Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to share a piece of your heart, but matching your feelings with a stellar gift isn’t always easy.
We all tend to splurge on our significant other, sometimes spending hundreds of dollars on flowers, chocolate, jewelry or a spontaneous trip out of town. But how much is too much, and what are other people spending on their partners? If it’s a struggle, here are some ideas to ease your gift-giving anxiety:
Gifts for a new boyfriend, or girlfriend
Is it love or lust? It’s too soon to tell, but who cares? Every moment is exciting and you couldn’t be happier. At this stage of the relationship, you don’t have to break the bank but you can’t get away with a ‘ho-hum’ token either. It’s best to keep the value of the gift at $50. Surprise her with a candlelight bubble bath basket, or a pottery or art instruction class. For him, choose an unrated collection of his favourite comedy or a barware tool set.
Gifts for a serious boyfriend, or girlfriend
You’ve traded the keys to your homes – and your hearts. You’ve said the “L” word and met the approval of friends and parents. This may be the relationship that takes you off the market permanently, so it’s important to play your cards right. Depending on your budget, be prepared to spend at least $100 or more on a gift. For her, choose a sterling silver bracelet or a heart shaped diamond initial pendant. For him, choose a personalized luxurious bathrobe or a digital camera.
Gifts for your spouse
Your adoring spouse or partner who has stuck around through the good times and the bad still makes your heart skip a beat. This year, forgo the usual fanfare and choose a thoughtful gift through a non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (www.ccfcanada.ca) and help stock a medical clinic with essential first-aid supplies, vaccines, antibiotics, and more. You can also purchase gardening tools, school supplies, blankets and mosquito nets to help children and families living in poverty. All gifts can be purchased online and start at just $10.