You probably don’t need much reminding, after all the high street stores are full to bursting with Valentine’s gifts, cards, red hearts and roses, as soon as Christmas is over. It’s quite likely that your girlfriend or wife has been dropping hints too, just in case you hadn’t picked up on the retail marketing efforts. She’ll have been pinning images on Pinterest, watching items on Ebay, and liking pages on Facebook for quite a few weeks. But in case you missed out on all the hints – “Valentine’s Day is Coming, so You’d Better Get Something Romantic Planned”.
The plans you make will very much depend on the seriousness of your relationship, how long you’ve been seeing each other, and how much romance you want to bring to the day. Are you all out of ideas, and looking for a bit of inspiration? Let’s share some of our romantic Valentine’s ideas.
Romantic Valentine’s Gift Ideas
Gold-Dipped Poker Cards
- A playable deck of poker cards dipped in 24 karat gold.
- Presented in an elegant high quality case made from cherry-wood.
- The deck is produced to tournament grade standards.
- Price: $199
Gold-Dipped Natural Rose
- It perfectly combines the beauty of a natural rose and the majesty of fine 24K gold.
- Presented in an exquisite leather case.
- It comes with a certificate of authenticity.
- Price: $169.00
An elegant matching set
- Crafted from genuine blue miniature rose petals and pure 24 karat gold.
- Decorated with 30 brilliant synthetic diamonds.
- Fast dispatch and express delivery for free.
- Price: $149
For Those Who Have Just Started Dating
For those of you in the initial dating stage if your relationship, it’s time to turn up the heat a little and take her out to dinner. You might be one of those cynical males that think Valentine’s Day has been dreamt up by greedy retailers, but it’s likely that your girlfriend thinks otherwise. Surprise her with flowers and chocolates, and maybe invite her in for a nightcap.
You’ve Already Said “I Love You” – What’s Next?
Whisk her off for your first romantic holiday, or send a bouquet of flowers to her workplace. Most Valentine’s flower orders are made by the 11th of February, so do your best to beat the rush.
Your Relationship Has Passed the First Year
The honeymoon stage is nearly over, and you’re settling down into the relationship, so it’s time to take the plunge and see how you get on together. Spend the weekend away, and enjoy some downtime, with no distractions. Look for some last-minute flights to far away cities or spend your time somewhere more local. Time to take a step away from your normal routine, and spice things up a little.
Time for De-Stressing
Life can inflict a lot of stress and strain on even the most stable of relationships, so this Valentine’s Day give your loved one some options. Perhaps she’s like to try out a new local restaurant, enjoy a quiet night in watching a movie, or take-away with wine and a massage. Be proactive, give her some options, but don’t forget about a small gift that will show her you care. Romantic Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be over the top and expensive. The important thing is to show that you remembered and you appreciate her.
You’ve Just Got Married, and are a Little Strapped for Cash
Getting married can be an expensive affair, which means that for the first few years your pockets are going to be a little empty. This Valentine’s Day take the opportunity to sort out a few little surprises, while she’s at work or out at the shops. Gather together some of your wedding photos, order a cake, and grab a tasty bottle of champagne. Find some sweet words to write in her card, and she’ll appreciate your efforts and attention to detail. If you’re a little stumped for gift ideas there are lots of creative ways you can show how much you love her.
You’re Going Through a Bit of a Sticky Patch
When you’re in a steady relationship life isn’t all sweetness and roses. Even the most successful couples can sometimes find themselves travelling across a bit of a rough patch. If you’ve reached an impasse in your marriage, take the time to write her an open letter, explaining the things you love about her. Hand it to her while out for dinner, and it should get the dialogue going, and hopefully get you both back on track.
The Recently Single
As a man, it might not bother you if you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, but if you’ve recently found yourself unattached this day can be a bit depressing. Get yourself away from all the romance with a few of your mates. Take your mind off romance with some physical activity and a few drinks with the guys. Perhaps even take the opportunity to show your buddy’s how much you care with a Valentine’s gift for him.
She Says She Doesn’t Care Much for Valentine’s Day
While it might be true, take this sort of comment with a pinch of salt. After all women don’t always say exactly what they mean, and just leave you to join up the dots and draw your own conclusions. Even though she says she doesn’t want a present try and do something different for the occasion. What will be important is to tell her and show her how much you love her, not only on this day, but every day of the year.
Don’t Freak out if You’ve Left it till the Last Minute
Don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world. There are still lots of romantic ways you can tell her you love her. Pick up some flowers and surprise her at work, by taking her out for lunch. Make your own scavenger hunt at home, ending up in the bedroom of course. The most important thing on Valentine’s Day is to show her that you care, and make it special for her.
For some final words on the subject of romance and love, let’s get some help from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.