The holidays are almost here, and the pressure is on to find girlfriend gift ideas under $50.

What do you want your gift to say to her?

What does the like to do?

Is she an athlete? A movie buff?  Lover of music?

Fun or serious.  Thoughtful or whimsical, your holiday gift to your girlfriend should be something that suggests the warm way you feel about her, without being too practical – unless she’s into that!

Here are 5  girlfriend gift ideas under $50, to spark your imagination.

1. Jewelry – Never overated!  Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and watches are all available from fine jewelry stores like Reeds in their Web Only Clearance section.

When picking the right jewelry piece for your girlfriend, try and pay attention to what she wears most often.  Don’t get her a necklace when she never wears them.  Also think about what colors she likes and metal preferences.  Does she wear more gold or silver?

If the relationship is new, you may want to avoid rings, as they still carry a bit more of a serious inference than other pieces.

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2. Soft and Cozy – Nightgowns, slippers, scarves, hoodies, fleece  jackets, and throw blankets are all great gifts for irlfriends that can be tailored to your special someone.

Again, think about her favorite colors, what she likes to wear and her overall style.  If she likes to shop at a specific store, encourage her to make a wishlist and to share  it with you.

Don’t forget to get her sizes!  Ask her friends and family if you feel awkward about asking her for those stats!

3. Smell Goods –  Bath and beauty gift sets, perfume, make-up or aromatherapy candles all make excellent girlfriend gifts.

 Try to find out if she has a favorite scent like vanilla, and if not, maybe you can sniff out a new one together, and get it for her.

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4. Do-It-Yourself Gift Basket –   This is my favorite and probably one of the most budget-friendly options, and  it’s easy to personalize it with all kinds of fun items.  Gather several inexpensive items like candy, shampoo, lotions,  DVDs, sports drinks, microfleece socks, earphones, tea, etc… from a local discount stores, and put them into a fun container like a shower caddy, tote bag, or keepsake box.  Consider individually wrapping each item (even if it’s something like a candy bar) so that the opening of the gift is part of the present!   You can have fun with this idea, adding free items like local coffee stand stickers and condiments liberated from your favorite fast food restaurant.

5. Gift Cards –  This one is never a bad girlfriend gift idea, unless your girlfriend insists that ‘creativitiy’ be part of the gift.  In that case, she’ll probably also going to evaluate the face value of the gift card and if that’s so,  you should probably move on and skip the girlfriend gift all together!

Ideal for letting her pick out her own gift, and shipped quickly if need be: Gift Cards – In a Gift Box – Free One-Day Shipping  are perfect.

Other gift cards to consider for your girlfriend’s gift…

Nordstrom A Day of Shopping Gift Card None $50

Office Depot(R) Standard Gift Card Of $50

Best Buy Blue Gift Card $50, $50.00, 1 ea

Aeropostale Traditional Blue Gift Card $50, $50.00, 1 ea

Kohl’s Traditional Gift Card $50.00, 1 ea

Sunglass Hut Gift Card $50, 1 ea

REI Gift Card $50, 1 ea

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