> A Valentine’s Day Last-Minute Gift-Giving Guide
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A Valentine’s Day Last-Minute Gift-Giving Guide
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow – a Saturday – which means expectations will be running higher than usual and everyone giving a gift will have one less excuse for it to be thoughtless and tragic.</br></br>Talk about pressure!</br></br>Not to worry. The trick to satisfying the “it’s the thought that counts” philosophy of gift-giving is meeting a minimum standard of thoughtfulness, which is easier than you think – even at the last minute . All you need to do is go one level deeper than you normally do. Here are some tips to help you avoid slipping up with the usual gifts:</br></br><strong>Flowers</strong></br></br>1. Skip the roses unless they are the recipient’s absolute favorite.</br>2. If you don’t know, don’t guess. Go with something else, or use flowers as an add-on.</br>3. Consider a bloom that won’t die over the cut flowers that will.</br></br><strong>Chocolates</strong></br></br>1. Don’t go for the Whitman Sampler from the drugstore unless it’s for your grandma.</br>2. As with flowers, hopefully you already know what's preferred.</br>3. Heart-shaped boxes tend to look tacky, if not downright suspicious.</br></br><strong>Stuffed Animals</strong></br></br>1. These are great for kids – and only kids.</br>2. Opt for the <em>real</em> puppy whenever possible.</br>3. If you’re going plush, hang a diamond necklace on it.</br></br><strong>Jewelry</strong></br></br>1. Never buy jewelry in the same place you buy your groceries.</br>2. “Champagne” anything will never be in style and is never a bargain.</br>3. If you’re going big, do your research.</br></br><strong>DIY Gifts</strong></br></br>1. Play to your creative strengths.</br>2. Give yourself enough time to do it right (which may be more than the few hours you have left).</br>3. Baking and cooking are safe bets when well-executed.</br></br><strong>Red Flags & Warning Signs</strong></br></br>1. A gift card is often considered worse than nothing.</br>2. Clothing gifts require exceptional gift-buying prowess.</br>3. Never re-gift on Valentine’s Day – you will be caught.</br></br>Keep these easy tips in mind and you can’t go wrong. You may not blow any minds, but you won’t blow a hole in your own canoe, either. Happy Valentine’s Day, and good luck!