Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching, and before it sneaks up on you, you may want to consider what thoughtful gift you’ll be getting for your significant other. There is such a thing as doing too much, and there is such a thing as doing too little, but it greatly depends on the stage of your relationship. You don’t want to give a gift that is too romantic or too extravagant if your relationship is new, and you also don’t want to underwhelm your partner with something too ordinary if you’re committed to a long-term relationship. Be thoughtful, because your gift this Valentine’s Day needs to send the right message.

Valentine’s Day is a special occasion, and although it’s not typically thought of as a real holiday, it’s still an occasion where gift-giving is anticipated. It’s a day where a little more effort and thoughtfulness than usual is expected – even if you’re in a new relationship. There are certain gifts that are perfect for various stages of a relationship, including: When you think you’re falling in love; when you realize they’re the one; when you’ve recently moved in together; when you’re expecting your first baby together; when you’re going through a rough patch; and when you’re newly dating. Below is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift guide for every stage of a relationship:

RELATIONSHIP STAGE: When You Want To Say “I Love You” For The First Time

GIFT: Gold Eternity Rose


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There’s a special stage in a relationship during which you realize you’re in love. If you’re ready to say “I love you”, the perfect gift that is special enough to commemorate the occasion is The Eternity Rose. The Eternity Rose is an incredibly unique and special gift because it is a beautiful, natural rose that is preserved during its ideal stage of bloom with a pure gold coating. The rose is dipped in 24 karat gold, which preserves the rose forever, making it an Eternity Rose. A single red rose an iconic symbol of love, and a pure gold-dipped rose is a one-of-a-kind gift perfect for immortalizing the occasion of the very first “I love you”. Each Eternity Rose truly is one-of-a-kind, since no two roses are the same. Not only is this an especially romantic and unique gift, but your partner can also display it as decor in their home to remember the meaningful occasion. Whenever they look at their Eternity Rose, they’ll remember the first time you said “I love you”. Give your significant other an Eternity Rose, and it will be a Valentine’s Day they’ll never forget.

RELATIONSHIP STAGE: When You Realize They’re The One

GIFT: Diamonds


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If you’ve reached the stage in your relationship where you recognize that this could be it, and this person is the one, remember this: A diamond is forever. If you want to send the message that you’re certain this relationship is built to last, the perfect gift is diamonds, which symbolize a rare and pure love – a love that is forever. Diamonds are the type of gift that make a statement and send the message you want to send: You are the one. You are my forever person. So, this Valentine’s Day, choose an ethically sourced diamond retailer such as Vancouver Diamonds, and tell your person that they’re the one, either with an engagement ring or a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry.

RELATIONSHIP STAGE: Just Moved In Together

GIFT: Endy Bed


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The perfect gift for the “just moved in together” stage of a relationship is a new bed. Leave the past in the past, and don’t bring any old beds into the new home you will share together. A couple who has moved in together has committed to exclusivity, and it’s also a new beginning that warrants a brand new bed. A new bed symbolizes new beginnings, commitment and fidelity, because it is now only each other you want to be in bed with. The most important component if a new bed is a new mattress, which is why an Endy mattress is a fantastic gift this Valentine’s Day, for the partner who just moved in with you. The Canadian-made Endy mattress is one of the top mattresses in the world because of its proprietary comfort foam, which is great for couples as it reduces motion transfer and helps control the temperature in bed. This mattress is designed to contour to the body and provide exceptional comfort and support. The innovative technology is effective in releasing body heat – even when things get heated – so it truly is the perfect mattress for a couple to sleep on. Throw on some luxury bedding, set up a bed frame, and surprise your partner this Valentine’s Day with a luxurious new bed.

RELATIONSHIP STAGE: When The Romance Needs Rekindling

GIFT: Date Night


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Sometimes, your relationship hits a plateau and the romance needs to be rekindled. This is common after moving in together and settling into a daily routine. If you want to bring back the romance, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for this, and the ideal gift in this situation is an all-out date night. Luxe Beauty Lounge in Yaletown has a couples spa day experience, which is the perfect indulgence before a date night. They allow couples to customize their spa day to suit their individual preferences and set a specific type of mood.


GIFT: Stress-Reducing Essential Oils


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Sometimes, the problems in a relationship go beyond a simple need for rekindling the romance, because you’re actually going through a very rocky patch. Every relationship goes through rough patches. Perhaps one of you just lost their job, or there’s a high-stress situation that is affecting the relationship such as home renovations or an ill relative. Rocky patches only make relationships stronger, and if you’re going through tough times as Valentine’s Day is approaching, why not make your Valentine’s gift something stress-reducing to ease the tension? Saje Natural Wellness has some incredibly effective stress-reducing essential oils, and a great gift could be a stylish diffuser with their “stress release” essential oil diffuser blend. Another awesome gift that shows you want to work through the rough patch in your relationship is massage oil. Saje has some stress-relieving massage oil that can definitely help contribute to a romantic, intimate and stress-free evening on Valentine’s Day. Simply use your diffuser to set the mood, and rub massage oil on each other to feel relaxed and intimate.

RELATIONSHIP STAGE: Expecting Your First Baby Together

GIFT: Baby Clothes


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If you’ve made it past all of the other stages and you’re now having a baby together, this is a special year for you as a couple. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the fact that you’re expecting your first baby together by giving cute baby-related gifts. If you’re looking for high-quality baby clothing and accessories with adorable prints and low prices, check out the Joules Baby clearance section. There are some fantastic deals and Joules is known for its especially cute and fun baby items.


GIFT: A Small Heart-Shaped Trinket or a Date Night


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We can’t leave out the “newly dating” stage of a relationship, where everything is just beginning and you’re still somewhat casual. If this is the stage you’re in, you have to ask yourself if you see the relationship potentially going somewhere. If you do, you might want to give a small Valentine’s gift, but it shouldn’t be anything too extravagant. A fun heart-shaped gift would work perfectly in this situation. Too Faced Cosmetics, for example, has plenty of fun heart-shaped makeup that a woman would love. Check out their heart-shaped Sweethearts Blush, or their Love Light highlighter, which comes in adorable heart-shaped packaging. If you’re looking for a gift for a man, a heart-shaped box of chocolates is an appropriate gift for this stage in a relationship.

A date night is another great gift for those newly dating. Take your partner out for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner, and that’s more than enough for those in a new relationship. No diamond earrings necessary.

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