What to get that special someone you met on Tinder last week...
Knowing what to buy your significant other is a challenging task, especially when you don't know where you're at. You just started going out so are boxers with your faces on it a bit too much? Do you buy him a really thoughtful but pretty much useless gift or do you go for boring aftershave that he actually needs?
If shopping for the perfect gift to give your bae for your bae isn't going as well as you had planned, don't panic. We've got your back. Here are the perfect V-day gifts to keep your romance alive.
For When You've Only Been On A Date Or Six
So it's only been a month or two since you've started seeing him but you're hoping things will go well. Buying him a small gift is the perfect way to seal the deal, just don't go over the top. Books are neutral, yet personal. It shows you care enough to know what he's into but not too much that you come off desperate.
For When It's Just Sex
Okay, so you guys just hook up with no strings attached but it's the most romantic day of the year and you do care for your f*ckbudy so why not get them a gift? This candle is the perfect gesture. It releases arousing aromas and melts down to a massage oil. Your Valentine's day is about to get a whole lot hotter.
For When You're Friends With Benefits
Shall I Compare Thee To A Bag Of Cans Card, €3.50, Designist
Valentine's day is a day designed especially to confess your love so if you want to be more than just friends with benefits, it's kind of the perfect time to tell him how you really feel. Stick to tradition and send a card. Pour your heart out in an a5 sized card and hey, if you get a serious case of nerves, sign it: from your secret admirer.
For When You're Only Just Official
You've had the talk and you're now officially his girlfriend so what you get him for your first Valentine's together is something he'll remember forever. Concert tickets are the way to go. Get him tickets to his favourite band or artist in a few months time. Not only will it show you've been listening but it'll also show him that you're in this for the long term.
For When You're In The Honeymoon Stage
Lomography Sprocket Rocket Panoramic 35mm Camera, €89, Urban Outfitters
Ah, the honeymoon stage, you're still head over heels about one another and you don't care who knows. So what better gift than a quirky camera to document your dates. Whether you post them on Instagram or make a scrapbook, you'll be able to look back on them in years to come and remember those loved-up days.
For When You Won't Be Together For Valentine's Day
Maps drawer writing set, €12, Paperchase
Long-distance relationships aren't easy but sending each other gifts for Valentine's makes it that bit sweeter. Why not keep that feeling going by sending each other frequent letters. Sure, you Whatsapp and Facetime him every day but taking the time out to sit down and write your loved one a letter is kind of the greatest gift you could ever give. Set themes for the month (February is for showing your love, March is to make the other laugh, April is to show support etc.) Be all kinds of extra and spray your letter with perfume so it's like you're there with him.
For When You've Been Going Out Ages
Nike White & Red Cortez Leather Trainers, €81, Schuch
You've been together a couple of years now and it's time to buy each other what you actually need, but make it fun. Has he been wearing the same old pair of battered runners for months? Buy him a new pair. You can go for the same pair he wears as you know he'll love them or be adventurous and go for a pair he'd never buy for himself but would totally rock.
For When You're Moving In Together
Bush Classic Turntable, €99.99, Argos
You've both been saving for the practical stuff like a fridge and a dishwasher and there's no money left over to buy the cool things you actually want. Buy that cool thing he wants like a record player (and some of his favourite albums on vinyl if you're feeling spendy). Sure, it might mean beans on toast for Valentine's dinner because you can't afford a four course meal but we say it's worth it.
For When You're Pretty Much Married
Or hey, maybe you are. If you've been with your partner for the longest time, chances are you spend more time chilling at home than doing exciting activities like you did in the good aul days. Book a trip to that city he always said he'd love to see. You get a holiday out of it too. Win.