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Valentine’s Day 2018: Gift ideas, things to do, tips & tricks

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Don’t panic about Valentine’s Day this year. Here’s your guide to buying romantic gifts, finding things to do and generally winning at Valentine’s Day.

It’s the same story on February 14th each year: Couples wonder if their other half is planning everything and singles loudly express their distaste for “commercial holidays.” We won’t even get started on people who just started dating and now have to navigate a relationship landmine with more precision than a bomb disposal squad.

But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful! Just do whatever makes you and your partner happy – and if you’re single, celebrate yourself! Whether you want to go nuts with a hot air balloon ride and wine or just want to spend the night in with pizza (and probably still wine), Valentine’s Day is what you make it.

Best retailers for Valentine’s gifts

Lingerie.com Valentines

Lingerie.com

Make your V Day sizzle with sexy lingerie your lover will adore.

Whether you’ll be the one wearing it or taking it off, lingerie is always a romantic Valentine gift.

  • Plus sizes available.
  • Sets under $40
  • All orders ship free
Viator Valenines

Viator

Think outside the box this Valentine’s Day by treating your partner to a romantic adventure.

Take a helicopter ride or enjoy a wine tour on the outskirts of your city. The options are endless.

  • Activities available in dozens of cities
  • Thousands of options to please your partner and their interests
  • 24/7 customer service
Urban Outfitters Valenines

Urban Outfitters

Whether it’s a hip lamp that adds character to your shared home or a t-shirt that will always remind them of you, UO can help you find that perfect gift.

From on trend apparel to aesthetically pleasing décor, Urban Outfitters is a top destination for all your V-Day shopping needs.

SeatGeek Valenines

SeatGeek

Score tickets to watch their favorite team play or to see a concert you know they’ll love on SeatGeek.

Millions of tickets are available to fit any budget and every interest.

  • Easily search for events near you
  • Interactive 3D maps show you exactly where you’ll be sitting
  • Comprehensive search engine that finds tickets all over the web
Etsy Valenines

Etsy

Looking for a unique and heartfelt gift this Valentine’s Day? Etsy has you covered.

With thousands of sellers making every product under the sun, you can find a personal gift and one of a kind card for your sweet Valentine.

  • Purchases protected through Etsy
  • Easily read seller and product reviews onsite before you buy
  • Commission a custom project for an extra special gift

How to choose a Valentine’s Day gift

Choosing a Valentine’s Day gift is not rocket science. Simply use a few key factors to help you navigate the gift buying process and you can’t go wrong.

How long have you been dating for?

Although you may have good intentions, buying expensive and overly romantic gifts for someone you just started dating could seem overbearing and put unnecessary pressure on the relationship. A more relationship-age appropriate gift might be buying tickets you can both use to an upcoming concert or festival, or even just treating your partner to dinner.

Consider your partner’s personality.

Hopefully if you’ve been dating for a while, you have some idea of their personality and what makes them tick. Get all psychological on them and find the WHY of how they spend their time. Do they exercise a lot? It could be because they love getting physical in the outdoors, are an overachiever by nature, or they place a high value on image. It could even be all three. Asking why? will help you unlock personality ticks and find the perfect gift – even if it has nothing to do with where you originally started.

Age matters. But not as much as you think.

What’s more important is the life stage they’re at. Are they in college? Working full time? About to welcome in their first child – or grandchild? Numerical age isn’t as important as life stage. Gifts that reflect what your partner spends most of their time doing — whether that’s work, school, parenting or something else — is always a safe bt.

What does your partner enjoy doing in their free time?

Hobbies are an easy and obvious place to scrape ideas from. And hey, it works for a reason! A snowboarder will never say no to a new pair of goggles and a budding chef will love trying new gourmet ingredients. But if you want to go a step further, try to figure this one out: What’s the one thing your partner wants to do but hasn’t yet? Find this out, help make it happen and you’ve hit Valentine’s present gold.

Valentine’s Day Flowers

What would Valentine’s Day be without flowers? No, seriously. Without flowers, the whole holiday might cease to exist.

You might be a traditionalist at heart and be looking to send your lucky lover a dozen red roses. Or maybe you want to break tradition and send sunflowers. Or peonies. Or a cactus. Whatever floats your boat, you can order it online and ensure it’s delivered by Valentine’s Day.

A Dozen Red Roses With Bear and Godiva Chocolates
A Dozen Red Roses With Bear and Godiva Chocolates

JustFlowers

Valentine’s Day gifts

Valentine’s gifts for her

the sun and her flowers By Rupi Kaur
the sun and her flowers By Rupi Kaur

Urban Outfitters

'Calm' Dead Sea Bath Salts by Herbivore Botanicals
'Calm' Dead Sea Bath Salts by Herbivore Botanicals

Amazon

Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer
Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer

Urban Outfitters

Seven Apparel Hotel Spa Collection Herringbone Textured Plush Robe
Seven Apparel Hotel Spa Collection Herringbone Textured Plush Robe

Amazon

Kate Spade 'one in a million' Initial Pendant Necklace
Kate Spade 'one in a million' Initial Pendant Necklace

Nordstrom

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Valentine’s gifts for him

The Charles Military Style Personalized Duffel Bag
The Charles Military Style Personalized Duffel Bag

Etsy

Frieling USA Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker
Frieling USA Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker

Amazon

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Amanda Swan

Amanda Swan is a shopping writer for finder.com. She loves face masks, rain, cheese and traveling. Her favorite places are London, Disneyland, Portland and anywhere near the ocean. She loves finding great deals on cute dresses and makeup palettes, and she's kind of addicted to two-day delivery and her iPhone.

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