A Gentleman’s Guide to Giving the Perfect Gift

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Finding the perfect gift for your special someone can be a daunting task. Getting something without any meaning — especially if you’ve been in the relationship for a little while — can mean that you have no idea who your significant other really is. It means you haven’t really been paying attention, which is a boyfriend demerit for you.

Whether the gift is for a birthday, your anniversary, the holidays, or you’re just looking to show him or her that you care, it’s important that your gift is really thoughtful. Although your love is always enough, sometimes giving the love of your life something special can reinforce how much you care about them. So, without further adieu, here’s your guide to giving the perfect gift.

1. Make a list of all the things she loves or is interested in

Although writing a list might sound tedious, it’s a great way to brainstorm gift ideas. The more interests you write down, the better — you never know which of your partner’s hobbies will spark gift inspiration.

2. Look to her past for clues

Is there a memory of the two of you that brings a smile to your face? Perhaps it’s the first time you met, or a particularly monumental vacation. Whatever the memory may be, finding a gift that reminds your special someone of that time will make you both remember exactly why you fell in love in the first place.

3. Determine what your partner needs

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Think back to whether your significant other may have suggested something he or she needs. Did he mention a specific shirt he wants? Has she been dropping big hints about a new pair of earrings? What about your partner’s career — is there something you could get that would make his or her job easier?

4. Include a little of yourself in the gift

A personalized gift is all the more meaningful. If you’re the creative type, consider making something. If you’re a musician, write a song. If you’re an artist, paint them a beautiful portrait. Putting the time and effort into a handmade gift shows your love and commitment to your significant other.

5. Give your partner an experience

Instead of just giving an object, give an experience — something your partner will always remember. Is there an activity your significant other has always wanted to do? Is there a Broadway show he or she has always wanted to see? Maybe there’s a guitar sitting around that your love bought a long time ago, but he or she never got around to taking lessons. Gift idea: Buy those lessons.

Classes are another great gift idea — whether it’s just for your partner or for both of you to experience together. Cooking classes? Go for it. Is your special someone a wine or cocktail enthusiast? Gift a mixology class. The possibilities are endless.

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