One of the most stressful things about Valentines Day is finding a gift, hands down. Without a Valentines Day gift guide, you are kind of left trying to swim upstream against the current. When it comes down to it, a gift guide can be a great source for not only finding the best gift, but also the most meaningful gift. The truth of the matter is that you don’t only have to stick with Valentines Day jewelry, you can also think of other gift ideas too – there are handmade gifts, candles and more.

Here is your ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide.

The amount of time you have spent with someone will determine what you get him or her for Valentines Day.

If you have spent only a few days so far with your partner, you probably aren’t going to get that person a big diamond ring or anything over a certain amount of money. For one thing, you don’t want to scare the person off. Also, you want to think of the gift as a test of sorts. When you have been together for three or more years, your gift can be a little more serious. The truth of the matter is not to think of the gift as an ultimate symbol of your relationship. Also, you can’t really imagine the gift as a prediction of how your relationship will turn out. Your significant other won’t see your gift and decide she doesn’t want to be with you anymore.

Think outside the box – better yet, think outside of the heart shaped box.

Sure, chocolates for Valentines Day are great, but it shouldn’t be the main gift. Ideally, you want to make the main gift something that will really impress, something that expresses your affection. If you spent some time ruminating about this, you will no doubt find the perfect gift. This is exactly why you want to take your time and not wait until the last minute. Of course, you may feel under a deadline the closer Valentines Day comes around, but the longer you take to think, the sooner you’ll come to one of those “ah-ha!” moments.

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Go the distance.

Don’t purchase something last minute or else it will seem like a last minute gift.Another key to Valentines Day gift purchasing is to not purchase something last minute. If you do that, the gift will seem last minute. Even if you are going on a blind Valentine’s Day date, you don’t want to get something last minute. You want to have something ready, packaged and ready to go. This means that when you show up to your date’s house, or when you are ready to present the gift, it should look like someone professionally wrapped it. If you are lacking in the wrapping department, you may want to visit the store’s wrapping section or find someone that really knows how to wrap a present well. Also, you may as well use wrapping paper that is classy, exciting and fitting with the holiday.

Don’t think trendy.

Think long lasting, because trends will always fade.When it comes to a jewelry gift, or clothing for Valentine’s Day, you want to purchase something that will last. If you pick something trendy off last season’s racks, it will go out of style and will sit in the closet. Ideally, you want the receiver of your Valentine’s Day gift to wear or use the item for a long time. If you get the person something that all the blogs and media sites are saying is the hot new thing, you probably want to stay away from it. Moreover, you want to make sure that you stay away from tempting marketing tactics, because you may get swindled into buying something so trendy that it will be out of fashion by the next time Valentines Day comes around.

Make it meaningful.

If the gift doesn’t say something about your partner or you, it won’t really mean anything at all. This can be a little more difficult if you don’t know the person, but this is why you want to use the above tips to find something a little more precious. This is why so many people go with gemstones or diamonds. In the end, though, simply grabbing a guitar and writing and singing a beautiful love song can also be pretty powerful. Also, you could grab a canvas or piece of paper and make a beautiful drawing. It is entirely up to you. In fact, the more creative you get, the more your significant other will appreciate the Valentines Day gift.

Don’t over spend or underspend.

This is critical with a Valentines Day gift, especially if you have been with someone for a certain amount of time.
If you underspend with someone that you have been with for a long time, you could run the risk of offending the person or making them feel bad. For instance, if you have been with your significant other for more than five years – or more than ten years – you don’t want to go with chocolate for Valentines Day only. Indeed, you want to justify spending at least a minimum amount of money that is reasonable. If you have only been with the person for a few weeks and it is a new relationship, flowers are fine gift.

Make sure that you don’t purchase a gift just to impress.

If you purchase a gift just to impress, you will run the risk of doing just the opposite. When you are looking at jewelry, candies or clothing for Valentines, you want to be sure that you take a moment to imagine the recipient of the gift opening the package. If you can’t really image that person – your significant other – being blown away, you may want to keep searching. In the end, you’ll know you have the right gift when you find it.

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  • Lucy Williams

    The best gift I ever got for Valentine’s Day (for me) was a “bouquet” of a variety of gift cards. My tastes were, and still are, so not the norm….and we had only been dating 6 months. They were all about $25 amounts, but overall he spent a lot of money on it, and the idea was so unique and so me. And for the following years, he has kept up with the unique gift ideas. He was deployed one year, so he Skyped me on Valentine’s Day, and sang a song he came up with. We’ve been together for 5 years now, married for 2, and he never ceases to amaze me….our Valentine’s Day gift this year will be one for both of us….our 1st child. (Due on the 12th). Understand the person you’re with, never make presumptions based on trends, as stated above, and you’re sure to impress your significant other. 🙂

  • Julian

    I just got back into the dating scene, I had been single for a couple of years. These tips are gonna help me decide what to get my new girlfriend. My previous relationship was easy, as we grew up together, but she passed away. Now, I’m getting back into the dating scene…I’ve been with this lady for about 3 months. I do like Ms Williams’ idea….but, would that seem cold, so to speak? I know her, but not really. We spent the holidays apart, with our own families, so this will be our 1st together.

  • Sasha

    I’ve just ordered a gift he’ll really like. As we both enjoyed Sons of Anarchy, I got him a bike for his birthday last year….and for Valentine’s Day, I ordered him a personalized leather seat for his bike. (Guaranteed to get here by then). And I also will order him the SoA lighter box set from Bradford Exchange, he smokes cigars. He got us tickets to the Bahamas last year. Yes, we do spoil each other, but you only live once. Have fun with it, indulge yourself and those you love.

  • Brenda Bradley

    I get my husband an order of cigars usually for his gifts. Guys are harder to buy for than us women, but certainly don’t forget them. I got him a personalized humidor for Christmas (it’s one of those really big standing ones), so now he needs cigars to go in it. And yes, I know smoking is bad for you, BUT everyone is allowed to have a vice, and he doesn’t smoke everyday…..maybe once a week on his day off. But I’d just like to give him a good variety to be able to choose from. Know what they want, and not what they’d “oh, thanks” over….put some thought into it. And you can always ask their friends and/or family if you aren’t sure and it’s a newer relationship.

  • Tessa J

    Yeah, I’ve been with guys that moved way too fast for my liking. Bought me very expensive gifts after only a few weeks’ time. Not all girls expect that kind of money spent. (It sort of creeped me out). It’ll be a year with my current boyfriend and we gave each other limits on how much to spend, so one won’t be going overboard. It’s to each couples’ own taste though, and definitely keep in mind the length of time together. Now, some women do expect flashy, expensive gifts right off the bat. You’ll know how she (or he) is.

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