Valentine’s Day 2013 is on Thursday, Feb. 14, and many are wondering, who should get a Valentine’s gift, what should I get someone for Valentine’s, and what should I do for my Valentine? Since Valentine is about love, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has some Valentine’s advice for his people, -- make babies. On Feb. 4, 2013, a Bloomberg report summarized President Vladimir Putin’s Valentine’s Day advice in a few words.
“This Valentine's Day in Russia, do your patriotic duty and make a baby.”
Vladimir Putin’s Valentine’s Day advice is not so much based on strengthening the love among his people but Russia’s economy. Because of Russia’s falling fertility rate, there are too many elderly and not enough young people to provide the necessary tax revenue to support Russia’s future economy.
Unlike Russia, most countries promote Valentine’s Day not for the future economy but the present economy. And in order to achieve that goal, more and more retailers are offering special deals for Valentine’s Day.
But who should get a Valentine’s Day gift?
Traditionally, Valentine’s Day gifts were meant to be for that special “one” -- the one closest to one’s heart. But what if that special one is not a wife, a fiancé, or a girlfriend?
Should an ex-girlfriend get a Valentine’s Day gift?
Some habits are hard to break and unfortunately that includes loving someone. Even if a break-up was painful, feelings usually don’t vanish as quickly as a relationship. Most guys recommend to resist the urge to give an “ex” a Valentine’s Day gift; even if the card says “from a friend.” When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts for an “ex,” taking a guy’s advice to “move on,” or “haven’t you spent enough money already on her,” might be quite useful.
Since having no Valentine for Valentine’s Day after a break-up can be a culture shock, refocusing one’s “love” energy might be a good idea. Spend Valentine’s Day with someone “close to your heart” who is not associated with pain. There are many people without a Valentine; parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, acquaintances, and friends. Most likely there is at least one person who would appreciate doing something together on Valentine’s Day just not to feel alone.
Should a potential “future” girlfriend get a Valentine’s Day gift?
Guys who have their heart set on someone special might be wondering if it is a good idea to give a Valentine’s Day gift to someone who is only a potential future Valentine. While giving a Valentine’s Day gift to a potential girlfriend might help to clarify where the relationship stands, it can also backfire. One way to carefully test the Valentine’s Day water is to give a Valentine’s Day gift, but not directly to her; at least not at first. Since Valentine’s Day gifts can be given to kids, pets, and even parents, bringing a Valentine’s Day gift to someone who is important to a potential girlfriend might be a diplomatic way to get one’s foot into the “Valentine’s Day door.” If the girl is positively amazed by the Valentine’s attention that is given to someone close to her, it is time to bring out that backup Valentine’s gift for her, or ask if she would like one also. If her reaction is “what the heck,” it is time to eat those chocolates alone. Chocolate is supposed to cheer one up, if nothing else.
Should a girl, woman, or wife give a guy a Valentine’s Day gift?
It depends on the guy. Most men love getting Valentine’s Day gifts even if they don’t admit it. Valentine is meant for “lovers” and with some men having feelings of insecurity when it comes to love, they really appreciate a little reinforcement on Valentine’s Day. What man would object to a breakfast in bed or a special dinner on Valentine’s Day?
What should I give for Valentine’s Day?
Traditionally, Valentine’s Day gifts included cards, flowers, chocolate, and jewelry. Today, the assortment of Valentine’s Day gifts has extended to clothing, books, sports items, and even home improvement gifts.
The following stores might provide some additional ideas for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special loved one.
Amazon.com’s Valentine’s Day website has some great Valentine’s Day gift deals for “Dine at Home with Your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.”
For men, Amazon.com’s Valentine’s Day website is offering deals for men’s clothing, men’s grooming, sports collectibles, home improvement, and watches.
For women, Amazon.com’s Valentine’s Day website is offering deals like beauty items, women’s clothing, fragrance, jewelry, and watches.
For kids, Amazon.com’s Valentine’s Day website is offering kids’ clothing, plush gifts, crafty gifts, and, of course, books for all ages.
Amazon.com is offering “Free Gift Box & One-Day Shipping for Valentine’s Day Gift Cards. Special chocolate Valentine’s Day deals are being presented hourly, and flowers can be preordered.
One caution though. Beware of any extra service charge that might be added to the final bill because the purchase is coming from a third vendor.
BradsDeals.com’s Valentine’s Day website, like Amazon, goes far beyond greeting cards, chocolates, and flowers and is offering special Valentine’s Day deals, online coupons, and printable coupons for stores like Cardstore.com, 1-800-Baskets.com, Walmart, Personalization mall, 1-800-Flowers, CVS, Cheap Flights, Personal Creations, Ross-Simons, The Body Shop, and Mariott Hotels. Valentine’s Day gift ideas and deals can be easily shopped by store or by category.
Costco’s Valentine’s Day website is not only offering Valentine’s Day flowers and chocolates but also some Valentine’s Day potted plants, vases, and complete Valentine’s Day towers.
Petsmart.com’s Valentine’s Day shows that Valentine’s Day is not just for those “humans” that are close to one’s heart but also for pets. After looking at some of the precious Valentine’s Day gifts for pets, some humans might get jealous and wish they could be a cat or a dog and get that close to someone’s heart to deserve a “Heart Dress,” a “Deluxe Heated Hooded Bed,” or a “Personalized Small Heart ID Tag.” Thinking of it, giving someone a personalized small heart ID tag might actually be quite a unique gift for anyone, not just for pets.
Bed Bath & Beyond’s Valentine’s Day website should provide guys and girls with some sensuous Valentine’s ideas that go “beyond” the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts of cards, cufflinks, or a photo frame. Picking up some massage oil for Valentine’s Day might just make all the difference.
And what is Russia’s President Vladimir Putin getting for his people to prepare them for Valentine’s Day and with it hopefully an increase in Russia’s population? A band.
According to Bloomberg’s report on Feb. 4, 2013, President Vladimir Putin might have invited the trio Boyz II Men to perform in Moscow on Feb. 6 to sing romantic ballads. While President Vladimir Putin is being perceived critically in the world, he does seem to understand Valentine’s Day and love. How about taking the Russian president’s idea and integrating some romantic ballads or music for Valentine’s Day? While it might not increase the world’s population, it might increase a girl’s heartbeat.