When you're in need of a gift for a relative, whether it's your mum, grandma, daughter, niece, sister, or even the dreaded in-laws, it can be ever so tricky to strike the right balance between personal and useful. We've all heard the horror stories of mother-in-laws buying their daughter-in-laws complicated cookery books by way of a not so subtle hint as a Christmas gift, and there's probably a fair few of you out there who'd be delighed to be able to buy your mother-in-law a round the world trip for the next 6 months … just for the peace and quiet!
Well, whenever you're the best of pals with all your female relationships, or you dread seeing them once a year at Christmas, we've put together a few hints and tips on how to get in their good books, with some gifts that are right for them, and say the right things about you too!
Girly girls are just about the easiest type to buy for – whatever the age, they'll like anything pink and fluffy, basically anything that screams 'cute'! From a soft and cuddly teddy through to a set of fluffy pink feather lights to adorn a boudoir, a beautiful silver charm bracelet or even a book like 'How to Walk in High Heels' by Camilla Morton, girly girls will be squealing with delight at any of these great gift ideas!
Sporty girls can initially seem tricky, but delve a little deeper and you can be sure to impress! If they're a gym fanatic then shower products will always go down well – just make them not your bog standard offer, and maybe throw in a toiletries bag or even a laundry bag – ideal for the busy sporty girl's sports bag!
For the girl who loves to garden, a set of knee pads may seem hugely entertaining to you – but will be probably the most useful gift she's had in a long time! Or even try a premium garden multi-tool set, perfect for pruning the roses. If she enjoys the garden, but is not so keen on doing the work herself, then why not splash out on a set of outdoor garden lights – perfect for an outdoor hostess with the mostess!
Chocoholics might seem a simple bunch to please – but if they're connoisseurs then you'll need to do a bit of research. Belgian chocs are the way to please – Guylian are a great chocolatiers from Belgium who do a delicious range of chocolates including Guylian chocolate fondue, hot chocolate and even chocolate hazelnut spread – now that's a set of chocolate products any true chocoholics will adore!
If they really do love to cook, then why not get them some ingredients that will last a lifetime – like grow your own Basil, Garlic Chives, Chilli Peepers, or even Wild Strawberry plants. Easy to care for, simple to grow – and there will be a long lasting reminder of your great gift on their windowsill … and in their meals too!
For the family loving gal, a gorgeous photo frame normally does the trick! The perfect way for her to show off the hubby, or kids … or even the pets! Go for something hand painted and a little different from the standard sort of stuff you can buy – something she'll be proud to display!