The expected gift is not nearly as much fun as one she’ll never see coming. Gifts should be more than something you find at the last minute; take the time to plan something unconventional and memorable. An unusual gift stands out among all the others, so she’ll be sure to remember and brag about what you gave her. Here are some ideas for gifts that will provide more than a material possession can ever afford – lifelong memories and a story to share with family and friends.
Hot Air Balloons
Soaring above your city in a hot air balloon is a once in a lifetime experience that makes for a great photo opportunity, and provides breathtaking views. Gift your loved one with a special hot air balloon trip, where she’ll have the wind in her hair and can appreciate an aerial perspective that is unparalleled. A hot air balloon tour is a gift that makes for a great surprise. Head out in the car without telling her where you’re going she’ll never guess that she’s about to take flight!
Hiring a personal chef for the night is an excellent way to set up a romantic night if you have the kitchen space. Set out candles and get dressed up as if you were headed to an upscale restaurant, and hire the chef for a three course meal. This gift is the ultimate present for a foodie, or someone who loves a good surprise and is somewhat of a homebody. Get the personal chef for a birthday or anniversary dinner, or “just because.”
A scavenger hunt takes some time to plan, but it will create an entire day (or at least an afternoon) of fun for you and your better half. Leave the first clue at home, and organize with friends, family members, and even local businesses to set up further clues. Make an effort to leave the clues at locations that mean something to the person you set up the search for. At the end of the scavenger hunt, make sure that you’ve got something special – either a fantastic piece of jewelry, or a fancy dinner, for instance.
If you’re dating or married to someone who loves shopping but never knows what exactly to buy, an appointment with a personal shopper might be the perfect gift. An hour with someone who makes her living finding just the right style for people will help your loved one get a fabulous new wardrobe. Plus, being pampered for an hour while someone fusses over finding you things you look good in will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Unconventional gifts are more unforgettable than anything you’ll find in a department store. These presents are more about the experience, and how they make the recipient feel, than any material good. A personalized, unconventional gift will let your loved one know that you spent time considering her personality and needs, and didn’t go shopping the night before and pick out a random gift.
Jack Harding blogs about gifts for women, sharing his thoughts and ideas online. Newly-wed he has worked in the gift-ware industry for 10 years. Visit Wish.co.uk for more gift ideas for her.