Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Perfect Valentines - Part One



Valentines Day is a wonderful time of the year. Love is in the air, spring is around the corner, and many are well on their way to fulfilling their New Years resolutions.The best or worst part of most people's Valentines Day is choosing their loved one's the gift. For some people, finding something special for your significant other is simple, however, for others, this can be quite a daunting task. The one question I hear over and over again is: does the perfect Valentines Day gift exist? It does, thought the hard part might be finding it! Fear not, we are here for you in your time of need with these suggestions below. 

I am sure many of you are familiar with the phrase "analysis paralysis". This simple phrase merely means trying so hard to make a decision that you make none. When we get so caught up in trying to make the perfect decision that we don't make any decision we are then far worse off than if you had simply made a quick less than ideal, decision. With Valentines Day we have found that the longer you wait to make a decision on your gift of choice for the significant other the worse off you are going to be. Sure everyone thinks, "Hey it's still the first part the month so I still have plenty of time to make a decision! But restaurants only have so many seats, florists only have so many roses, and Hallmark only carries so many copies of that perfect card. 

While some gifts are appropriate for both sexes, there are usually two categories gift buying falls into. Men and women. I really don't know who has a harder time here. Guys say they never care what you get them. Women say all they want is to spend time with you when in actuality they want some flowers or chocolates. What does this all really mean? 

Let's take a look at some great gift ideas. 

Flowers - Flowers are mandatory for Valentines Day. The are, or should be, part of every man's repertoire. But what type of flower should you go with? The traditional red rose, tipped roses, or a custom bouquet? I personally recommend going with a custom bouquet. It lets your lady know you put some heart and soul into the decision. Find out the colors, flowers, or smells that she prefers and tailor make the bouquet just for her. Bonus points if your significant other is a gardener and you select a flowering bush that can then be planted and provides her flowers for years to come! Miniature rose bushes are perfect for these occasions! 



Chocolates - Every lady it seems has a love for chocolates unless she is on a diet of course. Now when I say they love chocolate, they may enjoy peanut butter cups or Hershey kisses for the day to day; but for a special occasion like Valentines Day go with something a bit more unique. There are chocolate covered fruits such as strawberries and bananas, chocolate covered truffles, or specialty chocolates filled with cremes and caramels. and many cities have unique craft chocolate companies where you can get personalized gifts. 



Jewelry - This might seem like a no-brainer, but most women love jewelry on Valentines Day. Jewelry however can be a slippery slope unless you know exactly what she wants. Everyone wants to go with diamonds and hearts, but you have to decide if those are really practical or her favorites. Will she wear heart earrings year round? Heart pendants are nice, but make sure they can stand up to being worn on a day to day basis. Rings are great, so see if you can get creative with those. There is pink gold, rubys, sapphires, opal inlays and many other stones that make for great looking rings. Also don't feel locked in to only gold. Alternative metals such as tungsten, cobalt chrome, and ceramic rings can create some amazing pieces as well. Many people love the look and durability of these rings as well. 




Meals - Everyone loves a great restaurant meal. Now the difficult part is choosing where to go. Some women prefer beer and burgers to wine and pasta. But on Valentines, we recommend going bigger and better if possible. This is not the holiday for Chinese take-out unless that is her love language. This requires you to know your date/girlfriend/wife's specialty tastes. If you aren't sure err on the side of fancy and make sure to get the reservations in early and let your date know what to wear. You don't want her to show up in jeans and a tank top when you are planning on eating at a fine dining establishment. The best part is not having to clean up after yourself in the kitchen! Take the time to enjoy some pampering for you both as you indulge in the delicious tastes of the holiday! 



Stay tuned for Part 2 - Valentines Day - Part Two!

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