Valentine’s Day is one of those rare times of year where a little more effort than usual is expected.
A great way to demonstrate that you’re giving extra thought to the evening is to give your partner a gift of some sort. If you’re in a relationship (especially a new relationship), you might struggle with the decision. The real question is, what’s an appropriate gift that will be also be well-received?
Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide for every stage of relationship…
Dating for 1 – 3 months
Situation: Grey area/newly dating
Gift: A bouquet of cake pops
Heart-shaped cake pops are a cute, fun and light-hearted gift that perfect for a brand-new relationship. If you’re in a grey area in the sense that you haven’t yet had the “what are we?” talk, but you know you like her, this gift won’t scare her off. It shows you like her enough to get her something and avoids you looking like you don’t give a sh*t by getting her nothing.
Find a local cake pop shop or cake designer who can get creative with some cute (and tasty) heart-shaped treats. I love the Vancouver-based company The Cake Pop Shop because they make great-tasting cake pops themed and custom-designed for any occasion.
Dating for 3-6 months
Situation: Official couple/new relationship
Gift: A bouquet of red roses
At this point, I think it’s safe to say you’re in more than a ‘situationship’. You’re a couple at this point, so it’s OK show a bit more thought and upgrade from cake pops to red roses. This is a traditional and romantic gift without going too over-the-top.
Dating for 6 months – 1 year
Situation: Stable relationship/ready to say “I love you”
Gift: Personalized jewelry
If you’ve been dating for at least six months, chances are you’ve already said “I love you” to each other… or you’re ready to say it for the first time. What’s more romantic than getting those three little words engraved onto a custom piece of jewelry for your special someone? Starting at only $60, The Giving Keys will sell you a unique key necklace or key bracelet with a custom engraving to show your thoughtfulness. Not only are you giving her the “key” to your heart, but you can also get it engraved with both of your initials, the date you met, or whatever you want really.
Dating for 1-2 years
Situation: Serious relationship
Gift: Anything from Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co has your back this Valentine’s Day. Their jewelry starts at around $150 and most women will love pretty much anything from Tiffany’s. It’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day when you’re in a more serious relationship because it’s a luxury item. It’s packaged beautifully, complete with a romantic satin ribbon, and very high-quality jewelry that lasts. Tiffany’s also has an awesome selection of heart-shaped pendants, heart-shaped earrings, and bracelets with heart-shaped charms. Very appropriate for Love Day, right?
Dating for 2 years or more
Situation: Long-term relationship
Gift: Diamond earrings
Josh Raber, Founder of Vancouver Diamonds, told us diamond earrings are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for those in serious or long-term relationships. At Vancouver Diamonds, you can meet a representative at an office to sit and discuss options in a non-pressure environment, and you’ll be shown diamond earrings anywhere from $150 – $5,000 depending on your price range. You’ll get access to a microscope and given the time to compare and contrast the quality of each pair of earrings you’re shown. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so you really can’t go wrong.