9 Things To Know About Finding The Perfect Gift For The Ladies In Your Life

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Shopping for the fairer sex is tough.She says: I want to feel pretty.

You think: Buying a gaudy bib necklace will do the trick.

Guys, listen up: She does not want something tacky or work-related.

To reduce the stress of the pesky shopping season, we tapped a couple gift-giving gurus for their advice on how to shop for the ladies.

It’s actually not that hard if you follow these 9 DOs and DON’Ts.

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title=”DO: Spring for fun accessories, like these touchscreen gloves”
content=”Accessories are always a safe bet, says Lynch. They’re inexpensive, playful and add a pop of personality that’ll save you from having to buy a whole outfit.

The Audrey gloves pictured here ($80) feature touchscreen pods so she can keep texting when the temperature drops.

‘Younger women are really into their gadgets this season,’ notes Holmes.”
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title=”DON’T: Buy jewelry just because it’s expensive”
content=”Yes, women love shiny, pretty things. But that doesn’t mean any old bauble will do.

You have to know her taste and be willing to ask for help. Otherwise you risk buying something too flashy that will just gather dust in her jewelry box, says Hayden Lynch, senior editor at the men’s lifestyle site Thrillist.com.

‘Guys tend to get things that are a little bit kind of gaudy when it’s nice to keep things understated,’ Lynch says. You’re better off buying her ‘something she can wear on a daily basis that will fit into her everyday life.'”
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title=”DO: Ask another woman for advice”
content=”‘The best way to buy a woman jewelry is to ask for another woman’s advice on it,’ says Lynch.

Talk to your mutual friends or her roommate, or anyone else who sees her out a lot. This person will be able to vouch for her style and let you know what she loves and already owns.

WARNING: If you’re going to get her a ring, make sure it’s THE RING. You know which one.”
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title=”DON’T: Go into self-gifting mode, buying things you want for yourself”
content=”Guys tend to go into self-gifting mode, thinking ‘what would I like?’ when they’re stressed. But trust us, buying her anything super practical like tools or a treadmill is going to be a major turn-off, says Gifts.com CEO Dana Holmes.

‘Anything that implies work is a no-no,’ she says. ‘Women don’t want extra projects for Christmas.'”
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title=”DO: Get her a pre-packaged gift if you’re stumped”
content=”Pre-packaged gift baskets are a quick-and-dirty solution if you’re totally out of luck. Chances are it’ll have something she’s going to like–the range of items practically guarantees success.

‘This is a great way to hedge all your bets,’ says Lynch. ‘If something fails, you’ll have something else to back it up.'”
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title=”DON’T: Hit the mall without a list of descriptions”
content=”Perhaps the toughest issue guys face when shopping for women is knowing what to say to the sales clerk without sounding like a clueless jerk.

Prepare a list of adjectives that describe your woman, says Holmes. Is she sporty? Glamorous? A mid-career baker/entrepreneur? Little descriptors will go a long way in helping the clerk find you the perfect gift.”
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title=”DO: Buy a chic bag”
content=”Women and bags go together like peas and carrots. You cannot fail with this gift.

‘Bags avoid the sizing issue that comes with clothes,’ says Lynch, and they’re also something she can use every day.

Also, bags are an easy way to show off your sense of fashion and let her know you put some thought into the gift. Have it monogrammed to add a personal touch.”
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title=”DON’T: Shop at stores she can’t stand”
content=”Holmes says to focus on the stores and brands that you know she likes. If she’s a die-hard Barney’s shopper who swears by Marc Jacobs and Chloe bags, for example, you probably won’t want to get her something from The Gap.

Take a peek in her closet to see what’s around or else ask a friend.”
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title=”DO: Buy her sexy lingerie”
content=”Assuming you’ve got it like that, why not get her something she’s going to love? If she’s not into it, don’t go there, but if she is, here’s your opportunity to honour her style and make her feel sex-ay.

WARNING: If she’s a Natori girl, skip the Fredericks of Hollywood. This isn’t the time to show her how you’d like her to look–that’ll just insult her.”
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