Valentine’s Day Gifts Ideas for All Types of Lovers

If it so happens you find yourself with a date on Valentine’s Day, it’s kind of the same situation as a night like New Year’s Eve — there is an unwritten rule about making the evening more special than your regular Saturday night dinner.

“For some, this means making reservations at the most exclusive restaurant in town, where you’ll enjoy a prix fixe menu, along with the “special pricing,” rushed along by your server to make way for the next enamored couple, and of course the [perfect] gift and card you spent hours selecting,” says Rosalinda Randall, a civility consultant and author.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? No?

Valentine’s Day is a lot of pressure, no matter where you are in the dating process. “Whether you are in a long term relationship or have been seeing a love interest for just a short amount of time, giving a gift on Valentines will always be regarded as a kind gesture and ultimately capture the hearts,” says Yolanda Williams, a professional matchmaker.

However, there are levels to your gift giving, depending upon the seriousness of your relationship. Certain gifts are permissible, while others can be giving too soon. “If you’re just meeting, buying expensive gifts can be regarded as coming on too strong. So stick to gifts that are low-key. Most women love romance. And what that simply means is it’s a gift that shows you really put some thought into it,” Williams says.

Too Soon?

“If you’re dating someone who has been dropping hints about Valentine’s since the moment you met on New Year’s Eve, you might reconsider the relationship,” Randall says. “Valentine’s Day gift-giving is really up to the gift-giver; their regard for the holiday, affection for the person, perspective on future of the relationship, and budgetary constraints.”

Make Suggestions

“Saying, ‘I want to do something fun on Valentine’s Day’ won’t cut it; it’s too subjective. Making concrete suggestions about what you want will set the tone,” says Joan Barnard, Zoosk’s relationship expert. You might say, “Wouldn’t a couples massage be fun?” or “This would be the perfect time to try that cute French restaurant.” Sharing suggestions will give your partner some parameters: how much to spend, how romantic the gift should be, etc., says Barnard.

Make sure your suggestions match the level of your relationship: If you have suggestions in mind, make sure they match where you are in your relationship and love, says Barnard. If she’s expecting a card and receives a diamond necklace, she’ll feel overwhelmed. Be realistic. Save expensive gifts for your serious established relationships, says Barnard.

1. If You’re Newly Dating

You don’t know very much about your new main squeeze yet, and this gift should be more of a token. Let her know you are thinking of her and into her — but not enough to scare her off. Keep it light and fun, but not too intimate. “Hopefully, you’ve had a couple of conversations where you listened and picked up on what they like. By the way, if they are dissatisfied with your gift because they expected more, run!” says Randall.

Potential gift ideas:

Drunken Caramels
Obviously chocolate and flowers are the classics, but up the ante a bit with these unique treats. The sweets come infused with Cabernet, Chardonnay, Guinness Stout or Bourbon.

Mixology Collection Salt Bar Gift Set
If she’s all about an after-work cocktail, she may just want to spruce up her at-home bar. These organic salts can be the finishing touch to her favorite specialty cocktails. Includes: Applewood Smoked, Black Lava, Ghost Pepper, Lemon, and Thai Ginger Sea Salts.

2. If You’re Several Months In

This gift should show a bit more consideration and understanding of who she is and what she’s into. Maybe it will be a DVD of her favorite movie, a special edition of a book she loves. Maybe you’ll buy her those shoes she’s had her eye on, or cook her favorite dinner. Whether you’re a month or a year into the relationship, spend more time doing what she loves and show that you’re willing to explore with her. “Consider what they enjoy doing: cooking — a fancy kitchen gadget or spices; active lifestyle — massage certificate; busy lifestyle — food delivery program. Something for their pooch. (That’ll score a lot of points),” Randall says.

Potential gift ideas:

Yours and Mine Toothbrush Set.
Great for the stage where you are getting to know each other and sharing spaces. It’s small but thoughtful.

Ultra Faux Fur Throw.
Because getting cozy is never a bad idea, at any stage.

3. If You’re Getting Serious…

The key here is to show you put in some thought, says Williams. By now you should know her favorite things, and know what will make her happy. “Women love gifts that mean you two will be spending quality time together. So book a couple’s spa day, a future road trip or a flight, or tickets to a show. At this stage, jewelry is always a nice gesture as well. Whatever you decide, make sure it comes from a genuine place. If she’s the girl for you, she will appreciate that more than anything,” says Williams.

Potential gift ideas:

Bijouxx Jewels Citrine Pendant in Sterling Silver
You want to show you care, but maybe you don’t want to go too crazy yet. A simple gemstone in sterling silver is thoughtful and romantic, but nowhere near a ring.

Coyuchi Sateen Terry Robe
At this time, you are spending more time at each other’s homes and you want her to feel comfortable. It’s a great time to buy her some pjs to lounge around in that aren’t just about nookie, but about feeling welcome.

Real Estate Lingo 101 and Word Definitions – Local Records Office

LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE – OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON – Have you ever wondered what your real estate agent was saying? Those confusing words don’t make any sense; well Local Records Office breaks down the real estate lingo and tells you what it means. The process of buying your first home can be intimidating enough, until you realize there’s an entire language of terms you need to learn to fully understand the process and then things become even more daunting. From the different types of mortgage to the process of putting in an offer and then closing on a property, real estate brokers will toss around terms and phrases that may go right over your head. Fear not. We polled some experts and compiled a list of must-know lingo to help you navigate this intense but exciting process. Read on for an education.

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Escrow

This refers to the time period and process where the purchase funds are released and the transfer of the house between parties is completed. The escrow company is a neutral third party and executes the transaction utilizing the purchase agreement and other documents as the directive.

Deed

The deed is the legal document that proves the transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. You could get a copy of your deed by Local Records Office here.

Fixture

Local Records Office says, Anything of value that is permanently attached to or a part of the property. This can include lighting, carpet, or landscaping. These items can be a source of dispute between buyer and seller and can be leverage for negotiations.

 

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HOA

The short form of Homeowner’s Association Documents. These apply when purchasing a condo and include HOA meeting minutes, a copy of the building’s yearly budget, and/or rules for shared spaces.

Mortgage

A document that pledges the property to the lender as security for the loan needed to purchase the home.

Pre-Qualification

The process the loaner goes through to confirm if a borrower qualifies for a loan based on their credit history and current financial status as well as the amount of money a recipient qualifies to receive.

PITI

Principal, Interest, Taxes and Insurance

This is another way of describing your monthly mortgage payment. Principal is the portion of the payment that goes toward paying down the loan and interest is the portion that pays the lender for loaning the money to purchase the property.

Fixed-Rate Mortgage

A type of mortgage in which the interest rate does not change over the course of the loan.

MLS

This stands for Multiple Listing Service and is where brokers to share their listings with other brokers.

Due Diligence

This is the responsibility of the buyer to take all necessary care before closing on the purchase. For example, it would include confirming the seller’s broker and attorney are legitimate and confirming there are no issues that have yet to be disclosed that would prevent the buyer from wanting to proceed with the purchase.

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