Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Different Relationship Stages

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. What you plan depends on how long you’ve been together and how serious the relationship is. Valentine’s Day can be confusing when you aren’t sure what the rules are. There are lots of questions that relate to Valentine’s Day but there are a few general pointers for different relationship stages. The price of the gift will depend on how well you know each other and how long you’ve been together. Keep in mind that the most important aspect of gift giving is that it comes from your heart.

For a new relationship, you need to strike a balance between making a good impression and sending them running in the other direction. If you’ve only gone out on a handful of dates, don’t go crazy.

An over-the-top gift can either work for you or against you. You want to give something meaningful but if you’re still in the “getting to know you” phase, you definitely don’t want to go overboard. Go for something like a book, CD’s, or a gift certificate for the spa.

Long term relationships require more thought. Use this opportunity to rekindle the romance. Don’t wing it, and be sure to have some sort of plan. Be a little creative, try creating a restaurant meal at home with candles and champagne. Write a love letter from the heart. It might be cheesy, sure, but pulling out all the stops will impress her with your thoughtfulness. Use this romantic holiday to reconnect if you have become a little lazy in the romance department.

For those that have been married a long time, it’s unlikely that a romantic Valentine’s Day is something that you have on your agenda. However, it’s worth investing time and putting some thought into it. Resorting to gas station carnations is not the best plan. If you’re lucky enough, make time to be alone and invest in a change of environment. Plan a trip away to somewhere you used to go when you were first together. If a trip away is not possible, reserve an intimate table at your favorite restaurant and enjoy each other’s company. Getting out of your normal routine will help bring back the spark. Show her just how much you care about her and your relationship; the more romantic you can be, the better.

Whether you’re spending this holiday with a spouse, friend, or significant other, remember to be a courteous date.

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