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Best And Worst Gifts For Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, so you still have plenty of time to plan something special for your sweetie.

Dinner and a movie are among my favorite things to do. But if you’re working within a budget, a home-cooked meal and a nice walk on the beach are just as romantic.

If the two of you are exchanging gifts, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Let’s start with the don’ts:

According to a new survey, the worst gifts men can buy women are underwear, toiletries, kitchen utensils, a vacuum cleaner, and cheap jewelry. So, don’t buy her these things… unless of course, she specifically asks for them. (Even so, I would still advise against the above as Valentine’s Day presents.)

Men’s least-favorite gifts are stuffed animals, framed photos, aftershave, and gadgets they don’t want.

Now, let’s discuss the dos:

Do buy chocolate! Chocolate is pretty much a no-brainer for Valentine’s Day for her and for him.

Gift certificates for spa services are also highly appreciated by both sexes. Even better, how about his and her massages?

Other things that both men and women love are personalized items, such as monogrammed bags or robes. You’ll score bonus points with this idea, because it tells the other person that you put thought and effort into the gift.

It’s also okay to ask your sweetie what she or he wants. Not everyone likes surprises.

Here are some other dos:

If the two of you opt for an evening out, do splurge on something extra special, such as a decadent dessert or a nice bottle of wine.

Most women also love to dress up, so do make reservations at a restaurant where the two of you can wear formal attire and feel like royalty for the evening.

Most importantly, do tell the other person how much you love them.

If you’re not ready to say “I love you,” then tell your Valentine how much you admire and appreciate them.

Do tell each other what qualities you love about the other. Remember the little sayings on the candy hearts we gave to each other in grade school? It’s okay to be corny. It’s Valentine’s Day, after all!

And finally, do be sincere.

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