If my birthday was tomorrow, I’d want to know I’m special. Give me something thoughtful. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It can even be slightly cliché as long as you add something meaningful for me. Think about who I am and what I enjoy. Here are some jumping off points:
Don’t be afraid, some women do love jewelry and a ring does not always signify a question or a promise. Steer clear of your basic diamond if we’re not already married, though. Or steer clear of rings altogether and go with a necklace, bracelet or earrings. The above is a black diamond, and if I’m edgy or goth at all, it’s almost certain to win a glowing smile. Most jewelry stores carry lab-created gemstones that are reasonably priced in either silver or gold. If you’re struggling with what type of stone to choose, you could pick my birthstone. You could also do a little research as different colors and stones have different meanings. Sapphires symbolize heaven, truth, and sincerity. Emeralds or the color green symbolize healing and hope. Pick one that is complementary to my personality or represents something about me you value.
Well, maybe not. If I love shoes (and many women do) you know I can never have enough. I’d be pretty impressed if a man gave me a sexy pair of peep toes or knee-high riding boots. Not familiar with designer names? Meet a few of the big guys: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo. And a few of the more affordable guys: Guess, BCBG, Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson. Better yet, if you have some coin to drop ($1,000-$5,000), take me to Neiman’s and let me pick out a pair on my own. The same would work at Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Dillards for $100-$500.
Take me to the aquarium. Take me to the zoo. Take me to the planetarium or the arboretum. Kristen Bell is not the first woman to freak out over a sloth. Look at that adorable face! He looks like bandit and he’s always smiling! A lot of women love furry animals or beautiful flowers. Do you know what kind of animals I love? Big cats? Sharks? Do I love outer space and stars? If you aren’t certain, take a chance or give me choices before we go.
Take me on a picnic to a local park or a place that is special to us. Bring a blanket, wine, and cheese. Bring chocolate covered strawberries and music. Unless I am ridiculously high maintenance, this doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just leave your phone in the car or turn it on silent. Your undivided attention is as much a gift as whatever you have in the basket.
Every woman is different. You may not think that any of these options work for your birthday girl, but maybe they have you thinking in the right direction. A birthday gift doesn’t have to be tangible; it can be an afternoon outing, a dinner, or a weekend getaway. If you’re afraid to pick out something specific, but you know that I like clothes and accessories, take me on a shopping spree. If I’ve been playing the same cd in my car for a month and that band is coming to our city, take me to the concert. I promise that if you’ve tried to choose something special for me, I will be a happy girl.