Whether it’s an anniversary, a birthday, a holiday, or just because, trying to choose the perfect gift for your significant other can be a bit of a challenge if you’re lacking inspiration.
It’s hard to know when to go big, and when big becomes overkill or overly extravagant for the occasion. When it comes to the person you love most in this world, you want to get it more than just right. You want it to be absolutely perfect. I’m talking welling up with happy tears.
Gift giving is a chance to show your significant other just how much you love them and how much you appreciate them, so props for taking the initiative to find out how to choose the perfect gift for your partner in the first place. Luckily for you, we’re here to help with that.
For a New Partner
When you’re in a new relationship, it can be difficult to know where to set the bar, especially if this is the first gift you’re choosing for your partner. There’s a lot of pressure.
The best thing to do is to think about what your partner likes and what they’re interested in and use this as inspiration when you’re browsing for the perfect gift.
Price range is another tricky aspect to tackle. You don’t want to appear stingy, but there’s nothing worse than coming across like you’re coming on too strong. A good way to play it safe is to plan a date or an exciting adventure for the two of you to pair with a small gift.
This shows that you’ve put thought and effort into the overall gift/experience which will go a long way in proving to your new partner that you’re committed and that you care.
For the Partner Who Loves Romance
You can easily inject a bit of romance into your relationship by choosing a gift that demonstrates your more emotional side and lays your feelings out on the table.
Then again, to some people, luxury is the epitome of romance. Think rose bouquets, petals leading into the house, and candlelight dinners. It’s not just the women in your life who enjoy the romance, either, so consider buying luxury gifts for him as well.
For the Partner Who Loves Music
If your partner has a passion or hobby that they’re really interested in, you can use this for inspiration for a guaranteed winner of a gift. Perhaps there’s an instrument they have always wanted to try – why not buy them some lessons to get them started?
Another route you could go down is to do something sweet like replacing the old strings on your partner’s guitar or tuning their piano. If they listen more than they play, consider getting their favorite album on vinyl or two tickets to a concert by their favorite artist for the real deal.
If you want to go the extra mile, you could curate a playlist of songs that were playing during special moments in your relationship or songs that remind you of your partner.
For the Partner Who Loves Experiences
Some people prefer experiences to physical gifts, and this can be a great way to get creative. From prearranged experience gifts to a day full of activities that you’ve planned yourself, there are plenty of ideas to draw from if your partner enjoys experiences.
Paying for you and your partner to attend a class of some kind, such as pottery, cooking, art, or whatever you think your partner would enjoy, and it can be something fun that you do together. Think about whether your partner has ever mentioned that they’ve wanted to try but never done before and arrange for it to happen, then voila! You have found the perfect gift.
For the Partner Who Lives Long Distance
When you live away from your partner, it arguably becomes even more important to choose gifts that show how much you love and care for your significant other as this can help keep the romance in your relationship alive when you’re not able to do it in person.
A popular idea is “open when” letters which are intended for your partner to open on certain days or occasions. You could include letters for when your partner can’t sleep or when they have had a stressful day, as well as some more general letters for when they’re missing you.
For the Partner Who Loves Bling
Who doesn’t love a bit of jewelry? It’s a pretty safe option when it comes to choosing a gift for your partner and there are some easy ways you can make it more personal.
For example, if there is a special symbol or token that represents something important to you in your relationship, which could be anything from a butterfly to a number, you can try to find a piece of jewelry that features this special token. Another good idea is to have the jewelry engraved with a special date or phrase which will add a personal touch to your gift.
For the Partner Who Loves Food
These days, there are plenty of gifts for the ultimate foodie for you to choose from. You can go the personal route and create a care package filled with their favorite foods and treats, or pick out personalized mugs or cooking utensils to make a unique gift for the kitchen.
Subscription boxes have also become a popular gift choice for the foodie in your life, and the best thing about having this be your partner is that they’re way more likely to share the gift with you! Alternatively, you can splash out on some fancy chocolates and a bottle of wine, a classic combination that can’t steer you wrong.
For extra brownie points, you could even cook your partner a romantic candlelight dinner with a bottle of wine as you serve up their favorite dishes. It only counts if you clean up after as well though.
For the Partner Who Loves the Spa
Giving a spa-related gift is like giving two gifts in one; the gift itself, and the gift of a relaxing experience when they go to use the gift. Win-win! Most skin-care and bath brands will offer a spa set that contains a selection of products designed to promote relaxation.
If you’re confident that you know what your partner likes, or if you’re up to the challenge of picking out something new for them to try, you could also put together your own gift set tailored to your partner’s preferences and containing all their favorite products. Throw in a “voucher” for a free massage at a time of your partner’s choosing and you’ll get extra points.
Lotions, skin-care products such as sheet face masks, scented candles, and bath salts are all great options that would make for a lovely selection of relaxing gifts.
As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to choose from when you’re looking for the perfect gift for your partner.
Although it sounds cheesy, it really is the thought that counts, and your partner should appreciate the effort you’ve put in, regardless of what you actually get them.
The most important thing to remember is to always try to keep in mind what your partner likes and try to get them something that will make them genuinely happy or excited, or that they will enjoy. If in doubt, you can always make sure you get a gift receipt…