Spoiling your girl doesn’t have to be about how much money you spend. You need a creative idea and a thoughtful execution—and here are seven tips to help you with just that. If you want to send a gift that truly shines, there are plenty of ways to do it. You can send a gift that has been on your girlfriend’s list for a long time or choose something meaningful yourself. As long as your gift is enough to make your girlfriend feel that little bit extra spoiled, it’ll be worth it.
- Choose something meaningful
Sentimental gifts are the ones that your girlfriend will cherish the most. Look online for gifts that remind you of something fun you did together—maybe a candle that smells like a city you love or a personalized art piece of the two of you. Gifts that mean something personal are so thoughtful and will remind your girlfriend that you still think about your past adventures with her.
- Use Instagram and TikTok
If you don’t know what to choose for your girlfriend, figure out if she’s seen any unique products on TikTok or Instagram lately that she HAS to have (be subtle about it, though!) If you want to do more digging, you can usually find TikTok compilation videos on YouTube that list Amazon must-haves and other fun gadgets discovered by users on TikTok. Your girlfriend may also have items from her clothing wishlist saved on Instagram and TikTok.
- Follow a list
If you prefer to send a gift that checks more specific items off your girlfriend’s wishlist, ask her to list all her must-have clothing, beauty, media, and tech products. There are many great gift registry websites, like Giftster, where your girlfriend can compile links to her favorite products. Your girlfriend can add to Giftster any time and check off items once she receives them, so you can continue using them for future birthdays.
- Be on time
If you can help it, avoid giving a gift to your girlfriend too late or too early. It can be difficult to patiently hide an incredibly excellent gift but remember that this day is about your girlfriend. You want her to feel like a star on her big day. Of course, there is always the possibility of late gift shipping, but try to prevent that by choosing and ordering your girlfriend’s gift well before her birthday or celebration date. There is nothing worse than your girlfriend thinking you forgot her birthday. On the other hand, if you’re giving your girlfriend a gift “just because” (lucky her!), then it may not be as time-sensitive.
- Don’t overspend
If you want to send a gift that truly makes your girlfriend happy, be sure not to overspend. If your girlfriend notices a high price tag, she might become embarrassed or feel guilty and be tempted not to accept the gift. If you choose to spend a significant amount, you might want to remove the price tag beforehand. However, splurging a little on a gift for your girlfriend is okay as long as you stay within budget. It might be awkward if you couldn’t afford to go on dates or out with friends for a few months because of the expensive gift you bought.
- Make her feel luxurious.
Even though Tip #5 was “Don’t overspend,” you want to ensure your girlfriend feels at least a little bit spoiled and loved. A great rule of thumb is to consider the items she regularly buys for herself or uses daily—and then take it up a notch. For example, if she’s a skincare fanatic who loves serums and face masks, you could buy her a skincare fridge to store those products. If she’s a foodie and pasta is her favorite, you could take her to a fancy Italian place—or if you like to cook, buy high-quality pasta and sauce and make some for her. Choosing activities and products you know your girlfriend already likes and elevating them just a little will make your gift feel luxurious but still authentic.
It might seem extra, but the presentation is one of the most critical aspects of the gift-giving ritual. You don’t have to spread rose petals in the hallway or light a million candles—although girlfriends with a flair for the romantic might love it—a little presentation goes a long way. Don’t give your gift to your girlfriend as soon as it comes in the mail. Instead, wrap it or adorn it with a hand-written card. Placing smaller wrapped gifts on top of a bigger one is a common and cute method that makes your presents look like a layered cake.
When it comes down to it, you know your girlfriend best. Char charm her with traditional flair if she’s an old soul and a hopeless romantic. If she’s always up-to-date on the latest clothing trend, get her something from that ever-evolving clothing wishlist. No matter what you choose, abiding by these tips will help you surprise and impress your girlfriend for her next celebration and make her feel like the princess she is.