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Thoughtful, Affordable Gift Ideas for Girlfriends, your Mother and other Women

Updated on October 14, 2015
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Deborah is a published writer, mother and grandmother who writes on diverse topics, including financial info, homemaking, gifts and more.

Flowers in a Vase Make a Lovely Gift


Choosing a Gift for a Woman

Are you trying to find thoughtful, fun and affordable gifts for the women in your life? Whether it is your wife, your mother or your girlfriend, you’ll want to have lots of ideas to choose from, including items that will work for all the birthdays, Valentine’s Days and other holidays on your calendar! Women are sentimental, and often treasure and cherish the gifts they are given more for the memories they evoke than for the amount of money they cost. This gives you plenty of opportunity to find a gift she’ll love, and not have to go broke when you buy it.

Photo Gifts for Women

There are lots of charming photo gifts that you can give a woman for nearly any occasion. Do you have a favorite photo of your mom or girlfriend? What about a photo of her family, her pets, or her home? You can always simply slip the photo into a favorite frame, and it will make a wonderful gift. However, you could also take a selection of your favorite photos and go online to have them made into a photo album. There are also online photo developing sites that will convert your favorite photos into calendars, playing cards, luggage tags, Christmas ornaments, note cards and much more. What a fun way to surprise her!

Flowers and Floral Gifts

Flowers make a wonderful gift that makes every woman feel as though she is loved and appreciated. If you live far apart, a florist can deliver them for you. If you live nearby, you will love seeing the expression on your mother or girlfriend’s face when you show up with an armful of flowers. Here’s a suggestion: If you give her the flowers already arranged in a pretty vase, it will spare her from having to stop whatever else she is doing (such as fixing a meal for you!) in order to quickly get the flowers into a vase. Another option, especially if she likes to garden or enjoys house plants, is to bring her a plant in a pot, all ready to add to her garden. In fact, you could even toss a shovel in your car so you can plant it for her right then, if you think she will know where she wants to put it! This wins you “points” for effort, as well as for the plant!

Engraved Gifts for Women

Another delightful gift is to get a picture frame, champagne glass, or a piece of jewelry engraved with her name or initials. You could also have these items engraved with a favorite expression, or to commemorate a special event. Did your mom just sell her first painting? Photograph her with it, and put it in a frame engraved with the words, “Mom’s First Sold Art.” Anything along those lines will absolutely delight her.

Jewelry Gifts for Women

Jewelry is always a great gift to give your mother and, prior to most major holidays, the stores often have their boxed jewelry sets on sale at significant discounts. About a week or two before Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day visit your local favorite department store and see what they have to offer. In fact, this is a great time to stock up on a few gifts for all the women in your life. Then, you’ll never be caught unprepared for the next big anniversary or birthday celebration!

One gift that women always seem to love is diamond jewelry. You may find something unique, such as sterling silver set with chocolate diamonds. These unique stones are sometimes less expensive than traditional diamonds, but are very striking. When set in sterling silver, you can often find pieces that are very affordable!

Don't forget the Austrian Crystal heart shown at the top of this article, too!

This Austrian Crystal Pendant is Surprisingly Affordable

KATGI Fashion Austrian Crystals Heart Shape Pendant Necklace (White)
KATGI Fashion Austrian Crystals Heart Shape Pendant Necklace (White)

It is gorgeous and expensive looking, yet it costs much less than you would expect!


Hobby Gifts

Many women are so accustomed to sacrificing their own interests for their children or others, that they may be uncomfortable spending money to pursue their own interests. As a result, they often do without many of the supplies they need in order to fully participate in their favorite activities. Does your mom like to garden? Stop at a garden supply shop and find out what handy tools and equipment they have that will make her life easier. Does a woman you care about collect antique glass decorative pieces? Visit an antique store and see what they have to offer. Does she like to paint? Refill her supply cabinet with a nice selection of new brushes and tubes of paint.

Gift Certificates

Are you still not sure what to get the woman in your life? Why not buy her a gift certificate, and then take her to lunch, followed by a little shopping trip. She will love the time that the two of you spend together, and will enjoy your thoughtfulness in treating her to lunch. Any gift she picks out later will make the day you spent together even more special!

If you click on the blue product name of the gift card shown below, you will discover that you can purchase one in almost any denomination!


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    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      These ideas will work almost any time of year and for any occasion. It's always good to have some quick, affordable gift ideas handy!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      These are gorgeous and who doesn't love flowers in a vase ;) voted up !

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      With the holidays coming up, everyone can use a few ideas for buying gifts for women!

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      We women really aren't that hard to please ... we love sentimental gifts!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Valentine's Day is just around the corner. This article can be very helpful to people who will be trying to find the perfect gift for that occasion. I think handmade gifts and cards are the most meaningful on this day especially. Sharing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again as lots of people are trying to figure out what to give the women on their holiday gifts and this article can be a big help in solving their dilemma.

      Just to let you know, was going to comment on your article relating to giving to charities, another important issue during the holiday, but comments were not allowed. You may want to check and see what setting you have that hub on as you can control whether or not comments are accepted.

      Voting this useful article up again and going to share!

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is a nice post with some excellent suggestions

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Some excellent ideas here with Christmas right around the corner. With only 75 days or so left until Christmas, it would be a good idea for people with a very special woman to buy a gift for -- or a person with a lot of women on their gift list this year, to be thinking about what they will do about Christmas gifts this year. I can think of nothing worse than rushing around settling for whatever is left the day before Christmas.

      Voted up and will share with my followers!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Gift cards to a local business or to a restaurant or Amazon are all wonderful gifts, especially for mothers ... and Mother's Day is coming up next month!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I always like getting gift cards for the garden center here so I can add more flowers to my garden. Great ideas. Voted up.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you! I hope that people will consider some of these ideas when they are shopping for gifts!

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      With Mother's Day coming up in just a few weeks, this hub should be very popular with so many great gift ideas!

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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I'm so happy that you like my suggestions for great gifts for women! Thank you!

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      mary-deo 5 years ago from Caloocan City, University Hills

      Great ideas you have in here, I go still for floral gifts as you've mentioned it makes a woman feel better as he loved and cared for. That's so romantic!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Photos are so precious. I noticed that even on Disney Channel, families emphasized giving their relatives photos in frames. Great ideas.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful ideas as gifts. I like the vase idea a lot. My father use to pick my mother roses even from our yard, and place them in a little vase on her kitchen table. God Bless You. Great hub.