Coming up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be stressful, especially if you’re in a new relationship and you don’t want to go over-the-top but you also don’t want to do too little. Valentine’s Day, however, is one of those rare times of the year where a little more effort than usual is expected – no matter what stage your relationship is in. A gift is a great way to demonstrate that you’re thinking of her and show your romantic side – not to mention a guaranteed way to score points and make her smile. If you’re in a relationship (especially a new relationship) you might struggle with the decision of what to give for a Valentine’s gift, which is why we’ve come up with a bunch of awesome gift ideas. Whether you’re in a serious, long-term relationship or you’re newly dating someone, within this list you’ll find something that works.
1. Diamond earrings
There’s a reason why they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Diamond earrings are just stunning. They go with everything and nothing else sparkles quite like a pair of diamond earrings. Josh Raber, Founder of Vancouver Diamonds told us “we get several orders right before Valentine’s Day, and most of those orders come from men shopping for their long-term girlfriend or their wife. Diamond earrings are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for those in serious or long-term relationships.” At Vancouver Diamonds, you can meet with a representative at an office to sit and discuss options in a non-pressure environment. You’ll be shown diamond earrings ranging anywhere from $150 – $5,000 depending on your price range, and given access to a loop to compare and contrast the quality of each pair of diamond earrings you’re shown. This is one of the most romantic and timeless gifts you can give, so you definitely can’t go wrong.
2. Anything from Victoria’s Secret
Women love Victoria’s Secret. A sexy pink lingerie set or a lacy red thong is a great Valentine’s gift for both you and her. Part of the reason why Victoria’s Secret makes for such a great gift is because it’s high-quality lingerie that comes in pretty pink packaging. (Good news for you, you don’t need to wrap it.) Victoria’s Secret is also a great place to shop for Valentine’s Day since every year they have an awesome variety of Valentine’s Day themed items.
3. A teddy bear
This might sound weird, but a teddy bear is seriously the gift that keeps on giving. It’s something we can cuddle with at night to help us fall asleep, and we get to think of you every time we do so. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a plush teddy bear in this city, check out stores like Kaboodles or Canadian Tire. You could even go to Dressew to grab some red or pink ribbon to tie around the bear’s neck and attach a cute card.
4. Engraved jewelry
What’s more romantic than a thoughtful, custom-engraved and personalized piece of jewelry? Starting at only $60, The Giving Keys will sell you a unique key necklace or key bracelet with a custom engraving to show your thoughtfulness. Not only are you giving her the ‘key to your heart’, but you can also get it engraved with both of your initials, the date you met, or a simple engraving of “love you” or “I’m yours.” If you’re looking for a gift that’s unique and special, look no further than The Giving Keys.
5. A bouquet of cake pops
Heart-shaped cake pops are a cute, fun and light-hearted gift that are perfect for a brand new relationship. If you’re in a grey area in the sense that you haven’t yet had the “what are we?” talk, but you know you like her, this gift won’t scare her off. It shows you like her enough to get her something and avoids you looking like you don’t give a sh*t by getting her nothing. Find a local cake pop shop or cake designer who can get creative with some cute (and tasty) heart-shaped treats. I love the Vancouver company Cake Conspiracy because they make great-tasting cake pops themed and custom-designed for any occasion, and they’re heart-shaped pops are freakin’ adorable.
6. A bouquet of red roses
As long as you’ve been dating for more than 6 months, I think it’s safe to say you’re in more than a ‘situationship’. You’re a couple at this point, so it’s ok show a bit more thought and upgrade from cake-pops to red roses. This is a traditional and romantic gift without going too over-the-top.
7. Anything from Tiffany & Co
Tiffany & Co has your back this Valentine’s Day. Their jewelry starts at around $150 and most women will love pretty much anything from Tiffany’s. It’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day when you’re in a more serious relationship because it’s a luxury item. It’s packaged beautifully, complete with a romantic satin ribbon and it’s very high-quality jewelry that lasts. Tiffany also has an awesome selection of heart-shaped pendants, heart-shaped earrings and bracelets with heart-shaped charms. Very appropriate for Love Day, right?
8. “10 Reasons Why I Love You” photo book
A customized “10 Reasons Why I love You” photo book is almost too cute and thoughtful. It’s completely customizable. It will be full of cute photos of the two of you that you’ve chosen, and your 10 reasons why you’re in love with her that you’ll come up with and submit. The designer turns this into an adorable book and ships it to you. When my friend Lori gave this to her partner, I was blown away by how well it turned out and how adorable it was. This may just be the best Valentine’s Day gift ever, because almost nothing is as thoughtful and creative as this gift idea.