Not sure how to select a great gift for your special Russian lady? Here are 3 simple tips to help you choose the right present.
Take Yourself Out of It
Many people choose gifts based on what they want to give, rather than selecting something the recipient actually wants. For example, a husband who presents his wife with a sewing machine because he thinks she should learn how to sew. Or a wife who buys her husband a new tie because she thinks he should start dressing up for work. While these gifts aren’t necessarily bad, a present is more meaningful if the giver puts his own preferences aside and chooses something he knows the recipient would like to have.
Give Unique Gifts, Not Generic Ones
When selecting a gift, it’s important to take a woman’s preferences and personality into account, rather than relying on seemingly universal gifts like flowers or chocolate. Everybody is different and while one lady may love to receive candy or a bouquet of flowers, another lady may prefer something else. Gentlemen should keep their eyes and ears open throughout the course of a relationship and make a mental note of things a lady likes and things she does not. This knowledge is invaluable when it comes to selecting gifts.
Know the Gift Culture
Gift etiquette in Russia and Ukraine differs from gift etiquette in Western countries and it helps if a suitor is aware of these subtle (and not so subtle) differences. For example, when giving flowers in Ukraine a man should select an odd-numbered batch as opposed to an even-numbered one. Even-numbered bouquets are typically reserved for funerals. Also, a suitor should avoid giving yellow flowers to Russian women as yellow flowers traditionally symbolize the end of a relationship. A basic knowledge of a country's gift giving etiqutte can help a gentleman avoid embarassment and select a gift that a lady will cherish forever.
While most ladies will appreciate any gift from someone special, a man who considers a lady's preferences rather than his own, tailors his gift to the recipient, and has a basic knowledge of the gift etiquette in his lady's country is sure to select a truly fantastic gift.