With so much choice for Valentine’s gifts it can be hard to know what to get your loved one. So we’ve compiled a list of the best for you to draw inspiration from – and there’s also a compilation of some of the worst to help you avoid bad choices.
We’d love to know if you’ve received any terrible gifts – or perhaps there have been occasions when you’ve even given one!
Have a read through the post and then contribute your ideas for the best and worst Valentine’s gifts in the comments.
The best gifts
First of all, the obvious choice would be Valentine’s flowers or chocolates – simple, traditional gifts that can please anyone. And ladies, it’s fine to send your man flowers.
If your partner is a woman of taste, with a love for fashion, then maybe think about something from Liberty, Vivien of Holloway or, of course, Jimmy Choo. Clothes and shoes, especially items she might’ve been lusting over for a while, are an easy way to any girl’s heart.
If you’re looking for something with a little less speed, then how about some exciting gadgets? Games consoles, cameras and sound systems all make great gifts. It’s also very easy to get things like MP3 players engraved. In fact, Apple will engrave a new iPod for free, perfect for your little message of love.
Another great idea for Valentine’s Day would be to whisk your loved one away on the romantic trip of a lifetime. Think sun, sea and sand and all the relaxation you can get. Try to find somewhere with a spa that offers couples’ massages and has a hot tub overlooking the beach. Virgin Holidays has loads of options for relaxing Valentine’s getaways.
Beautiful lingerie is another obvious choice. Girls, buy it to wear for your man and gentlemen feel free to buy it for the woman in your life. A word of warning, though: make sure you know the right size and don’t go for anything tacky. For beautiful retro lingerie try somewhere like What Katie Did or for something a little more modern with a lot of choice try Fig Leaves.
The worst gifts
Seedy lingerie is never a good idea. Even if you think it’s sexy, it’s not really very romantic and certainly not tasteful. Steer clear of cheap materials and ‘uniforms’.
It might be romantic to think there’s a heavenly body up there named after you, but most star-naming companies have no real ownership over the celestial bodies they’re ‘selling’. It’s cool for a moment but the novelty wears off once your commemorative certificate gets lost at the bottom of the filing cabinet.
It also wouldn’t be the best idea to get anything that alludes to housework, so no irons, fabric softener or dish-washing brushes. Whether or not you are trying to make a point, it might be best to leave those gifts for another time.
One final tip
If your partner is expecting something – or has made hints as to the perfect gift – then listen! And don’t forget, one of the worst gifts you can get is nothing at all!
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