What Should I get my Girlfriend for Valentine's Day?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Chocolate.
Chocolate.

Valentine's Day is a holiday around the world where people take an opportunity to appreciate their partners, usually in the form of gifts. Whether you are buying presents for a girlfriend of six months or six years, take the time to come up with a thoughtful and sweet gift that conveys your love for her. While it is tempting to buy traditional gifts like candy, chocolate, or flowers for Valentine's, try and think outside the box a little to surprise and delight your girlfriend.

Some couples get massages for Valentine's Day.
Some couples get massages for Valentine's Day.

The best Valentine's Day gifts are those which work for two to celebrate your relationship. You might want to consider taking your girlfriend out to dinner in her favorite restaurant and following up with an activity designed with a couple in mind. If your girlfriend enjoys the spa, you could get massages or body treatments together: many spas offer Valentine's specials with this in mind. You might also think about going horseback riding, cycling, or just walking in a favorite place.

Many couples forgo gifts on Valentine's day and spend the time together at a nice restaurant, instead.
Many couples forgo gifts on Valentine's day and spend the time together at a nice restaurant, instead.

If your girlfriend has a hobby that you don't engage in, Valentine's Day might be a good time to investigate it. Perhaps your girlfriend enjoys sailing, chess, word games, or bowling: surprise her by taking her out to do her favorite thing. You might also surprise yourself by finding that you enjoy the activity, which will also enrich your relationship with each other. Exploring the things your girlfriend enjoys also indicates your level of commitment and interest in the relationship.

A romantic Valentine's Day gift may include red roses.
A romantic Valentine's Day gift may include red roses.

If your girlfriend is dealing with a lot of stress due to a job, raising children, or anything else, a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift will recognize that. If she is raising children, think about an escape for the two of you to a bed and breakfast, leaving the children with family or a sitter. Getting out of the house and into a new environment will relax your girlfriend and renew her energy. If she's working in a high stress job, surprise her in the office for Valentine's Day with flowers or a catered lunch. For longer term relationships, longer trips might also be a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's: go to an exotic locale and escape from your every day lives.

Perfume is an appropriate Valentine's Day gift.
Perfume is an appropriate Valentine's Day gift.

If your girlfriend is on the pragmatic side, a practical Valentine's Day gift has its place. Surprise her by retiling her shower or repairing something broken around the house. You can always add a romantic note with a thoughtful note or a big bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table. Especially if you live together, improving the house can be a sweet way to show commitment and enrich your lives.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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anon994343

Get her something meaningful, even if it's just a book by an author she said she likes or a mixtape of all her favorite songs. I promise, she'll appreciate a gift that has had thought put into.

You could go by what you know about her. If she likes reading, write her a poem. If she's an art geek, paint her something, even if it's horrible. (It's the thought that counts) If she's a bit of a beauty queen, go for the jewellery and perfumes, but probably stay away from the make-ups because there are so many brands and shades and contours that it just gets overwhelming. A nice dress would be a good idea because then you can take her out for dinner in it, and it's like two gifts in one. All you have to do is get her something sentimental, doesn't have to be overly expensive because trust me she's not going to care. Just make sure you get her something that shows her how much you love and appreciate her.

anon315840

Get a gift with some flowers.

anon244209

I would say, a card with a nice sweet message inside, flowers and a teddy and a necklace or a ring. Can't go wrong there. Good luck!

anon150660

i would get her jewelry.

anon138396

Get her an autograph from her favorite actress/actor/musician/ athlete or any celebrity. you can get it signed specifically to her with a message and everything. she will really appreciated the lengths you went to get it for her, but it's actually really easy and cheap.

just look up personal autograph gift. Hope this helps!

anon65499

get your girlfriend some flowers or chocolates on valentines day.

bananas

I could not help but notice that yesterday, on Valentines Day, all the restaurants in my area were full of people, and the wait was very long. This is a good sign.

anon25962

Just don't do the same thing twice. Your girlfriend might get sick of what your getting her.

velikaribat

You can't reject gift of a bouquet of flowers! It might be boring if you do it year after year, but it's better than nothing, and even better if it comes with a little something else!

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    • Chocolate.
      Chocolate.
    • Some couples get massages for Valentine's Day.
      Some couples get massages for Valentine's Day.
    • Many couples forgo gifts on Valentine's day and spend the time together at a nice restaurant, instead.
      Many couples forgo gifts on Valentine's day and spend the time together at a nice restaurant, instead.
    • A romantic Valentine's Day gift may include red roses.
      A romantic Valentine's Day gift may include red roses.
    • Perfume is an appropriate Valentine's Day gift.
      Perfume is an appropriate Valentine's Day gift.
    • Some couples enjoy a bottle of wine in a romantic setting.
      Some couples enjoy a bottle of wine in a romantic setting.
    • Girlfriends sometimes enjoy fragrant lotions.
      Girlfriends sometimes enjoy fragrant lotions.
    • Sometimes a simple gesture of love is the best present to give on Valentine's Day.
      Sometimes a simple gesture of love is the best present to give on Valentine's Day.
    • The best Valentine's Day gifts benefit both parties and celebrate the relationship.
      The best Valentine's Day gifts benefit both parties and celebrate the relationship.
    • Orders for roses should be placed early, because florists are very busy during the Valentine's season.
      Orders for roses should be placed early, because florists are very busy during the Valentine's season.
    • Many girlfriends appreciate a nice surprise.
      Many girlfriends appreciate a nice surprise.
    • Horseback riding lessons may be a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift.
      Horseback riding lessons may be a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift.
    • Sometimes just going for a walk to her favorite place can be a great Valentine's Day gift.
      Sometimes just going for a walk to her favorite place can be a great Valentine's Day gift.