When buying a gift for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion, the stage you are at in your relationship is the major factor. After all, buying a gift for someone with whom you have only been dating for a few weeks is very different to buying a gift for someone with whom you have been in a relationship for five years, isn’t it? Of course, you want to make sure you end up buying a gift that is going to be appropriate for the person in question. You do not want to scare your other half off by going in too heavy straight away. At the same time, you want them to realise how special they are to you. So, what should you buy? Read on to discover some ideas and suggestions.
Buying a gift for your new love interest
Let’s begin with presents for a brand new love interest. If you are only in the dating stage, proceed with caution. An over-the-top gift can work for you or against you. You should choose something with sentimental value, but avoid going for something too personal. For example, you could buy her favourite chocolate or sweets and team it with something romantic, such as a teddy bear, or you could get a single red rose delivered to her home. It’s a good idea to buy a light-hearted Valentine’s Day card at this stage; something that shows you like the person but you also have a sense of humour.
It is likely that you are just in the stages of getting to know each other, so you do not want to go too overboard with your gift selection, but you still want to purchase something that lets the person know that you are into them and makes them feel special. This is why small token gifts tend to work best for this stage.
Alternatively, you could decide to make some cookies or cupcakes for your love interest. This is something that is very touching and thoughtful because it shows that you have gone to some effort for the other person. At the same time, it is not OTT to the point whereby you look like you have gone way too far for someone you have only just started dating.
In the early stages of your relationship
If you have been dating for several months and are in the early stages of a relationship, you can choose something slightly more romantic without going overboard. If they like coffee and tea, you could buy them a mug with hearts on it, for example.
Other good gift ideas include scented candles or their favourite perfume. If you are not sure what sort of perfume your other half wears, you may want to consider a fragrance from the brand Diptyque. They have some amazing scents, which are bound to impress your other half. Small, cute gifts for the home are a thoughtful choice.
It is likely that you know the person quite well by now, so getting them something that shows you have paid attention to them will make a big difference here. What is their favourite TV show? What are their favourite foods? Use information like this to make the best decision.
When you have been together between six months and one year
Once you have been together for about six months to a year, you can upgrade to the jewellery stage. A heart necklace may seem a bit clichéd, but it’s a great gift because it shows how you feel without going overboard.
There are plenty of unique takes on heart necklaces available if you are looking for something a bit different, or you could opt for a bracelet. Gemstone jewellery is a good choice for those approaching the year mark. But, whatever you do, don’t go for a ring! Unless you are planning to propose, this is not the best idea, as your other half may get the wrong idea, and this could result in a very awkward moment for the both of you.
In a relationship for several years?
If you have been together for several years, are living together, or are married, you will know what your partner likes way more than what we do! But, one tip, don’t get complacent. After several years together, it is easy to feel like you don’t need to make the effort anymore. After all, your partner knows you love them. That’s not the point, though; everyone likes to feel special. You don’t need to spend a lot either. You could get a canvas filled with photos of memories you have shared. Personalised gifts like this work really well; as they show that you have cherished all of the times you have spent together. Or, why put your partner a little pamper hamper together? This will show that you appreciate all of the effort they put in, whether it’s at work or looking after the kids.
One type of gift that tends to go down well is an experience gift. After all, is there anything better than spending time with the person that you love? Whether it is a music concert, a three-course meal, or a trip to see a sport that you both enjoy, giving someone the gift of a fun experience is something that never disappoints. Plus, you are giving them memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. What could be better than that?
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what to buy your partner for Valentine’s Day. It may seem like a lot to take in, but don’t stress. All you need to do is consider the stage of your relationship and think about what your other half likes. If you choose something that shows you have put a lot of thought in, you have already won half of the battle. And remember; don’t stress! It is genuinely the thought that counts, and putting in effort makes all of the difference.