With Valentines just a few weeks away, it’s that time of the year when a lot of people, including myself, scratch our heads, wondering what we should get for our significant others this time around. As cliché as the holiday is, we’re still expected to spend money and get a gift that hopefully, they’ll like. It gets even more frustrating when they say they don’t really want anything (but they’re still going to get something for us either way). After all, everyone wants to feel special, especially when everyone else around them gets to feel special by having flowers or chocolate delivered to the office. But as much as we want to downplay Valentine’s day, we also want to show our appreciation for our loved ones.
While it takes very little to show that you care and appreciate your significant other, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to go above and beyond to do so. Australians spent billions of dollars on Valentines presents, cards and dinners. No matter how you intend to show your significant other you care for them, make sure the present you give them is well-received before you decide to just throw money at the present problem. And don’t get me wrong, some people prefer a bouquet over any other kind of present. But you know your significant other best, so if that works, you don’t need to change anything. Though if you want to try something different this year, here are some ideas you should consider.
When it comes to Valentine’s gifts, flowers are the first thing that usually comes to mind, right? But getting flowers year after year can make this option seem like a low-effort attempt at gifting. So, if flowers were the staple of your Valentine’s celebration in the past years, you can change things up with an edible bouquet this time around. There are businesses online that specialise in arranging lovely bouquets out of chocolates, fruits, doughnuts and other sweets. And unlike bouquets made of flowers, these won’t die after a few days. Instead, they can be proudly displayed in a corner of the room and the recipient can snack on them from time to time, being reminded of your gesture.
And best of all, these edible bouquets work with everyone – male or female. So, if you want to surprise the man in your life, there are bouquets that consist of mini liquor bottles, beer, snacks or anything else your significant other may enjoy. The great thing about ordering these edible Valentines presents is that you can completely customise them to suit anyone’s taste, and you can get creative. You’ll get some points for creativity, putting in the effort, and you won’t even have to break the bank.
The last time a lot of couples stood together for a photo was on their wedding day. Younger couples haven’t had an official photoshoot in the first place, which is why getting a session with a local photographer can be a great gift. You can make the photoshoot Valentine’s day themed if you like, or just go for the classic approach of couple shots outdoor or in the studio.
Even though choosing a photographer for a Valentine’s photoshoot isn’t as daunting as choosing one for your wedding day, you should still consider your significant other’s preferences when making a choice. Cost is obviously something to think about, but you should also do your due diligence about the photographer’s style. Every photographer has their own unique way of taking and editing photos.
A Special Experience
More and more people prefer spending their hard-earned money on experiences instead of materialistic things. Travelling is becoming more affordable and popular than ever, and not only for young people. Everyone wants to see more of the world, and if not the world, the special places close to home. That being said, you can plan a day trip that both of you will enjoy. You can check out the local brewery you’ve never been to, go to the amusement park, or go see your favourite comedian, band or show. If both of you are adrenaline junkies, you can even try the thrilling experience of hiking at night instead of having a traditional Valentine’s dinner.
While all these ideas can be lots of fun, it’s important to choose what your significant other is really interested in because after all, you’re doing it for them.
If your significant other is someone who asks for socks for Christmas and their birthdays, and they really want them, then try thinking of something practical to buy for them on Valentines as well. You don’t necessarily have to get socks, you can get them a timeless leather wallet, comfy shoes or an educational book instead. While none of these gifts is especially romantic, spending money on a practical item your significant other will appreciate is definitely romantic.
Pro Tip: Write down some things that your significant other says they want throughout the year, so you have an idea of what to get them for their birthday, Christmas or Valentines.
If your significant other is someone who melts from kind words rather than stuffed teddy bears, try making a list of reasons you love them, or what about them makes you happy, and send them to a local florist who can compile them and box them up. You can fill up the box by yourself, or you can ask your kids to join in on the fun as well. The cards and boxes can be customised any way you want. However, if you’re a confident DIY-er and consider yourself creative, you can buy a box and cardstock, and make everything yourself. Your loved one will surely appreciate the extra effort.
Weighted blankets are such a unique present, as they’re very functional and simulate a hug throughout the night. If you’ve never heard of these blankets, the weight promotes the release of hormones that can relieve you of anxiety, allowing you to fall asleep easier. This is something that’s going to be used on an everyday basis, making it an amazing gift.
At the end of the day, no matter what the gift is, showing your partner that you’ve put in the effort and taken the time to think about them and a way to surprise them is what matters the most. If you don’t have any inspiration, hopefully, this article has helped sway you into the right direction at least, although the aforementioned ideas will all pass greatly with just about anyone.
And if you don’t have time to go shopping, you can check out the various online businesses that provide Valentines day delivery gifts. From T-shirts to jewellery and home goods, there’s something for everyone and at a suitable price. In some cases, you can order a ready-made gift, while in other cases, you can make your own customised variation of the product. Combine the gift with a romantic dinner or dessert at home, and you’re bound to have a lovely day with your loved one, without breaking your wallet, yet exceeding all expectations.