What His Valentine's Day Gift Really Means
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By Shannan Rouss
Unless you and your significant other agree to abstain from Valentine's Day altogether (because, really, isn't every day Valentine's Day?), then you'll probably find yourself wondering over the thought behind his gift to you. Whether it's a box of chocolates, lingerie or (gulp) a gift card, here's your complete guide to decoding any kind of present.
Sweet Talk2 of 10
The gift: Bissinger's Large Signature Heart Box, $40
How could double chocolate French truffles, vanilla caramels and milk chocolate hearts be wrong? Sure, a box of chocolate gets zero points for originality, but if you and your guy aren't into the whole commodification of romance thing, then this kind of clichéd gift feels sort of irreverent and fun.
Go-Go Gadget3 of 10
The gift: Mini Jambox by Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $141
Giving you the latest cool tech toy suggests that he's a modern, practical guy. It may not scream romantic, but you'll probably get plenty of use out of something like this wireless speaker.
Shape Up4 of 10
The gift: Athleta pants, $79
On the one hand, this shows that he cares about your health and well-being, maybe because he wants to have a long, happy life together. On the other hand, there's nothing sentimental or sweet about workout gear, even if it's a great pair of pants. The guy who gifts you this probably has a hard time talking about his feelings and might be a little too preoccupied with outward appearances.
Intimate Details5 of 10
While lingerie isn't particularly original, we're not opposed to it—assuming there's no pleather involved. If you end up with a pretty chemise or bra-and-panty set, it means your guy took the time to go into a woman's store, sorted through various underthings (while trying not to blush too intensely), and attempted to choose something you'd hopefully like and feel sexy in. Sort of thoughtful, no?
Chain Reaction6 of 10
He likes you. He really likes you! This guy knows that Valentine's Day can be cheesy, but to heck with it. He wants to give you something special anyhow. And a delicate, romantic necklace is his sweet way of showing he cares.
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In the Bag7 of 10
The gift: Marc by Marc Jacobs purse, $530
Someone's definitely trying to impress you with a big-ticket gift like a designer bag. Chances are he consulted with a friend or yours (or a female friend of his) for advice, which shows initiative. Just be careful that he isn't trying to buy your affection with material items.
Ticket Master8 of 10
The gift: Concert tickets
Assuming there are two tickets (one for you and one for him) and that they're to see an artist you love (and not, say, his favorite jam band), then this gift bodes well in many ways. First, it means that if your relationship is newish, he's still planning on being with you by the time the concert date rolls around. It also suggests that he's been paying attention to your interests and wants to get out and try new experiences together, a must for maintaining a healthy relationship.
In the Cards9 of 10
The gift: A gift card to your favorite store
It's not like he just gave you cash. Or wrote you a check. (Can you imagine?) But a gift card still shows a real lack of effort and emotional investment. It doesn't even matter that you're hard to shop for. After all, wouldn't you rather be with someone willing to take a risk, as opposed to the one who just gives up?
Rules of Engagement10 of 10
The gift: Sethi Couture 18k diamond ring, $4,730
This is a tricky one. Of course, it's amazing that he has proposed to you. (Congrats!) But popping the question on Valentine's Day is a tad predictable, up there with placing the engagement ring in a glass of Champagne. That said, it's the thought that counts, and the thought behind this gift wins out.
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