Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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CELEBRATIONS_Gifts_020615AValentine’s Day, while romantic, can be fraught with gifting and planning stress. Here are some tips and ideas on how to elevate traditionally popular gifts like flowers, chocolates and jewelry to a truly personal, memorable experience. There are many things that you can do to make your loved ones feel special—whether it is around Valentine’s Day or any day of the week.

Flowers
Flowers are a great go-to option, which is why everyone gets them. One way to make sure that the memories last longer than the bouquet is to consider making flowers part of a special event or moment. Plan a romantic picnic at your local botanical gardens or park.

Chocolates
Everyone loves chocolate. But to sweeten your gift, look for ways to personalize it and make it a little more unexpected, premium and part of an event. A very simple way to show that you put some extra thought into your gift is to order custom monogrammed chocolates with your loved one’s initials. For a scaled-back version of fancy monogrammed chocolates, you can personalize M&Ms with a photo of the two of you or your initials so you will each have a sweet treat and keepsake. If you’re sending chocolate to your loved one’s office, a good tip is to send enough for their officemates. You’ll be a real hero among the coworkers.

Jewelry
Jewelry is always a luxurious, well-received gift, but it can sometimes feel a little impersonal. Take the extra time to have it personalized with a small en­graving, whether with initials, the words “I love you” or a special date. If you plan far enough in advance, have the jewelry custom-made based on your loved one’s favorite stones, colors or designs.

Dinner
Going out to dinner or even dining in on Valentine’s Day is pretty standard fare, but there are ways you can make it a more special
occasion. Have her favorite wine chilling on the table and a menu planned that features his favorite foods or meal. Create a special night at home for the two of you…by either cooking your loved one’s favorite meal or ordering food from your favorite restaurant.

Make the night even more unique. Set the stage by getting dressed up, lighting some candles, playing some music and setting the
table with your very best china and glassware. However you decide to celebrate, enjoy the day and take the time to tell the special people in your life that you love them.

Lizzie Post is a great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th Edition, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th Edition as well as The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd Edition. For additional tips and ideas, visit www.emilypost.com.

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