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There’s no better way to make her eyes light up than something shiny and expensive. For those who cannot afford one month’s salary, are saving that purchase for the “big day”, have already had that “big day” or are emotionally departed from committing to the “big day” completely, here are some great tips for gifts that are relatively inexpensive that should keep any man from being banished to the dog house.
1. Chocolate. Will you offend her delicate position on diets? No (not unless you throw a Snickers at her head slyly adding, “they were out of your favorite Little Debbies” as you pass through to the kitchen to see what’s for dinner). It should be something only available this time of year, come in a box shaped like the sweetheart you are, and be made by a reputable chocolatier. She will know when you’re skimping. No off brands.
2. Flowers. As a current commercial insinuates, buying from the least expensive florist on the net may leave her with a box of browning petals and leave you with a lonely evening of sulking. Knowing her favorite flower is a plus, too.
3. Spa time. Mothers deserve time to relax without worrying what the kids are getting into. Nothing says I love you like a massage (and a glass of champagne). Even if the certificate is just enough for a manny or petty, all women (and men) deserve time to be pampered, and she (or he) will appreciate the gift of time off.
4. Gift certificates. Gift certificates to any retail vendor are a great gift if it reflects something she’s interested in. Cash cards to Sears are not acceptable for a lady (unless she’s a construction worker by trade or loves power tools as much as you do).
5. Homemade gifts. Any mother will say the best gifts are art projects created by their children. This philosophy transcends to spouses and boyfriends as well. Almost every household is equipped with baskets, decorative bags and glass vases. All one has to do is fill these empty objects with special inexpensive gifts like soaps, lotions, Hershey kisses, etc. Finish the container with a big red bow and ready the mop for gushing.
6. What’s her favorite restaurant? As long as it’s not fast food (unless there’s sentimental attachment involved), taking her to dinner at her favorite romantic spot is always a great alternative. Don’t underestimate the impressive impact of an indoor picnic.
7. What’s her favorite movie? It’s tempting to scrounge through the $5 bin at Walmart, but its much more moving to find the exact copy of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ if that’s the one movie she stops to watch every time its on.
8. What’s her favorite scent? Better yet, what’s your favorite scent? As long as she can stand it, letting her know what you think is sexy on her is always flattering.
9. What’s on the way home? If convenience is foremost, take a look at the establishments on the drive home. There are ideas on every front around every corner. Next time traffic is slower than usual, let your eye wander to the mini malls you drive by every day and make a quick stop to see what might surprise her.
10. Combinations of the aforementioned are strongly encouraged.
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