It’s almost that time of the year again… Couples loving up, singles loathing couples loving up, multiple bae owners going awol, Nigerian parents being completely clueless. Lol! Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day and it’s cliché traditions are here to stay for good.
Finding the perfect valentines gift can be very challenging but not with this awesome blog post pointing you in the right direction. So whether you’re a realist, a hopeless romantic or a big spender, here’s a list of everything you must know and consider before shopping for the perfect gift this season.
1. YOUR BUDGET – No matter how creative you are with ideas or how much you feel your spouse deserves, your budget is the number one determining factor of what you eventually get. Fortunately, there’s something for even the smallest pockets, as long as alot of love and thought goes into it.
2. YOUR SPOUSE’s PERSONAL STYLE – When shopping for a gift, you have to put the recipient’s preferences before your own. Yes, you love pink… But does he? You want to get them a gift that says you listen when they talk and you pay attention to their individuality. If she’s constantly spoting kicks or brogues, getting her 6 inch heels would be missing the mark by a mile.
3. THE RECIPIENTS PERSONALITY – This is also very important because as much as Doofan would love a romantic walk on the beach, Adaku might prefer dinner at an upscale restaurant. The key is to really know your spouse.
4. THE STAGE YOU ARE IN THE RELATIONSHIP – If your relationship is fairly new, you have to be extremely careful what you get your spouse on Valentine’s Day or any other day. You don’t want to send the wrong message. Unless you were friends before y’all started dating, thread carefully here or risk ending what could have been a beautiful love story before it even begins.
5. SIZE AND FIT – If you’re considering adding to your spouses wardrobe, be sure you know their exact sizes. If you don’t, you can either get the help of their close friends, opt for one-size-fits-all type things like a nice watch, a purse… Or better still, avoid this category all together.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are some really dope suggestions for the perfect gift this season. So whether you’re a man, woman or a loner looking to show yourself some love, keep scrolling to find the perfect gift.
Makeup is all the rave right now and every girl is fast becoming a junkie or an enthusiast. Instead of whining about how much you hate makeup, show your girl that you appreciate the effort she puts into looking her best for you. I’d recommend liquid lipsticks, highlighters and good brushes. Avoid buying foundations and powders, as you might not get her shade right. A perfect place to shop the best high-end makeup brands is http://www.accessoriesng.com
Amazing customer service and very convenient because they deliver nationwide at very little cost.
Like I said earlier, it’s important to know your partner’s personal style and exact size before going with this option. The good thing about buying shoes as a gift is there’s a pair out there for every pocket. If you’re on a budget, consider affordable brands like Zara, Topshop, Asos e.t.c. I recommend TheShoeShopNig and http://www.justforkicks.com for ladies and men respectively.
This is one of my favorite inexpensive gifts for every and any occasion. Have this delivered to their house/workplace with a sweet message written on it and you’ll definitely hit a home run. I strongly recommend @CakesByNeka (IG and Twitter) based on quality, affordability, great customer service and efficiency.
4. JEWELERY & ACCESSORIES
There’s two ways to go with this option. You can either custom make something sweet and thoughtful or you go really expensive… Or both! If you’re on a budget, consider engraving a romantic message or their initials on it. You can even have it made into his/her name. EneMaya has the most exquisite jewelry and accessories and AyoNaledi is best known for making those customized pieces I mentioned earlier.
5. A WEEKEND GETAWAY
How convenient is it that valentines falls on a Sunday this year? If you’re willing to splurge, taking your spouse on a romantic getaway would be an unforgettable experience. Nothing says “I love you long-term” like making fun memories with them. Memories that are bound to last a lifetime.
6. A ROMANTIC DINNER
Good food, some wine and your lovers undivided attention… That should hit the right spots. You can either take him or her to a fancy restaurant on the town or make a delicious home cooked meal with scented candles and rose petals. The goal is to have them feel like they’re playing the lead role in their favorite romantic movie.
Speaking of rose petals, getting your partner a bunch of delicate roses would be a great idea. This is very uncommon in our part of the world so it might very well be their first. Contrary to popular belief, the average Nigerian girl would appreciate this and show it off to all her friends and social media following. However, I strongly recommend accompanying it with another gift because these would probably last for about a week or thereabout.
@Pam_E_Chic of Eleanor Des Fluers is the perfect go-to person for those fresh, sweet smelling roses that are guaranteed to keep your spouse smitten.
8. A SPA APPOINTMENT
This is a perfect way to show your spouse that you love them enough to care about their sanity and well-being. A great idea would be to make a couples appointment so you can both enjoy some quality time together and bond in a relaxing environment while getting pampered.
9. PAY A BILL OR TWO
This might not necessarily seem like a romantic gesture but you’d be surprised how much your spouse would appreciate this. It’s very important to show them that you’re willing to lighten the weight on their shoulders, especially in the present state of the economy. Consider paying for his or her internet subscription, light bill, renewing their gym membership… Or any other thing you feel is important to them. Make sure you pay for many months ahead so they can think of you, smile and count their blessings every time they get to use it. This is key! 🔑
You know that camera she’s always wanted? Or that play station he’s been saving up for? Buy it!
11. PERSONALIZED ARTWORKS
Have a painting of your spouse proffesionally done and watch them cherish it forever! Make sure it’s painted on a good canvas and neatly framed so it would last a long time. Also, hire a talented proffesional so it comes out looking like a thoughtful, romantic gesture rather than a joke.
12. YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION.
A.k.a., Do it yourself (DIY). This is like Netflix and Chill, only better. If you’re both always busy, this is a great opportunity for you to get those sweatpants, romantic comedies, takeout and just snuggle up together. Keep your phones away and enjoy each other’s company. There’s so much more to intimacy than humping each other aggressively.
It’s true what they say… A good perfume can make you seem so much more attractive than you really are. Consider buying them their favorite fragrances or a new one you think they would appreciate. Again, there’s something for every budget.
I only recommend this for people who are on the move and away from their spouses at the time. If she gets that credit alert followed by a sweet text asking her to go spoil herself like the queen that she is, I guarantee you won’t be having any emotional blackmail or hearing stories of how jealous she is of her friends and their lovers.
14. A PET OR STUFFED ANIMAL
This is one of those situations where you have to be absolutely sure your spouse is into pets and has the time to take care of them. If they are, then a cute puppy would be an amazing gift. It’s almost like starting a family together. Stuffed animals are also a great second option… It kinda says “I would cuddle with you all day, if I had the chance”.
So there you have it… My top 14 picks from that perfect 14th February gift. Remember, love mustn’t always come from a romantic partner. Think of all your friends and family this season and all the less fortunate people around you who would give anything to experience half love you have in your life. Also, self love is key… So love yourself, darling! More than anyone else every will.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk soon.
Xo, Mishdoo ❤️😘