to have a manicure, you could book her some beauty treatments in a decent salon, or if your budget will stretch you could send her away on a 2 day spa break. You could perhaps wrap the gift certificate with a fluffy bath robe and some slippers for an extra thoughtful touch. These types of treatments are often discounted online so they can be affordable. A beauty treatment gift will also stop you having to trail around from store to store.

4. A Frugal Gift Idea

If money is tight and gifts are out of the question this year, you could make her a home-made book of coupons. These coupons could represent household chores, minding the kids or offering foot rubs or back massages. So long as you honour your promises, you should be able to keep her happy. You can start as you mean to go on by helping out with Christmas dinner.

5. IF All Else Fails

If you have wracked your brains about the ideal Christmas gift but you are still hitting a stumbling block you could opt for department store gift vouchers. There is usually something that a lady can buy for herself form this kind of place, although it obviously shows no imagination. If you want to avoid this fail safe option then ask her closest friends what they reckon she would like and this may give you some new perspective.

When giving gifts on any occasion, it’s the thought that counts so bear this in mind when you automatically reach for a perfume that’s on offer. If you are going to buy her a bottle of scent, then at least buy her one of her favorites. If you want to splash out you could give her a card with an I.O.U message inside and tell her that you are taking her to a jewellery store to pick out something nice. Not only will she appreciate this, it will give her something to look forward to and will give her something to boast about to her pals. If you are really feeling brave and are at that stage in your relationship, Christmas can be an incredibly romantic time for a marriage proposal, but if you do go for this option be sure that it is something you’re certain you both want and are ready for.

~ Grace Pamer

Grace Pamer is the author of, a blog which gives insights into the art of writing love letters and putting together winning marriage proposal ideas. As featured in,, and many more.


  1. melissa melissa December 28, 2012

    Those five are sure hits I’m sure πŸ™‚

  2. Hiten Hiten December 16, 2012

    Hi Grace,

    As a guy this was a very useful and timely post! I have to admit I still haven’t quite figured out how to buy gifts properly for the women in my life. This post has helped greatly. I loved the idea of actually taking our partner out to buy the gift she wants.

    Thank you.
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  3. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh December 14, 2012

    Lovely post indeed!

    Oh yes…these tips are going to come handy with Christmas just round the corner, and otherwise too – this post needs to be seen my our better halves for the ideas πŸ™‚

    I totally agree with the 1st and 2nd points and by doing so, the men can never really go wrong! Thanks for sharing these with us. πŸ™‚
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 14, 2012

      Yes this post is certainly meant to be passed on to the men in our lives, Harleena – whatever the occasion, we want presents, right? πŸ˜‰

  4. umashankar umashankar December 14, 2012

    Instant enlightenment for the presently challenged! The counsel is fit for every festive season. Thanks for the priceless gyaan!

  5. Latha Latha December 14, 2012

    Now, can you please forward this to my hubby? plsss.. πŸ˜› All the men out there, do read it… πŸ™‚ I liked that part, where women circle and keep the page open..couldn’t help laughing. In our home, it’s the reverse case. The guy is far to, I am the one who takes that role. I get a shiny ipod for him and he asks, where did you get the money from? (He knows I wasn’t paid in months)…ughhh..the next bday, I get him an expensive perfume and he says, I wish you got me a Hard Disk…grrr…as they say dog’s tail is never straight, I don’t learn my lesson..still keep doing it.. πŸ™
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 14, 2012

      Forward away, Latha! Thanks for sharing your woeful experiences. They sound slightly familiar! πŸ˜‰

  6. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando December 13, 2012

    I guess I’m just the most fortunate of women because Danny always seems to know what gift will delight me. Over the last several years, though, we have cut out the Christmas gifts and taken a holiday to the mountains together instead. I really love that!!!
    Great guest post, Corinne! Thanks for the wonderful tips, Grace!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 13, 2012

      You’re a blessed woman, Martha. A trip to the mountains sounds wonderful. I remember the time Danny took you underwater diving. Experiences too make wonderful gifts.

  7. Alka Gurha Alka Gurha December 13, 2012

    Oh, I have won the Oscar several times…ha ha. The bottomline is to gift a coupon or accompany wifey to the store. Somehow most men never get it right when it comes to surprises and gifts.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 13, 2012

      Haven’t we all, Alka? A coupon? Now that’s really playing it safe! πŸ˜‰

  8. Lazy Pineapple Lazy Pineapple December 13, 2012

    Such wonderful tips πŸ™‚ I believe my hubby needs a lot of help in “buying me a gift” department. He is always confused and ends up asking me as to what I want. I will pass on these ideas to him.
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  9. rimly rimly December 13, 2012

    Real good tips. I should share these with some of my men friends who are at a loss as to what to buy for their wives for Christmas.
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  10. B k Chowla B k Chowla December 13, 2012

    X’mas is almost there.
    Perhaps,it is worth trying experimenting with your tips.
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  11. Mayura Mayura December 12, 2012

    Hi Grace,

    Putting on an Oscar winning performance? πŸ˜€ lol… Well said dear πŸ˜‰

    Keeping my eyes and ears open to my girlie was always helping my decisions when it’s time to surprise or gift her something πŸ™‚ I’m used to hear different opinions when it comes to gifting, especially to a girl. Sometimes guys don’t pay much attention on little things that girls say, but girls memorize ’em may be even with the date and time πŸ˜‰

    Now these tips come in handy especially in this festive season πŸ™‚ May be help survive if someone has no idea yet, who knows? πŸ˜‰

    Have a wonderful week, Grace and Corinne πŸ™‚

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      • Mayura Mayura December 13, 2012

        The best of all is a cute pendent I have gifted her πŸ˜‰ Though she surprised to have it and it’s a moment that she never expect such a gift especially from me, there’s more hints I’ve kept in my mind for next gift idea Corinne πŸ˜‰

        On top of all the best would be keeping her happy and caring all the time. She’s my best gift… Lucky me πŸ˜‰

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        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues December 15, 2012

          Thanks for sharing, Mayura. I’m glad she appreciated your surprise gift. She’s a lucky girl to have a guy who appreciates her and is attentive to her. Wish you both continued joy and love.

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