Guys, I have a confession to make. I wasn’t always a great gift giver. I mean, I used to think I was, but now my presents really hit it out of the park, and my boyfriend couldn’t be happier. Before my awesome gift-giving days, I would spend a ridiculous amount of time racking my brain for something super specific to give him. He might mention one time that he liked a certain brand of watch, so I’d seek it out, only to find out months later that he was eyeing something else.
After some trial and error I’ve found that if I follow a few guidelines, I can give gifts with more meaning (and those always make the best Valentine’s day gifts).
Minimize your V-day shopping woes with my tips on how to find the best Valentine’s day gifts for your significant other.
Buy Gifts Based on Their Love Language
As a former self-help book reader, one of my favorite books was The 5 Love Languages . To quickly summarize the book, it explains that each person has a primary “love language” that we must speak to in order for that person to truly feel loved. Take the time to find out which one of the love languages resonates the most with your significant other. Do they appreciate gifts, acts of service, words of affirmation, quality time or physical touch?
Don’t be fooled. Just because only one of the love languages explicitly says gifts doesn’t mean that you can’t give gifts based on things like quality time or words of affirmation. If your partner enjoys words of affirmation, surprise him or her with sticky notes with romantic messages to lead up to a carefully crafted DIY gift full of affirming positive language. If acts of service is their thing, create some fun “coupons” redeemable for household chores. If it’s quality time, consider a vacation experience where you and your significant other can focus on each other.
Get Crafty (and Sentimental)
One of my favorite ways of showing my love is getting crafty and sentimental with just a tad bit of cheesiness sprinkled in (the perfect mix for the best Valentine’s day gifts). You don’t have to break the bank with this tip. Look for discounted craft materials and show your love with glitter, colored pencils, or maybe even some framed coloring book art! I recently discovered some super punny DIY gift cards that are sure to get some laughs. (Well if you’re anything like my boyfriend and me — we’re cheeseballs and we love that kind of stuff).
If you’re mushy and want to get more serious, consider making a photo collage of some of your best moments with your girl or guy. Take pictures from Facebook or your smartphone and get to work. If you’re really inspired get a digital camera for better quality pictures, and start a project now for next Valentine’s Day. Whatever you decide to do, going the romantic DIY route makes for a frugal and thoughtful gift for your Valentine.
Support Their Hobbies
Is your loved one a foodie, a gadget guru or even a sports lover? Buying a gift that supports your partner’s hobbies is a sure way to get a great gift that will be appreciated. Not only does it give you brownie points in the gift-giving department, but can also bring you closer to your sugar bear if you buy a gift that gets you involved.
If your partner is sporty and loves a challenge, consider a gift that can bring out his or her competitive side. One Valentine’s Day, I bought fitness trackers for my boyfriend and me, and he loved it! For the next few months after, we challenged each other to get fit using fitness technology and at the end of our bet the loser would have to buy the other a coveted prize. Find something similar in your relationship and get to it!
You’re thinking, “Is she really telling me to be practical on Valentine’s Day?” Ok, listen a second. I’m not saying show up with a wrapped present of socks and undershirts. We can use a wee bit more imagination than that! Instead, if you know your honey is an avid coffee drinker, why not give him or her a new coffeemaker or a nice travel mug? If you want to go the extra mile you might even personalize these practical gifts! (I, for one, would love a bedazzled travel mug for my caffeine). Is your Valentine a bit forgetful? Does your lovey misplace keys on a daily basis? Consider purchasing a key finder.
If you’re still thinking that these gifts aren’t very romantic, consider the presentation of your gifts. You can still make a practical gift romantic, or at the very least funny, with a great card and some thoughtful packaging. One year I received a Valentine’s day gift in a beautiful bag filled with paper hearts with mini love notes written on them. To say I melted would be an understatement. I could have received a broom in that bag and I wouldn’t have cared because the packaging was so thoughtful.
Well we’re at the end now folks, and I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to find the best Valentine’s day gifts. Use these guidelines and you’ll surely wow your Valentine!
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