Buying for your significant other should get easier the longer you’ve been together, but in reality, it’s tricky at any point in the relationship. You want to strike the right balance between romantic, practical and enjoyable, all within a certain budget, too, which is why we had a think about some potential ideas.
Take a look below and see which of these Christmas present ideas could be perfect for your partner and get you some brownie points at the same time.
A surprise holiday
If it’s been a tiring year, what could be a better Christmas present for your partner than a surprise holiday away? A little festive rest and recuperation, whether in the sun or surrounded by snow, is an incredible way to celebrate the season. It’s so easy to find the perfect package deal now that it won’t take you long to get everything booked.
A yearly cinema pass
Buying your partner a yearly pass to an independent cinema is great because it’s the right level of personal and you’ll benefit, too, as you’ll be the only choice for date night! For film buffs, the chance to watch new releases, in the comfort of a smaller and more intimate setting, will be amazing and independents often show classics at the weekends.
If your other half has a particular penchant for a certain hobby, you can support – even if you don’t want to participate – by treating them to some useful equipment. For example, if you live with a keen cyclist, buying them a tech new helmet or some specialist jerseys will go down really well.
A signature scent
A lot of people have a particular scent that they really love, but perfumes and aftershaves have become extremely pricey, so buying a bottle as a Christmas present would be a thoughtful gesture. It will also show that you pay attention and recognise how they usually smell –not everybody plumps for Chanel No 5…
The latest technology must-have
For resident technology lovers, Christmas is a fantastic opportunity to get the latest and greatest releases. Apple and its competitors like to launch new items just before the festive period, so new iPads, mobile phones and games consoles are always a good option for anyone that enjoys staying ahead of the curve. You’ll enjoy a very quiet Christmas Day afternoon as well, meaning everybody will be happy.
You can’t go wrong with jewellery and watches for partners. Not only can you treat them to something special, you can also personalise with some discreet engraving. You don’t have to go crazy with diamonds, precious metals and Rolexes either, as semi-precious stones and less expensive items can look just as beautiful and last a lifetime.
There are few things better than celebrating a passion with some unique memorabilia. Most of the best seems to be vintage, because it isn’t mass produced. From original theatre posters to old cameras and everything in between, finding a vintage version of something your partner is interested in allows them the luxury of exclusivity and a little heritage, too.
A designer wish-list item
If you know there’s something that your partner has always lusted after but maybe never been able to justify buying for themselves or can’t afford, why not earn some serious brownie points by being the ultimate Santa? Mulberry handbags, tailor-made suits, Louboutin shoes and countless other iconic items have found their way onto plenty of wish lists, so don’t be shy about digging out your credit card.
Membership to a gym
Tread carefully with this one. If your partner has expressed a desire for a gym membership and clearly wants to get fit, a couple’s pass would be a great way to lend support and get them something they really want, while committing to spending a lot of quality time together. On the flip side, don’t buy anyone a membership that hasn’t expressly said that they want one, as you might find that Christmas Day becomes rather tense!
A foodie hamper
When all else fails, a hamper full of favourite tipples and treats will never be a bad gift come Christmas Day. Try to be unselfish and buy all those delicacies you aren’t particularly fussed about, but you know your partner loves, so they know you’ve spent time and effort thinking about them. You could make the hamper that bit more fancy by selecting one from Selfridges or Harrods, as they can be bought on their own.
Shopping for the perfect Christmas present for your partner need not be cause for panic or impulse buying. Just stop, have a think about what they really enjoy doing and go from there, adding in a little luxury if you can.