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Last Christmas, I got my girlfriend a big gift, but she was disappointed and said it was impersonal. Do you have any suggestions for some small, meaningful gifts that say “I love you?”

Last Christmas, I got my girlfriend a big gift, but she was disappointed and said it was impersonal. Do you have any suggestions for some small, meaningful gifts that say “I love you?”


Gift-giving is an act in which size really doesn’t matter. The big gift is about what she wants (whether she’ll admit it or not), but the smaller stuff is about how well you know what makes her happy.

For Sharing
Choose gifts that you can use together and, ahem, alone, to ensure you get some time with her at home. Start with Film Movement’s Romance DVD Box Set, $175, which includes a dozen indie romance films, many of which were only released abroad or at film festivals. Pair that with a Taste Adventure Around-The-World Wine Sampler, $30, which features six mini bottles from some of the best boutique wineries from Argentina to Australia to South Africa. Each bottle comes with a note from its vineyard and tells you how you can get the full-size versions of the ones she loves the most. And for snacking, get her a box of the trendiest sweet this year: French macarons. These light and fluffy meringue sandwich cookies are stuffed with fillings such as raspberry, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, coffee and pistachio. Get her a set of 24 assorted delicate confections from Galaxy Desserts, $38, which are shipped frozen.

For Pampering
Warm her up when you aren’t around with one of Urban Renewal’s super-hip Snoods, $24, half-hood, half-scarf hybrids. The knitted Snoods are made from vintage sweaters to ensure coziness. Then give her some peace of mind with a relaxing Tea Forte Rejuvenation Gift Set, $42. The set comes in a keepsake clamshell box and includes a porcelain mug, a ceramic tea tray and a sampler of 10 tea blends. And let her rest her head on Bold Loft’s Say I Love You Body Pillowcase, $32. The simple, “Awww!”-inducing design shows a stick-figure couple sending hearts to each other via a tin can and string telephone. All of the effort you put into her stocking-stuffers will guarantee she spends the rest of the winter keeping you warm.


About the Expert

Dana Holmes is the editor in chief of Gifts.com, a premier online gift recommendation service. Holmes has worked in buying and trend forecasting for 10 years and prides herself in being able to find the perfect gift every time.