By Ally Bolender
Assistant Web Content Manager
It’s that time of the year where stores decorate with pink and red and when sales invite you to spend money on marked-up items because they’re associated with love.
But before you start dropping money on overpriced stuffed animals and candies, here are some other options that may make more of a statement of love for your special girl.
Full disclosure, this article obviously doesn’t represent all women, but it may offer you a glimpse into what your girl probably wants this February 14.
- What’s her love language?
One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself when trying to pick out a gift for your girl this Valentine’s Day. It easily makes the day so much more special when you tend to what she actually feels love as.
There’s words of affirmation (anyone write love letters anymore?), physical touch (you know where that’s going), receiving gifts (tips below), quality time (plan a date or buy tickets for something) and acts of service (surprise her with a room full of decorations or something you make yourself).
- Don’t buy overpriced flowers.
Have you seen the price of flowers this month? Jeez.
Flowers are such a special gift, but you don’t have to break the bank for them. It’s 2020, check out Amazon for forever flowers, fresh flowers that stay good up to a year. And they’re cheaper than a bouquet at your grocery store.
It’s the Hill Country! Find some fresh flowers in nature or being sold on the side of the road. (Just make sure you’re not picking flowers on private property!)
- If you’re set on doing a stuffed animal, at least do it right.
Teddy bears are special, don’t get me wrong, but they’re usually cheaply made and will end up on the closet shelf or the donation pile a few months later.
If you’re set on getting a stuffed animal for your girl, make it more special than picking out the first one you see out of the Walmart bin! Go specialize a Build-a-Bear (I can’t be the only one who still lowkey loves Build-a-Bear).
You can pick a good quality animal, make a cute recording yourself and name it after something special. Also, the Baby Yoda should be at Build-a-Bear now… just sayin’.
- Don’t do heart-shaped jewelry. Just don’t.
I know I don’t speak for every girl when I say this, but the general consensus is that women don’t want heart-shaped jewelry!
The Kay commercials are a lie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s super thoughtful that you want to spend a sum of money on her gift, and if you think that’s what she wants, go for it (you know her better than I do). But, I can offer you a few different heart-shaped items that may get a better reaction…
- Originality hits harder.
Sure, you could get your girl the classic Valentine’s Day items and call it a day. But buying her things she may actually use for a long time never hurts.
If she gets her nails done, a gift card to a nail salon will surely catch her by surprise. It’s a treat that’ll last longer than chocolates. She’ll be excited, brainstorm what design she wants, make time to go in, spend time getting pampered and then have a new set of nails to admire for a few weeks.
I can’t stress this enough: SKINCARE! Spoiling your girl with the moisturizer, masks or fancy wash she’s been eyeing will surely catch her by surprise.
And like the last suggestion, these gifts are actually useful, curated to her interests and have relaxing uses! Receiving these items as gifts feel so much more appreciated than having to go out and buy them ourselves—right, ladies?
Books, a personalized mixtape, a homemade goody basket or a photo album are all gifts that show that you put thought into it. Still don’t know what to get her?
- Ask her friends for advice.
- Check out her Pinterest board or Amazon saved for later.
- See what Groupon has to offer.
Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day!
Featured image by Ally Bolender via Canva.