The key to a great Valentines Day gift is to select a gift that is a perfect fit based on the length of your relationship. What you give will say quite a bit about what the person means to you. An extravagant gift too early could send the recipient running, and an everyday-run-of-the-mill gift within the confines of a long-term relationship can hurt a romance.
Now, if you have not been dating your partner very long and you’re not sure if you are doing a gift exchange – the best thing to do is ask. Don’t assume anything, otherwise, you could end up making the other person feel uncomfortable. It does not take much to have a simple no pressure conversation about how to handle this “day for lovers”. At the end of the conversation you will both be clear on what to expect.
One month or less
A simple card (watch what you say – don’t over do the mushy stuff. It is too early).
3 to 6 Months
Specialty baked goods such as brownies cookies
Candy still works (make it something exotic or interesting)
Journals or stationary
Instructional CD’s (Be mindful of the type of self-help CD choice, you don’t want to seem like you are trying to ‘fix’ the other person).
6 Months or more
Picture frames (with pictures of the two of you)
Any type kind of gift that reflects something special (a specific place or activity) you’ve experienced during relationship.
Gift cards with meaning (someplace or something you KNOW they’ll really enjoy)
1-Year or more
Jewelry (men and women)
Jewelry (did I already say that? Okay well then yeah after a year it’s time for some bling!)