IN CASE you've been living under a rock for the past month and a half and didn't notice the overabundance of pink and red hearts at every turn, I regret to inform you that Valentine's Day is only nine days away!
There are several opinions when it comes to Valentine's Day. One camp will argue Feb. 14 is nothing more than a commercialized made-up holiday. The other camp feels Valentine's Day is almost as important as actual anniversaries. This is the day they believe their true love absolutely MUST express his true feelings and undying love.
For many, this expression includes some sort of gift. Picking the right gift can be difficult and that's not just my opinion, the folks at valentinesdayromance.com agree.
They offer the following advice:
One of the simplest Valentine's Day gifts is a simple card. It may not seem like much but many people, especially women, feel that a card is one of the best gifts they could have on Valentine's Day.
However, not just any card makes a good gift. The best cards are those which really express your feelings about your loved one and your relationship. You can find cards available with a printed message which may work well for your relationship. You can also find cards which are blank inside where you fill in the card with your own emotions. If you can't find a card that suits your needs, you can always make your own, card making equipment is easily and cheaply available.
Pretty earrings might be appropriate for a new relationship while a more expensive gift might be appropriate for a relationship which is more deeply rooted. Regardless of the price of the gift, the jewelry you give to your partner on Valentine's Day will be something she will really appreciate. Pay particular attention to the type of jewelry she already wears and this will give you a good indication of the type of jewelry she likes. For example, if she always wears silver or white gold jewelry, buying yellow gold may not be a good idea because she might not particularly like it.
Although this type of gift is definitely more appropriate for couples who have been together for awhile or who are married. If you and your partner have never traveled together before, it can still be okay to give this type of gift for Valentine's Day but you might want to discuss the gift with your partner beforehand rather than surprising him or her with the gift. This will make certain your partner is comfortable with this kind of gift.
Candy and flowers:
It wouldn't be Valentine's Day be without candy. Among the most traditional gifts on Valentine's Day are flowers and candy. While this a gift which is most appreciated, most women will agree the candy is their favorite part of the gift. Flowers are beautiful and are always enjoyed but chocolates are also always eaten with appreciation and pleasure.
If you are planning to give chocolate for Valentine's Day try making the gift a little more unique. Instead of a traditional heart shaped box of assorted chocolates, try making a bouquet out of your partner's favorite candy bars. You can even wrap up the candy bouquet like flowers. This puts a unique spin on a traditional gift idea and helps to ensure your partner will love the gift.
Best of all is a romantic gift basket filled with luscious little treats that go on reminding your partner of the lovely gift for a long time after Valentines Day.
I don't know of any lady who would be upset if a bunch of flowers showed up at her home or office. Let's face it, the oldies sometimes are the goodies.
To take the pressure off, the experts say there is no reason why Valentine's Day gifts have to be any different than gifts you would give on other occasions such as a birthday or Christmas. You can certainly give items such as clothing, DVDs, CDs, electronic gadgets or any other item you know your partner will appreciate.
The point is to give your Valentine a token of your affection and a little planning can make all the difference in the world.
It is an old, but very true saying, that the thought behind the gift is just as important as the gift itself.
Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org