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3 Tips for Great Gift Giving

31. August 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

While most ladies will appreciate any gift a gentleman gives her, there are a few things a man can do to ensure it’s something she truly likes. Here are 3 simple tips to help a gentleman select great gifts for his significant other. 


Give Her What She Wants, Not What You Want to Give

Many people choose gifts based on what they want to give, rather than selecting something the recipient actually wants. For example, a husband who presents his wife with a sewing machine because he thinks she should learn how to sew. Or a wife who buys her husband a new tie because she thinks he should start dressing up for work. While these gifts aren’t necessarily bad, a present is more meaningful if the giver puts his own preferences aside and chooses something he knows the recipient would like to have.


Tailor Your Gift to the Recipient

When selecting a gift, it’s important to take a woman’s preferences and personality into account, rather than relying on seemingly universal gifts like flowers or chocolate. Everybody is different and while one lady may love to receive candy or a bouquet of flowers, another lady may prefer something else. Gentlemen should keep their eyes and ears open throughout the course of a relationship and make a mental note of things a lady likes and things she does not. This knowledge is invaluable when it comes to selecting gifts.


Be Aware of Cultural Differences

Gift etiquette in Russia and Ukraine differs from gift etiquette in Western countries and it helps if a suitor is aware of these subtle (and not so subtle) differences. For example, when giving flowers in Ukraine a man should select an odd-numbered batch as opposed to an even-numbered one. Even-numbered bouquets are typically reserved for funerals. Also, a suitor should avoid giving yellow flowers to Russian women as yellow flowers traditionally symbolize the end of a relationship. A basic knowledge of a country's gift giving etiqutte can help a gentleman avoid embarassment and select a gift that a lady will cherish forever.

We hope these tips are helpful in helping gentlemen select meaningful gifts for their special Russian ladies.