Fight the panic guys. First ignore media’s sales pitch to buy diamonds – the payments are “forever“.
Chocolates are always an excellent choice. Thing of them as a side-dish to the main choice but make sure you get the right kind of chocolate, not every gal swoons over dark chocolate! Yes guys, it comes in white! Pay attention if she like domestic chocolate or european chocolate. But chocolate along with a card are mandatory and heaven help the poor schmuck who cheaps out here.
Think about what she would get for herself if you want to buy her something.
Are her swim goggles worn out? Does she need a new umbrella?
Or you could surprise her by polishing all her leather shoes; to show you care and she doesn’t have the time.
What about a long walk and talk? A nice idea especially if you give her a new scarf and gloves.
Does she commute? An insulated mug so her coffee stays hot all the way there even in winter.
Forget about the standard formula when it goes to a gift. It comes down to being thoughtful. Vacuum her car and make it smell nice. A special tea, some tea light candles, and a book. Show her you pay attention to her likes, and find a way to make her Valentines Day or “average” day just a tad nicer or easier. You can take all the credit.
And to my family – I love you! You are wonderful!