Valentine’s Day is the one day each year that’s designated as the day to say “I love you” with both words and gifts. There are many who think of Valentine’s Day as just another commercial opportunity – a day for which florists, candy makers and jewelry stores are very grateful – but I prefer to think of Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to tell the people I love just how much I love them.
When we think of Valentine’s Day we picture 3 things… candy, flowers and jewelry… because those are the traditional gifts associated with this special day. But knowing which one to buy each of the special people in your life can sometimes be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you choose the right gift for each person on your gift list.
It’s expected that there will be more than $1,590,000 spent on heart-shaped boxes of candy for Valentine’s Day this year. There will likely be over 36 million total boxes of candy sold. But candy isn’t a good gift for everyone.
Before choosing a gift of candy you need to make sure the person you’re buying for isn’t allergic to chocolate, watching their weight or diabetic. Other than those three rules, and the off-chance that they don’t like candy, candy is a fairly universal gift for most people on your gift list.
But candy is only ranked number two on the list of Valentine’s Day gifts, just behind roses. While candy alone is a good gift for your children, parents or grandparents, when you’re buying a gift for the special man or woman in your life, you need a little more than just candy. 🙂
The red rose is the traditional choice of flower for Valentine’s Day gift-giving, but roses come in many colors, and each one symbolizes a different type of affection.
Red roses show “love and passion” so you would want to give those to the love of your life, not someone who you’re just getting to know.
Yellow or pink roses are the perfect gift of love for your parents or grandparents. Yellow roses symbolize “warmth and happiness” and pink roses symbolize “grace and elegance.”
White roses stand for “purity and innocence” so they are the perfect flower to send to the young girls in your life, such as a daughter or niece.
Different types of roses also mean different things. A bouquet of petite roses symbolizes affection. Petite roses are also known as sweetheart roses. A single long-stemmed rose says “thank you” or “good job.”
Valentine’s Day jewelry is heart-shaped because a heart is the universal symbol of love, so again, this is a gift you would normally give the very special person in your life. You might choose a heart-shaped pendant, heart-shaped earrings, or a bracelet or ring featuring hearts. There might be precious or semi-precious stones included in the jewelry. The value of Valentine’s Day jewelry isn’t so much monetary as sentimental. (It really IS the thought that counts here!)
Rubies are the traditional stone for Valentine’s Day for the simple reason that they are red in color. Of course, diamonds are always a wonderful choice of precious stone for the one you love because “diamonds are forever.”
If you plan to buy a gift of jewelry, the most important thing you need to know is your love’s taste in jewelry. The best way to know what she likes is to take notice of what she buys for herself and what she wears. Being able to choose a piece of jewelry that will please her tells her that you care enough to have noticed.
Whatever gifts you choose for the special people in your life, do take the opportunity offered on Valentine’s Day to tell them just how much you care with gifts chosen especially for them.