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?