The woman in your life could include your mother or sister but really we are talking about your love interest - be that a girlfriend, partner, fiancée or wife.
Few if any women want to receive a gift that is really a household item. There will always be exceptions to the rule, sometimes due to lack of money, but on the whole we girls love a gift that is just for us.
If the gift is selected with love and thought how can you go wrong?
Well quite easily really. Reading the signs and hearing any hints dropped by your woman is important; likewise just because she comments that something is great it does not necessarily mean she wants you to buy it for her.
You could of course ask for a Christmas list of what your lady would like in her Christmas stocking and choose from that. However if you like to give surprises make sure it is a pleasant rather than nasty one!
Lingerie is only really a good idea if you know your woman well. Remember that you are buying the lingerie for her not your excitement and pleasure and shop accordingly. Check her current underwear for size as long as you know it fits her well.
Look, listen and observe to get this gift right.
We ladies all like jewellery, well almost all of us do.
Knowing your woman's personal style and taste takes time and if you are new into a relationship opt for a safe classic set of earrings. Make sure you know whether your girl has pierced ears or not.
Technological gifts may fit the bill as long as it is for personal use. An android or tablet or accessory such as cover could be one option.
Books are fine if you are confident about her reading likes but does she tend to use a kindle these days instead?
ITunes and Amazon gift certificates give her the option of finding just what she wants online. You could back this gift up with flowers or wine or chocolates or all three; if you know her perfect flowers, wine and chocolates all the better.
A favourite film on DVD, gloves, a hat and or scarf, handbag or cosmetics may work as stocking fillers; if you want to try to buy her something quirky search online. There are many websites that offer unusual gifts such as Find Me A Gift.
Fun stuff is great but not for everyone!
Clothing is a tricky gift but many long term wives and partners years for a new outfit-making this one a surprise could be disastrous though.
When searching for a gift you can do the research online and shop locally if you prefer.
So what does your woman want for Christmas? Will you manage to complete the gift buying mission successfully and in time?
Are you looking to buy a Christmas gift for a loved one who has a long standing love affair with travel? Buying gifts for an established traveller may not be easy but there are many items available for the novice wanderer; you may have to do your research though for a well-established traveller.
Those who love to travel tend to but various travel related bits and bobs over time so do your research to prevent you buying something unnecessary and unwanted.
Here are a few travel related gift ideas that will be welcomed by all as remember some items such as travel kettles do wear out over time. If you end up with more than one travel kettle you can always leave one behind at your favourite vacation destination ready for next time you visit.
Prepare to be amazed at what is on offer. So many items can easily become travel appropriate.
What about learning a foreign language? This could be by way of a book, C.D. or local lessons.
The Internet as always offers a much larger choice and saves you having to tramp around city centres and high streets looking for gift inspiration.
You do not necessarily have to buy online but researching gifts online can be really useful.
However the advantage with the Internet is choice. Here are a few websites that claim to offer unusual gifts for your traveller this Christmas:
Christmas is always just around the corner. With so few gift shopping days left before Christmas we may all need to get a move on. Sure there will be gifts available for sale up until the very last minute but the choice will diminish with time
Maybe buying gifts for your man is a doddle but more likely it is just one big headache. A mixture of cash and inspiration will be needed and here are some ideas if both are in short supply.
Many men open their Christmas gifts with a feeling of dread. The usual ill-fitting socks, underwear and gloves must be so disappointing. Why not put the amount of thought into buying his gift, that you would hope he put into buying yours?
The money you have available for gift purchases obviously makes a difference but it is possible to buy your guy the perfect gift, on a budget.
We all know that most men are big kids at heart. Some are big kids full-stop. How about buying him a toy. It could be something designed as a toy for grown-ups or a kids toy you know he has always wanted. I am not talking about a sex toy but hey it is up to you. Whatever floats your boat as long as it is legal.
Fun gifts could be a light up dazzle yoyo, a radio controlled spider, a rubber duck radio or a robotic dog. You could even make up a men's gift basket of fun gifts throwing into the mix bags of favourite childhood sweets or confectionery such as sherbet dips, cherry lips, swizzlers and the like.
Does he own a Kindle? If he does you could purchase a great selection of kindle reading matter for next to nothing. If he does not own a kindle why not buy him one? The smaller kindle is cheaper and more lightweight. It could be perfect for taking to work and using when travelling.
A new cell or mobile phone may not be necessary or within your budget but perhaps some accessories will be. A personalized phone case or a new earpiece could be ideal.
The annual subscription for magazines works out cheaper if the whole year is paid for in one payment. If your man loves his expensive, in your opinion, monthly motorbike or photography magazines why not pay in advance for next year's editions?
Perhaps he has always had a yen to learn to play the keyboard or a guitar. Whilst your funds may not stretch to buying the musical instrument they may stretch to paying for lessons on how to play, or sheet music and accessories for the instrument.
Netbooks have come down in price considerably recently.
For a lot less than £200 in the UK you can buy a netbook by a top of the range manufacturer. Maybe he has a laptop that needs a little more memory adding to it? Perhaps his PC could do with a Windows upgrade to its operating system.
Androids, IPads, IPhones and more may all be within your price range. If not accessories for an existing piece of kit may be.
Who said men are hard to buy for? There is so much choice and there are still books, CDs and DVDs!