Flowers are beautiful to look at. Candy is sweet to eat. But practical people may appreciate practical gifts more. A gift that shows that you really know the recipient well has the most meaning.
Candy should be eaten in moderation. So instead of presenting your sweetheart with a huge box of candy, give her (or him) a gift card for a favorite restaurant. Include a note telling your valentine to have a drink, breakfast, lunch, or dinner on you whenever he or she wishes.
Ladies love to look good. Guys do too. Why not give your valentine a gift card or gift certificate for a visit to a favorite salon or spa. Even better, pay for the pampering as a prelude to a date. Send your date to the salon to have his or her hair (and nails) done. Then go out for a night on the town.
Lighten the load for someone you love for Valentine’s Day. Pay for maid service to take care of the housekeeping. It could be a one time cleaning, or several visits over a longer period of time. Treat whomever takes care of the outdoor maintenance for the home to a mini vacation. Pay for lawn service so they can have some time to just relax.
If money is an issue, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to perform a “labor of love”. Wash your sweetheart’s car. Organize his or her closet. Clean the windows. Clean out the refrigerator. Prepare a space for a garden that can be planted with flowers, fruit, herbs, or vegetables in the spring. Make a homemade gift certificate relieving your significant other of a chore that he or she dreads for the entire month of February. Your valentine will certainly feel the love.