Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and time is running out to find your partner the perfect gift – if you’re planning on getting one.
For many, romanic gestures are an important part of the day. But it can be hard to know exactly what to get your significant other.
Whether you’ve just entered a new relationship, or you’ve been together for years, presents are a great way of showing your gratitude and affection for that other person.
But that grand display of gratitude can quickly lead to an argument if the gift isn’t appreciated.
Luckily, Veritas Gifts, the royally appointed gifting specialists, provided The Mirror with a list of Valentine’s Day gifts to avoid buying for your partner.
Celebrity fragrances are usually at the bargain end of the perfume shop, but unfortunately they usually lack the strength and appeal of classic brands.
Veritas said: “If you wish to buy a scent then opt for designer brands such as Chanel or Michael Kors and try and see what their perfume taste is like first.
“Scents can have big differences such as floral or aromatic so ensure you know this before you purchase.”
Unless you really know that your partner want a fancy new toaster or kettle, it’s best to stay clear.
Valentine’s Day gifts should be thoughtful and sensual – not practical.
Veritas warns against getting things for the household, especially if you’re probably going to use it more than them.
They said: “If you have to buy a household appliance, ensure that it is for them instead of you, there’s nothing worse than using the present yourself moments after gifting it”.
Chocolate is a classic Valentine’s Day treat, but cheap variations are notoriously bad.
Veritas recommends avoiding “cheap and tacky” supermarket own brands, and instead opting for big names such as Lindt, Cadbury’s and Thornton’s.
Jewellery can also be an amazing gift if you know what style to go for – but it’s easy to go wrong.
Veritas recommends avoiding jewellery that isn’t classic and versatile.
The gift selectors said: “Shops are filled with seasonal Valentine’s gifts which are specific to the day but try not to fall into the trap of buying a ring with a big red heart on or a slogan necklace which professes your love. Chances are, it will get hidden away after February”.
Last minute flowers
Flowers are also a welcome gift on Valentine’s Day – but they have to be fresh and carefully picked.
Last-minute flowers bought from a supermarket are unlikely to be fresh-looking, and usually wilt faster.
Veritas said: “Last minute flowers always look that way. As the shops are filled with people who have left it late, there won’t be as much choice left.”
Remember to plan in advance, and be sure to note down your significant other’s favourite flowers.
Novelty Valentine’s Day items can be fun, but they will no doubt be put to the back of the cupboard after February 14.
Veritas suggests buying meaningful and useful gifts instead of teddy bears, mugs and other merchandise.
They said: “It can be easy to get carried away when you’re shopping for presents, the shops are filled with seasonal trinkets but just how useful are they?”
Buying a gym membership for someone may seem like a good idea – but it’s very risky.
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your partner and make them feel desired – and a gym membership is likely to offend.
Veritas said: “If your recipient has been complaining about their diet, don’t take this as an excuse to purchase a gym membership but instead, cook a dinner which is healthy so you can both enjoy it and endure the new lifestyle together.”