If you haven’t been paying attention, Valentine’s Day is about to sneak up on you. It’s one of those rare times of the year those of us in relationships (even those of us in new relationships) are expected to put a little more effort in than usual. You might be asking yourself, Should I get my partner a Valentine’s gift? The answer is likely yes, but the question is, what’s an appropriate gift that will be well-received?

If you’re in a new relationship, and this is the first time in a long time you’re going to have a date on Valentine’s Day, you might be stressing out a little. But stop. Breathe. It’s not that big of a deal. Yes, there’s such a thing as doing too much, and there’s such a thing as doing too little, but this greatly depends on what stage your relationship is in.

Here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide for every grey area, every situationship, and every stage of a relationship:

Dating for 1 – 3 months

Situation:

Grey area/newly dating

Gift:

A bouquet of cake pops


Image: mylittlecakepop.com

Image: mylittlecakepop.com

Heart-shaped cake pops are a cute, fun and light-hearted gift that perfect for a brand-new relationship. If you’re in a grey area in the sense that you haven’t yet had the “what are we?” talk, but you know you like her, this gift won’t scare her off. It shows you like her enough to get her something and avoids you looking like you don’t give a sh*t by getting her nothing. 

Image: thecakepopshop.com

Image: thecakepopshop.com

Find a local cake pop shop or cake designer who can get creative with some cute (and tasty) heart-shaped treats.

Dating for 3-6 months

Situation:

Official couple/new relationship

Gift:

A bouquet of red roses

red roses 2

At this point, I think it’s safe to say you’re in more than a ‘situationship’. You’re a couple at this point, so it’s OK show a bit more thought and upgrade from cake pops to beautiful red roses. This is a traditional and romantic gift without going too over-the-top.

Dating for 6 months – 1 year

Situation:

Stable relationship/ready to say “I love you”

Gift:

Personalized jewelry and a “10 Reasons Why I Love You” photo book

keys 1

If you’ve been dating for at least six months, chances are you’ve already said “I love you” to each other, or you’re ready to say it for the first time. What’s more romantic than getting those three little words engraved onto a custom piece of jewelry for your special someone?

Starting at only $60, The Giving Keys will sell you a unique key necklace or key bracelet with a custom engraving to show your thoughtfulness. Not only are you giving her the ‘key to your heart’, but you can also get it engraved with both of your initials, the date you met, or a simple engraving of “love you”.

Combine this customized piece of jewelry with a customized “10 Reasons Why I love You” photo book full of cute photos of the two of you and your 10 reasons why you’re in love.

10-reasons-book

With this combination, you may just have the best Valentine’s Day gift ever, because almost nothing is as thoughtful and creative as this gift idea.

Dating for 1-2 years

Situation:

Serious relationship

Gift:

Anything from Tiffany & Co.

Image: tiffany.com

Image: tiffany.com

Tiffany & Co has your back this Valentine’s Day. Their jewelry starts at around $150 and most women will love pretty muchanything from Tiffany’s. It’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day when you’re in a more serious relationship because it’s a luxury item. It’s packaged beautifully, complete with a romantic satin ribbon, and very high-quality jewelry that lasts. Tiffany’s also has an awesome selection of heart-shaped pendants, heart-shaped earrings, and bracelets with heart-shaped charms. Very appropriate for Love Day, right?

Dating for 2 years or more

Situation:

Long-term relationship

Gift:

Diamond earrings

Image: vancouverdiamonds.ca

Image: vancouverdiamonds.ca

Josh Raber, Founder of Vancouver Diamonds, told us diamond earrings are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for those in serious or long-term relationships. At Vancouver Diamonds, you can meet a representative at an office to sit and discuss options in a non-pressure environment, and you’ll be shown diamond earrings anywhere from $150 – $5,000 depending on your price range. You’ll get access to a microscope and given the time to compare and contrast the quality of each pair of earrings you’re shown. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so you really can’t go wrong.


About The Author

Erica Majored in Psychology at UBC and has since followed her passion for writing and journalism. After working at one of the world's largest dating sites for a few years, she began contributing dating advice to publications such as Elite Daily, AskMen and Vancity Buzz. It wasn't long before she decided to start her own dating advice column, The Babe Report. The rest is history. Follow her on Instagram @ericaleighgordon or on Facebook at facebook.com/thebabereport

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