Ahh, Valentine's Day. Love is in the air and it's time to celebrate the affection you feel for your main squeeze with a sentimental gift. Sure, you're excited to see what he got you, but let's address the real issue: How do you put a price on your love for him? Whether you've been dating your guy for a week or have been married 10 years, we've got the perfect gift to help you avoid that dreaded awkward gift giving moment.
A few dates in
If you just started seeing the guy, you don't want to give it all away too soon. Alas, Valentine's Day always seems to fall when you just started dating a guy, so what's a gal to do? Keep things simple and avoid any awkwardness by steering clear of anything too sentimental or expensive.
What guy doesn't like socks? They don't have as many accessorizing options as us gals do, so many guys express their mood with fun socks. Keep things low key by gifting your developing crush a set of colorful socks.
Our pick: Richer Poorer 3-Pack Gift Set (richerpoorer.com, $32)
Be my valentine?
Remember how fun Valentine's Day was when you were in school? Giving and receiving valentines and little candies was so simple, yet so exciting. Recreate that flirty childhood pastime by picking up a pack of candy hearts at your local drugstore and writing a cutesy valentine for that special guy.
Our pick: Necco Sweethearts (drugstores nationwide, prices vary)
We'll be having the "this is exclusive" convo soon
So you've nearly won him over, huh? Well done, girl! Now it's time to show your man that that exclusive talk you're about to have is worth it. Show him you care with a gift that lets him know you're totally the gal for him.
Ready to make things exclusive? Show him you're all committed by gifting him a pair of tickets to the next hot concert or sporting event in town. This will show him you're already planning months down the line and excited to spend more time with him!
Treat your sweetheart to some treats this Valentine's Day! Show him how much you know him by customizing a box of goodies based on his tastes!
Our pick: Treat House Gift Box (treathouse.com, $27)
Working 9 to 5
Is your guy the big corporate type? Guys are sometimes clueless about work style, and that's where we come in. Get him a messenger bag he can tote proudly on his commute to work!
Our pick: Moleskine Messenger Bag (moleskine.com, $130)
Long-term, exclusive relationship, but not married
Now that you've been together for quite some time, you're pretty in tune with your guy's tastes, right? Show him how much you've been listening by picking out the perfect token of your affection.
Picking out a fragrance for your guy is a pretty intimate matter. Unless he has a fave (and in that case, you got off easy), you should pick a scent that reminds you of your guy's personality. Is he rugged? Try a woodsy scent. You get it!
Our pick: Guess Night Eau de Toilette (guess.com, $49)
Is your guy into his music? Let him experience those tunes in optimal sound with a vintage-inspired stereo set. He'll think of you every time he jams out to his fave band!
Our pick: Trio Stereo Set (Tjmaxx.com for store locations, $100)
Keep your dude well-groomed and totally kissable with the latest and greatest in shaving technology. It's a gift for both of you, really!
Our pick: Conair 2-Blade All-in-One Trimmer (conair.com, $56)
Married and totally committed
Now that you're an old married couple (OK, not really), the pressure of gift giving is a bit less intense. But just because you know you have him reeled in doesn't mean you should get lazy, ladies! Wow your guy with a gift that will impress.
Let's face it ladies, guys like to give us lingerie but we know it's really a gift for their enjoyment. Beat him to the punch this Valentine's Day by picking up a sexy set of lingerie you can both enjoy. Bonus points for surprising him in your new purchase!
Our pick: Frederick's of Hollywood Brigitte Babydoll (fredericks.com, $29)
Every guy needs a statement watch. Get your hubby one that combines fashion and function! Peugeot has the right watch for every personality.
Our pick: Peugeot Black Leather Watch (peugeotwatches.com, $85)
As much as they'd like us to believe otherwise, men do enjoy pampering every now and then. Give him the gift of luxe soap with this fragrant set from Mistral! It features four manly scents he's sure to fall for.
Our pick: Mistral for Men 4 Soap Gift Set (bigelowchemists.com, $43)
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