Whether you spend a little or a lot on your loved one this Christmas, make sure you get them a gift to remember.
Christmas is less than a month away, so if you haven't started shopping for gifts it's time to get moving!
No matter how many people you have to shop for, there's always one person you put in a little bit more effort for - your partner. Whether you're newlyweds, long-term lovers or freshly dating, here's the definitive guide to shopping success.
Go with your gut
Trusting your intuition may help you make a faster and more effective decision, according to a study called Organisational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Gift giving is a judgment call with no "right" or "wrong" solution, so trust your gut instinct if you're faced with several options.
It doesn't matter if your partner's into grooming, garden design or gastronomy. Relying on your intuition to select a gift can speed up the process and lead you to the perfect present.
As much as men love receiving socks at Christmas and women love soap sets, sometimes we all want to spice things up a bit. If your loved one has a wild side, why not buy them an experience instead? Whether it's a ride in a hot air balloon, flying lessons, an encounter at the zoo or tickets to a concert, many people will cherish receiving activities over commercial gifts.
Just make sure you've got your partner's danger zone clocked - if she's a risk-averse acrophobic, a skydive might not be your best choice.
Spend with your heart
They say the best things in life are free, and often the best gifts are the ones you've spent the least amount of money on. Some people may love flashy presents, and if your partner is one of them then by all means splash out on the latest gadget or piece of jewellery. But many of us will be happiest when it’s clear that thought and effort has gone into a gift.
You could make your loved one a scrapbook detailing your time together, assemble a soundtrack to your relationship or create a piece of artwork for them if you're handy with a paintbrush. Show them you care with your heart, not your wallet.