Smell goods, such as body wash, lotion and perfume, are always appreciated by a woman – especially if they come from somewhere fab, like The Body Shop or LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics! If you don’t want to get her the typical strawberry or coconut scent, try something new – both stores offer tons of different options. And, they don’t just offer body wash and lotion – you can choose from lip balms and massage oils to air fresheners, too.
We love gift baskets – they make for a perfect gift! If you can’t find a basket with everything you want inside it, make your own, it’s easy. Gather up different types of bath essentials, make-up and chocolates and assemble them nicely in a container or basket, then wrap it all up. The items you fill the basket with don’t have to be overly expensive – a scented candle, tub of body butter, a set of nail polishes and a box of fine chocolates is enough to make her heart melt.
Gifts cards always make for great presents for ladies. If you know her favourite stores, then choosing where to get one from will be easy. If you don’t, then it can be a little tougher. Don’t get her a Forever 21 or YDE gift card just because you think she loves shopping there. To play it safe, get her a voucher from Sandton City, Hyde Park Corner or The Zone @ Rosebank, for example – that way, she can use the gift card at any of her favourite stores within those malls. Genius, right?
Girls love accessoring – it’s a simple fact of life. We always get excited when we’re gifted something like a beautiful chain, a flashy ring or a gorgeous scarf. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying you have to pick up a piece of jewellery embellished with diamonds, or a scarf that’s 100 per cent silk. In fact, there are lots of fab stores that offer lovely feminine accessories that won’t break the bank. Try Lovisa or Forever New for some wonderfully classy pieces. If you’re looking for something a bit more sentimental, you can’t go wrong with Colette Hayman or Pandora.
Every girl loves a romantic meal – that means candlelight, fine food and wine, and an intimate ambiance. What’s great about this ‘gift’ is that it’s one that you can enjoy, too – score! You may have a special or memorable spot that you both enjoying visiting, but if you don’t then be sure to check out this handy list of Joburg’s best romantic restaurants. Treat her to a glamorous champagne breakfast, an alfresco boozy lunch, or a stunning candlelit dinner and you’re sure to win her heart all over again.
Nothing says ‘spoilt’ like a luxurious clutch bag, purse or belt. If you have a bit of extra cash to splash and it’s a special occasion, then why not opt for this gift idea that’s sure to impress? You don’t necessarily have to pick up something that’s designer or exorbitantly priced – brands like Aldo, Mango, Guess and Mimco offer a range of some gorgeous leather goods that won’t break the bank. If you’re feeling generous, check out the latest pieces by Louis Vuitton or Gucci.
If your lady loves spending time in the kitchen (lucky you!), gifting her something nifty to use in it could be a genius idea. We’re not talking about boring old things like an egg timer or a spiral slicer – she probably has things like that already, anyway. What we are referring to is something super-cool, like a blender, a juicer, a mini doughnut maker or flapjack maker. You weren’t thinking of any of those, were you? You can pick up any of these amazing kitchen goodies from your nearest Clicks.
Does your woman work hard? Then we’re sure she’d appreciate a lavish day at the spa! Book her in for something soothing like a hot stone or Swedish massage, a manicure and pedicure, or a facial – or even a couple of different treatments. If you want to join in, then why not? Most women enjoy couple pampering! Especially if it involves copious amounts of chocolate and champagne… yes, please! If you have no idea which spa to choose, refer to our list of great spas in Joburg.
If you’re familiar with the fact that your lady abides to a strict skincare routine, you might want to take a peek into her bathroom cabinet to see which products are a part of it. Hey, skin products can be pricy, so they’re always appreciated as a gift! Any woman would be happy to have her boyfriend repurchase their favourite night cream or skin serum. The only issue you might have is figuring out where on earth these products come from – but a quick and easy Google search can help you with that. Oh, and P.S.: Steer clear of getting her any anti-ageing products because, you know, a girl can quite easily take that the wrong way.
Last but not least (because we’ve got to cater for the gym bunnies out there, you know?) is gym stuff – it’s the perfect gift for a lady who lifts! We’re not saying you have to go out and guess her size in tank tops and tights (active wear is a pretty personal thing, anyway), but a cute water bottle, which you can pick up at Typo, or (if you’re willing to splurge a bit) a fitness tracker, like a FitBit or Nike+ Fuelband, is sure to be appreciated!
by Candice May