Tuesday, May 06, 2008

5 Gift Ideas at 5 Price Ranges, For Her.

Mom, sisters, girlfriends, nieces, neighbors, teachers, golf buddy, boss, colleague, best friend - SHE can be hard to shop for. Here are 5 tips for you, in 5 price ranges, so whether it's a birthday, an anniversary, Mother's Day, Christmas or Valentine's Day you will have the tricks to wow and get super brownie points.

$25

Candy Stop for Sweet Returns

With twenty five dollars, stop in a candy bar and fill a couple of cellophane bags with her favorite gummi bears or other retro candy. Get the shop keeper to tie a lovely bow on each. Alternatively, stop by a cupcake store and get a half dozen simple chocolate cupcakes with white frosting. Hang the candy bag off her front door or set the cupcake on her pillow before bedtime. Sweetness memories. Try Dylan's or Miette in San Francisco. Better yet, make your own, with Sprinkles CupCake Mix.

Get something that pays for itself down the road. Most women are sugar lovers. They can't tear themselves away from the smell of a chocolate ├ęclair fresh from the bakery. If the person you are shopping for loves sweets and can bake, get her a dessert book. The photos are always mouth watering and who knows; maybe you will get to enjoy a slice of the double decadence next weekend. Try Tartine, recipes from the popular San Francisco Bakery or Hello Cupcake.

$50

Soft Skin

Body souffl├ęs, hair potions, bath bubbles and all things indulgent for the skin and body always pass the "useful" bar. Get a set with all the jams and jellies that lavishly take care of her hard-worked hands and make for a relaxing recipe for a deep soak after a long day at work. She will think of your every time the crackling sensation of dry skin is soothed with revitalizing vitamins and oils. Try Sabon, lotions with rich minerals.
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Savannah Bee

Tip: smell the fragrance before you buy. If you don't like it, she probably won't either.

$150

Workout Gear
You may not notice it, but all women have a work out routine. Glamour up her kick-boxing, spinning or yoga lessons with workout gear. She will use it often and it will make a strike on the thoughtfulness factor. Try the Chocolate Yoga Bag.
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$200

Make Memories

An experience is worth a thousand gifts. Pamper her with a gift certificate for a Swedish massage. Better yet, take a bike ride by the countryside and stop for a picnic by the lake with wine and cheese. Or take her on a night trip to see the city from a beautiful vantage point, like the London Eye and tote along a basket of cakes, petit fours and chocolates. Try the WilliamsSonoma picnic basket.

$250

Jewels with meaning

From the ancient times, jewelry has always held a sacred meaning to endow the bearer with a special spirit. Although there is an excess of all things glittering and gleaming today, some of the best gifts for women are still jewelry, those designed with a meaning behind. Try the Circle of Love Bracelet by Mblife.

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