Valentine's Day is about two weeks away. If you haven't already pre-ordered something or planned out some elaborate evening... you're late. But don't worry! It's not too late! You still have time to put something together without it seeming like a last-minute gift.
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A heartfelt card
Don't just pick up the first card you see. Stand in the aisle. Look around. Read the cards. Search for the perfect card for that perfect person. Make sure the card really says what you want to say to them. It can be funny or romantic, but whatever it is, make sure it fits that person and your relationship. And as corny as it sounds, you could even do a poem or a handwritten letter. Bring back some of the lost arts of communication. V-day is the day to let them know how you really feel.
People make fun of these DIY gifts like crazy! But you have to know your partner to know whether or not they will think it is corny, cheap, etc. Some people may actually like it! They might actually think it's cute and thoughtful. The benefit to the coupon book is it is a delayed gift, it's the gift that keeps on giving! Other than making (or buying) it, you don't have to do anything right away, so it may be less trouble for the giver (at least initially). The key here is to make sure it's realistic things that you actually want to do together and also things that you will do.
Don't underestimate the value of a romantic night out, at a beautiful restaurant, staring across the table at the one you love with a plate of good food. This is all good! With the fast-paced, microwave, fast food world we live in, nights out like this can be rare. So it would be a most treasured gift for your partner to just take some time out and plan a decent date. Even if you're the couple that has a regular date night, use this as an opportunity to stray away from the mundane and step it up a notch. Plan ahead. Make reservations. Get dressed up. Do it big. And remember, ambiance is important when picking a restaurant. Make sure you have a romantic feel and mood lighting.
Even if you're running behind on your V-day shopping, there's still time to find a nice piece of bling for your boo! Get him a pair of custom cufflinks. Get her a pair of diamond studs. Upgrade his watch to a sophisticated time piece. Find her an elegant bold necklace for a night out. (Fellas, just make sure the jewelry box doesn't look like a ring box unless you're already married!)
Clothes, shoes, and bags
If you've been dating for a while now, you probably know their style. Pick out a piece to add to their collection. This is not the time to try to change their style or introduce them to something new. Give your valentine something similar to pieces they already have (but different) so you'll know they'll love it.
Tickets to something
Treat your sweet-honey-love-muffin to a night on the town with tickets to something. Anything! A play, a sports game, the ballet, a concert, whatever! Of course you want to make sure it's something they will enjoy, but where you go is less important than the fact that you're going out and doing something different and out of the ordinary. Instead of going out to eat and going home to watch TV, you've got tickets! Nowadays even tickets to a movie would be special because a lot of people just wait until movies come out on DVD (in three weeks) or on TV (in four weeks)! But if you do get movie tickets on V-day, plan ahead. Pre-order your tickets. Don't just wait until you get there and hope there are seats for what you want to see (on a busy holiday) Be prepared!
A weekend getaway
Everyone could use a little mini-vacation after a long work week, even if it's just one night in a hotel in the city you live in! You could plan a trip to a nearby city or fly off to a destination you've both always wanted to visit (i.e. New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, etc.). But you can still have the same effect with a more budget-friendly trip to a nice hotel in your own city (or a suburb nearby)! Just spending the night somewhere different with the one you love will add a little romance to this holiday of love.