Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — have you got your present sorted yet? Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or the throes of a new one, Valentine’s Day is an important day for all couples. Celebrated as the official day for lovers, it offers an opportunity to take stock of your relationship and shower your partner with affection. It’s time to roll out the tried-and-tested romancing rituals — a decadent meal, an intimate date, and, of course, the Valentine’s Day gift.
If you want to wow your Valentine this year but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are our five hacks to getting the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
- Don’t Skimp on the Gift
Are you one of the many who bemoans the commercialism of the season? Do you roll your eyes at the cutesie cards and gaudy bouquets, and mutter under your breath that all “this stuff” has nothing to do with authentic love — that February 14th is just another day? You’re not entirely wrong, love is indeed intangible. It’s something you feel, not something that you can express purely through gifts, and you shouldn’t only show your loved one that you care about them on this day. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo the gift altogether.
Everyone loves receiving gifts. These little tokens of affection make us feel special and valued. And more than that, for better or worse, we expect gifts on Valentine’s — you don’t want your partner to be the only one to go empty-handed. You may not be able to buy love, but a few well-selected gifts can work wonders in your relationship.
- Think outside the Box
What’s worse than not getting a present on Valentine’s day? Getting a generic, last-minute, “I totally forgot about today and picked this up in a rush” gift. Flowers and chocolates may be iconic Valentine’s day fodder, but they’re a bit overdone. Your partner expects a present as unique as they are, not the same-old cookie-cutter gifts that are aimed at the masses.
If you’re going to go classic with flowers or chocolates, don’t just pick up the first thing you see. Think about what they like — red roses may be the ultimate Valentine’s bouquet, but does your beloved prefer Peonies? Boxes of chocolates are a great gift for those of us with a sweet tooth, but if your partner has a nut allergy and you get them a box of hazelnut truffles, it’s unlikely to go down well. If you really want extra Valentine’s Day brownie points, we’d recommend steering clear of the obvious choices and getting a bit creative. Keep reading for some different ideas that will really impress your significant other.
- Get What They Want, Not What You Want
How many times have you sneakily given a gift to someone because you really wanted to try it yourself? We’re talking about those gifts that we buy for ourselves but package as presents for others, such as a new video game, an expensive serum or a ticket to your favourite band’s concert. It’s the classic 2-for-1 present — you can pass it off as something for them, but you get the most benefit. Sorry to say, but you aren’t fooling anyone. You can justify until the cows come home that you and your partner have interests in common, but it boils down to that you bought a present for yourself! By focusing on what you want and not on what your partner wants, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Instead, become a listener and develop a keen ear for gift hints. Listen and make notes of what your partner wants and likes. You may think that decorative teacups are a waste of time and money, but if your partner loves them, you’ll make their day.
- Prioritise Romance, Not Practicality
“But you said you wanted to lose weight” and “you always complain that your feet are cold” are two of the many phrases that should never be uttered on Valentine’s Day. Practical presents may be, well, practical, but a pair of socks is far from romantic. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, romance should be your top priority!
We know we told you to listen to what your partners need, but there’s a real difference between needing something and wanting something, and it’s the latter that you want to aim for. Ditch the saucepans, the sturdy work shoes and the sparkling new kettle and opt for something that your partner wants.
- Go with a Personalised Gift
Personalised presents are the perfect blend of practical and romantic — it’s easy for you and yet highly unique. No one can accuse you of picking something up last minute, as a personalised present is a clear sign that you thought about your partner and took the time to get them something as unique and special as they are.
Personalised t-shirts and hoodies designed with your partner in mind are a classic choice that is sure to make your partner go weak at the knees. If you’re looking for something a little different, personalised couple’s towels and dressing gowns are a cute way to show your love.
Author bio: Robert Joyce is the managing director of personalised clothing company Yazzoo, which delivers high-quality screen printing and embroidery services at economy prices.