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Christmas 2014: Gifts Ideas for Your Wife or Girlfriend

Here are some ideas for your Christmas shopping, gentlemen, in case you are stuck (please don’t panic, there’s still lots of time!). Generally, women are pretty good at hinting (sometimes even taking you to shops themselves, or sending totally inconspicuous emails with links and pictures). If your other half hasn’t given you a list of items to get, follow these links below and pray she appreciates your efforts.

So, here are my Top 3 ideas for Christmas 2014  women’s gifts:

  1. Designer jewellery

Jewellery traditionally dominates every festive season. This December, however, I would recommend going for designer jewellery versus the usual high end equivalents. These days it’s much more appropriate to wear semi-precious stones and metals like silver and brass, as any fashion blogger will tell you. Your girlfriend or wife will be really impressed, if you take your time and select something more original than a Tiffany pendant.

You will also be pleased to know, that more often than not, designer jewellery costs less.

For party jewellery, your go-to web store is Cadenzza.

Gold-plated necklace from Buba

Gold-plated necklace from Buba

Chandelier earrings from Oscar de la Renta

Chandelier earrings from Oscar de la Renta

Roberto Cavalli cocktail ring

Roberto Cavalli cocktail ring

If you are after something more daytime-friendly, try Yoox.

Emporio Armani bracelet

Plated silver and ceramic bracelet from Emporio Armani

Silver ring from Chantecler

Silver ring from Chantecler

Just Cavalli necklace

Just Cavalli necklace

  1. Hair salon gift vouchers

Spa treatments have lost their novelty factor in 2014, with discount websites ruining the luxurious element of this type of gifts. But hey, there’s always a workaround!

With hair taking the centre stage at many fashion shows this year, I recommend getting a special salon treatment with a lead stylist or even Creative Director. Here’s an example from one of the top London salons – Leticia Haute Coiffure. They offer gift vouchers for 5 or 10 blowdry sessions, so your girlfriend always looks her best on a date or a special night out. These vouchers last 12 months, so you are sorted till next Christmas – simply genius!

The famous quick blowdry by Leticia Haute Coiffure

The famous quick blowdry by Leticia Haute Coiffure

Oh, if she wants to replicate the results at home, here is a link to a master class at Urban Retreat (Harrods).

  1. Top tickets to opera or ballet

Tell me the last time you took her out to a ballet performance? If it’s within the last 6 months, you are doing something right! For the majority, however, it’s often something too expensive to justify on a regular basis (and I’m not even mentioning how boring opera can be sometimes, especially if you don’t speak Italian!). Don’t be scared, productions have become more colourful and entertaining in the last couple of years, so you might find yourself actually enjoying it!

The magical Anthony Dowell's production of Swan Lake at ROH

The magical Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake at ROH

Typically, performances in the most prestigious opera houses sell out months in advance, so you can use it to your advantage and maybe even plan a trip around it. For example, if you live in Europe, get a couple of tickets to La Scala for end of spring and book a nice weekend away in Milan. If this does not impress her, I don’t know what will!

Royal Opera House (London) season 2014-2015  ballet info

La Scala (Milan) calendar for 2015

List of 2014-2015 productions at The Metropolitan Opera (New York)

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Currently living and working in London, I dedicate a few hours every week to share my gifting knowledge, accumulated over the years of epic gift fails and unexpected triumphs. I'm much better at giving personal recommendations than trying to be generic, so feel free to drop me a line.

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