Everyone’s favorite Hallmark-themed holiday is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and no matter what she says, she’s expecting something. So, we’re here to give you a few ideas that won’t land you in the dog house.
Now, if you haven’t spent the last three months planning out the perfect gift, don’t stress too hard. We got you (that’s what a good wing-man is for, right?). The key is to keep it simple (relatively speaking) and make it personal. If you don’t know exactly what she wants, you should at least know what she likes and, if you don’t know that, then strive for something romantic. Girls like romantic.
No matter where you are in the relationship or what your paycheck looks like, don’t fret, we got ideas for everyone.
If you’re broke…
Hey we get it. The economy is bad, unemployment is up, and funds are limited. Lucky for you, sentiments are cheap.
- Flowers + Chocolates
It’s as traditional as it gets. Maybe even bordering on boring, but in a pinch it works. Know her favorite color, or better yet, her favorite flower and pick a bouquet accordingly. When it comes to the chocolates, you should go for the good stuff (cough-Godiva-cough) and leave the Nestle Crunch bars for movie night.
- Gift Card
This one could be a tricky proposition. It will almost definitely come off as last minute and impersonal, but with some skill you can pull it off. If know where she shops or what she needs or what she’s been talking about for the last three months, that could come in handy. For example, if she’s on tumblr 24/7 reblogging pictures of her “perfect bedroom,” think Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, if she’s into art, think art supplies card.
- Make Dinner (a nice one)
Whether you can cook or not, it’s not terribly difficult to go onto Epicurious, find a recipe and follow it. It’s also not terribly expensive. Plus women like a guy that can handle himself in the kitchen, so even if you have to fake it, fake it. She’ll be impressed.
If you’re ready to step your game up…
Okay, so maybe you’ve been seeing her for a while and you want to do something special. Or maybe you just got some cash to spend and you’re looking for a way to make a big impression.
Find the best spa in town and set her up. Mani, pedi, facial, massage. Everybody likes to be pampered and I’m sure your girl in no different. Just make sure it’s somewhere legitimate and not some seedy Asian massage parlor that’s offering happy endings for $50 a pop.
- Subscription/Club/Box of the Month
Of course we had to show love for the subscription/box-of-the-month/club gifts. I mean why get her one box of chocolates, when she can get a box-a-month or a bottle of wine a month or year long subscription to what ever she wants. It’s the gift that keeps on giving (literally).
- Tickets to a Show or a Concert
Whether it’s Broadway or Beyonce (we all saw her kill it at the Super Bowl), she’ll like it. Try and snag floor seats to Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, Beyonce or any of the other huge tours set for 2013. If you’re lucky enough to live in New York, think Broadway, it’s genetically coded in every girl’s DNA that they must love the play Wicked.
If she’s the one…
- World Famous Restaurant
Open up your wallet, break out the Michelin List and take her to a really fancy dinner. As Tom Haverford would say, ‘Treat yo self” (and yo lady too). Valentine’s Day is only once a year, why not take her to one of the best, most exclusive restaurants in town.
- Weekend Getaway
February is cold (as I write this, Blizzard Nemo has covered the streets in snow). Why not take your lady and get away. Take a weekend vacation. Go to a topical island and sip mimosas by the beach. Take her to New Orleans and party on Bourbon Street. Or fly to Vegas and hit the strip. Everyone loves a good adventure.
- A Ring
As Queen Beyonce Carter Knowles says, “put a ring on it.” It’s Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year (or so we’re told). What are you waiting for?
Oh, one more thing, maybe you should “accidentally” leave the computer on so she sees this (wink) …