Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Are you still wondering what gift to buy your partner? Well, you’re probably not alone. Some of my friends are having a hard time deciding what to buy as well.  The perfect Valentine’s gift should be unique and help convey your feelings about the other person.

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year for many lovers, although some people think it’s a bit too commercial. My boyfriend Daniel and I celebrate Valentine’s Day every day we are together. Regardless, I would like to offer a few suggestions on what to buy your loved one.


I don’t encourage splurging on your sweetheart, it’s better to spend within your means. Personalized gifts are ideal. You don’t need to go to the extent of taking an expensive vacation or going to some fancy restaurant.

Take a moment to brainstorm things your significant other usually uses, which you can personalize. For example, you can engrave their name on a picture frame or martini shaker. It’s quick, simple, inexpensive, but very thoughtful.

Another idea is to create a special scrapbook with pictures and special meaningful items. You can add anything from subway tokens from your trip to New York to a pair of theater tickets. Be creative. The scrapbook is a symbol of your love and memories that you both share together.

Finally, consider the old saying—the way to your lover’s heart is through the stomach. Food is an expression of affection. You and your partner can eat your way to ecstasy with chocolate and oysters, which claim to be aphrodisiacs.

I cook for my boyfriend quite often and the response I get is always worth it. Try creating a dish that will inevitably melt your partner’s heart. Homemade spaghetti and meatballs work really well. Add a glass of wine, romantic music, red roses and you are guaranteed to have a wonderful evening.

The above ideas and suggestions are a guide to creating a romantic and sweet loving Valentine’s Day celebration for you and your partner. It need not be expensive or luxurious. It’s really the thought that counts.

Other suggestions:

  1. Something related to their hobby—If your partner has a specific hobby, try giving something that relates to it.
  2. Box of Kisses—You can get a gift box and fill it with 365 chocolate kisses. Then add a little note explaining that your lover can have a kiss every day of the year.
  3. Pictures—Another great gift idea is to take a picture of you and/or your partner and have it framed nicely.
  4. Dinner and a movie—This one is simple and relatively inexpensive. Pick out a romantic movie and cook up your lover’s favorite meal. Through some popcorn in the microwave and presto, you have the perfect evening.
  5. Flowers—Red roses aren’t the only option for this special day. Visit your local florist and see what arrangements they offer.

I hope this helps. Remember, be creative. It will mean a lot more than some generic gift.


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