Valentine’s Day is almost here, and for many of us the yearly hunt for Valentine’s gifts is begun anew. Buying your loved ones gifts on Valentine’s Day has been the tradition for a long while now, and why not? Who doesn’t love gifts? It is an opportunity to convey affection and consideration. But each year there seems to be more and more out there to choose from, and all that pressure and choice can grow overwhelming. For just this reason, we’ve put together this handy guide for gift ideas, considerately organized by relationship.
For family and friends:
Don’t fight the urge to send a small gift to friends and relatives. Give Mom and Dad a beautiful gift to show them that you love them, or remind Grandma that she is in your thoughts. A box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers is a considerate gift for any relation.
For the secret crush:
Someone has caught your eye but you don’t know quite how to say hello, and you want to make a good and lasting first impression. For moments such as these, a small gift is a great way to make an impression. Try a box of sweets, roses, even a Teddy Bear or other adorable stuffed animal. It’s up to you whether you sign the card or send the gift anonymously.
For the casual date:
Giving a gift need not be a serious endeavor. Accentuate the evening and express your enthusiasm. Chocolates and a bouquet make a great gift before a fun night out on the town.
For the budding relationship:
Activities are a great way to strengthen your bond as a couple. Chocolate fondue is a fun twist that adds a level of participation to your gift. Make your own luscious concoctions by dipping fresh fruit into a melted chocolate sauce. Pair with a fine champagne for a decadent dessert guaranteed to please.
For the long-term partner:
For the one who has stuck by you through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad. Box of chocolates. Bouquet of roses. These are classics for a reason. But why not add to them? Fresh fruit, baked treats and wine all make for a great Valentine’s surprise to share with the one you love.
For the newlyweds:
Go big for your first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. This is only the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship. Wow your spouse with an opulent gift of foods, sweets, champagne and more to make this a Valentine’s Day to remember.
For the happily married:
Dedicating your life to someone is commendable, a true testament to the power of love. Why not reward your partner and yourself as well? Revel in all that you have accomplished in your time together with champagne and caviar. Who dares claim you don’t deserve it?
When planning your Valentine’s Day you should first think of your intended recipient and take into consideration all that you know about them. What are their passions, interests or cherished memories, and how can you incorporate this knowledge into a Valentine’s Day gift or gift basket. Photographs, letters, poems and the like can take a gift from great to unforgettable. But above all, make sure you take advantage of this Valentine’s Day to remember the important people in your life and remind them that you care. Even in these cold winter months we can rely on that love and caring to keep us warm.