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Holiday Gift Ideas for Friendship or Love

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I love sharing these suggestions for making your Thanksgiving holiday simple and fun.

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Decide if your Gift is for Friendship or Love

It's very important when you are choosing a gift to decide whether it is only a friendship gift or if you are moving from friendship to a love relationship. Perhaps you are already in a love relationship with your partner, make that decision before you start on any shopping trips. It's important if you are buying only a friendship gift, to make sure it is not mistaken for romance.

For example, if you are buying a gift for a relative, then gift cards or gift certificates for online shopping or to a department store are appropriate. If it's for a love relationship, be careful to not purchase a diamond ring unless you intend on proposing marriage. A simple gold necklace or bracelet in a beautiful professionally wrapped box will be a welcome gift. If you are shopping for that special man in your life, then head to the men's jewelry counter and select something you know they will like. Pay attention to what they normally wear when you go out on dates or to a theater, notice what he likes to wear. The same is true with any type of gift you are buying. Be attentive and pay attention to details.

Just remember that diamond jewelry and weekend getaways are for the more serious relationships while gift certificates, gift cards, candy or baked goods are for casual relationships.

Gifts for Men

Be observant when you are around that special man in your life and see what colors he likes, what sports he watches on television, or anything he has around his home that will inspire you to give him a gift he will enjoy.

Men's jewelry like cufflinks, tie clips, rings and watches would be a pleasant surprise to that special man in your life. Does he love a particular type of music? Then get tickets to a concert or to a musical stage play at a local theater.

If it is just a friendship, then think about what he might need that is useful, such as, a desk set for his home office, an electronic organizer, a phone holder for his car. It would be any gift that doesn't involve doing something together as a couple.

If you want a friendship to move towards intimacy, then think about gifting him a bottle of wine and dinner reservations at a favorite restaurant. Surprise him with a trip to a resort or taking a weekend trip to the mountains or to the ocean.

Gift cards are fine for friendship gifts, but for a personal gift, any man would love their favorite cologne, cufflinks, or a watch that compliments his personal style.

Gift cards are fine for friendship gifts, but for a personal gift, any man would love their favorite cologne, cufflinks, or a watch that compliments his personal style.

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Gifts for Women

Again, you must decide whether your gifts are for love or friendship. Friendship gifts can be journals, a pen set for their home office, organizers, or gift cards. For love, you need to impress that lady in your life and think about jewelry, flowers, and dinner reservations at a restaurant you both enjoy.

If you want to move from friendship to love or move your love relationship into something more permanent, then think about a beautiful gold and diamond or gemstone ring, perhaps of her birthstone. Any woman enjoys a simple gold bracelet or if you have more money to spend in your budget, a diamond tennis bracelet will impress her and show her that you want a serious, exclusive relationship.

I would suggest skipping those big boxes of candy since that is intimidating to a woman especially one who may be on a diet. Think about bringing her a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers, surprise her with tickets for a weekend getaway to the country.

If you are sure of the perfume she wears, then purchase the same fragrance in a gift set available at most department stores. Pay attention if she talks about a certain item she's been wanting, and avoid anything that is practical. Never buy your lady love a toaster or blender, stick to jewelry, flowers, wine with a wine glass set, and perhaps take a drive to a special place that you both love, like a view of the ocean, a view from a mountainside roadway. If she likes the outdoors, then surprise her with tickets to a national park for a weekend getaway.

Pretty gold bracelets, wine and a picnic lunch make wonderful gifts for your lady love this holiday season.

Pretty gold bracelets, wine and a picnic lunch make wonderful gifts for your lady love this holiday season.

Bakery Items and Food Gifts

Bakery and other food items as gifts are only for friends, relatives, or workplace holiday potlucks. These are not romantic gifts for your lady love or that special man in your life. If you are invited to dinner, then a bottle of wine is appropriate for the host along with flowers for the hostess. If you are gifting someone with a case or several cases of special wine, then that is a gift in itself and nothing else is needed. It can be viewed as a gift for a friend or a romantic partner if they are wine aficionados. A home cooked meal can be a special gift to anyone, whether a friend or lover. However, if it's for a love interest, be sure and have a nice gift waiting next to their plate too. It can be as simple as flowers or a pretty gift box with a gold bracelet inside or for a man, you can do the same if he likes jewelry or perhaps just a small bottle of his favorite cologne wrapped in a gift box next to his favorite glass of wine.

Choose a Theme

One single gift will not be enough for that love of your life and you could be a disappointment to that person. Think about a theme for your gift-giving and group similar gift items together. For example, gift your lady love a gold bracelet, a bouquet of her favorite flowers, and have dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant. If your boyfriend loves skiing, then show up at his door wearing your best snow bunny outfit and gift him with dinner reservations, a new leather weekender bag, along with tickets for a weekend trip to a local ski resort. Choose a theme and then pick two or three items and group them together as a gift for that special person in your life.

To make points with that special love of your life, don't forget to buy a gift for their pets too.

To make points with that special love of your life, don't forget to buy a gift for their pets too.

Do Not Go Over Your Budget

Be mindful of how much you are spending this holiday season. Holidays should be fun and not stressful and you should not be worried about that credit card bill you will get to start the New Year. Any person in your life that expects you to go into debt just to purchase them a gift for Christmas, is not a person you want in your life to begin with. That special person in your life knows your lifestyle and will not expect you to go into debt this holiday season. Remember that your presence is the best gift of all whether it be a lover, friend or relative, the gift of your time and attention is the most precious gift in the universe.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Nancy M

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