Why Birthday Gifts for Women Can Be Difficult To Find

There are just so many kinds of women out there that claiming to be able to help anyone find birthday gifts for women is like saying you can help someone find the right kind of breakfast.


Sure, we can all choke down some all-night diner’s skillet meals, but you know what you really want is a Continental breakfast with a side of Golden Grahams and one untoasted strawberry Pop Tart — oh, and some Carnation Instant Breakfast to wash it down.

Buying birthday gifts for women can seem a lot like that — what you want is out there, but finding someone to sell it to you is going to be tough.

I do believe it was the Mad Hatter who said “There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents … and only one for birthday presents, you know.” Birthday gifts for women must, therefore, be three hundred and sixty four times more valued than un-birthday gifts, because they’re obviously that much rarer.

But perversely, that word ‘valued’ means something very different when you’re getting birthday gifts for women as opposed to men. Men put value in a few simple and uncomplicated things: coolness, expensiveness, fun-ness, and how much easier it makes our lives.

Women, on the other hand, like all of those things plus about a half a dozen more — sentimentality, practicality, memorability, convenience, durability, and sheer tear-welling awesomeness, possibly with a few more items on the side.

That makes birthday gifts for women much more complex to discern than they are for men. Buy a man a PS3 or a year’s subscription to an advanced cable sports package, and you’ll get a beer every time he sees you for the rest of your life.

But women like it when they tell that you really, really, really thought about their birthday gifts. For women, the sense of value they get from knowing that you actually stopped and tried to figure out how to make them feel a sense of value is the really valuable part of any gift. Your birthday gifts for women you actually do value should reflect that.

In order to accomplish that, you need to get to know them. Not assume you know them — do that, and you’re dead in the water. Get to know them, even if you already do. Pretend you’re a stalker; take notes about the things she talks about, the things she hates, the things she loves.

The more you pay careful, spy-like attention to every detail of her average day the more you can find the perfect birthday gifts. For women, nothing could mean more.

Of course, if you don’t have time (or the attention span) for all of that, you could use a generic fallback gift. Roses, chocolates, and on the upper end, diamonds are all known to work pretty well.

If you’re on the lookout for a fallback gift that’s still unique and cool, I’d suggest Gift Idea Master. They’ve got several categories full of birthday gifts for women, and they’ve got some great inspiration besides.

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