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What Not to Give for Valentine’s Day

In case you’ve somehow been able to overlook the aisles of candy and stuffed animals at your local grocery store, Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. We’ve already given you a few tips for Making Valentine’s Day unforgettable, here are a few tips for making sure it’s not unforgettable for the wrong reasons.

Over-the-Top Gestures

Unless you know your significant other really well and are confident that they won’t be embarrassed when a giant teddy bear or 12 dozen roses are delivered to them at work, hold off on the grand gestures. That goes for your budget too, especially if you’re in a new relationship. If there’s a chance that your love isn’t entirely mutual or you’re unsure whether your partner is as invested in the relationship as you are, don’t spring for a luxurious spa day or an extravagant piece of jewelry. Chances are that your expensive gift won’t be appreciated, it’ll just make for an awkward Valentine’s Day.

A Pet

Nearly everyone recognizes that owning a pet is a big responsibility, but in spite of that knowledge, pets are a surprisingly popular gift for Valentine’s Day. Unless your significant other has explicitly stated that they would like to have a pet, you’re better off holding off in favor of a more low-maintenance gift.

Exercise Equipment

Exercise equipment, diet books, and meal services; sure, your partner might like receiving a gift like this, but Valentine’s Day isn’t the best time for giving a self-improvement gift. No matter how noble your intentions, a gift that is intended to help with weight loss will probably just end up offending your significant other.

The Tried-and-True Box of Chocolate

On the other hand, if you know that your partner is trying to improve their health, then candy may not be the best option for them. Giving them their favorite sweet treat for Valentine’s Day suggests that either you haven’t been paying attention when they’ve expressed a desire to lose weight or improve their health, you aren’t taking their goals seriously, or you’re deliberately sabotaging their efforts. Even if your significant other graciously receives the gift, it probably isn’t one that they’ll appreciate.

Stuffed Animals

Sure, they’re cute when they’re sitting on the shelf at the grocery store, but really, what is your partner going to do with a stuffed puppy? In all likelihood, it’ll hit the donation pile before the week is over.

In the end, it all comes down to knowing your partner. Don’t just assume that because a gift is traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day that it’ll make a good gift for your sweetie.

At Soundwave Art, we make it easy to give a beautiful gift that will stand the test of time. Our shop features a wide variety of personalized jewelry and artwork, most of which can be customized with a meaningful message. Not sure what to say? Check out this post for some ideas to get you started.

Mike LaTour - Co-founder Mike LaTour  Soundwave Art
2019 Finalist - Digital Innovation In Art Award

I spent 17 years in the music industry and have always had a love of art. Combining music, sound, and art was a perfect fit.

I’d like to thank you for visiting us and invite you to have a look around. Express your creativity and record a sentiment that will last for generations!