Special to theadvocate.com
The search for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be both exhilarating and stressful. Some people have had gifts picked out since early January, but for all those other last-minute shoppers, here are some eclectic ideas for both budding, flirty relationships and serious, old pros.
Gift No. 1: Listen to your partner.
Get your partner something he or she wants, but is reluctant to buy because of expense or lack of necessity. Such a gift shows that you listen to your partner’s desires and have a willingness to please. If you really want to be romantic, write a little love note to go with it.
Gift No. 2: A professional massage.
This doesn’t mean simply handing over a gift card for a professional massage. Make sure to schedule an appointment, find childcare, if necessary, and then cook dinner and set a romantic scene while your Valentine is off relaxing. Show that you care enough to go the extra mile, not just spend a few dollars on a generic gift.
Gift No. 3: A puzzle.
Get a puzzle made out of a photograph. Not a cheesy photo of the two of you on the beach/at Disney/at a friend’s wedding, but a picture of a memory you made together. Then, spend time together putting the puzzle together and reminiscing. Once you have finished the puzzle, plan another trip together.
Gift No. 4: A bucket list.
Make a bucket list together. Then pick something on the list and do it. This could be as simple as going roller skating or as extravagant as visiting the Eiffel Tower. Decide how much time and money you have to spend and take the plunge. How amazing would it be to have a bucket list experience together?
Gift No. 5: Jewelry.
If nothing on the list above tickles your fancy, go with jewelry. It is pretty traditional, but at least you know it won’t get buried in the back of a closet like a big stuffed teddy bear, nor will it make your Valentine feel guilty for eating the entire box of chocolates in two sittings (OK, one sitting). Jewelry can be innovative if you shop around and take care to consider your Valentine’s style, whether it is unique, fashion-forward, traditional or Bohemian.
The most important thing to consider when shopping for Valentine’s Day is your sweetheart. Think about what would make your partner happy, not what would make you look rich, romantic or something that you are not. Let your partner see you and your thoughtfulness in your gift. Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance, but truly, every day in your relationship should be.