What you give and receive for Valentine’s Day says a lot about your relationship, which is probably why so many feel the pressure to find the perfect gift.
If you’ve just started dating (or just swiped right on Tinder) the thought of gift giving is probably daunting. How much do you spend? What kind of gift says ‘I like you’? If you’ve been dating for 10+ years, what kind of gift says ‘I love you’? We’ve taken the gift giving anxiety out of this years valentine’s day with our handy gift guide for everyone!
Gift Ideas for Daters
Some may advise you to forgo getting a gift but it’s a nice gesture to show someone how glad you are that they have recently come into your life. If you’ve just started dating, it’s best to go small with gifts and avoid the risk of coming on too strong.
Few can resist a bouquet of flowers. Roses are classic but opt for tuberoses if you want to put a twist on it. A beautiful bouquet of lilies is a bit more playful. We’ve heard that the lily is said to mean, “I dare you to love me” – a perfect, secret sentiment to send to the object of your affection. For the ladies – men love flowers too. Consider a cactus plant or a bonsai for their desk.
Flowers don’t need to be expensive. A small bouquet will only set you back $25-$30.
Chocolates are also another hallmark of Valentine’s Day. Unless your partner is allergic, you can’t go wrong with a box of sweets. Pay a visit to one of Australia’s most decadent chocolatiers, Koko Black. Personally, we love the Liquid Salted Caramel Truffle. Koko Black Salons are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth!
Another sweet idea, to put a spin on a classic V-Day tradition is by ordering a chocolate bouquet from Sweet Stems. They delivered these delicious edible bouquets to most areas in Australia, but make sure you organise delivery times, you don’t want to miss the V-Day deadline!
Recommended budget: up to $30
Gift Ideas for the Budding Relationship:
You’ve been dating for a few months now, it’s probably more than casual. You may want to buy something more meaningful than chocolate or flowers and, lucky for your partner, you also have the freedom to increase your budget!
For Her: Jewellery is always a welcome gift. If you want an experience you both can share, opt for tickets to see her favourite band or the outdoor cinema.
If crafting beautifully written cards or poems isn’t high on your list of skills, why not let the words of accomplished authors speak for you? If your partner is a bookworm or a hopeless romantic, you can’t go wrong with a romance novel. She will love One Day, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Atonement or The Rosie Effect.
While Valentine’s Day gifts are often romantically themed, they certainly don’t need to be. The important thing to remember is to tailor your partner’s gift to their interests. If your girlfriend chugs down beer like a pro, then by all means, buy her a beer glass with her name engraved on it.
For Him: Again, if you know the types of bands your partner likes, tickets to see their show is guaranteed to be a gift that will leave an impression. If budget allows, a watch is a classic gift he will appreciate. A bottle of alcohol is another common gift, but do one better by giving him something that he would never have thought to purchase on his own! Perhaps something along the lines of a scotch decanter or travel bar set.
Recommended budget: $40-$100
Gift Ideas for Long-Term Relationships:
If you have been in a relationship with your partner/spouse for years, you’ve probably given and received your fair share of flowers, chocolate, wallets, boxers and fragrances. It might be worth giving a gift that reminds them that they are still special. That doesn’t mean you have to necessarily whisk your partner away (though that certainly wouldn’t hurt) but it’s time to get creative!
Surprise your significant other with a dinner cruise or remind them of your precious moments together by getting old photographs reprinted onto a canvas. If you’re in a long term relationship, the gift itself becomes less important, but it should act as a reminder of how much your partner means to you.
Recommended budget: Priceless-whatever suits your budget
Gift Ideas for Singles:
For single folk feeling a little left out on February 14th, Valentine’s Day can celebrate platonic love as well.
If you want to buy your friend a gift then send them a bunch of their favourite flowers or take them out to dinner and out for a wild night in the city. It’s the best night to meet other singles. Guys, head out for a bromantic parma and beer night and Ladies, gather a group of your girlfriends for marathon episodes of Sex and the City or if you’re steering clear of romance for the evening, then we can’t think of a better set of films to watch than the Saw franchise.
If you are looking for something adorable and hilarious to give to your friend this Valentine’s Day, Yumi Sakugawa’s picture book, I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You has just the right amount of humour and sincerity, enough to make you wonder why couples have always hogged the limelight on Valentine’s Day.
Whether you find yourself single or in a relationship this February 14th, the day has plenty to offer for you and your loved one(s).
Do you have any Valentine’s Day gift ideas to share? Leave us a comment below.