Broke? In between jobs? Just short on cash and your anniversary or her birthday is coming up? Chill man! There are gifts that can make your girlfriend happy that would not cost you an arm and a leg! Even as a Harvard student with an MBA there have been times I haven’t had the money I’d like to spend on my girlfriend, so here are a few tips to help you guys in situations like that.
Just a heads up: these things may come cheap in price but will be costly in effort. See, girls love effort. Girls love effort more than price tags – save for the gold diggers of our kind. And when your girlfriend sees the effort that you put into making her happy – no matter how cheap your gift is – she’ll love you more for it than ever.
If you remember, we asked Matt Ganz on how to find a girl friend and here’s his answer. Now that you’ve your own, here are some tips on what to get her as gifts.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
First off try to cook a stack of Pancakes. What’s so expensive about pancakes? And what’s not to love if you put a whole stack of it with a birthday candle and an ‘I love you’ message on chocolate syrup? That’s seriously a sweet way to get up on your birthday morning. Things to buy: a candle and a pancake mix (that could already be in your or your mom’s pantry).
Secondly, go for something unusual like a knitted beanie or purse or anything that you knitted yourself. This is something that will test your dexterity and your hand-eye coordination. Oh, and your patience too. What could better display ‘effort’ and labor of love than a fully knitted anything? Sure it sounds so grandma-ish but she’ll remember you for it every time she uses your knitted whatchamacallit. And the better news is, if she comes to the point of wanting to break up with you, she would only need to look at your knitted gift and she’ll remember all the effort you put into making her happy on your special day. Things to buy: some yarn and knitting needles (both of which you can borrow from grandma); some knitting patterns (which you can hoard online for FREE!).
Or try treating her to a home spa day. Who would not love a boyfriend who could understand the processes and rituals that turn us girls into women? So on her special day, give her home spa coupons! Trust me, this will make you look more attractive to your girlfriend. Arm yourself with body scrub salts, massage oils, and nail colors. You don’t have to do it perfectly – you just have to do it for the love of her. And it’s not like she would expect you to deliver a perfect job. This is a perfect opportunity for an intimate moment together. Things to buy: scrub salts, massage oils and nail color (they don’t cost a fortune and you can ask for them from your sister).
Or lastly, create a personal movie. No, I’m not talking about a Ray Jay-Kim K type of ‘personal movie’. It’s a tribute movie that could contain anything – photos of you together, videos of you together, video clips of her friends’ birthday well wishes to her, or maybe of you singing her a song. It could be anything sentimental and funny and sweet. Things to buy: nothing. You could use your phone for it and edit with any of the many different video editing apps online.
See, you don’t need to spend an entire month’s paycheck to make your girlfriend happy!
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