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What Women Really Want - Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Female

Updated on January 23, 2014

A Hand-Picked Gift Says, "You are Special!"

You have no idea what to get her. You can't ask her and you don't want to get her something that she'll hate, or worse, something you gave her last year.  Take this short quiz and find out what she really wants!

Step 1: The "What Kind of Woman is She" Quiz

Answer a few short questions to get an idea of what kind of woman she is.

1. When she's at a party where she doesn't know anyone, which question would she be most likely to start a conversation with?

a. So, what do you do for a living?

b. Do you have any children?

c. That's such a pretty blouse! Where did you get it?

d. Are we having fun yet, or what!?

2. What kind of car would she love to drive?

a. A newer model 4-door coupe.

b. A mini-van or truck

c. A smaller conservative car

d. A sporty, fast car or a Hummer

3. Her favorite kind of restaurant is:

a. One where the service is efficient and the atmosphere subdued.

b. One where they serve fries with everything.

c. The quiet, candlelit type.

d. A funky bistro or lively sports bar.

4. A Saturday afternoon might find her:

a. Reading the latest non-fiction book for professionals.

b. Hiking, biking, or on the side-lines of a soccer game.

c. Working on needlepoint or baking a pie.

d. Making plans for a party or trying a new hair color.

So, Who Is She?

If your answers were mostly A, she is a Business type.

If your answers were mostly B, she is an Outdoors type.

If your answers were mostly C, she is a Romantic type.

If your answers were mostly D, she is a Passionate type.

If your answers jumped all over the alphabet, she is an Unpredictable type.

The following will give you some ideas on the kinds of gifts she'll really love you for.

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Great Gifts for The Business Woman

This kind of woman loves to talk about her business, your business or business trends in general. She'll skip the Lifestyle section of the newspaper and head directly for the business section. This woman loves business but don't confuse her with the woman who has to work, but wishes she didn't. In that case, some of these gifts would fall flat. Go back and take the quiz, plugging in answers as if she wasn't in the workforce.

Sterling Silver 2.3mm Omega Nickel Free Chain Necklace Italy, 16"+2" Extender
Sterling Silver 2.3mm Omega Nickel Free Chain Necklace Italy, 16"+2" Extender

Classic silver chain goes with anything and everything. Accessories say professional like nothing else.

 
iHome iH4 Alarm Clock Speaker System with Dock for iPod (Lilac)
iHome iH4 Alarm Clock Speaker System with Dock for iPod (Lilac)

She'll wake up to her favorite tunes with this iPod alarm clock in lovely lilac.

 
Sony DPF-D710 7-Inch WVGA LCD (16:10) Digital Photo Frame (Black)
Sony DPF-D710 7-Inch WVGA LCD (16:10) Digital Photo Frame (Black)

Let's her display all her favorite photos (of you?) with just one desk frame.

 

Great Gifts for The Outdoors Woman

This kind of woman loves the great outdoors. A tent is her favorite hotel. She owns more hiking boots than high heels. She should not be confused with the woman who has a house full of boys and wants to support them by being outside with them. If that's the case, go back and take the quiz using answers as if she had a house full of girls.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Fascinating stories for any outdoor enthusiast.

 
JanSport Agave Backpack (Thai Redpepper)
JanSport Agave Backpack (Thai Redpepper)

A good backpack surely sits atop the list of campus essentials. Enter the JanSport Agave, a 2,000-cubic-inch school backpack that doubles as a hiking daypack during the summer. The Agave offers dual AirCore shoulder straps made of comfortable dual-density foam, along with a breathable mesh back panel that helps you stay dry throughout the day. The backpack's two large compartments, meanwhile, can hold everything from books to sack lunches to extra shoes. Add in a versatile storage sleeve that can hold either a 15.4-inch laptop or a 3-liter hydration bladder and you have an ideal pack for all your on-the-go activities.

Other details include hydration tube management on the shoulder straps, a front utility pocket with an organizer, an easy-access V-loft pocket, dual side water bottle pockets, side compression straps to help you manage the load, and daisy chain quick-clip points. Made of 600-denier polyester and 420-denier double diamond dobby, the Agave measures 13.5 by 19 by 10 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 1 pound 7 ounces.

 
Del Rossa Microfleece Footed Pajamas,Deep Purple, Medium (A0322DPUMD)
Del Rossa Microfleece Footed Pajamas,Deep Purple, Medium (A0322DPUMD)

When it's cold outside, she'll be warm and cozy with this footed sleeper. No more freezing sleeping bag liners!

 

Great Gifts for The Romantic Woman

This kind of woman loves flowers and soft colors. She can spend hours setting a holiday table and she always smells nice. She should not be confused with a woman who is trying to keep up with the Joneses by keeping an immaculate house and yard. In that case, some of these gifts will not be appreciated. Go back and take the quiz as if she lived in the country with no neighbors for miles.

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats--A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners (A 30-Minute Meal Cookbook)
Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats--A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners (A 30-Minute Meal Cookbook)

Some romantics love to cook. If yours does, Rachael Ray has a year of great, easy cooking. Another gift that you'll (hopefully) benefit from as well!

 
Marquis by Waterford Treviso 6-inch Candlestick Pair
Marquis by Waterford Treviso 6-inch Candlestick Pair

She'll be able to set a romantic table with these Waterford Crystal candlesticks. Makes a beautiful gift for the newlyweds, too.

 
Dimplex CS1205 Compact Electric Stove
Dimplex CS1205 Compact Electric Stove

No fireplace? This electric stove adds a romantic ambiance to any room without the need for wood or fire. She'll want to cuddle in front of this one!

 

Great Gifts for The Passionate Woman

I'm not talking about the flirt or the seductress. This kind of woman loves to laugh - out loud! She doesn't care what other people are driving or wearing, she has a style all her own. She has an opinion and is not afraid to share it. She should not be confused with an introvert who thinks she has to entertain everyone around but secretly loves her solitude. If that's the case, retake the quiz as if she had lost her voice and moved to a foreign country.

Heart Of The Celts: Songs Of Love
Heart Of The Celts: Songs Of Love

To help set the mood, or just for a Lord of the Rings ambiance.

 
DragonPad 7 COLOR LED SHOWER HEAD ROMANTIC LIGHTS WATER HOME BATH - Xmas day
DragonPad 7 COLOR LED SHOWER HEAD ROMANTIC LIGHTS WATER HOME BATH - Xmas day

It's just plain exotic taking a multi-colored shower in the dark!

 

And Now, For Miss Unpredictability - When she is a quirky mix of delight

This is the hardest, and most common, type of woman to buy for. You can't put her in a box but you want to get her something that will knock her socks off (no - not a gift card to a shoe store). Try some of these suggestions on for size.

Homedics Therapist Select SP-10H Shiatsu Pillow, Beige
Homedics Therapist Select SP-10H Shiatsu Pillow, Beige

Everyone could use some pampering. She might even let you borrow it.

 
Herbal Booties - 2 pc,(Herbal Concepts)
Herbal Booties - 2 pc,(Herbal Concepts)

Delicious comfort to warm up cold feet fast.

 

My Nickel's Worth

For the most part, women who are trying to drop a few pounds don't want candy. Thanks for the thought, though.

Women don't often fit neatly into categories. If the woman you are shopping for didn't fit any of these, what kind of woman would you consider her? What kinds of gifts does she like? Here's your chance to comment on this lens.

Is The Woman You Are Shopping For "None of the Above?"

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