Originally Posted by trip286
To follow the above, but in a slightly different way, would you choose the scent of her tampons or pads too? No. Like they said, you can pay for it, if you don't mind her keeping it if you split (this is a gift, never expect to get a gift back), but don't pick it out unless you know what she wants. And I mean, has been in the store, had her hands on one, and said, "baby, I want THIS one".
Yes, it's a very deeply personal thing. Other people have equated it another way, shoes. You wouldn't buy shoes for someone (at least you shouldn't), and a gun is just as personal in it's fit to each person.
Gift certificates or a shopping trip on your dime, but it's not your choice.
Assuming she even wants a gun...has she said anything that would make you think this is a good idea? If you turn her loose to pick on her own with little or no input from you, there's a very good chance she would come away with something you would never have considered.
If you feel the need to ignore all the "let her pick" advice, you should at least consider a .22 range gun and NOT a .380 mouse gun. Of all the guns in my safe, my wife enjoys my Ruger Mk3 the most. Get something that is enjoyable to shoot for a first gun. That nasty little .380 mouse gun can come along later once she is a competent shooter.
All things considered, she might be best served with a prepaid Basic handgun Class if she is a complete noob.