Considering your budget is the first thing to do before venturing out to buy a gift. You wouldn’t want to come up with grand ideas and then find out you can’t afford to carry them through. Remember, it’s the thought and gesture that counts – not how expensive the gift is.
Figure out the likes and dislikes of the person you’re planning to buy the gift for. You wouldn’t want to end up gifting someone a pet cat and then finding out that the person is allergic to felines. Therefore, it is quite important to know the preferences of your friends and family members and cater to them when picking a gift.
Being aware of what the gift signifies is another aspect that needs to be given ample consideration. Don’t reach their doorstep with a bunch of black roses (although they’re a rarity and look beautiful), because they won't be appropriate for Valentine's Day. Remember when picking a gift that it should go with the occasion or event.
Asking them on what they would like as a present is not a bad idea, especially if you can't figure out what to give your close ones. It is better to give them something they will like as opposed to something they won't use.
You can also do something, instead of buying a gift. Spending money for a gift is not the only option you have. You can also arrange for a service, a trip, or a fancy dinner to make the day special.
Showing your loved ones that you care is the real reason that Valentine’s Day exists. This does not necessarily have to be shown through expensive gifts that are heavy on the pocket. Fill the picnic basket with snacks, and have a small picnic for just the two of you in a romantic outdoor setting or go out with your family for a fun afternoon.
Personalize your gift to make it more memorable and appealing. A pen with a message engraved from you? Or maybe a wallet/purse that is engraved with the date and year of this Valentine’s Day, so even if they look at it 10 years down the lane, the item holds importance and significance.
Saying you care and love the special people in your life is the best gift that can be given to anyone. All of us want to know we’re special and wanted, and this is the most inexpensive way of giving a gift that will turn into an eternally sweet memory. You can also put some effort into writing a letter for your beloved.