How to Buy Last Minute Gifts for Your Wife or Girlfriend

how to buy last minute gifts for your wife or girlfriend.  Ladies - forward this to every man you know. Ladies.  We are just 2 days away from Valentine’s Day.  It’s crunch time for the men in your life.  Forward this to any man you know who could use some tips for shopping for their significant others.  And feel free to add your own tips in the comment section.  Let’s help husbands and boyfriends give better gifts!  (Really this post is just suggesting they put some thought and a little effort).

Hello, men

Valentine’s Day is in two days.  Do you know how you will celebrate it with your wife or girlfriend?  P.S. bookmark this site for future occasions (Do you even know when your anniversary is?  Her birthday?  The first time you held hands?  HOT TIP:  you will get even more brownie points for doing any one of these things for no reason at all.  Here is how to buy last minute gifts for your wife or girlfriend.

First off, use your noodle.  You need to think for a moment about how your woman is.  Would she scoff at, what some might consider to be, smaller gifts, then this post is not for you.  Grab your wallet and head to your nearest luxury department store.  Buy a $400 pair of sunglasses, have them wrap them up for you and you are set.  But if your gal likes you to put a little bit of thought in to the gift, read on.

champagne and leopard is always a winning combo.  Add one little extra touch to make a so so gift, great.My husband and I decided early on in our marriage that the only real gifts that we would buy for each other, each year, would be birthday and Christmas.  We will potentially enjoy a nice meal out for our anniversary but we feel we have a lot of nice things already and don’t need any more stuff.  Depending on how your significant other is, choose one or more of these items to gift her.

If your gal likes to have a cocktail, grab a bottle of bubbly, something that most people do not splurge on or buy for themselves.  The Veuve is a nice, recognizable bottle and crowd (in this case, your lady friend) pleaser.  In my opinion, it is far better to purchase gifts that fit in to your price range than just trying to impress someone (who knows how much you really make).  So if you can’t swing the $40 bottle, look for the La Marca.  It is an Italian prosecco, $12-$14, and tastes delicious.  But how much effort does grabbing a bottle of alcohol really take?  Consider adding on an auxiliary gift.  The auxiliary gift can be inexpensive but should be something that either goes with the drink you are giving or be something that the gal would love.  These leopard print coasters actually came from the Dollar Tree.  Remove all packaging and tie up with string.  Simple.

Stance socks are super fun and a great quick gift idea for your lady friendSocks?!  You say.  Yes, socks.  Browse the internet for a humorous saying to go on the gift tag or use the old stand by, “cold feet, warm heart” or say something about snuggling.  While socks are a practical item, there are some really fun, design forward pairs out there.  You can’t go wrong with Stance socks.  You can find these at most of your local skate or surf shops including the larger chains like Zumiez.  Look for pairs that remind you of her.  Pick a flower from the garden to give along with one -3 pairs of socks and get ready for a hug.

jazz up store bought flowers for your sweetieStore bought flowers are totally ok.  This particular bouquet came from Wal-Mart.  But she doesn’t have to know that.  Most women like their men to put in a little bit of effort to make them feel special.  This was seriously the tiniest bit of effort.  First, remove the store-bought wrapping.  Then cut part of  a paper grocery sack, wrap it around the stem and wind some pink nylon string (found at both Home Depot and Lowe’s) around it.  How easy is that?

fill her favorite candy in a cute box.  Show a little tiny bit of effort.Does your gal have a sweet tooth?  Chances are you know a few of her favorite candies.  This box was from the Target dollar bin. All you have to do is repackage things to make them look like you spent time on it, even if you really didn’t.  She likes something salty instead?  Take a moment to look around for a larger divided container (perhaps in the home decor or kitchen areas – even a divided dish would work) and fill with savory snacks.  Add a note that says something about her being sweet and you are totally getting lucky tonight.

A gal loves a pedicure, so give her some cash and send her to pamper herselfThis one is especially great for women with children.  Sometimes the best gift for a mom is getting some time by herself.  It might seem tacky to just hand her some cash but hear me out.  Most women love to get pedicures.  And there are little nail places all around town.  Chances are, she has a favorite.  She may have even mentioned it to you before.  But wait, was it Lucky Nail, Nail Lucky, Happy Nails…the chances of you getting that one wrong are high.  Tell her that you know how much she does for the family and that you want her to go pamper herself.  The fact that you be taking care of the kids and planned this out will show her that you care and she will be beyond excited.  And she will have the choice of where to go.  Nail places are not created equal.  Are you seeing some gifts or combos of gifts that might work for the lady in your life?

Have your significant other set up a 'wishlist' on pinterest for easy gift buyingThis last suggestion is not something for last-minute purchases but will surely help you on your gift giving journey.  Suggest that your gal pal make a “wish list” board on her pinterest.  You can look at this like a personal gift registry.  You can ask her to begin pinning things that she would like to get as gifts from you or even others.  Then whenever you need to, you can check out her list and potentially buy them straight from the link.  What is also cool about this is that it still leaves a little bit of the surprise factor for her when opening gifts.  Do you see that, up there?  I have 40 things on my wish list so I would never be able to guess what things I might get.  I’m sure she will happily show you how to navigate to that board (but you really should bookmark it or save it as your home page).

I hope this has helped you learn how to give gifts to your significant other.  All we really want is a little thought and effort to know that you care.

*Ladies, feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments section!



October Loves

Stance-Socks-are-my-favorite-giftI came in to my room the other day and found that my husband had left me a pile of Stance socks on my bed.  These are my favorite socks.  Is that odd to have a favorite sock brand?  Their patterns are awesome.  I actually don’t enjoy socks on the whole.  I have rather aggressive big toes and holes form rather easily in my socks.  I know.  Crazytown.  Me AND my toes.  But these don’t wear out for me and they are just plain rad.

Spiced-Sugar-for-coffeeSince I ran out of the cinnamon coffee creamer, I went back to adding this super yummy Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar to my coffee in the morning.  As you can tell, it is empty and I’m pretty broken up about it.  I desperately need to go pick up some more soon!

International-Candy-from-ALpine-VillageWe celebrated my husband’s 95 year old grandfather at Alpine Village, in Torrance, a few weeks ago and I LOVED shopping in their market.  There is something about international candy that just delights me.  Like, I saw these little things, that resemble tiny toasts, and I had to have them.  I couldn’t read the container but guessed from the icing that they were probably a sweet treat.  I was right.  They were similar to a chocolate crouton in texture (which I didn’t hate) and were not overly sweet.  My youngest son polished off that container in one day.  I’m glad that from this angle you can’t tell how large the container is… And who wouldn’t want a bag of deliciously sweet and firm cats?

black-licorice-catsThey were so hard that you couldn’t even really chew them.  And although they were licorice, they had an odd caramel undertone.  I shouldn’t have opened the bag but kept my sweet cats in the bag (pun intended).

Hosts of Tripping Out with Allie and GeorgiaI somehow just came across Tripping out with Allie and Georgia on the Cooking Channel.  I’m obsessed.  I love these gals.  They are so good together and are really fun to watch.  They travel around and try out restaurants and other activities and then bring the ideas back to their place in Los Angeles and throw a party inspired by their trip for their friends.  Upon further girl crush investigation, I found that they write a blog for their show (I love their “You Partied Too Hard” Hostess Gift Idea), and Kristin just posted about their podcast (which I haven’t heard yet because how the heck do you listen to a podcast?).  See their full website here!

Urban Plates IrvineSorry for the crummy iPhone pic but I am in love with this new restaurant and I didn’t have my good camera with me.  This place just opened in Irvine a few weeks ago called Urban Plates.  Their concept is that it is “farm to table, that won’t break the bank.”  How awesome is that?  No dish costs over $10 and they offer everything from salads, to entrees, soups, pizzas, and amazing side dishes.  They also serve beer and wine as well as fun soda options like, blueberry.  It was so crowded the day I tried it out but it was so worth it.  I tried the steak pizza with grilled onions, blue cheese and arugula.  Amazing!  And the Brussels Sprouts?!  Best ever.  The real test for me was the iced tea.  It seems like every time I find a restaurant that I really like, the iced tea sucks.  This does not suck.  It is the unsweetened Mango tea and it is perfection.  Job well done, Urban Plates!


Images are mine except Allie and Georgia (from their site by George O’Bedlam)

Want to see what else I love?  Check out my August and September loves.