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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

February 14th
 
Traditions

Inspired by an early champion of true love, Valentine's Day is linked with legends of Saint Valentine, and widely celebrated with cards and gifts that come straight from the heart. From the classic homemade card of red construction paper and lace doilies, to a love poem engraved on the inside of a bracelet, expressions of love and friendship are as sweet as the chocolates and candies exchanged on this day. And where would we be without roses?

Often considered the exclusive domain of the romantically inclined, family and friends are sometimes overlooked. But why limit love? Express your affection for all the important people in your life-tuck a certificate inside your card and make the gift even more special.

 
Gift Ideas

For Her

  • An engraved sweetheart locket
  • A holiday-themed watch with changeable ribbon bands
  • Bubble bath
  • Her favorite perfume and soaps in a matching scent
  • A simple, yet spectacular bunch of red tulips or her favorite flowers
  • Two-dozen long-stem red roses
  • Plush stuffed animal (with a gift certificate tucked in his arms)
  • Luxurious cashmere blanket

For Him

  • Tickets to his favorite sporting event (but you get to come along)
  • A trio of gourmet coffees and a mug in his favorite color
  • Cigars
  • Cashmere sweater
  • Leather gloves
  • Homemade brownies in an antique tin-tied with a spectacular bow

For Both of You

  • Champagne-in a bucket engraved with your love poem
  • Candlelit dinner out on the town
  • Moroccan lantern and scented candle
  • Romantic music
  • An engraved ice cream scoop and a quart of your favorite flavor
  • Sign up for dance lessons, and enjoy an entire month of cha, cha, cha
  • Chocolate, of course!

For Friendship

  • Nothing beats a homemade card with a SuperCertificate tucked inside!
  • Friendship charm for a bracelet
  • Friendship rings
  • Stack of specialty or imported magazines tied with a satin ribbon
  • Homemade lollipops

For Kids & Family

  • Valentine's Day coloring book
  • Novelty heart-shaped sunglasses
  • Supplies for making cards
  • Chocolate mold and colored foil for making chocolates
  • Candy-making kit
  • Valentine's Day cookie cutters and a day of cookie making
  • Heart-shaped waffle iron
Gift Certificate Ideas

For Her

  • Give an indulgent soak in the tub with a gift certificate from Spa Finder, tied to a pretty bunch of candles.
  • A bouquet of fresh flowers and a gift certificate for enough flowers for every month of the year from 1-800 Flowers.com. She'll feel like a queen!
  • A stack of romance novels and love sonnets from B. Dalton.
  • Red Envelope has everything you need for Romance.
  • Give her the perfect diamond from Blue Nile.com

For Him

For Both of You

For Friendship

  • A gift certificate from SpaWish.com adds a special dimension to your homemade card.
  • Book a manicure/pedicure date for you and your friend. A gift certificate for Sephora.com allows your friend to order special polish for the get-together.
  • Pamper your friend with potions from Bath and Body Works.

For Kids & Family

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I give a Valentine's Day gift to someone that I just started to date?
If sparks are mutually flying, go ahead and be as romantic as you feel. On the other hand, you may want to tread lightly if you're not sure where you stand. Sometimes an overly romantic gift can create awkwardness when it's not reciprocated. It's hard to go wrong with flowers or homemade cookies. Something that shows a special effort can also be a nice gesture. For example, play DJ and burn a custom CD.

Is Valentine's Day strictly a romantic holiday?
Absolutely not! Valentine's Day is enjoyed widely among family and friends. There are all kinds of cards and gifts that range from highly romantic and sweet, to amusing jokes or a simple expression of friendship. Grandmothers, kids and your best buddy since forever; anyone you consider special is a great candidate for a valentine.

Are roses the best flowers to send?
Roses are certainly the most classic, and many people are thrilled to receive them. But as with all gifts, "best" is relative to the gift recipient. Someone who loves elegance, but prefers something less traditional might prefer tulips or flowering quince. If possible, do a bit of sleuthing well in advance of the holiday. Your valentine will be very impressed when you remember their flower of choice!

I feel uneasy writing "love" in my Valentine's card? - We haven't been dating long enough. Any ideas?
How about: "With warmest affection" or "Hugs and Kisses".

 
 
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