"Give her what she wants. Not always what she needs." That is my motto for a successful gift giving season for the lady in your life! Sure, you might need a new washing machine, but please don't pass that off as the gift of her dreams. You can spend a small amount of money to put a big smile on her face- it is all about knowing her style and the element of surprise. Here are some hints on how to shop for your honey:

Check out her Pinterest page.

There is probably a "For Me" section on her page, although it might be hidden. For example, all of the pins I add to my Fashion and Frosting pages (frosting= jewelry in my world...remember the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? Frost yourself!) are items that I would love to have. You can generally tell if she likes dainty necklaces or statement pieces, gold vs. silver, and the pieces she is lusting after. Here is the necklace I picked out from Ross that was inspired by a pin from my "Frosting" board! Such a bargain I had to keep it for myself:

Statement necklace for less from Ross #RossGifts

Pick up a magazine.

Gift guides in my favorite magazines, such as Redbook or Elle, are awesome. I usually circle, add a sticker, or otherwise mark items that catch my eye, whether for myself or others I am planning to give a gift to. I probably won't buy the item in question because, hey, it is the season for giving, but it caught my eye for a reason! You can get it for less at Ross- jewelry, decor, home goods, you name it. Oversize pearls are big right now, and I spied something very similar to this necklace in my favorite magazine! I picked this up at Ross for a lot less than I would have spent at a department store.

Pearl and gold chain necklace from Ross #RossGifts

What is she buying others?

We usually tend to buy friends and family gifts that we like as well, unless we have been specifically told what to purchase or we see a novelty item that involves a hobby or collection. For example, I adore statement earrings and often buy these for my friends because I think they are the next big thing. Want to wow me? Grab me something that I love to give others; I definitely approve! How about these art deco stunners from Ross?

Statement Art Deco Earrings from Ross #RossGifts

Make her feel special.

When you choose a piece, you can write a little note and include it with the gift, such as: "I chose this for you because I know how much you love the pearls your grandma always wore." It lets her know that you put thought into the present regardless of the price tag. Ross has gorgeous gifts at great prices- many of the necklaces I found were under $20, but look like a million! My grandma loved to wear costume jewelry and the necklace below reminds me of her style. I also adore the jewelry tree that I purchased to display it- I could afford to buy all three pieces because the prices are so amazing at Ross!

Necklace, earrings and jewelry tree from Ross #RossGifts

Create a memory.

I love having something sparkly and new to wear, but I love even more having somewhere to wear it to. Get her a gorgeous necklace, and pair it with tickets to a musical of her choice. How about a stunning pair of earrings with a dinner reservation? This way, she can always remember the amazing evening you had when she looks at the beautiful bauble you bought for her.

Make sure to enter the #RossGifts gift card giveaway! Check out their Facebook page for this week's challenge, or post your favorite holiday deals on your Instagram account and use the hashtag #RossGifts.

Disclosure: I was provided with Ross gift cards in order to shop for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.