How to Choose the Perfect Romantic Gifts for Your Sweet Baboo (and others too!)

It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives the gift.
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You're in the wooing phase of a relationship. Maybe you've been dating for a month, a year or for however long and want to show your Sweet Baboo how special they are to you. But with so many choices, how do you know what to give, or, for that matter, when to give?

Although roses, jewelry, chocolate, and perfume, for her, or a tie, watch, and cologne for him are fine and classic gifts, they are also gifts everyone gives and everyone has probably received. Instead, why not give something that shows them you understand who they are? By following Sensei's simple tips you'll soon become a master at choosing the perfect romantic gifts and will wonder why you ever dreaded it.

Listen for clues. Your girlfriend/boyfriend, present or future love of your life will give you hints over time about the kinds of things they appreciate and dream of having or doing someday. Listen and take mental or on-paper notes. Not only will your gifts be sure to surprise and delight, but your gifts' recipient will be amazed by your thoughtfulness and appreciate that you remembered something they may have said in wistful passing.

Choose a gift that speaks to their uniqueness. What makes your sweetheart unique? What are they passionate about? What makes them happy? What gifts might you give that show you understand and appreciate them?

Select something they probably wouldn't buy for themselves. A gift is especially meaningful if it is likely to enrich the person's life in some way, but, for whatever reasons—expense, unselfishness, hectic life, etc.,—they haven't purchased this for themselves. How about something relaxing: a day spa pass, massage, essential oil diffuser? Or the chance to try a sport or other activity: kayaking adventure, fencing or martial arts lesson, climbing-wall time? Maybe tickets to a concert, or cultural or sporting event they've wanted to go to? Open your mind to the gazillion possibilities.

Find a gift intended to delight them, not you. Lingerie for her? Sure, but only if it's something SHE (not you) has expressed enthusiastic interest in. Chest waxing for him? You get the point. Buy from your honey's perspective, their wishes and desires. Knowing them as you do, give something you think will bring a huge smile to their face when they open the gift from you.

Give gifts on special occasions or as a surprise on an ordinary day. Proper gift-giving shows your big heart, creativeness, generosity, and your desire to please and surprise, so you don't have to wait for a holiday or special occasion to give. One caveat: giving gifts too frequently can dilute their specialness, so don't overdo.

Plan ahead. Don't be the nutcase banging on the store window 10 minutes after it closes, hoping to dash in and find the perfect gift you need that evening. Giving a romantic (or any) gift is a process that takes time and thought, and is not something you can or should do at the last minute!

Spend what you can afford. No need to overspend to show you care. There are infinite ways to give without breaking the bank: a framed photo of the two of you, an iPod music selection they'll love, maybe accompanied with a bottle of wine, a hot-oil back or foot rub... be creative, the sky's the limit!

With some thoughtfulness, and by following Sensei's tips, you'll learn to choose romantic gifts that are sure to surprise and delight. As an added benefit, this process will likely give you new insights into your special someone's pleasures, wishes, and desires, deepening your appreciation and understanding of who they are and what they value.

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