Ultimate holiday gift guide

Ok, folks. You have a wife, mother, sister or aunt to shop for and have no clue what to get. You want something useful… or significant… or memorable… or fun. But you don’t know what she wants.

Huh.

I do. You see, I am a wife, mother, sister and aunt. So here are my suggestions to help you choose the perfect gift for the woman in your life.

EXPERIENCES

  • Tickets to a concert, ballet, opera or symphony. Festival passes. Art show admissions.
  • Salon gift card for mani-pedi, cut and colour, day of pampering.
  • Brunch. With you.

STUFF

  • Gadgets – Samsung Note 2, iPad Mini, Kobo or Kindle.
  • Skincare products – Be a detective: check out her vanity shelf for her favorite brands. Don’t just randomly pick a bunch of bath products. Instead, what’s her favourite skin regimen? I love Estee Lauder and Kiehl’s products – and you can find them on my vanity shelf.
  • Charms and bracelets – if she collects Pandora, Thomas Sabo or Tiffany, choose a charm carefully and thoughtfully to reflect your special memories with her.
  • Scarves – every woman loves a luxurious scarf. Indulge her with a Hermes or Chanel scarf.
  • Small leathers – a beautiful wallet with matching key fob is a lovely gift. What colours does she wear predominantly in her wardrobe? Choose colours in small leathers to match or coordinate.
  • Magazine or newspaper subscription – for the news hound in your life, choose magazines that reflect her special interests. Those who love politics may enjoy a subscription to the Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times or Washington Post.

SOME GENERAL NOTES:

  • Sue’s basic rule: if it plugs in, it’s a household item not a gift. (Gadgets notwithstanding) This is what women mean by “it’s the thought that counts.” Make it personal.
  • Research the woman on your list. How? Does she have a Pinterest account? Polyvore? What does she talk about on Twitter or Facebook? Is there a shop she loves to frequent?

In other words, with just a little effort you can easily find special gifts for all the wonderful women in your life.

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