When you’re in a relationship, there are so many occasions that require you to give a gift to your partner. Between Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays, it’s not abnormal to be flat out of ideas by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. This is especially true if you’ve been together for years or decades. But still, you want to make your partner feel special and loved. A last minute teddy bear or pink heart balloon might be easy and technically satisfy your obligations, but it’s not very personal or practical. So what can you do?
Luckily, there’s a simple solution, and it lies fully with you: just think about it! Forget about living up to anyone else’s Valentine’s Day expectations. What is something that would show your partner that you listen when they speak? The realization that your partner knows what you like, can anticipate your needs, and cares about your quality of life is infinitely more valuable than some random heart shaped object. Years into a relationship, this is how you can keep giving special gifts that your partner treasures, without having to one up yourself by spending more money every holiday. We all have different wants and needs at different points in our lives. You can show that you’re invested in your partnership by keeping up with those changes. You can take it a step further by giving something you know your partner would love, but would never think to buy for themselves. This is a special power you have as the person most intimately related to your partner. You know exactly what would make their life easier from both an internal and external perspective. If you genuinely want your gift to improve your partner’s life, you should invest some real thought into it, no matter how many holidays you’ve been through together.
So, have you thought of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift yet, or are you still stuck? Here’s one more hint: there’s no such thing as the perfect gift! There are hundreds, maybe thousands of possible gifts that fit these criteria. Only you know exactly what your partner would like, but there’s no single right answer. So take that pressure off of yourself, and just start somewhere.
To help you start thinking, we’ve compiled two Valentine’s Day gift lists. The lists feature the Valentine’s gifts that are most popular with our users, as well as selections from our favorite bloggers. Check them out to see if there’s anything your partner would like. The ultimate goal, though, is just to get you thinking on your own. The only person who knows exactly what your partner would want is you. But if we can move the process along by making you consider something you hadn’t before, or by triggering a memory of something you’ve talked about in the past, we would be honored to do so!
As you come up with ideas specific to your partner, you can use Skipwish to keep them organized in your own gift list. This way, you can come back to the ideas you didn’t go with at the next holiday. You might even want to keep a Valentine’s Day gift list going all year round. Every time you organically come up with a gift idea, or they casually say “wow, I wish I could have something like that,” you can add it to the list. Then, when Valentine’s Day comes around, you’ll be equipped with all the ideas you need.
At the end of the day, the point is that the best way to show your love is to be thoughtful. Nobody else can think those thoughts for you, but hopefully this helps you get started.
*Note: You may notice that the header imagine of this article appears to be from a website called “Dadstie.” This is because Skipwish began its life as Dadstie, and this article was initially published before the name was changed. However, the website still works in the same way, so you can ignore it. Don’t worry, you’re still in the right place!