Valentine's Day may have started as a festival to scare off evil spirits and promote fertility, but the holiday has evolved into a day to celebrate love. Worldwide, Valentine's Day the second biggest day for sending cards and letters, and it's a day to show your special someone just how much you care about them. And the perfect gift is easier to find than you might expect.
I'm in a new relationship but I'd like to give a Valentine's gift. What would be appropriate?
If you're still feeling things out in your new relationship, giving a Valentine's gift can be tricky. One good tip is to not give anything too intimate yet. Next year, if you're still together, those personal Valentine's gifts will be perfect. Something that fits his or her personal interests or hobbies shows that you put some thought into the gift.
I'm not sure where my relationship is going or if I should even buy him a Valentine's gift. Help!
When you're wondering how to improve your relationship or just learn more about romance, read a love and romance book. You can find out everything you need to know about intimacy or learn how to write a love letter for your valentine.
I've planned a trip for Valentine's Day but still want a gift for my partner to open. Any ideas?
Think of gifts that go with to the trip you've planned. The gift of new luggage is perfect, and you can put your travel plans inside. A new camera to take pictures during your trip is also a good idea. If you are going somewhere tropical, giving swimwear in February lets your partner know you have something big in store.
I'm taking her out for a Valentine's Day dinner. Should I do anything special?
You'll want this night to be as special as it can be for the both of you. Remember that when you look good, you feel good, so start with a new outfit. A new suit could be just the thing to put an extra bounce in your step that both of you will notice. And be sure to make your restaurant reservations well in advance (popular places will fill up weeks ahead of time!) and call to confirm them the day before.
Is Valentine's Day a good day to propose?
It's hard to resist the romance of Valentine's Day for taking your relationship to the next level. Many women would love a Valentine's Day proposal, but a few may not. If your girlfriend would rather receive rock climbing gear than a rock, you may want to wait until a different day (maybe when you've climbed to the top of a beautiful peak). But if she's the sort of woman who likes to get dressed up and go out for a fancy dinner, then getting an engagement ring on Valentine's Day will most likely be part of her fairy tale.
Published April 29, 2010
Updated December 29, 2014