Valentine’s Day is now already upon us. With the occasion comes marketing ploys by retailers telling consumers what they should buy for the woman in their lives. But the question is are these really what women want for Valentine’s Day? To say for certain, we asked our readers what gift they would like to receive on this special occasion, and here are the results! Read on to see if the gift you plan to give is on the list!
9. Beauty, Health, and Wellness Gifts
Beauty products would make great gifts!
We start off our countdown with beauty, health, and wellness products or services.
If your special someone is a beauty lover, giving her makeup or a beauty treatment is a good idea. That way, she wouldn’t need to worry about looking great for your Valentine’s day date!
Is she a health-conscious gal? Consider giving her sports gear or passes to a fitness class. These may not be as romantic as red roses, but being fit sure lasts longer than flowers which soon wilt.
Dinner and a poem are relatively affordable gifts.
The eighth spot is a tie between a dinner date and an original poem or song.
The ability to come up with an original composition for your loved one is a major plus for our readers. Even if it’s not a masterpiece, she will appreciate putting in the effort to make something especially for her.
Dining and leisure activities like having dinner at a romantic restaurant or watching a movie may be the usual Valentine’s Day activities. But changing them up can make them unique and interesting. Why not try an exotic food you haven’t eaten before or watch a movie you normally wouldn’t pick? Sharing new experiences like these are sure to make your bond grow.
7. A Trip Together
An experiential gift like travel is a great idea for hearts day.
Whatever your relationship status, one great gift to give yourself or your special someone is the gift of travel. There are many awesome Philippine travel destinations you can go to like Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, or Siargao. You could also complete your travel bucket list and explore other countries. Traveling is also a great way to forge a closer relationship with your partner or discover your deepest dreams and desires.
Stuffed toys, specialty goods, and sunflowers made it to the poll.
One way to make a woman feel special is by giving her something she can’t easily find anywhere. These may be designer clothes, limited-edition perfume, or rare artwork.
Alternatively, you can always give something that’s readily available, like stuffed toys or sunflowers. Stuffed toys are cute and cuddly while sunflowers symbolize pure adoration, making it an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day.
5. Home Improvements, Something Red, and a Wedding Proposal
“It's better than giving chocolates and flowers. It can make your house more elegant and is something you can enjoy for a lifetime.” - Rachel Siman
“Red symbolizes LOVE.” - Stephen Kent
The fifth spot is a three-way tie.
For practical people who might already have invested in their own property, making home improvements is preferable over expensive gifts.
Readers have also said they want to receive something red. Aside from being the color of love, red is also the color of luck, which makes red things perfect for Chinese New Year too.
Another way to take Valentine’s Day up a notch is by popping the question. While doing this on Valentine’s Day sounds cliché, injecting creativity into your proposal should make it memorable.
“It’s the perfect gift that every woman desires to have because it will last a lifetime. It’s the ultimate gift for the woman you love.” - Marites C. Oliva
Jewelry and love letters are both romantic, but starkly differ in price.
As the saying goes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Our readers agree, as they voted for jewelry at number four. Simply buying expensive jewelry isn’t enough, though. It would be nice if the giver considers the taste of the woman receiving it, like her favorite color, her birthstone, or a cut she prefers.
You can also wow her with your words by sending her a letter. It’s inexpensive, plus expressing how you feel the old-fashioned way makes the occasion more romantic.
3. Quality Time
Quality time: the key to great relationships
Most of the things in our list are tangible things, except the item at the third spot: time. Spending time—quality time, at that—is crucial to the success of any relationship. Whatever your Valentine’s Day plans, make sure to keep the focus on her. Avoid distractions and be present in the moment to have meaningful conversations that deepen your bond.
Landing in the second spot in our poll are chocolates. These are the perfect gift to give to a foodie, or someone with a sweet tooth. These treats also come in heart-shaped packaging which is suitable for Valentine’s Day. For the ultimate decadence, you can give her artisanal or premium chocolates.
“Sweet and romantic.” - Jerima Rimando
Chocolates, a sweet Valentine treat
So what’s the number one gift that women want for Valentine’s? Flowers!
Roses might be the most popular flower to give on Valentine’s Day, but not many people know that there is a love language around the number of roses you give. A single red rose means love at first sight, three red ones mean “I love you,” while 999 red roses mean eternal love.
Did your favorite Valentine’s Day gift make it to our list? Let us know in the comments section below!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on February 11, 2018.
About Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon
Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.
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