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DECEMBER ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

Romantic Christmas Gift Ideas She'll Love
by Jill Renee


Christmas is a magical time, especially when you get to spend it with the one you love. But finding that one Christmas gift idea for your girlfriend, fiancée or wife can be a daunting task if you’ve just started dating and you’re not sure what she’d like, or, you’ve been together or known her for a long time and you’re not sure what to buy the woman who has everything.

If you’re just stumped and can’t quite decide on what to give her, but you are looking for romantic Christmas gift ideas that will sweep her off of her feet, keep in mind that the best Christmas gift ideas require some time and effort on your part.

Here are some ideas that go beyond the impersonal gift certificate or typical scarf to get you thinking about some alternatives that may put a sparkle in her eye this Christmas.

A Christmas Engagement

There are few romantic Christmas gift ideas that can top getting engaged over the holidays. You are giving her the gift of your love and commitment, and her finger is decorated with a beautiful testament to your feelings for her.

Of course you can go over-the-top with planning the wedding engagement – renting a limo, an expensive dinner for two, and maybe even a horse and buggy ride. But if you’d rather put that money toward getting her a ring, or saving it for the wedding, you can create a memorable experience for her with little expense.

  • Cook Dinner Yourself – Even if you aren’t the world’s greatest cook, she will enjoy the fact that you took the time to create a meal for her.

  • A Romantic Walk – Taking a walk after dinner, under the stars, to enjoy the Christmas lights can be absolutely enchanting, especially if you get down on one knee and slip a gorgeous diamond engagement ring on her finger.

  • The Family Gathering Turned Engagement Party – If either your family or hers is planning to get together a little before the holidays, contact the hosts ahead of time and let them know you will be proposing. You may be able to make the gathering twice as festive – an annual event bringing the family together, and an opportunity to celebrate your engagement at the same time.

    But if getting engaged is not in your plans for the holidays, you can always express your love with jewelry. A pair of diamond earrings with a matching necklace or pendant is a classic choice, or, you can choose to start a tradition by giving her a gold charm bracelet that can be added onto holiday after holiday.

    Traveling

    Whether you’re going for the exotic island location, an outdoor adventure, or you want to completely romance her, the surprise of a vacation getaway (that she doesn’t have to plan) is a romantic Christmas gift idea that will have her glowing with happiness. Giving her the opportunity to relax and truly put her obligations on hold, whether for a week or a weekend, is a gift all by itself – and if she can do this in her favorite kind of setting, you will definitely touch her heart.

    Here’s a few sites to visit to begin planning the trip:

  • For the islands – if she wants to sit back and relax, these two sites are a one-stop shop for all-inclusive packages:

    www.sandals.com
    www.cruises.com

  • For adventure – a vacation filled with fun, outdoor activities is easy to plan with these sites:

    www.iexplore.com
    www.spectrav.com

  • For romance – you’ll find that Paris is not the only option for on-location romance with these options:

    www.allgetaways.com/activity.asp?areaid=100436
    www.vacationidea.com/romance.html

    Spoil Her

    Pamper her by combining a trip at the spa, a shopping spree and time with her friends for a luxurious day or weekend.

    Every woman enjoys feeling like a princess, and there’s nothing quite like the VIP treatment you get at a spa. Go beyond the standard manicure and pedicure and tie both of these pamper sessions in with a facial, massage and/or body wrap. Most spas offer packages for these services, so ask some women you know to name their favorite luxurious spas.

    The only thing better than a holistic spa treatment by herself is having a girlfriend or two go with her. Talk with one of her friends’ boyfriends and suggest he use the same Christmas gift idea for his girlfriend so both women can share the experience together.

    Combine this with lunch or dinner reservations at an exclusive or hot, new restaurant in the area, and a shopping spree, courtesy of your credit card, and she will come home at the end of the day, relaxed, renewed and grateful to you.

    The best way to find a good local spa in your city, or even in your state, is to get a referral from someone who has been there. But if you really want to take things to the next level, you can send her to a retreat at one of the world’s best spas - visit http://www.concierge.com/bestof/hotlist/2006/spas/ for some ideas.

    Or, instead of spending the time with one of her friends, you can offer to join her for some time completely dedicated to her needs and interests. Probably the best Christmas gift idea for your girlfriend, fiancée or wife is to give her the gift of your time – turning off the Blackberry, forgetting the to-do lists, canceling the meetings, and completely focusing your attention on her and letting her know how much she’s appreciated. And, taking the time to participate in her day could bring the two of you closer together.

    Any Christmas gift idea for your girlfriend, fiancée or wife should involve some thought, creativity and planning. If you combine those three elements, any romantic Christmas gift idea that you have will go over well. Because, after all, isn’t she going to put a lot of thought and effort into your Christmas gift? Truly show your love by doing the same for her this holiday season.


    About the Author:
    Jill Renee is the president of Danforth Diamond, an online jewelry store offering romantic Christmas gift ideas. View their selection of Christmas jewelry at: http://www.danforthdiamond.com/specials/christmas.php
    The article is distributed through http://www.isnare.com.



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    -- December Direct Answers
         from Wayne and Tamara


    Direct Answers appears in newspapers on six continents.



    -- Direct Answers by Wayne and Tamara

    From Gene:

    "My first serious girlfriend was a girl I knew from the time I was 12 and she was 11. We had a crush on each other, but because of distance rarely saw each other. When I was 20, we started dating seriously. It was long distance, but we were together almost every weekend.

    I think we both honestly thought we would be together forever. It was the happiest time of my life. Just six months later, she left the country for seven months for work. She had a really good job. I wasn't expecting her to quit, but she promised to resign when she returned.

    We both knew not seeing each other would be hard. I was willing to wait it out, but she thought it would be less strain if we took a break while she was away. The temporary break was worse for me than not seeing her. She was all I could think about.

    When her trip was up, she decided to keep the job and continue traveling. At this point I told her I couldn't wait. I think she understood, but it was hard because we both realized we were losing each other. A year went by before we saw each other again, and this time only for lunch.

    Two years after we broke up, I met a great girl. She is dependable, sweet, caring and fun to be around. I definitely could see a future with her. We were engaged after a year and a half and have been planning our wedding for six months.

    In the meantime, my ex got engaged and married. It didn't last and they separated after four months. In the last two years my ex and I have briefly texted twice. She sent me a friend request on Facebook, which I did not accept out of respect for my girlfriend.

    The last two months have been difficult because of the stress of planning a wedding. I also started thinking more about my ex. I cannot go more than a few hours without thinking about her.

    I feel lucky to have my fiancee, but still feel I'm lacking something. I will say I was definitely more attracted to my ex than I am to my fiancée. It's a terrible thing to say, but I'm being honest.

    But my fiancee is a dependable, supportive and loving partner, and I know we can have a great life together. Is it normal to think about your ex when you are about to get married?"


    Wayne & Tamara's Answer:

    "Gene, your heart says go to your ex, while your head says stay with your fiancée. Usually, we would advise following your gut because your gut will seldom play you false. But there's another way to look at it.

    You and your ex grew up together and shared many firsts. You went through puberty together. You felt the first touch of love through her.

    Your mom and dad and your brothers and sisters are so much a part of your life you will never forget them. Your ex is like that. But she went away with a promise to come back and didn't. She became part of a bigger world. She alone made that decision.

    But you held an ember and kept it alive. That you see the spark fondly, and she sees it coolly means something.

    To free yourself, you need an aha moment. That was then, this is now. Our relationship ran its course. We didn't have enough to last a lifetime. Because you haven't looked at her correctly and moved on from her, all dating since has been tainted.

    Most letters we receive have a clear answer. Yours? Not so much. But we suspect you need to get past your first love and be a whole person again before you can see the one for you."


    Authors and columnists Wayne and Tamara Mitchell can be reached at http://www.WayneAndTamara.com

    Send letters to: Direct Answers, PO Box 964, Springfield, MO 65801
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