Whether you’re giving a gift for a birthday, as a congratulations for passing an exam or a driving test, or just a heartfelt gift on a whim, it can be tough to decide what to get your partner. Even if you’ve been together for several years, finding new, quirky and meaningful gifts can be hard, particularly if your partner seems to prefer buying their own gifts, or if they’re the ‘strong silent type’ that doesn’t seem to have a preference for anything really.
It is a bit tricky but perseverance is key. Take a quick look on your partner’s Facebook, if they use Facebook, to see the sort of things they are liking or responding to. You could ask close friends and relatives, or even take a quick peek through their cupboards to see if there is a trend in the types of food you see there. All it takes is a little (safe) digging, but make sure not to invade on their privacy, even if it is for the sake of giving a gift.
It might sound weird, but there are hints and tips in everything they do! Do they often squint in bright light? Sunglasses! Open books face down or torn scraps as a bookmark? A nice bookmark! Always losing their keys? A keychain! Here are just a few more examples of thoughtful gifts you can give your partner.
1. A personalised Cake
Most people love cake! Buying a personalised cake is a great way of saying ‘I love you’ without making your SO feel guilty that they have not gifted you anything in return (if it is not a gift for a special occasion). Plus it is also a gift that can be easily shared! Get the cake made in a design your partner will like, or containing small characters of a film or series they are a fan of.
2. A memory book/scrap book
Some of the best memories you create, you create together. Why not fill the scrapbook halfway or a third of the way with some of your fondest memories together and leave part of the book blank so that your partner can continue to fill in the book together with you? Although everything has pretty much gone digital what with social media and selfies etc. there is still some honest satisfaction in putting together a physical book full of memories with that special someone.
3. A holiday!
Something as small as a spa day or a weekend away would be much appreciated. If your partner is experiencing some stress at work, or they haven’t had time away from the house for a while this could be a godsend. Even an evening out in London or at the beach would be lovely! Think of how your partner might like to spend their time and try to arrange something suitable for them.
4. A Meal out
Perhaps they have a favourite restaurant, or they want to try something new and have never found the time to do it otherwise. There are countless strange and quirky restaurants across the UK that take bookings and may even take special requests if you book a table on a birthday or other special occasion.
5. Something they would never buy for themselves
The best presents are things you would love to have, but would never think to buy for yourself. These might be expensive presents, or presents you don’t think you really need, or presents you ‘might not have time for at the moment’. Something weird like a drone, or something fun like a nerf gun, something that represents your partner and makes them smile when they open it. A present from the heart.
At the end of the day, you know your partner pretty well, so why not give them something they will truly enjoy or they will get a lot of use out of. It is all very well giving flowers, chocolates, beer or a set of quirky post it notes, but gifts from the heart really matter and they can really help you reflect on your relationship with your significant other. If you’re not a sentimental person, try to give them something practical that they can use, or a voucher for a store they like. There are an abundance of gift giving ideas and shops out there; you just have to look a little bit.
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