If you are looking to buy an Olympic-related gifts for the lady in your life it need not mean resorting to cheap and tacky souvenirs; there are plenty of fashion accessories, home wares and luxury items that come with an Olympic twist and so offer an enduring and classy memento.
It's a proud moment to be British right now and as a result high street labels to high-end designers have captivated this mood with the use of British heritage and symbolism. A scarf adorned with the Union Jack or Olympic prints will be better received and longer lasting than a key ring and also offers practical usage.
For some, physical adornment may be too obvious a statement and they may prefer a more discreet Olympic reminder. There is a plethora of Olympic-related designs on the high street, from kitchen wares through to prints and home furnishings that incorporate the theme without losing style credibility. The Queen's Jubilee, as well as the Olympics, has meant that British design has never been popular, with the Union Jack colours to be found in all sorts of products.
If you are lucky enough to have a creative flair you may even wish to help design and create your own Olympic souvenir by personalising some jewellery or other luxury item. Try combining Olympic colours in your jewels or engraving an Olympic message. For a luxury gift with a humorous twist you could opt for a pendant shaped as a mini Olympic medal. Engraved watches, crystal ware or silver ware will also make a good keepsake in years to come. Simply inscribe 'London 2012' or alternatively you may wish to incorporate the medal results or a give a nod to a particular sport or athlete. Or personalise it for your recipient.
If the gift is for someone who prefers experiences over souvenirs why not take advantage of the many follow up experiences that the Olympics can offer? Just because the Games are over it doesn't mean that you can't still soak up the atmosphere of historic arenas. Combine a visit to the Olympic Park, for example, with a weekend stay in a top London hotel. Many businesses want to make the most of the Olympic legacy so you may find good deals in top restaurants to complement your stay.
For the active, it's possible to buy a treat of either a day or full weekend of certain Olympic sports. For water-lovers head to the coast or lake for a spot of sailing or kayaking or for more adrenaline try shooting and archery.