|Written by Robert Bowmer|
Any woman will tell you that the perfect birthday gift is the one she wouldnâ€™t ever buy for herself.
Birthdays are all about treats and luxuries and have nothing at all to do with practicality, as any man who has ever bought his wife or girlfriend a new vacuum cleaner or ironing board will have discovered to his cost.
Diamonds and jewellery are definitely a girlâ€™s best friend. A heart necklace is the ideal gift for that special woman in your life and will be certain to make her feel valued . If the relationship is more friendship than romance then a less intimate jewellery gift may be more appropriate such as a pair of dainty butterfly earrings.
Perfume is another good option and your local department store will have experts on hand behind the cosmetics counters who can advise on the latest and most popular fragrances on the market.
Luxury birthday gifts for women might include designer scarves or handbags. A handbag from the latest range by one of the leading designer brands is certain to be a hit with the birthday girl but knowing which colour or style to choose means you will need to be familiar with her tastes or have a good eye for fashion yourself.
Spa gifts are also popular options and can range from a selection of upmarket bath, shower and skin products to use at home to a day of pampering at a local health club or treatment room. For a special occasion such as a 40th birthday why not treat her to an overnight stay and offer to join her so that you can celebrate the occasion together?
If you really canâ€™t think what to choose most women wonâ€™t mind being asked. Itâ€™s a known fact that many women would rather provide a wish list than risk receiving a gift they will never use.