Buying a gift for a girlfriend can be a daunting task. While most men like to think that they know what a woman wants, there are quite a few safe options that go well beyond flowers. In fact, many of the gifts given can be done on a budget and will blow her away when she opens them. Rather than go with the usual chocolates and flowers, the following options may be a little more thoughtful.

The Latest Shoes

Shoes are loved by women all over the world. From heels to boots, women simply cannot get enough of shoes. The most difficult part of picking out shoes is figuring out her size. The safe bet is to simply sneak a peek at what her current shoe size is while she isn’t paying attention. The goal is to pick shoes that you already know that she likes. If she never wears heels, she may simply hate wearing them. The following brands are among the most popular and will provide footwear for every like and need:

  • Steve Madden
  • Kenneth Kole
  • Jimmy Choo While the above brands are popular, they are more on the expensive side. Store brands will also work well in most cases. Sketchers, Nine West, Puma, Asics, Timberland, New Balance and Calvin Klein provide more affordable options as well.

Purses are Delightful

If shoes are simply too difficult to choose, there are a plethora of purses that will work just as well. With purses, women want something that is fashionable and functional. While some women may want a clutch that they can hang off of their wrist, others will want a tote. The following purse options are available:

  • Clutch: These purses hold a wallet and a few essentials. Best worn with a dress, these purses are small, but easy to carry around.
  • Totes: Totes are for the woman that wants to hold it all. These are large purses that have two handles and can carry wallets, makeup, checkbooks and even an extra pair of pants for the gym.
  • Over-the-shoulder: An over-the-shoulder purse is a nice option that is larger than a clutch, but much smaller than a tote. These are traditional bags that will be the best bet for the man that is unsure of what purse to choose.


As long as your girlfriend has her ears pierced, it is possible to buy her a beautiful set of earrings that she will love. The trick is to buy her something that is beautiful, but not too overbearing that it takes away from her facial features. The goal is to see what style she normally wears. Some women like simple stone earrings that are small and others like large earrings that dangle. Once you have found the right style, it is up to you to make the right choice. The following are safe options that will work perfectly:

  • Diamonds: An absolute favorite among women. Diamonds are always a perfect choice. Whether they are small, large or put on as an accent, diamond earrings are always welcomed.
  • Birth Stones: Every month has its own birth stone that correlates with it. Emeralds, for instance, are the perfect choice for a woman born in the month of May.
  • Hearts: Younger women especially love heart earrings – with or without stones.

The perfect gift for a girlfriend can be difficult to figure out, but the more sentimental that it is, the more she will love it. The goal is to be thoughtful and choose something that you know she would choose for herself. While the above options are all safe choices, clothing, perfumes, books or any other item she may have mentioned in the past will be well received as well.

Emilie Sinclair

I'm a gift idea enthusiast who loves helping people find the right present for their loved ones.