It’s Valentine’s Day. The annual dilemma of chocolate or flowers rears its ugly head. Which one are you going to pick? It isn’t easy to pick the right gift for your girlfriend or boyfriend any time of year. Valentine’s Day adds a bundle more pressure. The alarm bells are probably ringing at your lack of preparation. Don’t panic boys; here are a few tips to avoid tears this year.
The traditional chocolate and flowers combo may seem like the safe bet. But it’s all about quality and the amount of thought that you put in. Let’s face it, no one’s going to be impressed by a bunch of wilting flowers and heart shaped chocolates you’ve hurriedly picked up from the petrol station.
To really make your other half swoon you’re going to have to think outside the chocolate box.
Being thoughtful is key to Valentine’s success.
Think! Have they hinted at something that they really want? Doing or getting something they’ve expressed an interest in would be a great way to show that you listen. This will impress much more than nodding and saying yes every so often.
Planning an experience day is a great idea. Remember it’s not all about something you want to do. It’s the day of doing something together, it’s no good if one of you doesn’t enjoy it.
Surprises are only good when you’re sure they’ll like what you’re doing. A bad surprise is a sure way to annoy your valentine. If you do go wrong, you’re going to keep being reminded of it. You probably don’t need another thing that can be thrown at you in a heated argument.
An element of mystery is great leading up to Valentine’s Day. Get your date excited about what you have planned. Keep them guessing by giving clues but don’t overpromise. You don’t want there to be an anti-climax after you have revealed your big surprise.
If you’re buying clothes as a gift, guessing the size of your partner is doomed to fail. To avoid being accused of calling anyone too fat or too thin just ask for their size. We all love some new gear (as long as it fits).
If you’re a bit tight on cash there are loads of romantic things that you can do without having to spend a lot. Instead of going out to eat find a nice recipe and have a romantic meal at home. Make sure you’ve tried the recipe so there aren’t any nasty surprises on the day. If you’re cooking, prepare it before the evening. Your date doesn’t want to spend the evening watching re-runs on telly while you faff about in the kitchen. Being together is the most important part of the day. If you’re meeting somewhere, don’t be late. It only means spending the first twenty minutes arguing and you don’t want that.
Making a card is far more personal than anything you could buy from the shops. Think about making a thoughtful gift, something that represents the two of you. How about making a collage of things you’ve done together? Or if you’re a musician you could write a song.
Valentine’s Day is all about romance. Don’t get too caught up in gift buying. Focus on being a really good boyfriend. If you’ve put a lot of effort in it will show and that will mean more than the gift itself.
Now you should be able to pull off a perfect Valentine’s Day. Go for it, we believe in you!