9 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas in 2017

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If you have a significant other, a spouse, a partner, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or a romantic interest, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to let them know that you’re thinking of them.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu

If you want to show that you care with romantic gifts, it can be easy to be cliché and it can be even easier to struggle to think of the right gift. Here are 9 gift ideas to give you some inspiration.

  1. If you are feeling adventurous, take your companion on a scavenger hunt. You can think of questions to ask them that are special to you both, to find clues to things and places around town. Be sure to use places and things that have a lot of meaning, like where you had your first date.
  2. If you go out enough and relaxation is what you want, a romantic night at home offers the simplicity and comfort that is hard to beat. Don’t simply order a pizza–unless you both really like pizza. Take care of the basics, clean the house, make sure you have everything you need to stay in. You can make it a surprise or cook together to nice music. The key is to have the night planned. If you usually watch Netflix on the couch, plan something to do that’s different, like a couples’ game.
  3. Make a breakfast in bed morning. This is best done as a surprise and even better if you can both sleep in. This is the time to pull out all the stops for an enjoyable morning. Don’t forget the coffee!
  4. If Valentine’s Day is celebrated with several people, perhaps couples or a singles day, then do it with brunch. A great way to enjoy company with friends on Valentine’s is with a mimosa bar at your house. Here are some tips and tricks on setting it up.
  5. Something as simple as paper can go a long way. Surprise your other half with notes all around the house that include love poems, things you love about them, stories of special moments together, and you can engrave a jar with playful “vouchers” for things such as a “free back massage.”
  6. Some gifts you can both use are the classic mugs or towels with your names on them. You can get mugs and glasses with anything on them at The Recognition Place.
  7. Write a list of activities to do together on small heart-shaped pieces of paper. Mix them up in a hat and both of you draw at random.
  8. Since restaurants and other venues are sure to be packed, why not do the opposite? Plan a hike or even a picnic. You can really enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors, without distraction–well, hopefully you’ll be a little distracted by the scenery.
  9. If it’s in the budget, there’s always something to be said for a timeless piece of jewelry, engraved with a special message. It can be a ring or a watch, but it doesn’t have to be. It can even be a Cracker Jack prize, engraved, if Breakfast at Tiffany’s offers any inspiration.