Valentine's Day Etiquette Gift Guide

This year's Valentine's Day is coming up, and I'm sure that you are looking for some interesting gift ideas for that special someone in your life. But it can be hard to figure out what gift is the best thing to give on Valentine's Day. Don't worry; rest assured that I have your back. In order to help you negotiate this challenging social event and make sure that your present is something memorable, I have put together this etiquette guide. Enjoy!

Shop early.

Personalise your gift with a card or a note.

Make sure the gift is appropriate for the relationship.

Avoid surprises.

Give the gift of an experience.

Give a gift, not a bribe.

Be thoughtful with your gift-giving.

Don’t give a gift that you would not like to receive.

Do not make your gift-giving gift about sex.

Be honest about where you are in your relationship. If it's early and you're not sure, don't get anyone a gift that is too romantic or intimate; keep it low-key and consider getting gifts that are generally good for sharing.

Hold off on giving too-personal gifts like underwear until you've been dating for at least six months.

It's acceptable to spend more on your girlfriend or boyfriend once you've been dating for some time and feel like you're in a relationship.

It's also acceptable to spend less on your boyfriend or girlfriend if you don't have much money with you.

Surprise loved ones with tickets to the movies they'll enjoy.

Give your married partner multiple gifts if you have the money to do so. Put some extra thought and consideration into the gifts you choose to buy for them. Buy them some perfume, chocolate, and flowers. Most importantly, buy special gifts that highlight your partner's personality. When in doubt, ask about the kind of gift they would cherish.

If your partner is in the hospital, either sick or busy with work, send flowers to their room or place of business.

If you're in a relationship with someone who lives far away and can't be there in person, that doesn't mean you can't give them a gift on Valentine's Day. Send them an electronic card, buy them a gift card, or send them a token.

Give your children's teachers thoughtful, non-romantic Valentine's Day gifts that they can enjoy with their families.

Gift your closest friend with something that subtly expresses how much you value their friendship.

Make sure the Valentine's Day gift you give to a coworker conveys the message, "I notice and value you." Additionally, confirm your workplace's policies. While it's OK in some workplaces for coworkers to be friendly, it's not in others.

While the conventional Valentine's Day gift is a romantic affair, don't let that stop you from getting gifts for your loved ones, including your parents, children, close pastors, and others.

When you take into account other people, Valentine's Day can be enjoyable. If you have the resources, bless the poor by giving them gifts.

Lastly, you don’t have to give gifts on Valentine’s Day if you don’t celebrate it. 

I hope you find this post helpful. Comment, like and share.

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Also, see my post on, Being a Gracious Gift Recipient on Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day Date Etiquette Tips to Avoid Awkwardness




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