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Valentine's Day Etiquette

Gifts For All Occasions


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February fourteenth is celebrated as Valentine's Day in the United States. During this holiday couples and friends, parents and children shower others with love notes, candy, flowers and more as a show of their love and appreciation for them. There are many opportunities to participate in the Valentine's Day festivities, however every gift is not appropriate for every person or in every situation.

Here are some helpful suggestions for buying and receiving Valentine's Day gifts.

  • For married couples the sky is the limit on what you can and/or should give. Some of the more traditional gifts include: a bouquet of one dozen roses, diamonds,and candy. A fur coat or another extravagance is always well-received and usually very unexpected. For a unique twist why not try tickets to the theater, or a trip to the big city. You might want to hire a housekeeper for the week or sponsor a day at an expensive day spa.
  • For those who are dating why not try a gift that is not embarrassingly intimate or personal, but one that you know your friend might like very much. These types of gifts might include items such as flowers, a new clothing item he or she has been wanting, candy, a card, chocolates or another gift that isn't overly expensive and wont cause uneasiness or feelings of obligation that might be premature. Remember that your date may feel badly if his/her gift doesn't measure up to yours so you should keep this in mind.
  • For children who are buying for teachers you might want to purchase a nice pin or some stationery. You can also send a flower or a box of chocolates. For the class exchange why not let them exchange candy and little homemade or store bought notes. Keep them appropriate and find out how the teacher has specified they are to be distributed. He or she may want you to leave them unaddressed so that they can place them all in a collective basket or something like that.
  • For parents who want to buy for their children or parents the options are limitless. Children love surprises. You might want to take them out to dinner and/or a movie in lieu of a romantic dinner for two. Children might also enjoy learning the history of the day and celebrating together with family and friends during a family dinner partyin honor of love. For older parents why not send them on an all-expense paid trip or a romantic weekend in the country at a bed and breakfast. They might also enjoy a thoughtful card accompanied by a fruit basket or tickets to symphony. If your parents are sports fans you might buy them some tickets to see their favorite team play.

The important thing to do is to remember the purpose of the day is to show love and appreciation for our loved ones. What a great opportunity to find unique and creative ways to bless them with your kindness, generosity and love.

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