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Don’t Be So Cliché

So, we all know how frustratingly commercialized Valentine’s Day has become. Roses, chocolates, stuffed animals, and heart-shaped everythingcome on. Let’s take some of the cheese out of it this V-Day and give her something that shows your appreciation without succumbing to the inexplicable outrageousness that Valentine’s Day has become. And hey- I’m not saying don’t get your girl flowers on Valentine’s Day. Most girls love receiving flowers, but there are other options, too! Keep an open mind.

Do You Even Know Me At All?

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What does she like? If flowers are her thing, get her favorite flowers and put them in a nice vase. Does she like books? Ask her what books she still wants to read. Does she like tea? Get her some new loose leaf. Coffee? A Starbucks gift card and mug! Her favorite wine, that scarf she’s been eyeing, a new wallet… It doesn’t need to be heart-shaped, fluffy, or red to be a good gift for Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s probably best if it doesn’t meet more than one of those criteria at a time.

Be Creative Without Going Overboard

Valentine’s Day is a time to show your affection and appreciation for your girlfriend or wife more than it is about gifts. Take her out to dinner – spending time with her is the most important thing. Let her know that she’s loved and appreciated.

What I’m saying is, it’s not Christmas (which has also become extremely commercialized, but that’s another blog for another time). Valentine’s Day isn’t meant to be all about gifts. It’s about making sure that person knows how much they mean to you.

Make It Yourself

Maybe you’re not the craftiest guy out there, but even so, try making a gift for the special lady in your life – she will be thrilled. What you make depends on what you feel comfortable with. Make her a card if nothing else! And I say this with all sincerity – don’t worry about it being perfect. Don’t stress about it at all. The fact that you took time out of your day to make something heartfelt for her will brighten her whole week.

Maybe you’re a woodworker and can make her something really neat. Look up a recipe and make her some homemade candy, chocolate, cookies, or some other treat.

In The End

Valentine’s Day is more about showing her how much you care than about getting her all sorts of useless gifts. If she can’t use it for something it’s probably not a good gift idea. Let that be your guide.

Check out the Valentine’s Day category and the Women category to see some great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. Looking for Valentine’s Day gifts for your boyfriend? Check out the Men category!

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Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about Valentine’s Day and what it has turned into versus what it was meant to be! I’d love to discuss it.

Valentine’s Day – Some Tips
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11 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day – Some Tips

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing Briana. To me I always try to get something that will be useful, rather than getting something just for the sake of it. It’s important to show that we care and showing that we have really thought about getting a gift for the ones we love.

    I like getting my wife a card and flowers. She really loves flowers as I don’t get her many during the year. But I do want to be more creative with my presents, maybe make cards.

    • January 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks Owain,
      It definitely is important to make the people you love feel cared about, whether it’s Valentine’s day or a birthday. Giving something you know they’ll like or giving something meaningful and well-thought out are both great ways to let them know you care.

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Hello Briana, thank you for this. Some very good, practical and common sense ideas and suggestions. And a good reminder of what really matters to her.

    • January 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Hi EJ,
      Thanks for stopping by! Sometimes people need to be reminded of these types of things. It’s so easy to over-complicate everything, and just getting someone a gift they’re sure to like is the best way to go about it.

  • January 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Briana, what a timely site you have. I really enjoyed it especially your perspective on “useless gifts”. That is a great reminder.

    I wish you the best.

    Leon Barnes
    founder of

    • January 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Leon!
      I’m glad you like the site. Hopefully you find some useful gifts for people on your list 😉

  • January 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I have actually no idea for what to get and if I could do something I could but I have no talent for wood, art… I always leave it to last second but I think I will have a look at these categories maybe I can find something that she can use.

  • January 23, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I think it really helps to know the person well who you’re buying for – my husband and I haven’t bought each other expensive gifts for Valentine’s Day in a long while because neither of our love languages is “gifts”. We arrange a dinner date or an evening at home where the kids aren’t the center of everything, get ourselves some yummy treats, put on some soft music and just spend quality time talking together. So maybe some fancy wine & cheese, some new CDs, and a soft new blanket are also valentine’s day gifts that might suit some like us? 🙂

    • January 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Marlaine,
      Those are great gift ideas! A soft new blanket is one that I love. I love the idea of spending time together on Valentine’s Day. I think that’s the most important thing and what “Valentine’s Day” was always meant to be about. Gifts are one way of showing someone you care, but they’re not the only way.

  • January 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I love this post and totally agree!!! I will be sharing it with my boyfriend;)…Truly, all I want for Valentine’s day is a heartfelt card and quality time, that’s it. I think guys need to be reminded of this. DIY crafts that aren’t perfect are the cutest, too:) Thanks for sharing!

    • January 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Kelly,
      I’m glad you loved it! I hope your boyfriend gets some ideas and relaxes about the whole Valentine’s Day thing! It’s adorable when they make DIY things! Thanks for stopping by!


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